Merton Crime Overview

Merton is among the top 10 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Merton in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 33% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Merton ranks as the the 33rd safest city, and the the 1,707th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Merton are violence and sexual offences, with 4,035 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 4.0% lower than 2019's figure of 4,196 offences and a difference of 0.77 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Merton's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 92 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 15% from 2019's figure of 106 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Merton This Year

 MertonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,47931.37386,65143.1438% safer
Bicycle Theft3311.6023,0182.5761% safer
Burglary9114.4156,3306.2943% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9494.5947,5635.3116% safer
Drugs8784.2549,0295.4729% safer
Other Crime1990.969,5341.0610% safer
Other Theft1,1065.3577,7838.6862% safer
Possession of Weapons920.455,6020.6340% safer
Public Order9714.7052,2705.8324% safer
Robbery3601.7425,4802.8463% safer
Shoplifting5182.5132,9053.6746% safer
Theft From the Person2331.1331,8293.55214% safer
Vehicle Crime1,9049.2299,97811.1621% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,03519.54211,94323.6521% safer

Merton Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames11,40857.614.9% safer
Sutton11,94557.894.4% safer
Bexley14,43158.124.0% safer
Havering15,40559.351.9% safer
Bromley19,95960.060.67% safer
Merton12,48760.46-
Queen's Park91762.122.7% more dangerous
Barnet24,67062.323.0% more dangerous
Wandsworth22,35767.8111% more dangerous
Redbridge21,04368.9412% more dangerous
Croydon29,84777.1822% more dangerous

Merton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17171831Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.42.01.51.6Safer
Burglary7784.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6654.6Safer
Drugs2.62.23.14.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.820.870.930.96Getting worse
Other Theft7885Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.470.510.45Safer
Public Order4.04.74.64.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.71.92.11.7Safer
Shoplifting4.94.83.52.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.52.31.1Safer
Vehicle Crime8999Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19202020No change

Comparing Merton to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Merton60.46-
Coventry71.5015% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9918% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2319% more dangerous
Croydon77.1822% more dangerous
Bradford79.1924% more dangerous
London80.7025% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0232% more dangerous
Bristol91.5734% more dangerous
Leeds91.9034% more dangerous
Leicester102.5141% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9443% more dangerous

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. Merton saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+293%+198%+78%+51%+54%+61%+64%+93%
Bicycle Theft-+5%-13%-20%+22%+96%-2%-6%+80%
Burglary-52%-55%-47%-24%-39%-25%-38%-48%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson+2%-43%-15%-23%+16%+10%+10%-1%+26%
Drugs+100%+47%+159%+79%+47%-6%-5%+35%+20%
Other Crime+17%+11%-65%+33%+24%+27%-+58%+178%
Other Theft-7%-62%-65%-37%-20%-22%-9%-33%-36%
Possession of Weapons-67%+18%+11%-50%-36%-+33%+33%-10%
Public Order-25%-21%+12%+61%+13%+8%+26%+65%-24%
Robbery+16%-74%-61%-16%+23%-6%+48%-13%-20%
Shoplifting-31%-47%-28%-28%-20%-32%--23%-28%
Theft From the Person-40%-83%-77%-72%-59%-62%-14%-59%-71%
Vehicle Crime+26%-40%+6%+15%+33%+23%+13%+1%+6%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%+11%+5%-1%+1%+19%+20%+27%-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: 01 Mar 2021