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Crime and Safety in Lambeth

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Lambeth is among the top 10 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Lambeth in 2021 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lambeth is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 629th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Lambeth had the worst crime rate in London for other theft, with 214 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.66 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Lambeth residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 33 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Lambeth recorded 227 reports of drugs during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.70 the worst for drugs in London that month.

The most common crimes in Lambeth are violence and sexual offences, with 10,078 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 9,239 offences and a difference of 2.57 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Lambeth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 342 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 7% from 2020's figure of 319 crimes.

Lambeth 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lambeth is 10% higher than London and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lambeth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Lambeth 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 Lambeth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219631,362
20209330,395
201910835,269
201811035,932
201710534,133
201610634,572

Crime in Lambeth Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Lambeth This Year

 LambethLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,99539.86303,00033.85 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,1033.3821,5362.41 29% more dangerous
Burglary2,2196.8152,4145.85 14% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1506.5953,1985.94 10% more dangerous
Drugs2,1516.6043,2274.83 27% more dangerous
Other Crime3551.0910,2651.15 6% safer
Other Theft3,92212.0390,13710.07 16% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3421.055,0140.56 47% more dangerous
Public Order2,4937.6561,3056.85 10% more dangerous
Robbery1,2143.7222,5282.52 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting9202.8233,6743.76 33% safer
Theft From the Person1,6985.2139,8094.45 15% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,7178.3398,51711.00 32% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10,07830.91244,97527.36 11% more dangerous

Lambeth Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Enfield28,41585.1313% safer
Lewisham26,12885.4313% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.8111% safer
Greenwich25,03786.9511% safer
Newham32,82892.963.5% safer
Lambeth31,36296.19-
Tower Hamlets31,62197.371.2% more dangerous
Southwark31,37998.422.3% more dangerous
Islington24,816102.356% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.167% more dangerous
Hackney29,610105.339% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lambeth

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Recent Crimes in Lambeth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King Edward WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kingscourt RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Hannen RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Major CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Drewstead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Padfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Westminster Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Granton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Westminster Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near York HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Police StationOffender given a caution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Abercairn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Norwood RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pickworth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near Coral StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Thurlow Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lambeth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28305740 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.43.13.93.4 Getting worse
Burglary101087 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7667 Safer
Drugs6677 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.21.11.1 Safer
Other Theft17171012 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.20.981.0 Safer
Public Order7788 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)4.24.23.43.7 Safer
Shoplifting4.24.43.32.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)783.95 Safer
Vehicle Crime121098 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30302831 Getting worse

Changes In Lambeth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lambeth's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Brockwell Park97-423132.3
Jubilee Gardens1613-411027
Knights Hill Recreation Ground1-1--01.2
Lambeth High Street Recreation Ground1----01.3
Rush Common1322-151414
St Matthew's Church-3055528171

Comparing Lambeth to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93141% safer
Birmingham49.6094% safer
Barnet67.0843% safer
Croydon82.4817% safer
Sheffield90.037% safer
Bristol90.526% safer
Lambeth96.19-
Leicester111.5914% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0622% more dangerous
Bradford132.2827% more dangerous
Leeds150.9436% more dangerous

Crime in Lambeth's Neighbourhoods

Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Lambeth, followed by Brixton North in second place, and Brixton Central as the third most dangerous area. Lambeth's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Clapham Park West, Streatham Vale, and West Norwood West & Streatham East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Acre Lane7758417th
Brixton Central1,508166Third
Brixton Hill East8399212th
Brixton Hill West8297722nd
Brixton North2,138221Second
Clapham Common North721106Sixth
Clapham North986109Fifth
Clapham Old Town819102Ninth
Clapham Park East & Streatham Hill North4745932nd
Clapham Park West4694735th
Clapham South7208814th
Gipsy Hill7229311th
Herne Hill East950101Tenth
Kennington West & Vauxhall North8317820th
Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank3,669324First
Lambeth Walk & North Kennington7137821st
Leigham Vale & Royal Circus5906627th
Loughborough Road6227524th
Oval7638615th
Poets' Corner & Brockwell Park968104Seventh
Stockwell East5786529th
Stockwell North5216430th
Stockwell South1,022103Eighth
Stockwell West6888118th
Streatham Central8187919th
Streatham Common6457025th
Streatham Green1,2058913th
Streatham Hill6737026th
Streatham Vale4085234th
Tulse Hill5206031st
Vauxhall South1,485119Fourth
West Dulwich6346528th
West Norwood East8408516th
West Norwood South6297523rd
West Norwood West & Streatham East5275733rd

Lambeth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWest Dulwich (202)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (973)
Bicycle TheftGipsy Hill (2)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (213)
BurglaryGipsy Hill (23)Poets' Corner & Brockwell Park (115)
Criminal Damage and ArsonClapham Park West (35)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (174)
DrugsWest Norwood West & Streatham East (17)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (361)
Other CrimeClapham Park West (2)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (29)
Other TheftStreatham Vale (27)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (631)
Possession of WeaponsStreatham Central (1)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (45)
Public OrderClapham Park West (14)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (303)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Stockwell East (3)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (317)
ShopliftingTulse Hill (1)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (116)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Streatham Vale (3)Brixton North (307)
Vehicle CrimeStockwell East (36)West Norwood East (137)
Violence and Sexual OffencesClapham Park West (152)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (950)

Crime in Lambeth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lambeth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Lambeth saw a 233% increase in anti-social behaviour. Lambeth saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Lambeth saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, robbery, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+38%+233%+205%+101%+50%+61%+66%+77%+101%+89%
Bicycle Theft--38%-5%+31%-2%+104%+105%+103%+51%+22%
Burglary-40%-35%-38%-32%-22%-11%+3%-1%-6%-13%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-25%-12%+22%+15%+20%-1%-4%+22%-2%
Drugs-21%+56%+60%-16%-17%+16%+18%+38%+49%+1%
Other Crime-26%-15%-43%+18%+68%-21%+59%+10%-30%+17%
Other Theft-33%-73%-70%-55%-32%-25%-16%-49%-47%-45%
Possession of Weapons-38%-23%-24%-30%+7%-19%+38%-43%+37%-34%
Public Order-1%-19%-12%-1%+28%+29%+39%+7%-1%+26%
Robbery-11%-53%-58%-1%-34%+10%-3%-21%-32%-17%
Shoplifting-26%-57%-43%-44%-4%+26%-24%-29%-38%-11%
Theft From the Person-41%-88%-86%-73%-68%-63%-35%-44%-47%-52%
Vehicle Crime-28%-38%-37%-22%+13%+21%+12%-9%-23%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-17%-12%-2%-4%+16%+1%-12%-7%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lambeth

What police force serves Lambeth?
Lambeth's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.

How dangerous is Lambeth?
Lambeth is among the top 10 most dangerous boroughs in London.

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

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

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