Lewisham Crime Overview

Lewisham is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Lewisham in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 0.55% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Lewisham ranks as the the 27th most dangerous city, and the the 749th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Lewisham had the worst crime rate in London for burglary, with 214 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.70 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2018 was also a bad month for Lewisham residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 222 crimes at a rate of 0.73 per 1,000 residents. Lewisham recorded 25 reports of possession of weapons during December 2016, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for possession of weapons in London that month.

The most common crimes in Lewisham are violence and sexual offences, with 8,037 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 8,690 offences and a difference of 2.13 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Lewisham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 237 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 16% from 2019's figure of 276 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Lewisham This Year

 LewishamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,20739.91386,65143.148% safer
Bicycle Theft5531.8123,0182.5742% safer
Burglary2,2437.3356,3306.2914% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9146.2647,5635.3115% more dangerous
Drugs1,3384.3749,0295.4725% safer
Other Crime3020.999,5341.067% safer
Other Theft2,1587.0677,7838.6823% safer
Possession of Weapons2370.775,6020.6318% more dangerous
Public Order2,0196.6052,2705.8312% more dangerous
Robbery8762.8625,4802.840.70% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,1233.6732,9053.670% safer
Theft From the Person4651.5231,8293.55134% safer
Vehicle Crime3,55411.6299,97811.164.0% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,03726.28211,94323.6510% more dangerous

Lewisham Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Enfield26,03277.994.1% safer
Hillingdon24,01478.253.7% safer
Greenwich22,95179.711.8% safer
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.941.5% safer
Hounslow21,72980.031.4% safer
Lewisham24,81981.15-
Newham30,15485.395.0% more dangerous
Lambeth28,01585.936% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets28,51487.808% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.4412% more dangerous
Southwark29,61492.8813% more dangerous

Lewisham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22212340Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.31.31.8Getting worse
Burglary8897Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7776Safer
Drugs3.63.94.24.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.11.20.99Safer
Other Theft9997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.890.900.77Safer
Public Order5667Getting worse
Robbery3.23.44.02.9Safer
Shoplifting3.83.84.03.7Safer
Theft From the Person1.81.82.91.5Safer
Vehicle Crime9111312Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences26272826Safer

Comparing Lewisham to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5013% safer
Sheffield73.9910% safer
Kirklees74.239% safer
Croydon77.185% safer
Bradford79.192.5% safer
London80.700.56% safer
Lewisham81.15-
Birmingham89.029% more dangerous
Bristol91.5711% more dangerous
Leeds91.9012% more dangerous
Leicester102.5121% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9423% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lewisham

What police force serves Lewisham?
Lewisham's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Lewisham?
Lewisham is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London.
What is Lewisham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Lewisham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Lewisham?
Lewisham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021