Merton Crime Overview

Merton is among the top 10 safest cities in London, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Merton in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 34% 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 20 safest cities, and the 1,738th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Merton are violence and sexual offences, with 4,367 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 4.0% higher than 2019's figure of 4,194 offences and a difference of 0.83 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Merton's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 100 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 6% from 2019's figure of 106 crimes.

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Crime in Merton Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Merton This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,91533.48416,48646.5239% safer
Bicycle Theft3551.7224,3552.7258% safer
Burglary9804.7461,0906.8244% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0264.9751,7285.7816% safer
Drugs9464.5852,7895.9029% safer
Other Crime2141.0410,3371.1511% safer
Other Theft1,1925.7784,2109.4163% safer
Possession of Weapons1000.486,0140.6740% safer
Public Order1,0635.1556,3686.3022% safer
Robbery3881.8827,5443.0864% safer
Shoplifting5632.7335,6593.9846% safer
Theft From the Person2461.1935,1173.92229% safer
Vehicle Crime2,0139.75107,68712.0323% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,36721.14229,97825.6922% safer

Merton Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingston upon Thames10,77060.677% safer
Richmond upon Thames12,29862.114.9% safer
Sutton12,87262.384.4% safer
Bexley15,59562.813.7% safer
Havering16,71764.411.1% safer
Bromley21,68465.250.18% more dangerous
Barnet26,80667.713.8% more dangerous
Wandsworth24,28273.6512% more dangerous
Redbridge22,87374.9413% more dangerous
Croydon32,18183.2222% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Merton

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Merton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour17171833Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson6655.0Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime0.820.870.931.0Getting worse
Other Theft7886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.470.510.48Safer
Public Order4.04.74.65Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime89910Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19202021Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.713.8% more dangerous
Coventry77.4116% more dangerous
Croydon83.2222% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8737% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Merton's Neighbourhoods

Mitcham East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Merton, followed by Mitcham South 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 Hill2723623rd
Colliers Wood82086Fifth
Cottenham Park2503125th
Lavender Park5006214th
Lower Morden2703721st
Merton Church Road & Phipps Bridge5506612th
Merton Park2673424th
Mitcham East869103First
Mitcham South83297Second
Mitcham West70275Eighth
Morden Central80491Third
Pollards Hill4896611th
Raynes Park65879Sixth
Rowan Road5576513th
South Wimbledon5466018th
St Helier North5276017th
West Barnes4615519th
Wimbledon Broadway North66890Fourth
Wimbledon Broadway South62469Tenth
Wimbledon Chase3043722nd
Wimbledon Common3366016th
Wimbledon Hill4856115th
Wimbledon Park & Durnsford Road60372Ninth

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 (135)Wimbledon Common (317)
Bicycle TheftCannon Hill (1)Wimbledon Broadway North (44)
BurglaryRowan Road (18)Wimbledon Common (59)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMerton Park (14)Mitcham South (91)
DrugsCannon Hill (11)Mitcham East (92)
Other CrimeCottenham Park (1)Mitcham East (19)
Other TheftCottenham Park (8)Raynes Park (116)
Possession of WeaponsWimbledon Broadway South (1)Pollards Hill (12)
Public OrderCottenham Park (14)Morden Central (83)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Cottenham Park (2)Mitcham East (46)
ShopliftingCannon Hill (1)Wimbledon Broadway North (87)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)West Barnes (1)Morden Central (49)
Vehicle CrimeLower Morden (37)Wimbledon Park & Durnsford Road (137)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCottenham Park (67)Mitcham East (307)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+293%+198%+78%+51%+54%+61%+64%+92%+71%
Bicycle Theft-+5%-13%-20%+22%+96%-2%-6%+80%+41%
Criminal Damage and Arson+2%-43%-15%-23%+16%+10%+10%-1%+26%+15%
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%
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 cities 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021