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Crime and Safety in Lewisham

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Lewisham is among the top 20 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Lewisham in 2021 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 1.5% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lewisham is the 28th most dangerous city, and the 879th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Lewisham had the worst crime rate in London for burglary, with 215 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 221 crimes at a rate of 0.72 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 8,695 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 0.43% lower than 2020's figure of 8,732 offences and a difference of 0.12 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Lewisham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 233 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 11% from 2020's figure of 259 crimes.

Lewisham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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0.97% lower, regional crime rate

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15% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lewisham is 0.97% lower than London and 15% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lewisham Crime Rate Over Time

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Lewisham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Lewisham 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 Lewisham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218526,128
20208826,978
20199127,764
20188525,926
20178024,345
20167924,086

Crime in Lewisham Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Lewisham This Year

 LewishamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9,08529.70303,00033.85 14% safer
Bicycle Theft4881.6021,5362.41 51% safer
Burglary2,0366.6652,4145.85 12% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1997.1953,1985.94 17% more dangerous
Drugs1,3574.4443,2274.83 9% safer
Other Crime3511.1510,2651.150% safer
Other Theft2,7318.9390,13710.07 13% safer
Possession of Weapons2330.765,0140.56 26% more dangerous
Public Order2,2337.3061,3056.85 6% more dangerous
Robbery6922.2622,5282.52 12% safer
Shoplifting1,0693.5033,6743.76 7% safer
Theft From the Person5431.7839,8094.45 150% safer
Vehicle Crime3,50111.4598,51711.00 3.9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,69528.43244,97527.36 3.8% more dangerous

Lewisham Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ealing27,93381.724.5% safer
Brent27,08082.124.0% safer
Croydon31,89482.483.6% safer
Hounslow22,55583.072.8% safer
Enfield28,41585.130.35% safer
Lewisham26,12885.43-
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.811.6% more dangerous
Greenwich25,03786.951.7% more dangerous
Newham32,82892.968% more dangerous
Lambeth31,36296.1911% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets31,62197.3712% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lewisham

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Recent Crimes in Lewisham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fairlawn ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Farmfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Harland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sydenham HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Blacklands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near ThriffwoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Arngask RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Alice Thompson CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Brockill CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Endwell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fernbrook RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Geoffrey RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Whitburn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Venner RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Blythe HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Halley GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Tarleton GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Queenswood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lewisham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21234330 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.42.01.6 Getting worse
Burglary8987 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7777 Getting worse
Drugs3.94.24.84.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.11.2 Getting worse
Other Theft9989 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.890.920.850.76 Safer
Public Order6677 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.54.03.12.3 Safer
Shoplifting3.84.04.03.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.82.91.71.8 Safer
Vehicle Crime11131311 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences27282928 Getting worse

Changes In Lewisham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lewisham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cornmill Gardens23946934108
Deptford Park--11-51.0
Luxmore Gardens12-1-2652
Mountsfield Park42146454.6
Prendergast Girls School Playing Field20---117

Comparing Lewisham to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93114% safer
Birmingham49.6072% safer
Barnet67.0827% safer
Croydon82.483.6% safer
Lewisham85.43-
Sheffield90.035% more dangerous
Bristol90.526% more dangerous
Leicester111.5923% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0631% more dangerous
Bradford132.2835% more dangerous
Leeds150.9443% more dangerous

Crime in Lewisham's Neighbourhoods

Lewisham Central & Park is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Lewisham, followed by Catford Bridge in second place, and New Cross & Deptford South as the third most dangerous area. Lewisham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Corbett Estate, Lee, and Loampit & Hilly Fields.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Beckenham Hill5687619th
Bellingham & Perry Hill1,042119Fourth
Blackheath Village5818411th
Blackheath West6267520th
Brockley East & St Johns74386Tenth
Brockley West4855632nd
Catford Bridge1,748170Second
Catford East & Mountsfield Park747112Fifth
Chinbrook4296630th
Corbett Estate4315034th
Crofton Park4536531st
Culverley Green5807718th
Deptford North7098016th
Downham East6388313th
Downham West69986Ninth
Forest Hill East4555533rd
Forest Hill West6497421st
Forster Park & Southend87096Sixth
Further Green5568115th
Grove Park & Lee South5936728th
Hither Green79095Seventh
Honor Oak6397322nd
Ladywell5988114th
Lee3344436th
Lewisham Central & Park2,519172First
Loampit & Hilly Fields3695035th
Lower Sydenham5987124th
Manor House6747717th
New Cross & Deptford South1,257151Third
New Cross Gate7838412th
New Cross South90891Eighth
Perry Vale5816926th
Silwood & Pepys7726629th
Sydenham Wells6177323rd
Telegraph Hill6026827th
Upper Sydenham5347025th

Lewisham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourForest Hill East (110)Catford Bridge (549)
Bicycle TheftDownham East (2)Lewisham Central & Park (88)
BurglaryLoampit & Hilly Fields (20)Catford Bridge (170)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLee (23)New Cross & Deptford South (103)
DrugsLee (10)Catford Bridge (152)
Other CrimeSydenham Wells (3)Lewisham Central & Park (35)
Other TheftForest Hill East (36)Lewisham Central & Park (323)
Possession of WeaponsCrofton Park (1)Catford Bridge (27)
Public OrderCorbett Estate (17)Lewisham Central & Park (251)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Culverley Green (3)New Cross & Deptford South (78)
ShopliftingCorbett Estate (1)Lewisham Central & Park (234)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Lee (1)Lewisham Central & Park (152)
Vehicle CrimeSilwood & Pepys (66)Catford Bridge (183)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLee (71)Lewisham Central & Park (774)

Crime in Lewisham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lewisham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Lewisham saw a 290% increase in anti-social behaviour. Lewisham saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 79% compared to May in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Lewisham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+35%+290%+215%+81%+37%+86%+70%+49%+85%+65%
Bicycle Theft-28%-14%+39%+14%+165%+154%+47%+90%+113%+136%
Burglary-24%-10%-27%0%-15%-4%-14%+5%+40%-14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-23%-1%-8%+13%+18%+28%+18%-19%-10%-1%
Drugs-13%+92%+92%+35%-1%-40%-50%+42%-6%+44%
Other Crime-24%+3%-31%-4%+52%+13%-17%-22%--33%
Other Theft-33%-38%-36%-20%-18%-6%+5%-5%-20%-22%
Possession of Weapons-19%+31%-17%-15%+11%-4%+10%-24%-11%-25%
Public Order-12%+18%-+28%+12%+21%+37%+14%-5%-1%
Robbery+32%-54%-52%-60%-27%+20%-24%-24%-13%-26%
Shoplifting+1%-42%-42%-17%+28%+16%+35%+7%+31%-6%
Theft From the Person-17%-77%-79%-67%-36%-58%-28%-22%-24%-41%
Vehicle Crime-31%-21%-32%-12%+26%-+15%+34%+15%-4%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-8%-3%+9%+5%+13%+1%-2%-10%-3%

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 boroughs 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.

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