Kensington and Chelsea Crime Overview

Kensington and Chelsea is the most dangerous major town in London, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kensington and Chelsea in 2020 was 113 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 23% 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 towns, and the 328th 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 4,203 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 4,498 offences and a difference of 1.89 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Kensington and Chelsea's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 122 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 1.6% from 2019's figure of 124 crimes.

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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 Behaviour8,97857.50416,48646.5219% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft7794.9924,3552.7245% more dangerous
Burglary1,61910.3761,0906.8234% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8595.5051,7285.785% safer
Drugs1,0406.6652,7895.9011% more dangerous
Other Crime1611.0310,3371.1512% safer
Other Theft2,69617.2784,2109.4146% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1220.786,0140.6714% more dangerous
Public Order1,2117.7656,3686.3019% more dangerous
Robbery5893.7727,5443.0818% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0786.9035,6593.9842% more dangerous
Theft From the Person8735.5935,1173.9230% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,47515.85107,68712.0324% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,20326.92229,97825.694.6% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kensington and Chelsea

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Recent Crimes in Kensington and Chelsea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Sprimont PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sprimont PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near St Luke'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Norburn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near King'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Holland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Holland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Holland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Edith TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaOffender given a caution
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Kensington and Chelsea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31293258Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.43.44.05.0Getting worse
Burglary11131410Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Drugs9987Safer
Other Crime1.61.40.921.0Safer
Other Theft22243017Safer
Possession of Weapons0.960.970.790.78Safer
Public Order7888Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)4.24.663.8Safer
Shoplifting1110107Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)810136Safer
Vehicle Crime20182216Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26292927Safer

Changes In Kensington and Chelsea's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Kensington and Chelsea to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7167% safer
Coventry77.4146% safer
Croydon83.2236% safer
Sheffield85.8132% safer
Bristol86.2132% safer
Leicester97.4416% safer
Birmingham102.8710% safer
Liverpool107.286% safer
Kensington and Chelsea113.40-
Bradford133.0215% more dangerous
Leeds137.1017% 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 North Kensington as the third most dangerous area. Kensington and Chelsea's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Chelsea Riverside West, Holland Park, and West Brompton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brompton856124Sixth
Chelsea Manor & Royal Hospital963124Fifth
Chelsea Riverside East7089317th
Chelsea Riverside West5968419th
Earl's Court73610712th
Fulham Road6969018th
Golborne & Swinbrook983148Second
Hans Town2,061264First
Holland Park5296620th
Kensington Abingdon7289615th
Kensington Gardens1,008113Ninth
Ladbroke Grove62610911th
North Kensington1,048130Third
Notting Dale63610113th
Notting Hill Gate835115Eighth
Notting Hill South7839616th
Notting Hill West6849914th
Portobello972124Fourth
Queen's Gate849110Tenth
South Kensington864124Seventh
West Brompton5156321st

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 (241)Golborne & Swinbrook (662)
Bicycle TheftBrompton (14)Golborne & Swinbrook (53)
BurglaryLadbroke Grove (35)Hans Town (147)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Brompton (24)Ladbroke Grove (68)
DrugsFulham Road (18)Golborne & Swinbrook (121)
Other CrimeChelsea Riverside East (2)Hans Town (18)
Other TheftHolland Park (46)Hans Town (347)
Possession of WeaponsWest Brompton (1)North Kensington (18)
Public OrderWest Brompton (36)Kensington Gardens (101)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Earl's Court (9)Hans Town (62)
ShopliftingLadbroke Grove (3)Hans Town (315)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Notting Dale (3)Hans Town (156)
Vehicle CrimeLadbroke Grove (35)Hans Town (501)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChelsea Riverside East (107)Ladbroke Grove (281)

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 major town 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.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021