Newham Crime Overview

Newham is among the top 10 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 Newham in 2020 was 94 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newham is the 21st most dangerous city, and the 630th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Newham had the worst crime rate in London for drugs, with 204 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Newham residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for other theft, recording 187 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Newham recorded 29 reports of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for possession of weapons in London that month.

The most common crimes in Newham are violence and sexual offences, with 9,673 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 0.60% lower than 2019's figure of 9,731 offences and a difference of 0.17 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Newham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 305 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 10% from 2019's figure of 335 crimes.

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Crime in Newham Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Newham This Year

 NewhamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16,98248.09416,48646.523.3% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6061.7224,3552.7258% safer
Burglary1,8735.3061,0906.8229% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9765.6051,7285.783.2% safer
Drugs2,9208.2752,7895.9029% more dangerous
Other Crime4631.3110,3371.1512% more dangerous
Other Theft3,5019.9184,2109.415% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3050.866,0140.6722% more dangerous
Public Order2,1155.9956,3686.305% safer
Robbery1,6394.6427,5443.0834% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,7194.8735,6593.9818% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2,3946.7835,1173.9242% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,84510.89107,68712.0310% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9,67327.39229,97825.696% more dangerous

Newham Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Greenwich24,72185.859% safer
Hounslow23,38586.139% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.628% safer
Lewisham26,97888.216% safer
Lambeth30,39593.230.32% safer
Newham33,02993.53-
Tower Hamlets30,74094.661.2% more dangerous
Southwark31,82299.816% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.327% more dangerous
Haringey28,144104.7611% more dangerous
Islington25,583105.5111% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newham

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Recent Crimes in Newham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021DrugsOn or near Salisbury RoadOffender given penalty notice
August 2021Public orderOn or near Salisbury RoadLocal resolution
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Salisbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edwin AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Upton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Poulett RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Poulett RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Barking RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near More CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near More CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Newham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24232648Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.61.41.7Getting worse
Burglary6765Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Drugs5688Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.61.61.3Safer
Other Theft12131210Safer
Possession of Weapons0.970.990.950.86Safer
Public Order4.6566Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)6554.6Safer
Shoplifting7764.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)4.2677Getting worse
Vehicle Crime14151211Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26282827Safer

Changes In Newham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Newham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beckton District Park57--1121.8
Canning Town Recreation Ground7--4101.6
Cundy Road Open Space613-122020
Flanders Playing Fields-54-977
Gooseley's Playing Fields14--1-02.2
Memorial Recreation Ground121-1221.4
Victory Park320405041148731437
West Ham Park47--3822.3

Comparing Newham to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7138% safer
Coventry77.4121% safer
Croydon83.2212% safer
Sheffield85.819% safer
Bristol86.218% safer
Newham93.53-
Leicester97.444.0% more dangerous
Birmingham102.879% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2813% more dangerous
Bradford133.0230% more dangerous
Leeds137.1032% more dangerous

Crime in Newham's Neighbourhoods

Stratford Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Newham, followed by East Ham Central in second place, and Beckton as the third most dangerous area. Newham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, East Ham South West, Plashet East, and Wallend North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Beckton1,469174Third
Beckton North5326528th
Beckton Park4777423rd
Canning Town Central9329211th
Canning Town East5305633rd
Canning Town North776109Seventh
Canning Town South & Bow Creek1,31894Tenth
Custom House860100Ninth
East Ham Central2,185199Second
East Ham North7826924th
East Ham South9129013th
East Ham South West4284636th
East Ham West5286626th
Forest Gate East5837521st
Forest Gate North6357917th
Forest Gate South1,165120Fifth
Forest Gate West5206032nd
Little Ilford East4786429th
Little Ilford West4726231st
Lonsdale Avenue5816627th
Manor Park North6288114th
Manor Park South6217422nd
Olympic Park & Mill Meads4,141156Fourth
Plaistow North5757520th
Plaistow North East7819012th
Plaistow Park4205534th
Plaistow South916104Eighth
Plashet East3653737th
Plashet West5946925th
Royal Docks & North Woolwich1,2657718th
Stratford Central2,453242First
Stratford East6687916th
Upton Park1,036114Sixth
Wallend North4355335th
Wallend South7278015th
West Ham & Stratford Park7727619th
West Ham Park4686430th

Newham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEast Ham South West (227)Stratford Central (899)
Bicycle TheftEast Ham South West (1)Stratford Central (77)
BurglaryPlashet East (17)Stratford Central (91)
Criminal Damage and ArsonUpton Park (24)Beckton (90)
DrugsPlashet East (16)Stratford Central (272)
Other CrimePlashet East (3)Royal Docks & North Woolwich (53)
Other TheftPlashet East (20)Stratford Central (301)
Possession of WeaponsManor Park South (1)Stratford Central (28)
Public OrderWallend North (19)Stratford Central (156)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Plashet East (12)East Ham Central (177)
ShopliftingForest Gate East (1)Stratford Central (427)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Beckton North (1)East Ham Central (415)
Vehicle CrimeWest Ham & Stratford Park (57)Beckton (223)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPlashet East (149)Stratford Central (525)

Crime in Newham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Newham saw a 334% increase in anti-social behaviour. Newham saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 80% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other crime and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Newham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+31%+334%+175%+70%+48%+78%+68%+78%+98%+68%
Bicycle Theft-6%-3%-20%+30%+24%+35%+103%+31%-13%+160%
Burglary-30%-23%-12%-23%-15%-12%+15%-23%-6%+3%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-16%-34%-4%+8%+2%+21%-17%-16%-1%
Drugs-15%+19%+54%-18%-4%-19%-37%-28%+36%+14%
Other Crime-11%-29%-15%-18%-20%-12%-24%-34%+50%-37%
Other Theft-31%-50%-48%-29%-10%+13%+12%-10%-35%+9%
Possession of Weapons-32%+15%-39%-21%-14%+30%+58%-+87%+32%
Public Order-16%-12%+9%--7%+22%+8%-22%-13%+11%
Robbery+41%-56%-57%-26%-9%-23%+34%--43%-41%
Shoplifting+1%-61%-47%-16%-18%-31%-16%-29%-20%-8%
Theft From the Person-15%-80%-68%-55%+68%+51%+43%+24%-3%+20%
Vehicle Crime-31%-34%-25%-14%-10%+6%+22%+24%+28%+7%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-6%-18%-4%-5%+17%+11%0%-3%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newham

What police force serves Newham?
Newham's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Newham?
Newham is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London.
What is Newham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newham?
Newham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021