Richmond upon Thames Crime Overview

Richmond upon Thames is the third safest city in London. The overall crime rate in Richmond upon Thames in 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 40% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Richmond upon Thames ranks as the the 27th safest city, and the the 1,903rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Richmond upon Thames are violence and sexual offences, with 3,017 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 3,191 offences and a difference of 0.87 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Richmond upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 49 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 4.1% from 2019's figure of 51 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Richmond upon Thames This Year

 Richmond upon ThamesLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,52332.94386,65143.1431% safer
Bicycle Theft7723.9023,0182.5734% more dangerous
Burglary1,1805.9656,3306.296% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8744.4147,5635.3120% safer
Drugs5342.7049,0295.47103% safer
Other Crime1490.759,5341.0641% safer
Other Theft1,0265.1877,7838.6868% safer
Possession of Weapons490.255,6020.63152% safer
Public Order8444.2652,2705.8337% safer
Robbery2271.1525,4802.84147% safer
Shoplifting4742.3932,9053.6754% safer
Theft From the Person1290.6531,8293.55446% safer
Vehicle Crime2,13310.7799,97811.163.6% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,01715.24211,94323.6555% safer

Richmond upon Thames Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow13,89555.324.1% safer
Kingston upon Thames9,96356.132.6% safer
Richmond upon Thames11,40857.61-
Sutton11,94557.890.48% more dangerous
Bexley14,43158.120.88% more dangerous
Havering15,40559.352.9% more dangerous
Bromley19,95960.064.1% more dangerous
Merton12,48760.464.7% more dangerous

Richmond upon Thames Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17161833Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.74.94.03.9Safer
Burglary10986Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6654.4Safer
Drugs1.61.31.72.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.710.590.560.75Getting worse
Other Theft7775Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.340.260.25Safer
Public Order3.93.84.44.3Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.82.21.2Safer
Shoplifting3.42.83.02.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.31.40.65Safer
Vehicle Crime12111111Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15161615Safer

Comparing Richmond upon Thames to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames57.61-
Coventry71.5019% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9922% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2322% more dangerous
Croydon77.1825% more dangerous
Bradford79.1927% more dangerous
London80.7029% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0235% more dangerous
Bristol91.5737% more dangerous
Leeds91.9037% more dangerous
Leicester102.5144% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Richmond upon Thames During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Richmond upon Thames change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Richmond upon Thames saw a 303% increase in anti-social behaviour. Richmond upon Thames saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and robbery both fell year-on-year for every month during Richmond upon Thames's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+42%+303%+290%+156%+73%+67%+57%+53%+71%
Bicycle Theft-58%-61%-31%+20%+35%+102%+78%+53%-22%
Burglary-15%-22%-31%-6%+60%+18%-4%-30%-34%
Criminal Damage and Arson-32%-34%-13%-29%+36%+35%+22%-23%-13%
Drugs+37%+62%+162%+103%+104%-24%+76%+63%+106%
Other Crime-8%+150%+100%+55%-44%+133%+29%-10%+300%
Other Theft-4%-59%-45%-41%-13%-20%-7%-37%-48%
Possession of Weapons-33%+200%+40%-+25%+133%-33%+25%+50%
Public Order-13%-13%+25%+23%-9%-1%+4%+13%+17%
Robbery-49%-90%-26%-25%-67%-18%-49%-43%-20%
Shoplifting-48%-29%+4%-4%+51%-23%-24%-5%-25%
Theft From the Person-25%-94%-77%-89%-65%-21%+35%-43%-48%
Vehicle Crime-17%-48%-7%+17%+32%+76%+59%+16%-26%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-10%+3%-6%+12%+39%+4%-4%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Richmond upon Thames

What police force serves Richmond upon Thames?
Richmond upon Thames's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Richmond upon Thames?
Richmond upon Thames is the third safest city in London.
What is Richmond upon Thames's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Richmond upon Thames are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Richmond upon Thames?
Richmond upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021