Lambeth Crime Overview

Lambeth is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Lambeth in 2020 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Lambeth ranks as the among the top 20 most dangerous city, and the the 638th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Lambeth had the worst crime rate in London for possession of weapons, with 36 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Lambeth residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 269 crimes at a rate of 0.83 per 1,000 residents. Lambeth recorded 218 reports of drugs during November 2018, making its crime rate of 0.67 the worst for drugs in London that month.

The most common crimes in Lambeth are violence and sexual offences, with 8,503 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 9,719 offences and a difference of 3.73 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Lambeth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 297 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 30% from 2019's figure of 386 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Lambeth This Year

 LambethLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16,99352.12386,65143.1417% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,2283.7723,0182.5732% more dangerous
Burglary2,3727.2856,3306.2914% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8565.6947,5635.317% more dangerous
Drugs2,1906.7249,0295.4719% more dangerous
Other Crime3291.019,5341.065.0% safer
Other Theft3,0679.4177,7838.688% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2970.915,6020.6331% more dangerous
Public Order2,2756.9852,2705.8316% more dangerous
Robbery1,0113.1025,4802.848% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0023.0732,9053.6720% safer
Theft From the Person1,1693.5931,8293.551.1% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,7168.3399,97811.1634% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,50326.08211,94323.659% more dangerous

Lambeth Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Greenwich22,95179.718% safer
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.947% safer
Hounslow21,72980.037% safer
Lewisham24,81981.156% safer
Newham30,15485.390.63% safer
Lambeth28,01585.93-
Tower Hamlets28,51487.802.1% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.447% more dangerous
Southwark29,61492.887% more dangerous
Haringey25,57195.1810% more dangerous
Hackney27,34597.2712% more dangerous

Lambeth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30273052Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.63.33.13.8Getting worse
Burglary910107Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs6667Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.31.21.0Safer
Other Theft1516179Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.31.20.91Safer
Public Order6777Getting worse
Robbery4.54.14.13.1Safer
Shoplifting4.84.24.43.1Safer
Theft From the Person7783.6Safer
Vehicle Crime1012108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29303026Safer

Comparing Lambeth to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5020% safer
Sheffield73.9916% safer
Kirklees74.2316% safer
Croydon77.1811% safer
Bradford79.199% safer
London80.706% safer
Lambeth85.93-
Birmingham89.023.5% more dangerous
Bristol91.576% more dangerous
Leeds91.906% more dangerous
Leicester102.5116% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9419% more dangerous

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 20 most dangerous cities 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.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021