Sutton Crime Overview

Sutton is among the top 5 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Sutton in 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 39% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Sutton ranks as the the 28th safest city, and the the 1,886th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Sutton are violence and sexual offences, with 4,037 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 4,400 offences and a difference of 1.76 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Sutton's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 95 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 7% from 2019's figure of 88 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Sutton This Year

 SuttonLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,02029.17386,65143.1448% safer
Bicycle Theft1810.8823,0182.57192% safer
Burglary9424.5756,3306.2938% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8684.2147,5635.3126% safer
Drugs7043.4149,0295.4760% safer
Other Crime1840.899,5341.0619% safer
Other Theft8974.3577,7838.68100% safer
Possession of Weapons950.465,6020.6337% safer
Public Order8894.3152,2705.8335% safer
Robbery2321.1225,4802.84154% safer
Shoplifting6753.2732,9053.6712% safer
Theft From the Person1640.7931,8293.55349% safer
Vehicle Crime2,07710.0799,97811.1611% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,03719.56211,94323.6521% safer

Sutton Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrow13,89555.324.6% safer
Kingston upon Thames9,96356.133.1% safer
Richmond upon Thames11,40857.610.49% safer
Sutton11,94557.89-
Bexley14,43158.120.40% more dangerous
Havering15,40559.352.5% more dangerous
Bromley19,95960.063.6% more dangerous
Merton12,48760.464.3% more dangerous
Queen's Park91762.127% more dangerous

Sutton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15151929Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.640.740.900.88Getting worse
Burglary5674.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6654.2Safer
Drugs1.71.52.53.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.760.770.770.89Getting worse
Other Theft6664.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.490.430.46Getting worse
Public Order3.84.04.64.3Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.51.41.1Safer
Shoplifting4.03.94.63.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.830.841.10.79Safer
Vehicle Crime991010Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18192120Getting worse

Comparing Sutton to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton57.89-
Coventry71.5019% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9922% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2322% more dangerous
Croydon77.1825% more dangerous
Bradford79.1927% more dangerous
London80.7028% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0235% more dangerous
Bristol91.5737% more dangerous
Leeds91.9037% more dangerous
Leicester102.5144% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Sutton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sutton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Sutton saw a 275% increase in possession of weapons. Sutton saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Sutton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+233%+173%+62%+13%+16%+46%+38%+86%
Bicycle Theft+217%-61%+57%-+18%-10%--6%-38%
Burglary-14%-52%-37%-35%--36%-24%-54%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-39%-41%-7%-14%-5%-3%-15%-7%
Drugs+11%+93%+98%+63%+13%+22%+17%+125%+49%
Other Crime-29%+87%+36%+111%+45%+55%+7%-19%+13%
Other Theft-23%-48%-50%-26%-9%-4%-9%-34%-21%
Possession of Weapons-29%+275%+14%-33%-55%-33%+200%+88%+33%
Public Order--24%-17%-9%-2%+14%+11%-5%+21%
Robbery+19%-69%-40%-33%-5%-25%-24%-28%-4%
Shoplifting-15%-40%-56%-37%-45%-40%-31%+3%-43%
Theft From the Person+12%-90%-75%+20%+19%-4%-29%+12%-
Vehicle Crime+51%-30%-14%+38%+12%-20%+13%+13%+23%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-21%-1%+2%+1%-7%-2%+2%+15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sutton

What police force serves Sutton?
Sutton's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Sutton?
Sutton is among the top 5 safest cities in London.
What is Sutton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sutton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sutton?
Sutton's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021