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Crime and Safety in Kingston upon Thames

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Kingston upon Thames is among the top 5 safest boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Kingston upon Thames in 2021 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 40% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kingston upon Thames is among the top 10 safest cities, and the 2,028th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Kingston upon Thames are violence and sexual offences, with 3,503 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 1.1% higher than 2020's figure of 3,465 offences and a difference of 0.21 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Kingston upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 69 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 69 crimes.

Kingston upon Thames 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Boroughs, London

39% lower, regional crime rate

London

18% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Kingston upon Thames is 39% lower than London and 18% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Kingston upon Thames Crime Rate Over Time

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Kingston upon Thames Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Kingston upon Thames represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Kingston upon Thames

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20216210,995
20206110,770
20197012,400
20186912,201
20176411,290
20165810,217

Crime in Kingston upon Thames Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Kingston upon Thames This Year

 Kingston upon ThamesLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,29024.17303,00033.85 40% safer
Bicycle Theft5292.9821,5362.41 19% more dangerous
Burglary7334.1352,4145.85 42% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8885.0053,1985.94 19% safer
Drugs8644.8743,2274.83 0.82% more dangerous
Other Crime1370.7710,2651.15 49% safer
Other Theft1,1986.7590,13710.07 49% safer
Possession of Weapons690.395,0140.56 44% safer
Public Order8364.7161,3056.85 45% safer
Robbery1480.8322,5282.52 204% safer
Shoplifting6283.5433,6743.76 6% safer
Theft From the Person4322.4339,8094.45 83% safer
Vehicle Crime1,0305.8098,51711.00 90% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,50319.73244,97527.36 39% safer

Kingston upon Thames Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames11,16856.4010% safer
Harrow14,46057.578% safer
Bexley14,88059.933.4% safer
Sutton12,70461.570.60% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,99561.94-
Merton12,84162.170.37% more dangerous
Havering16,74964.534.0% more dangerous
Bromley22,19466.787% more dangerous
Barnet26,55567.088% more dangerous
Wandsworth24,77575.1518% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kingston upon Thames

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Recent Crimes in Kingston upon Thames

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a caution
March 2022DrugsOn or near B3370Local resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Burton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Horse FairLocal resolution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Thames StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Union StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clarence AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sopwith AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near NightclubLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Gordon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Balmoral RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Avenue RoadLocal resolution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Clarence StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Knight'S ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near The BittomsOffender given penalty notice
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oakleigh AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Eden StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution

Kingston upon Thames Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17183724 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.13.42.73.0 Safer
Burglary664.94.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson554.35 Safer
Drugs2.34.664.9 Getting worse
Other Crime0.700.880.650.77 Getting worse
Other Theft9867 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.460.390.39 Safer
Public Order4.44.54.24.7 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.91.20.83 Safer
Shoplifting653.13.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.72.91.82.4 Safer
Vehicle Crime8866 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20202020 Getting worse

Changes In Kingston upon Thames's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Kingston upon Thames's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Kingston upon Thames that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Athelstan Recreation Ground1042-4421
King George's Recreation Ground3----10.35
Latchmere Recreation Ground9---102.8
The Sir Francis Barker Recreation Ground1--1131.2

Comparing Kingston upon Thames to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9355% safer
Birmingham49.6025% safer
Kingston upon Thames61.94-
Barnet67.088% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0331% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Leicester111.5944% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Kingston upon Thames's Neighbourhoods

Kingston Riverside is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Kingston upon Thames, followed by Kingston East & Norbiton West in second place, and Surbiton North as the third most dangerous area. Kingston upon Thames's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Berrylands North, Berrylands South, and Tudor Drive.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Berrylands North2383020th
Berrylands South2273019th
Chessington North2384015th
Chessington South & Malden Rushett42948Eighth
Hook3224114th
Kingston East & Norbiton West1,10493Second
Kingston Hill46648Ninth
Kingston North68451Seventh
Kingston Riverside2,606230First
Kingston Vale & Coombe Hill40548Tenth
Malden Manor3474512th
Motspur Park2683217th
New Malden East64869Fifth
New Malden West2923516th
Norbiton East46151Sixth
Southborough3644313th
Surbiton North57776Third
Surbiton South3714511th
Tolworth68373Fourth
Tudor Drive2653218th

Kingston upon Thames Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBerrylands South (72)Kingston Riverside (818)
Bicycle TheftChessington South & Malden Rushett (1)Kingston Riverside (238)
BurglaryBerrylands North (14)Kingston Vale & Coombe Hill (63)
Criminal Damage and ArsonTudor Drive (17)Kingston Riverside (132)
DrugsTudor Drive (7)Kingston Riverside (310)
Other CrimeTudor Drive (1)Kingston Riverside (19)
Other TheftNew Malden West (22)Kingston Riverside (374)
Possession of WeaponsNew Malden East (1)Kingston Riverside (15)
Public OrderBerrylands South (7)Kingston Riverside (181)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Chessington South & Malden Rushett (1)Kingston Riverside (50)
ShopliftingNew Malden West (1)Kingston Riverside (289)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)New Malden West (1)Kingston Riverside (334)
Vehicle CrimeBerrylands North (27)Tolworth (116)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMotspur Park (77)Kingston Riverside (524)

Crime in Kingston upon Thames During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kingston upon Thames change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Kingston upon Thames saw a 274% increase in anti-social behaviour. Kingston upon Thames saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019. Robbery saw a fall in every month of Kingston upon Thames's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+274%+219%+135%+67%+72%+71%+90%+105%+161%
Bicycle Theft-70%-52%-53%-52%-3%-2%+82%+26%+37%-21%
Burglary-22%-38%-38%-23%-13%-3%-8%-40%-45%-24%
Criminal Damage and Arson-26%-43%-48%-16%+10%--7%-14%-11%-27%
Drugs-31%-17%+108%+81%-2%+22%-4%+34%+69%+22%
Other Crime-13%-71%-29%-8%-17%-21%+20%+18%-50%-46%
Other Theft-10%-51%-45%-31%-28%-+20%-27%-33%-34%
Possession of Weapons+38%+25%-25%+20%-20%-45%+14%-38%-50%-43%
Public Order-30%-30%-25%-27%+15%-6%+38%-8%-28%+17%
Robbery-31%-84%-81%-39%-27%-44%-39%-38%-10%-
Shoplifting-17%-68%-70%-70%-43%-39%-24%-20%-51%-42%
Theft From the Person-20%--92%-60%-38%+3%+6%-41%-64%-29%
Vehicle Crime-7%-58%-43%-16%-24%+6%+29%+7%+7%-52%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-8%-13%+16%+23%+6%-7%-2%-7%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kingston upon Thames

What police force serves Kingston upon Thames?
Kingston upon Thames's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.

How dangerous is Kingston upon Thames?
Kingston upon Thames is among the top 5 safest boroughs in London.

What is Kingston upon Thames's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Kingston upon Thames are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Kingston upon Thames?
Kingston upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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