Southwark Crime Overview

Southwark is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Southwark in 2020 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Southwark ranks as the among the top 20 most dangerous city, and the the 489th 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 275 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 254 crimes at a rate of 0.80 per 1,000 residents. Southwark recorded 209 reports of other theft during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst for other theft in London that month.

The most common crimes in Southwark are violence and sexual offences, with 8,214 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 9,649 offences and a difference of 4.50 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Southwark's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 285 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 19% from 2019's figure of 339 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Southwark This Year

 SouthwarkLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15,89849.86386,65143.1413% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,7445.4723,0182.5753% more dangerous
Burglary2,3417.3456,3306.2914% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8285.7347,5635.317% more dangerous
Drugs2,0656.4849,0295.4716% more dangerous
Other Crime2980.939,5341.0614% safer
Other Theft3,43510.7777,7838.6819% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2850.895,6020.6329% more dangerous
Public Order2,0816.5352,2705.8311% more dangerous
Robbery1,4164.4425,4802.8436% more dangerous
Shoplifting9532.9932,9053.6723% safer
Theft From the Person1,8455.7931,8293.5539% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,1099.7599,97811.1614% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,21425.76211,94323.658% more dangerous

Southwark Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lewisham24,81981.1514% safer
Newham30,15485.399% safer
Lambeth28,01585.938% safer
Tower Hamlets28,51487.806% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.440.48% safer
Southwark29,61492.88-
Haringey25,57195.182.4% more dangerous
Hackney27,34597.274.5% more dangerous
Islington24,14699.587% more dangerous
Kensington and Chelsea16,253104.1011% more dangerous
Camden28,903107.0413% more dangerous

Southwark Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26262950Getting worse
Bicycle Theft5.04.23.95Getting worse
Burglary1010107Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs6686Safer
Other Crime0.981.11.10.93Safer
Other Theft15181911Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.41.10.89Safer
Public Order6777Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)6684.4Safer
Shoplifting4.54.84.53.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)77136Safer
Vehicle Crime9121110Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26313026Safer

Comparing Southwark to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5030% safer
Sheffield73.9926% safer
Kirklees74.2325% safer
Croydon77.1820% safer
Bradford79.1917% safer
London80.7015% safer
Birmingham89.024.3% safer
Bristol91.571.4% safer
Leeds91.901.1% safer
Southwark92.88-
Leicester102.519% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9412% more dangerous

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 227% 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. Southwark saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+227%+220%+87%+62%+65%+61%+65%+79%
Bicycle Theft-24%-47%-34%+78%+124%+127%+132%+68%+61%
Burglary-40%-23%-30%-27%-21%-8%-4%-17%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-20%-29%+9%+12%+5%+15%+2%-10%
Drugs-34%-7%+26%-13%-31%-23%-5%+1%+22%
Other Crime-37%-24%-17%-24%-9%-13%-17%+55%+19%
Other Theft-42%-72%-62%-47%-36%-15%-22%-45%-52%
Possession of Weapons-53%--19%-41%-50%+70%+35%+52%+89%
Public Order-6%-15%-22%-23%+1%+3%+25%-8%-2%
Robbery-29%-79%-68%-41%-35%+4%-41%-37%-53%
Shoplifting-29%-43%-42%-42%+9%-21%-15%-20%-28%
Theft From the Person-40%-90%-83%-68%-64%-41%-55%-50%-51%
Vehicle Crime-38%-34%-18%-12%+59%+13%-19%+1%+12%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-30%-22%-21%-3%+14%+11%+2%-11%

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: 01 Mar 2021