Lewisham Crime Overview

Lewisham is among the top 20 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 Lewisham in 2020 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 0.86% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lewisham is the 26th most dangerous city, and the 746th 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 8,732 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 0.38% higher than 2019's figure of 8,699 offences and a difference of 0.11 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Lewisham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 259 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 8% from 2019's figure of 281 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Lewisham This Year

 LewishamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,05242.68416,48646.529% safer
Bicycle Theft6061.9824,3552.7237% safer
Burglary2,4097.8861,0906.8213% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1086.8951,7285.7816% more dangerous
Drugs1,4534.7552,7895.9024% safer
Other Crime3231.0610,3371.158% safer
Other Theft2,3497.6884,2109.4123% safer
Possession of Weapons2590.856,0140.6721% more dangerous
Public Order2,1937.1756,3686.3012% more dangerous
Robbery9563.1327,5443.081.6% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,2254.0135,6593.980.75% more dangerous
Theft From the Person5111.6735,1173.92135% safer
Vehicle Crime3,85412.60107,68712.034.5% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,73228.55229,97825.6910% more dangerous

Crime in Lewisham Compared To London

Lewisham Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Enfield28,26084.664.2% safer
Brent27,93284.704.1% safer
Greenwich24,72185.852.7% safer
Hounslow23,38586.132.4% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.621.8% safer
Lewisham26,97888.21-
Lambeth30,39593.235% more dangerous
Newham33,02993.536% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets30,74094.667% more dangerous
Southwark31,82299.8112% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.3212% more dangerous

Lewisham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22212343Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.31.42.0Getting worse
Burglary8898Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7777Safer
Drugs3.63.94.24.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.11.21.1Safer
Other Theft9998Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.890.920.85Safer
Public Order5667Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.33.54.03.1Safer
Shoplifting3.83.84.04.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.81.82.91.7Safer
Vehicle Crime9111313Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences26272829Getting worse

Changes In Lewisham's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Lewisham to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7130% safer
Coventry77.4114% safer
Croydon83.226% safer
Sheffield85.812.8% safer
Bristol86.212.3% safer
Lewisham88.21-
Leicester97.449% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8714% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2818% more dangerous
Bradford133.0234% more dangerous
Leeds137.1036% 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, Brockley West, Corbett Estate, and Grove Park & Lee South.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Beckenham Hill6018017th
Bellingham & Perry Hill1,052120Fourth
Blackheath Village5838513th
Blackheath West6377721st
Brockley East & St Johns911105Sixth
Brockley West4695436th
Catford Bridge1,570153Second
Catford East & Mountsfield Park725109Fifth
Chinbrook5007622nd
Corbett Estate4885735th
Crofton Park4376331st
Culverley Green5467225th
Deptford North82694Tenth
Downham East7049212th
Downham West6237720th
Forest Hill East4825832nd
Forest Hill West6257126th
Forster Park & Southend914101Eighth
Further Green5518018th
Grove Park & Lee South5065734th
Hither Green841101Seventh
Honor Oak6537423rd
Ladywell6028115th
Lee4355733rd
Lewisham Central & Park2,600177First
Loampit & Hilly Fields4856529th
Lower Sydenham6607919th
Manor House7068116th
New Cross & Deptford South1,205145Third
New Cross Gate90697Ninth
New Cross South9359411th
Perry Vale6257424th
Silwood & Pepys8086927th
Sydenham Wells6938214th
Telegraph Hill5696530th
Upper Sydenham5106728th

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 BehaviourCrofton Park (137)New Cross & Deptford South (625)
Bicycle TheftGrove Park & Lee South (1)Catford Bridge (80)
BurglaryBrockley West (29)New Cross & Deptford South (139)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCrofton Park (19)Further Green (69)
DrugsForest Hill West (12)Lewisham Central & Park (195)
Other CrimeForest Hill West (2)New Cross & Deptford South (16)
Other TheftForest Hill East (28)Lewisham Central & Park (296)
Possession of WeaponsFurther Green (1)New Cross & Deptford South (16)
Public OrderCorbett Estate (28)Catford Bridge (165)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Corbett Estate (6)Catford Bridge (84)
ShopliftingPerry Vale (1)Lewisham Central & Park (267)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Honor Oak (1)Lewisham Central & Park (127)
Vehicle CrimeBlackheath West (48)Brockley East & St Johns (204)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLee (132)Lewisham Central & Park (803)

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 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: 01 Apr 2021