Kingston upon Thames Crime Overview

Kingston upon Thames is the second safest city in London, and is the second safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kingston upon Thames in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 44% 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 2,037th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Kingston upon Thames are violence and sexual offences, with 3,465 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 0.09% lower than 2019's figure of 3,468 offences and a difference of 0.02 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Kingston upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 69 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 19% from 2019's figure of 82 crimes.

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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 Behaviour6,58937.12416,48646.5225% safer
Bicycle Theft4722.6624,3552.722.3% safer
Burglary8634.8661,0906.8240% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7604.2851,7285.7835% safer
Drugs1,0645.9952,7895.901.5% more dangerous
Other Crime1160.6510,3371.1577% safer
Other Theft1,0135.7184,2109.4165% safer
Possession of Weapons690.396,0140.6772% safer
Public Order7434.1956,3686.3050% safer
Robbery2171.2227,5443.08152% safer
Shoplifting5463.0835,6593.9829% safer
Theft From the Person3241.8335,1173.92114% safer
Vehicle Crime1,1186.30107,68712.0391% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,46519.52229,97825.6932% safer

Kingston upon Thames Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow15,14460.300.61% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,77060.67-
Richmond upon Thames12,29862.112.3% more dangerous
Sutton12,87262.382.7% more dangerous
Bexley15,59562.813.4% more dangerous
Havering16,71764.416% more dangerous
Merton13,45365.137% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kingston upon Thames

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Recent Crimes in Kingston upon Thames

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Bowness CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021DrugsOn or near The BittomsOffender given penalty notice
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Largewood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021DrugsOn or near Compton CrescentOffender given penalty notice
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Renfrew RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Piper RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Fairfield NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021DrugsOn or near Fairfield NorthLocal resolution
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Van Dyck AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chesham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Albany RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Lynton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Latchmere LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021DrugsOn or near Penrhyn RoadLocal resolution
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beverley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warwick CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maple RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Kingston upon Thames Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18171837Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.04.13.42.7Safer
Burglary6664.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5554.3Safer
Drugs2.92.34.66Getting worse
Other Crime0.720.700.880.65Safer
Other Theft7986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.410.460.39Safer
Public Order4.04.44.54.2Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.41.91.2Safer
Shoplifting6653.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.92.72.91.8Safer
Vehicle Crime8886Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18202020Getting 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 2020.

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
Kingston upon Thames60.67-
Barnet67.7110% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Kingston upon Thames's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Berrylands North2603218th
Berrylands South1972620th
Chessington North2083516th
Chessington South & Malden Rushett46953Tenth
Hook3404414th
Kingston East & Norbiton West89976Third
Kingston Hill56858Sixth
Kingston North74655Eighth
Kingston Riverside2,209195First
Kingston Vale & Coombe Hill4184912th
Malden Manor43557Seventh
Motspur Park2543119th
New Malden East62467Fifth
New Malden West3173815th
Norbiton East48754Ninth
Southborough4004813th
Surbiton North59579Second
Surbiton South4075011th
Tolworth65170Fourth
Tudor Drive2863517th

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 (94)Kingston Riverside (1,096)
Bicycle TheftHook (1)Kingston Riverside (199)
BurglarySouthborough (21)Kingston Vale & Coombe Hill (79)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBerrylands South (13)Kingston Riverside (102)
DrugsHook (14)Kingston Riverside (272)
Other CrimeKingston Vale & Coombe Hill (1)Kingston Riverside (15)
Other TheftMotspur Park (11)Kingston Riverside (247)
Possession of WeaponsChessington South & Malden Rushett (1)Kingston Riverside (16)
Public OrderBerrylands South (10)Kingston Riverside (148)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Southborough (2)Kingston Riverside (75)
ShopliftingKingston Vale & Coombe Hill (1)Kingston Riverside (254)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)New Malden West (1)Kingston Riverside (236)
Vehicle CrimeSurbiton North (29)Tolworth (117)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBerrylands South (56)Kingston Riverside (494)

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 the second safest city 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.

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021