Kingston upon Thames Crime Overview

Kingston upon Thames is the second safest city in London. The overall crime rate in Kingston upon Thames in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Kingston upon Thames ranks as the the 25th safest city, and the the 2,020th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Kingston upon Thames are violence and sexual offences, with 3,193 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 3,468 offences and a difference of 1.55 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Kingston upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 65 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 26% from 2019's figure of 82 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Kingston upon Thames This Year

 Kingston upon ThamesLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,95433.54386,65143.1429% safer
Bicycle Theft4462.5123,0182.572.4% safer
Burglary7974.4956,3306.2940% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7013.9547,5635.3134% safer
Drugs9915.5849,0295.472.0% more dangerous
Other Crime1090.619,5341.0674% safer
Other Theft9445.3277,7838.6863% safer
Possession of Weapons650.375,6020.6370% safer
Public Order6753.8052,2705.8353% safer
Robbery1931.0925,4802.84161% safer
Shoplifting5022.8332,9053.6730% safer
Theft From the Person2901.6331,8293.55118% safer
Vehicle Crime1,0575.9599,97811.1688% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,19317.99211,94323.6531% safer

Kingston upon Thames Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow13,89555.321.5% safer
Kingston upon Thames9,96356.13-
Richmond upon Thames11,40857.612.6% more dangerous
Sutton11,94557.893.0% more dangerous
Bexley14,43158.123.4% more dangerous
Havering15,40559.355% more dangerous
Bromley19,95960.067% more dangerous

Kingston upon Thames Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18171834Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.04.13.42.5Safer
Burglary6664.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5554.0Safer
Drugs2.92.34.66Getting worse
Other Crime0.720.700.880.61Safer
Other Theft7985Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.410.460.37Safer
Public Order4.04.44.53.8Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.41.91.1Safer
Shoplifting6652.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.92.72.91.6Safer
Vehicle Crime8886Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18202018Safer

Comparing Kingston upon Thames to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingston upon Thames56.13-
Coventry71.5021% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9924% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2324% more dangerous
Croydon77.1827% more dangerous
Bradford79.1929% more dangerous
London80.7030% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0237% more dangerous
Bristol91.5739% more dangerous
Leeds91.9039% more dangerous
Leicester102.5145% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9447% more dangerous

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. Kingston upon Thames saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, robbery, and shoplifting.

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

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: 01 Mar 2021