Newham Crime Overview

Newham is among the top 20 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Newham in 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 5% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Newham ranks as the the 21st most dangerous city, and the the 653rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Newham had the worst crime rate in London for drugs, with 341 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.97 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Newham residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 106 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Newham recorded 188 reports of other theft during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.53 the worst for other theft in London that month.

The most common crimes in Newham are violence and sexual offences, with 8,848 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 9,736 offences and a difference of 2.51 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Newham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 275 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 22% from 2019's figure of 336 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Newham This Year

 NewhamLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15,84844.88386,65143.143.9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft5671.6123,0182.5760% safer
Burglary1,6954.8056,3306.2931% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8235.1647,5635.312.9% safer
Drugs2,7157.6949,0295.4729% more dangerous
Other Crime4281.219,5341.0612% more dangerous
Other Theft3,1388.8977,7838.682.4% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2750.785,6020.6319% more dangerous
Public Order1,9415.5052,2705.836% safer
Robbery1,5424.3725,4802.8435% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,5764.4632,9053.6718% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2,0915.9231,8293.5540% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,5159.9599,97811.1612% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,84825.06211,94323.656% more dangerous

Newham Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hillingdon24,01478.259% safer
Greenwich22,95179.717% safer
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.947% safer
Hounslow21,72980.037% safer
Lewisham24,81981.155% safer
Newham30,15485.39-
Lambeth28,01585.930.63% more dangerous
Tower Hamlets28,51487.802.7% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.448% more dangerous
Southwark29,61492.888% more dangerous
Haringey25,57195.1810% more dangerous

Newham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24232645Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.61.41.6Getting worse
Burglary6764.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6765Safer
Drugs5688Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.61.61.2Safer
Other Theft1213129Safer
Possession of Weapons0.970.990.950.78Safer
Public Order4.6566Getting worse
Robbery6554.4Safer
Shoplifting7764.5Safer
Theft From the Person4.2676Getting worse
Vehicle Crime14151210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26282825Safer

Comparing Newham to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5019% safer
Sheffield73.9915% safer
Kirklees74.2315% safer
Croydon77.1811% safer
Bradford79.198% safer
London80.706% safer
Newham85.39-
Birmingham89.024.1% more dangerous
Bristol91.577% more dangerous
Leeds91.907% more dangerous
Leicester102.5117% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9419% more dangerous

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 20 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: 18 Feb 2021