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Crime and Safety in Merton, London

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Merton is among the top 10 safest boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Merton in 2021 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 40% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Merton is among the top 10 safest cities, and the 2,011st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Merton are violence and sexual offences, with 4,527 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 3.5% higher than 2020's figure of 4,367 offences and a difference of 0.78 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Merton's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 87 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 15% from 2020's figure of 100 crimes.

Merton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Boroughs, London

39% lower, regional crime rate

London

17% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Merton is 39% lower than London and 17% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Merton Crime Rate Over Time

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Merton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Merton 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 Merton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20216212,841
20206513,453
20196914,289
20186814,095
20176513,522
20166212,867

Crime in Merton Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Merton This Year

 MertonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,22025.27303,00033.85 34% safer
Bicycle Theft3041.4721,5362.41 64% safer
Burglary9094.4052,4145.85 33% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0064.8753,1985.94 22% safer
Drugs6072.9443,2274.83 64% safer
Other Crime2020.9810,2651.15 17% safer
Other Theft1,3046.3190,13710.07 60% safer
Possession of Weapons870.425,0140.56 33% safer
Public Order1,0915.2861,3056.85 30% safer
Robbery3401.6522,5282.52 53% safer
Shoplifting7173.4733,6743.76 8% safer
Theft From the Person2351.1439,8094.45 290% safer
Vehicle Crime1,5127.3298,51711.00 50% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,52721.92244,97527.36 25% safer

Merton Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames11,16856.4010% safer
Harrow14,46057.578% safer
Bexley14,88059.933.7% safer
Sutton12,70461.570.97% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,99561.940.37% safer
Merton12,84162.17-
Havering16,74964.533.7% more dangerous
Bromley22,19466.787% more dangerous
Barnet26,55567.087% more dangerous
Wandsworth24,77575.1517% more dangerous
Redbridge23,71877.7120% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Merton

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Recent Crimes in Merton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Churston DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wilberforce WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Wydell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Holmbury CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Willow LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Arthur RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cottenham Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tabor GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Squires CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Poplar AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hartfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chadwick AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near High Street MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ryfold RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Chaucer WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Evesham GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Morden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Merton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17183325 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.01.51.71.5 Safer
Burglary784.74.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson655.04.9 Safer
Drugs2.23.14.62.9 Getting worse
Other Crime0.870.931.00.98 Getting worse
Other Theft8866 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.470.510.480.42 Safer
Public Order4.74.655 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.92.11.91.6 Safer
Shoplifting4.83.52.73.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.52.31.21.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime99107 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20202122 Getting worse

Changes In Merton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Merton's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Abbey Recreation Ground13---206
All Saints Recreation Ground--1-308
Cannon Hill Common6---100.62
Cricket Green6----03.7
Drax Playing Field3----00.29
Emmanuel School Playing Field3----00.68
John Innes Recreation Ground3----01.8
Joseph Hood Recreation Ground1-1-731.4
King George's Playing Field721-121.6
London Road Playing Fields----251.2
Morden Hall Park183625171.3
Morden Park24--320.25
Prince George's Playing Field-----10.07
Raynes Park Tennis Club--433524
Sherwood Park35135517
Tamworth Farm Recreation Ground-----11.2
Wimbledon College Playing Fields----110.62

Comparing Merton to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9356% safer
Birmingham49.6025% safer
Merton62.17-
Barnet67.087% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0331% more dangerous
Bristol90.5231% more dangerous
Leicester111.5944% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Merton's Neighbourhoods

Wimbledon Broadway North is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Merton, followed by Mitcham East in second place, and Morden Central as the third most dangerous area. Merton's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Cannon Hill, Cottenham Park, and Merton Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cannon Hill2333025th
Colliers Wood74478Sixth
Cottenham Park2633324th
Graveney4445219th
Lavender Park4505616th
Lonesome60569Ninth
Lower Morden2633621st
Merton Church Road & Phipps Bridge5456511th
Merton Park2633323rd
Mitcham East78393Second
Mitcham South71383Fourth
Mitcham West66671Eighth
Morden Central77688Third
Pollards Hill51369Tenth
Raynes Park65278Fifth
Rowan Road5386312th
South Wimbledon4785218th
St Helier North5185914th
West Barnes4104920th
Wimbledon Broadway North796107First
Wimbledon Broadway South64571Seventh
Wimbledon Chase2793422nd
Wimbledon Common2975317th
Wimbledon Hill4495715th
Wimbledon Park & Durnsford Road5236213th

Merton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWimbledon Chase (100)Mitcham South (337)
Bicycle TheftPollards Hill (1)Raynes Park (41)
BurglaryLower Morden (16)Wimbledon Common (43)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCannon Hill (18)Mitcham South (89)
DrugsCottenham Park (5)Mitcham East (50)
Other CrimeCottenham Park (1)Wimbledon Broadway North (14)
Other TheftLower Morden (15)Wimbledon Broadway North (90)
Possession of WeaponsCannon Hill (1)Mitcham East (9)
Public OrderCottenham Park (13)Wimbledon Broadway North (78)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wimbledon Common (3)Rowan Road (40)
ShopliftingCannon Hill (1)Wimbledon Broadway North (118)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)West Barnes (1)Wimbledon Broadway North (74)
Vehicle CrimeWimbledon Broadway South (35)Wimbledon Common (77)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWimbledon Chase (82)Mitcham East (304)

Crime in Merton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Merton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Merton saw a 293% increase in anti-social behaviour. Merton saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Merton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+293%+198%+78%+51%+54%+61%+64%+92%+71%
Bicycle Theft-+5%-13%-20%+22%+96%-2%-6%+80%+41%
Burglary-52%-55%-47%-24%-40%-25%-38%-48%-56%-34%
Criminal Damage and Arson+2%-43%-15%-23%+16%+10%+10%-1%+26%+15%
Drugs+100%+47%+159%+79%+47%-6%-5%+35%+20%+48%
Other Crime+17%+11%-65%+33%+24%+27%-+58%+178%-21%
Other Theft-7%-62%-65%-37%-20%-22%-9%-33%-35%-22%
Possession of Weapons-67%+18%+11%-50%-36%-+33%+33%-10%+33%
Public Order-25%-21%+12%+61%+13%+8%+26%+65%-24%+31%
Robbery+16%-74%-61%-16%+23%-6%+48%-13%-20%-15%
Shoplifting-31%-47%-28%-28%-20%-32%--23%-28%-15%
Theft From the Person-40%-83%-77%-72%-59%-62%-14%-59%-71%-77%
Vehicle Crime+26%-40%+6%+15%+33%+23%+13%+1%+6%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%+11%+5%-1%+1%+19%+20%+27%-6%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Merton

What police force serves Merton?
Merton's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.

How dangerous is Merton?
Merton is among the top 10 safest boroughs in London.

What is Merton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Merton are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Merton?
Merton's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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