Lambeth Crime Overview

Lambeth is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lambeth in 2020 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lambeth is the 22nd most dangerous city, and the 637th 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. February 2019 was also a bad month for Lambeth residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 211 crimes at a rate of 0.65 per 1,000 residents. Lambeth recorded 1,057 reports of violence and sexual offences during July 2018, making its crime rate of 3.2 the worst for violence and sexual offences in London that month.

The most common crimes in Lambeth are violence and sexual offences, with 9,239 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 9,831 offences and a difference of 1.81 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Lambeth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 319 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 21% from 2019's figure of 387 crimes.

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Crime in Lambeth Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Lambeth This Year

 LambethLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18,47956.68416,48646.5218% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,2843.9424,3552.7231% more dangerous
Burglary2,5787.9161,0906.8214% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,0376.2551,7285.788% more dangerous
Drugs2,3527.2152,7895.9018% more dangerous
Other Crime3571.0910,3371.156% safer
Other Theft3,31810.1884,2109.418% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3190.986,0140.6732% more dangerous
Public Order2,4847.6256,3686.3017% more dangerous
Robbery1,1113.4127,5443.0810% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0863.3335,6593.9820% safer
Theft From the Person1,2773.9235,1173.920% safer
Vehicle Crime2,9539.06107,68712.0333% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9,23928.34229,97825.699% more dangerous

Lambeth Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brent27,93284.7010% safer
Greenwich24,72185.859% safer
Hounslow23,38586.138% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.628% safer
Lewisham26,97888.216% safer
Lambeth30,39593.23-
Newham33,02993.530.32% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets30,74094.661.5% more dangerous
Southwark31,82299.817% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.327% more dangerous
Haringey28,144104.7611% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lambeth

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Lambeth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30283057Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.63.43.13.9Getting worse
Burglary910108Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs6667Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.31.21.1Safer
Other Theft15171710Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.31.20.98Safer
Public Order6778Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)4.54.24.23.4Safer
Shoplifting4.84.24.43.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)7783.9Safer
Vehicle Crime1012109Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29303028Safer

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7138% safer
Coventry77.4120% safer
Croydon83.2212% safer
Sheffield85.819% safer
Bristol86.218% safer
Lambeth93.23-
Leicester97.444.3% more dangerous
Birmingham102.879% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2813% more dangerous
Bradford133.0230% more dangerous
Leeds137.1032% 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 Lane7398019th
Brixton Central1,352149Third
Brixton Hill East8349212th
Brixton Hill West8187623rd
Brixton North1,982205Second
Clapham Common North831123Fourth
Clapham North84493Tenth
Clapham Old Town7389211th
Clapham Park East & Streatham Hill North4545631st
Clapham Park West4935035th
Clapham South6237620th
Gipsy Hill6378215th
Herne Hill East91096Ninth
Kennington West & Vauxhall North7767325th
Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank3,313292First
Lambeth Walk & North Kennington6947621st
Leigham Vale & Royal Circus6297026th
Loughborough Road6748117th
Oval8079113th
Poets' Corner & Brockwell Park91799Eighth
Stockwell East6787622nd
Stockwell North4836030th
Stockwell South988100Sixth
Stockwell West6888116th
Streatham Central8388118th
Streatham Common5736329th
Streatham Green1,353100Seventh
Streatham Hill7878214th
Streatham Vale4285433rd
Tulse Hill4865632nd
Vauxhall South1,498120Fifth
West Dulwich6566728th
West Norwood East7327424th
West Norwood South5827027th
West Norwood West & Streatham East4985434th

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 BehaviourStreatham Vale (219)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (1,163)
Bicycle TheftWest Norwood South (2)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (211)
BurglaryStreatham Vale (25)Acre Lane (100)
Criminal Damage and ArsonClapham Park West (31)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (159)
DrugsStreatham Vale (11)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (314)
Other CrimeClapham Park East & Streatham Hill North (1)Brixton Hill West (25)
Other TheftStreatham Vale (18)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (720)
Possession of WeaponsClapham Park West (1)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (32)
Public OrderClapham Park West (27)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (246)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Clapham Park East & Streatham Hill North (4)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (204)
ShopliftingWest Dulwich (1)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (161)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Loughborough Road (2)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (339)
Vehicle CrimeStockwell East (44)Streatham Hill (137)
Violence and Sexual OffencesClapham Park West (147)Lambeth North, Waterloo & South Bank (710)

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 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: 07 May 2021