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Crime and Safety in Kensington and Chelsea

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Kensington and Chelsea is the most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Kensington and Chelsea in 2021 was 115 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kensington and Chelsea is among the top 20 most dangerous major town, and the 385th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2018, Kensington and Chelsea had the worst crime rate in London for drugs, with 397 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2015 was also a bad month for Kensington and Chelsea residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Kensington and Chelsea are violence and sexual offences, with 4,557 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 4,203 offences and a difference of 2.27 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Kensington and Chelsea's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 93 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 31% from 2020's figure of 122 crimes.

Kensington and Chelsea 2022 Crime Scorecard

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25% higher, regional crime rate

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34% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Kensington and Chelsea is 25% higher than London and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Kensington and Chelsea Crime Rate Over Time

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Kensington and Chelsea Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Kensington and Chelsea represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Kensington and Chelsea

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202111518,000
202011317,705
201915323,844
201813921,677
201713320,792
201612619,685

Crime in Kensington and Chelsea Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Kensington and Chelsea This Year

 Kensington and ChelseaLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,28746.67303,00033.85 27% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6994.4821,5362.41 46% more dangerous
Burglary1,3818.8552,4145.85 34% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9986.3953,1985.94 7% more dangerous
Drugs9656.1843,2274.83 22% more dangerous
Other Crime1621.0410,2651.15 11% safer
Other Theft2,87618.4290,13710.07 45% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons930.605,0140.56 7% more dangerous
Public Order1,4499.2861,3056.85 26% more dangerous
Robbery4672.9922,5282.52 16% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0596.7833,6743.76 45% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1,0116.4839,8094.45 31% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,28314.6298,51711.00 25% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,55729.19244,97827.36 6% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kensington and Chelsea

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Recent Crimes in Kensington and Chelsea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near King'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Campden Hill SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near St Lawrence TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Denbigh CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Kensington High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Wesley SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kensington Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Wornington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kempsford GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Balliol RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bolton GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Waynflete SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Holbein PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near King'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Phillimore Gardens CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Lawrence TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Old Brompton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Kensington and Chelsea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29325847 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.44.05.04.5 Getting worse
Burglary1314109 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs9876 Safer
Other Crime1.40.921.01.0 Safer
Other Theft24301718 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.970.790.780.60 Safer
Public Order8889 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)4.663.83.0 Safer
Shoplifting101077 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)101366 Safer
Vehicle Crime18221615 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29292729 Getting worse

Changes In Kensington and Chelsea's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Kensington and Chelsea to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0872% safer
Croydon82.4840% safer
Sheffield90.0528% safer
Bristol90.5227% safer
Coventry102.2413% safer
Leicester111.593.3% safer
Kensington and Chelsea115.29-
Liverpool123.066% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6411% more dangerous
Bradford132.2813% more dangerous
Leeds150.9424% more dangerous

Crime in Kensington and Chelsea's Neighbourhoods

Hans Town is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Kensington and Chelsea, followed by Golborne & Swinbrook in second place, and Chelsea Manor & Royal Hospital as the third most dangerous area. Kensington and Chelsea's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Fulham Road, Holland Park, and West Brompton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brompton798115Eighth
Chelsea Manor & Royal Hospital1,118144Third
Chelsea Riverside East82110811th
Chelsea Riverside West6218718th
Earl's Court747108Tenth
Fulham Road6368219th
Golborne & Swinbrook1,079163Second
Hans Town2,010258First
Holland Park5236520th
Kensington Abingdon6899117th
Kensington Gardens93910613th
Ladbroke Grove57910116th
North Kensington929115Ninth
Notting Dale64910315th
Notting Hill Gate855117Seventh
Notting Hill South87310712th
Notting Hill West73110514th
Portobello1,014130Fourth
Queen's Gate976126Fifth
South Kensington866124Sixth
West Brompton5186321st

Kensington and Chelsea Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Kensington and Chelsea for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFulham Road (151)Hans Town (588)
Bicycle TheftChelsea Riverside West (11)Chelsea Manor & Royal Hospital (48)
BurglaryWest Brompton (40)South Kensington (98)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHolland Park (29)Golborne & Swinbrook (72)
DrugsNotting Hill Gate (20)Golborne & Swinbrook (88)
Other CrimeChelsea Riverside East (1)Ladbroke Grove (15)
Other TheftHolland Park (52)Hans Town (348)
Possession of WeaponsWest Brompton (2)North Kensington (11)
Public OrderHolland Park (44)Golborne & Swinbrook (107)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Notting Hill South (6)Hans Town (75)
ShopliftingHolland Park (2)Hans Town (340)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)West Brompton (4)Chelsea Manor & Royal Hospital (186)
Vehicle CrimeNotting Dale (44)Hans Town (358)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKensington Abingdon (135)Golborne & Swinbrook (369)

Crime in Kensington and Chelsea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kensington and Chelsea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Kensington and Chelsea saw a 156% increase in anti-social behaviour. Kensington and Chelsea saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 90% compared to May in 2019. Robbery saw a fall in every month of Kensington and Chelsea's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-1%+156%+143%+111%+38%+46%+78%+98%+92%+137%
Bicycle Theft-42%-+1%+9%+59%+38%+55%+79%+31%+116%
Burglary-8%-44%-41%-49%-22%-30%-28%-32%-41%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-49%-23%-29%+21%+13%+25%+20%-8%-28%
Drugs-41%+35%+75%+54%+31%-81%-49%+8%+1%+39%
Other Crime+8%-43%+70%+44%+6%+33%+111%+70%+36%-53%
Other Theft-40%-81%-73%-66%-53%-31%-18%-21%-66%-50%
Possession of Weapons+50%-30%-18%+100%+43%-58%-36%+9%+57%-30%
Public Order-25%-21%-3%-9%+7%+17%-+19%-12%-33%
Robbery--77%-58%-68%-44%-47%-30%-44%-60%-54%
Shoplifting-24%-77%-74%-49%-23%-48%-9%-20%-70%-45%
Theft From the Person-40%-86%-90%-89%-77%-78%-44%-57%-73%-56%
Vehicle Crime-32%-71%-75%-50%+12%+3%+14%-22%-44%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-17%-14%-3%-3%-21%-4%-15%-10%-1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kensington and Chelsea

What police force serves Kensington and Chelsea?
Kensington and Chelsea's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.

How dangerous is Kensington and Chelsea?
Kensington and Chelsea is the most dangerous borough in London.

What is Kensington and Chelsea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Kensington and Chelsea are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Kensington and Chelsea?
Kensington and Chelsea's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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