Southwark Crime Overview

Southwark is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southwark in 2020 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 12% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southwark is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 501st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Southwark had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 274 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.86 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Southwark residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 253 crimes at a rate of 0.79 per 1,000 residents. Southwark recorded 208 reports of other theft during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.65 the worst for other theft in London that month.

The most common crimes in Southwark are violence and sexual offences, with 8,761 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 9,583 offences and a difference of 2.58 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Southwark's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 305 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 10% from 2019's figure of 335 crimes.

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Crime in Southwark Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Southwark This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17,03353.42416,48646.5213% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,8115.6824,3552.7252% more dangerous
Burglary2,5287.9361,0906.8214% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9666.1751,7285.786% more dangerous
Drugs2,2457.0452,7895.9016% more dangerous
Other Crime3211.0110,3371.1514% safer
Other Theft3,70611.6284,2109.4119% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3050.966,0140.6730% more dangerous
Public Order2,2306.9956,3686.3010% more dangerous
Robbery1,5104.7427,5443.0835% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0173.1935,6593.9825% safer
Theft From the Person2,0776.5135,1173.9240% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,34510.49107,68712.0315% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,76127.48229,97825.697% more dangerous

Southwark Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Barking and Dagenham18,44186.6215% safer
Lewisham26,97888.2113% safer
Lambeth30,39593.237% safer
Newham33,02993.537% safer
Tower Hamlets30,74094.665% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.320.51% more dangerous
Haringey28,144104.764.7% more dangerous
Islington25,583105.515% more dangerous
Hackney29,840106.156% more dangerous
Camden30,853114.2613% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southwark

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Southwark Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour26262953Getting worse
Bicycle Theft5.04.23.96Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs6687Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.11.11.0Safer
Other Theft15181912Safer
Possession of Weapons1.
Public Order6777Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)6684.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)77137Safer
Vehicle Crime9121110Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26303027Safer

Changes In Southwark's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Southwark's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bermondsey Spa Gardens7-326612
Brimmington Park83-1-7051
Brunswick Park-1--122.5
Burgess Park17951819342.2
Guy Street Park341--321153
Leyton Square4--1128
Mary Datchelor Playing Fields-1--141.4
Peckham Rye Park50855592.1
Russia Dock Woodland36-639168
Southwark Park16----70.86
Warwick Garden1--2203.3

Comparing Southwark to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7147% safer
Coventry77.4129% safer
Croydon83.2220% safer
Sheffield85.8116% safer
Bristol86.2116% safer
Leicester97.442.4% safer
Birmingham102.873.0% more dangerous
Liverpool107.287% more dangerous
Bradford133.0225% more dangerous
Leeds137.1027% more dangerous

Crime in Southwark's Neighbourhoods

Borough & Southwark Street is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Southwark, followed by Bermondsey North in second place, and Elephant & Castle as the third most dangerous area. Southwark's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Nunhead South & Newlands, Peckham North West, and Rotherhithe.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bermondsey East1,1068220th
Bermondsey North2,570180Second
Borough & Southwark Street2,524220First
Burgess Park7189017th
Burgess Park West & John Ruskin Street95110612th
Camberwell Green1,208109Tenth
Camberwell North6336826th
Camberwell South8469116th
Canada Water1,438132Seventh
Dulwich Hill5735829th
East Dulwich6317424th
Elephant & Castle1,136157Third
Herne Hill & Dulwich Park5245630th
Kennington East8758318th
London Bridge & Bermondsey West1,361126Eighth
North Dulwich6197125th
Nunhead North7146628th
Nunhead South & Newlands3824933rd
Peckham North1,219142Sixth
Peckham North West5065332nd
Peckham Park Road9309513th
Peckham Rye1,07910811th
Peckham Rye Common6716827th
Queens Road Peckham8927722nd
South Bermondsey Central9849315th
South Bermondsey East5998219th
South Bermondsey West987112Ninth
Southwark St George's1,241149Fourth
Surrey Quays8458221st
Sydenham Hill6367523rd
Walworth North1,244146Fifth
Walworth South6769414th

Southwark Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHerne Hill & Dulwich Park (205)Walworth South (664)
Bicycle TheftNunhead South & Newlands (7)Borough & Southwark Street (302)
BurglaryNunhead South & Newlands (33)Borough & Southwark Street (173)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHerne Hill & Dulwich Park (21)Peckham North (95)
DrugsEast Dulwich (7)Elephant & Castle (171)
Other CrimeHerne Hill & Dulwich Park (3)Elephant & Castle (17)
Other TheftNunhead South & Newlands (21)Borough & Southwark Street (616)
Possession of WeaponsDulwich Hill (1)Elephant & Castle (17)
Public OrderPeckham North West (21)Bermondsey North (188)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Peckham North West (10)Elephant & Castle (82)
ShopliftingNunhead North (1)Peckham North (84)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Nunhead South & Newlands (4)Borough & Southwark Street (308)
Vehicle CrimeKennington East (59)Camberwell South (173)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHerne Hill & Dulwich Park (95)Peckham North (392)

Crime in Southwark During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southwark change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Southwark saw a 228% increase in anti-social behaviour. Southwark saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019. Rates of robbery and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Southwark's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+228%+222%+86%+62%+65%+61%+64%+79%+81%
Bicycle Theft-25%-50%-35%+75%+114%+132%+129%+67%+59%+4%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-21%-29%+11%+13%+11%+12%+1%-9%-5%
Other Crime-38%-24%-13%-24%-9%-9%-17%+55%+23%-21%
Other Theft-43%-72%-62%-47%-36%-15%-22%-45%-52%-40%
Possession of Weapons-52%--23%-45%-49%+70%+35%+68%+100%-4%
Public Order-6%-14%-22%-25%+0%+4%+24%-8%-3%-19%
Theft From the Person-40%-90%-83%-69%-64%-42%-56%-51%-51%-24%
Vehicle Crime-38%-33%-15%-12%+61%+14%-18%-1%+14%-27%
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-30%-24%-20%-2%+14%+11%+2%-11%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southwark

What police force serves Southwark?
Southwark's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Southwark?
Southwark is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London.
What is Southwark's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Southwark are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Southwark?
Southwark's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021