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Crime and Safety in Newham

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Newham is among the top 10 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Newham in 2021 was 93 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 23rd most dangerous city, and the 729th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Newham had the worst crime rate in London for drugs, with 238 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.67 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Newham residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for other theft, recording 265 crimes at a rate of 0.75 per 1,000 residents. Newham recorded 23 reports of possession of weapons during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst for possession of weapons in London that month.

The most common crimes in Newham are violence and sexual offences, with 10,424 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 9,672 offences and a difference of 2.13 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Newham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 247 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 23% from 2020's figure of 305 crimes.

Newham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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7% higher, regional crime rate

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18% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newham is 7% higher than London and 18% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newham Crime Rate Over Time

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Newham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Newham represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Newham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219332,828
20209433,024
201910035,268
201810336,274
20179533,407
20168630,353

Crime in Newham Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Newham This Year

 NewhamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,60635.70303,00033.85 5% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft4801.3621,5362.41 77% safer
Burglary1,5864.4952,4145.85 30% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1145.9953,1985.94 0.83% more dangerous
Drugs2,1476.0843,2274.83 21% more dangerous
Other Crime4641.3110,2651.15 12% more dangerous
Other Theft3,88811.0190,13710.07 9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2470.705,0140.56 20% more dangerous
Public Order2,3986.7961,3056.85 0.88% safer
Robbery1,1053.1322,5282.52 19% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,8705.3033,6743.76 29% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2,3726.7239,8094.45 34% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,73310.5798,51711.00 4.1% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10,42429.52244,97827.36 7% more dangerous

Newham Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hounslow22,55583.0712% safer
Enfield28,41585.139% safer
Lewisham26,12885.439% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.817% safer
Greenwich25,03786.957% safer
Newham32,82892.96-
Lambeth31,36296.193.4% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets31,62197.374.5% more dangerous
Southwark31,37998.426% more dangerous
Islington24,816102.359% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.1610% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newham

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Recent Crimes in Newham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Antony'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Henry RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Mitcham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Betts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Millstone CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Skeffington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Essex RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Campbell RoadLocal resolution
April 2022DrugsOn or near Oxford RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Meridian SquareOffender given penalty notice
April 2022Other theftOn or near Brydges RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodhouse GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Caistor Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Upper RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Newham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23264836 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.41.71.4 Safer
Burglary7654.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs6886 Safer
Other Crime1.61.61.31.3 Safer
Other Theft13121011 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.990.950.860.70 Safer
Public Order5667 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)554.63.1 Safer
Shoplifting764.95 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)6777 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime15121111 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28282730 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0839% safer
Croydon82.4813% safer
Sheffield90.053.2% safer
Bristol90.522.7% safer
Newham92.96-
Coventry102.249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5917% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0624% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6428% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9438% 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
Beckton1,498177Third
Beckton North5186330th
Beckton Park3745831st
Canning Town Central9549411th
Canning Town East6106427th
Canning Town North726102Ninth
Canning Town South & Bow Creek1,2248712th
Custom House928108Seventh
East Ham Central2,142195Second
East Ham North7116329th
East Ham South8338213th
East Ham South West4494935th
East Ham West6087616th
Forest Gate East5617220th
Forest Gate North6077517th
Forest Gate South1,013105Eighth
Forest Gate West5716624th
Little Ilford East4125532nd
Little Ilford West3895134th
Lonsdale Avenue5866723rd
Manor Park North6298114th
Manor Park South5466526th
Olympic Park & Mill Meads4,609174Fourth
Plaistow North5347022nd
Plaistow North East82595Tenth
Plaistow Park4966525th
Plaistow South1,108126Fifth
Plashet East4084137th
Plashet West6377419th
Royal Docks & North Woolwich1,0346328th
Stratford Central2,441240First
Stratford East6237418th
Upton Park1,024113Sixth
Wallend North3774636th
Wallend South6447121st
West Ham & Stratford Park7907815th
West Ham Park3985433rd

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 BehaviourUpton Park (131)Stratford Central (730)
Bicycle TheftWallend South (1)Stratford Central (62)
BurglaryPlashet East (16)Stratford Central (94)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEast Ham South West (25)Stratford Central (119)
DrugsEast Ham South West (18)Stratford Central (155)
Other CrimeWest Ham Park (2)Stratford Central (25)
Other TheftPlashet East (37)East Ham Central (355)
Possession of WeaponsPlashet East (1)Stratford Central (19)
Public OrderWallend North (16)Stratford Central (163)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Little Ilford West (4)Stratford Central (104)
ShopliftingEast Ham North (1)Stratford Central (497)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Royal Docks & North Woolwich (8)East Ham Central (372)
Vehicle CrimeLittle Ilford West (40)Beckton (264)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWallend North (128)Stratford Central (593)

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%+97%+68%
Bicycle Theft-6%-3%-20%+30%+24%+35%+103%+31%-13%+160%
Burglary-30%-23%-12%-23%-15%-12%+15%-23%-5%+3%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-16%-34%-4%+8%+2%+21%-17%-16%-1%
Drugs-15%+19%+54%-18%-4%-18%-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%-11%+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 borough 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.

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