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Crime and Safety in Richmond upon Thames

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Richmond upon Thames is the safest borough in London. The overall crime rate in Richmond upon Thames in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 53% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Richmond upon Thames is the safest city, and the 2,658th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Richmond upon Thames are violence and sexual offences, with 3,320 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 1.3% higher than 2020's figure of 3,278 offences and a difference of 0.22 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Richmond upon Thames's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 43 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 21% from 2020's figure of 52 crimes.

Richmond upon Thames 2022 Crime Scorecard

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52% lower, regional crime rate

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35% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Richmond upon Thames is 52% lower than London and 35% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Richmond upon Thames Crime Rate Over Time

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Richmond upon Thames Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Richmond upon Thames represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Richmond upon Thames

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20215711,210
20206212,318
20196512,804
20186613,053
20176613,113
20165711,329

Crime in Richmond upon Thames Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Richmond upon Thames This Year

 Richmond upon ThamesLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,48922.67303,00033.85 49% safer
Bicycle Theft8554.3221,5362.41 44% more dangerous
Burglary1,0145.1252,4145.85 14% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9784.9453,1985.94 20% safer
Drugs3962.0043,2274.83 142% safer
Other Crime1210.6110,2651.15 89% safer
Other Theft1,0855.4890,13710.07 84% safer
Possession of Weapons430.225,0140.56 155% safer
Public Order8234.1661,3056.85 65% safer
Robbery1970.9922,5282.52 155% safer
Shoplifting4582.3133,6743.76 63% safer
Theft From the Person2071.0539,8094.45 324% safer
Vehicle Crime1,7138.6598,51711.00 27% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,32016.77244,97827.36 63% safer

Richmond upon Thames Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Richmond upon Thames11,21056.61-
Harrow14,46057.571.7% more dangerous
Bexley14,88059.936% more dangerous
Sutton12,70461.578% more dangerous
Kingston upon Thames10,99561.949% more dangerous
Merton12,84162.179% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Richmond upon Thames

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Recent Crimes in Richmond upon Thames

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Denehurst GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Theft from the personOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Milton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ferry TerminalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Twining AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Seymour GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fulmer CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near The CedarsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Stevens CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ranelagh AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Greville RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Theft from the personOn or near Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Michelsdale DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bryanston AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Twickenham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hospital Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sandy LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clifford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Richmond upon Thames Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16183523 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.94.04.14.3 Safer
Burglary9875 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson654.74.9 Safer
Drugs1.31.73.02.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.590.550.820.61 Safer
Other Theft7765 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.260.260.22 Safer
Public Order3.84.44.54.2 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.82.21.20.99 Safer
Shoplifting2.83.02.62.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.40.711.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime1111119 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16161717 Getting 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 2021.

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 Thames56.61-
Barnet67.0816% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield91.1038% more dangerous
Bristol93.7740% more dangerous
Coventry102.3745% more dangerous
Leicester111.7549% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9056% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1759% more dangerous
Bradford145.6061% more dangerous
Leeds153.0663% 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 Queen's Road as the third most dangerous area. Richmond upon Thames's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Ham, St Margarets, and Twickenham Marble Hill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Sheen North4054417th
Ham1913523rd
Hampton Hill2954318th
Hampton Village4804715th
Hampton Wick & Teddington East5264616th
Heathfield6105711th
Kew Gardens58958Eighth
Mortlake & South Barnes66557Tenth
North Barnes5235213th
North Sheen77563Fourth
Nursery Lands & Hampton North57260Sixth
Queen's Road46069Third
Richmond Central1,039142First
Richmond Park, Sheen Gate & Petersham3965512th
St Margarets2503721st
Strawberry Hill2534119th
Teddington Central42157Ninth
Teddington North2713720th
Twickenham Marble Hill2663622nd
Twickenham North42460Seventh
Twickenham Town74593Second
Twickenham West5645114th
Whitton50561Fifth

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 (117)Richmond Central (369)
Bicycle TheftHam (4)Twickenham Town (116)
BurglaryStrawberry Hill (14)Richmond Central (65)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSt Margarets (16)Richmond Central (62)
DrugsHampton Hill (3)Richmond Central (35)
Other CrimeWhitton (1)Twickenham Town (14)
Other TheftSt Margarets (18)Richmond Central (124)
Possession of WeaponsMortlake & South Barnes (1)Twickenham Town (8)
Public OrderHam (9)Richmond Central (65)
Robbery (inc. mugging)North Barnes (2)Richmond Central (32)
ShopliftingTwickenham North (1)Richmond Central (103)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Heathfield (1)Richmond Central (84)
Vehicle CrimeTeddington Central (30)Richmond Central (167)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSt Margarets (60)Twickenham Town (226)

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%+290%+156%+73%+67%+57%+53%+71%+78%
Bicycle Theft-58%-60%-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%-13%-29%+36%+35%+22%-23%-13%-2%
Drugs+37%+62%+162%+106%+104%-24%+76%+63%+106%+138%
Other Crime-8%+150%+100%+70%-44%+133%+29%-10%+300%+140%
Other Theft-4%-59%-46%-41%-13%-21%-8%-37%-48%-20%
Possession of Weapons-33%+200%+40%-+25%+133%-33%+25%+50%-40%
Public Order-13%-14%+26%+23%-9%-1%+4%+13%+17%-45%
Robbery-49%-90%-26%-25%-67%-21%-49%-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%+32%+76%+58%+16%-26%-32%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-10%+3%-6%+12%+39%+4%-5%--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 safest borough 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.

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