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Crime and Safety in Southwark

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Southwark is among the top 10 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Southwark in 2021 was 98 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 589th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Southwark had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 98 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Southwark residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 29 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Southwark recorded 212 reports of burglary during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst for burglary in London that month.

The most common crimes in Southwark are violence and sexual offences, with 9,091 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 3.7% higher than 2020's figure of 8,758 offences and a difference of 1.04 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Southwark's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 243 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 26% from 2020's figure of 305 crimes.

Southwark 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Boroughs, London

12% higher, regional crime rate

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26% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Southwark is 12% higher than London and 26% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Southwark Crime Rate Over Time

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Southwark Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Southwark represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Southwark

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219831,379
202010031,811
201912339,108
201811436,318
201710433,267
201610031,903

Crime in Southwark Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Southwark This Year

 SouthwarkLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,99037.61303,00033.85 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,5584.8921,5362.41 51% more dangerous
Burglary2,3397.3452,4145.85 20% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8965.9553,1985.94 0.17% more dangerous
Drugs2,0826.5343,2274.83 26% more dangerous
Other Crime3411.0710,2651.15 7% safer
Other Theft4,21413.2290,13710.07 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2430.765,0140.56 26% more dangerous
Public Order2,3167.2661,3056.85 6% more dangerous
Robbery1,1033.4622,5282.52 27% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0723.3633,6743.76 12% safer
Theft From the Person2,3597.4039,8094.45 40% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,7658.6798,51711.00 27% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9,09128.51244,97527.36 4.0% more dangerous

Southwark Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.8113% safer
Greenwich25,03786.9513% safer
Newham32,82892.966% safer
Lambeth31,36296.192.3% safer
Tower Hamlets31,62197.371.1% safer
Southwark31,37998.42-
Islington24,816102.353.8% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.164.6% more dangerous
Hackney29,610105.337% more dangerous
Haringey28,390105.687% more dangerous
Camden28,855106.868% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southwark

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Recent Crimes in Southwark

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lausanne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Mandela WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Page'S WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Needleman StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Newington ButtsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Roseberry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Avondale SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Regal RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Wells WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Crescent Wood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Arch StreetOffender given penalty notice
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Marine StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Surrey Quays RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Royal Oak PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Lausanne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Staveley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Page'S WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Muschamp RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Southwark Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26295338 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.23.964.9 Getting worse
Burglary101087 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs6877 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.11.01.1 Safer
Other Theft18191213 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.00.960.76 Safer
Public Order7777 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)684.73.5 Safer
Shoplifting4.84.53.23.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)71377 Safer
Vehicle Crime1211109 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30302729 Safer

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93146% safer
Birmingham49.6098% safer
Barnet67.0847% safer
Croydon82.4819% safer
Sheffield90.039% safer
Bristol90.529% safer
Southwark98.42-
Leicester111.5912% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0620% more dangerous
Bradford132.2826% more dangerous
Leeds150.9435% 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 Southwark St George's as the third most dangerous area. Southwark's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Dulwich Hill, Herne Hill & Dulwich Park, and Peckham North West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bermondsey East9897322nd
Bermondsey North2,508175Second
Borough & Southwark Street2,696235First
Burgess Park7359316th
Burgess Park West & John Ruskin Street1,045117Ninth
Camberwell Green1,235111Tenth
Camberwell North5886327th
Camberwell South8379017th
Canada Water1,384127Eighth
Dulwich Hill4925032nd
East Dulwich5146028th
Elephant & Castle951131Seventh
Herne Hill & Dulwich Park4534833rd
Kennington East8688318th
London Bridge & Bermondsey West1,494138Sixth
North Dulwich5606426th
Nunhead North6996525th
Nunhead South & Newlands4065230th
Peckham North1,262147Fourth
Peckham North West4805031st
Peckham Park Road9439614th
Peckham Rye1,03010313th
Peckham Rye Common6626723rd
Queens Road Peckham8947720th
Rotherhithe5105429th
South Bermondsey Central9889315th
South Bermondsey East5978219th
South Bermondsey West93810612th
Southwark St George's1,273153Third
Surrey Quays7887621st
Sydenham Hill5606624th
Walworth North1,216143Fifth
Walworth South79411011th

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 BehaviourNunhead South & Newlands (148)Borough & Southwark Street (853)
Bicycle TheftNunhead South & Newlands (7)Borough & Southwark Street (284)
BurglaryNunhead South & Newlands (24)Borough & Southwark Street (185)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDulwich Hill (30)Walworth North (89)
DrugsEast Dulwich (7)Bermondsey North (256)
Other CrimeDulwich Hill (1)Peckham North (19)
Other TheftRotherhithe (44)Borough & Southwark Street (636)
Possession of WeaponsDulwich Hill (1)Elephant & Castle (13)
Public OrderRotherhithe (20)Bermondsey North (247)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Nunhead South & Newlands (9)Borough & Southwark Street (111)
ShopliftingPeckham North West (1)Walworth South (137)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Sydenham Hill (3)Borough & Southwark Street (346)
Vehicle CrimeKennington East (43)Camberwell South (131)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHerne Hill & Dulwich Park (108)Walworth North (397)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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%
Burglary-40%-23%-30%-27%-20%-9%-2%-18%-18%-26%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-21%-29%+11%+13%+11%+12%+1%-11%-5%
Drugs-32%-8%+26%-12%-31%-24%-3%+0%+22%+3%
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%+3%+24%-8%-4%-19%
Robbery-29%-78%-68%-41%-34%+4%-41%-38%-53%-46%
Shoplifting-30%-45%-44%-43%+9%-21%-19%-20%-27%-34%
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 boroughs 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.

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