Richmond upon Thames Crime Overview

Richmond upon Thames is the third safest city in London, and is the third safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Richmond upon Thames in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 41% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Richmond upon Thames is among the top 10 safest cities, and the 1,919th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Richmond upon Thames are violence and sexual offences, with 3,272 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 2.5% higher than 2019's figure of 3,191 offences and a difference of 0.41 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Richmond upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 52 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 1.9% from 2019's figure of 51 crimes.

Compare Richmond upon Thames to other towns and cities

See how Richmond upon Thames shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Richmond upon Thames and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Richmond upon Thames Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Richmond upon Thames This Year

 Richmond upon ThamesLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,01435.42416,48646.5231% safer
Bicycle Theft8174.1324,3552.7234% more dangerous
Burglary1,2996.5661,0906.824.0% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9374.7351,7285.7822% safer
Drugs5963.0152,7895.9096% safer
Other Crime1620.8210,3371.1540% safer
Other Theft1,1195.6584,2109.4167% safer
Possession of Weapons520.266,0140.67158% safer
Public Order8814.4556,3686.3042% safer
Robbery2431.2327,5443.08150% safer
Shoplifting5152.6035,6593.9853% safer
Theft From the Person1410.7135,1173.92452% safer
Vehicle Crime2,26411.43107,68712.035% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,27216.52229,97825.6956% safer

Richmond upon Thames Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow15,14460.303.0% safer
Kingston upon Thames10,77060.672.4% safer
Richmond upon Thames12,29862.11-
Sutton12,87262.380.43% more dangerous
Bexley15,59562.811.1% more dangerous
Havering16,71764.413.6% more dangerous
Merton13,45365.134.6% more dangerous
Bromley21,68465.254.8% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Richmond upon Thames

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Richmond upon Thames Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17161835Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.74.94.04.1Safer
Burglary10987Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6654.7Safer
Drugs1.61.31.73.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.700.590.550.82Getting worse
Other Theft7776Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.340.260.26Safer
Public Order4.03.84.44.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.82.21.2Safer
Shoplifting3.32.83.02.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.31.40.71Safer
Vehicle Crime12111111Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15161617Getting worse

Changes In Richmond upon Thames's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Richmond upon Thames's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bell Hill Recreation Ground--1-1138
Broom Road Recreation Ground----110.34
Bushy Park1--1220.02
Hampton Hill Recreation Ground----112.2
Heathfield Recreation Ground19----04.2
Hounslow Heath Open Space----312.4
Kew Green-1---92.3
Manor Road Recreation Ground3934189140
Mortlake Green-----86
North Sheen Recreation Ground16-2-157
Old Deer Park Recreation Ground5---210.28
Pesthouse Common-13--04.4
Royal Botanic Gardens2----00.02
The King's Field1-1--20.93
Vine Road Recreation Ground--2-101.3
Westerley Ware Recreation Ground---4-27

Comparing Richmond upon Thames to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames62.11-
Barnet67.718% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Richmond upon Thames's Neighbourhoods

Richmond Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Richmond upon Thames, followed by Twickenham Town in second place, and North Sheen as the third most dangerous area. Richmond upon Thames's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Ham, Teddington North, and Twickenham Marble Hill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Sheen North55761Tenth
Ham2163922nd
Hampton Hill3555116th
Hampton Village5125018th
Hampton Wick & Teddington East5534819th
Heathfield6125714th
Kew Gardens71071Sixth
Mortlake & South Barnes83572Fourth
North Barnes5785713th
North Sheen95678Third
Nursery Lands & Hampton North67471Fifth
Queen's Road42364Eighth
Richmond Central936128First
Richmond Park, Sheen Gate & Petersham4346011th
St Margarets3345017th
Strawberry Hill3004820th
Teddington Central46664Ninth
Teddington North2894021st
Twickenham Marble Hill2763823rd
Twickenham North4195912th
Twickenham Town73892Second
Twickenham West6055515th
Whitton55166Seventh

Richmond upon Thames Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEast Sheen North (196)Richmond Central (665)
Bicycle TheftHeathfield (8)Richmond Central (98)
BurglaryHeathfield (34)East Sheen North (98)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHampton Hill (19)Twickenham Town (65)
DrugsNorth Barnes (12)Richmond Central (63)
Other CrimeKew Gardens (3)Twickenham North (12)
Other TheftTwickenham Marble Hill (18)Richmond Central (107)
Possession of WeaponsNorth Barnes (1)Richmond Central (5)
Public OrderEast Sheen North (19)Richmond Central (74)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Strawberry Hill (1)Richmond Central (36)
ShopliftingTwickenham North (1)Richmond Central (61)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Teddington Central (1)Richmond Central (57)
Vehicle CrimeHam (26)Kew Gardens (206)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTwickenham Marble Hill (65)Nursery Lands & Hampton North (266)

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. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of Richmond upon Thames's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+42%+303%+291%+156%+73%+68%+57%+53%+71%+79%
Bicycle Theft-58%-61%-31%+20%+35%+102%+78%+53%-20%+7%
Burglary-15%-23%-31%-6%+58%+18%-4%-30%-34%-31%
Criminal Damage and Arson-32%-35%-14%-30%+36%+37%+22%-23%-13%-2%
Drugs+37%+58%+162%+106%+104%-24%+76%+63%+113%+138%
Other Crime-8%+150%+100%+70%-44%+133%+29%-10%+300%+140%
Other Theft-4%-60%-46%-42%-14%-21%-8%-37%-48%-19%
Possession of Weapons-33%+200%+40%-+25%+133%-33%+25%+50%-40%
Public Order-13%-14%+26%+23%-9%-2%+4%+13%+17%-45%
Robbery-49%-90%-26%-25%-67%-15%-47%-43%-20%-41%
Shoplifting-48%-29%+4%-4%+51%-23%-24%-5%-25%+3%
Theft From the Person-25%-94%-77%-89%-65%-27%+35%-43%-48%-20%
Vehicle Crime-17%-48%-7%+17%+31%+76%+58%+16%-25%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-10%+3%-6%+12%+38%+4%-5%+0%-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: 07 May 2021