Tower Hamlets Crime Overview

Tower Hamlets is among the top 10 most dangerous cities in London. The overall crime rate in Tower Hamlets in 2020 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Tower Hamlets ranks as the among the top 20 most dangerous city, and the the 597th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Tower Hamlets had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 208 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Tower Hamlets residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 255 crimes at a rate of 0.79 per 1,000 residents. Tower Hamlets recorded 224 reports of criminal damage and arson during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.69 the worst for criminal damage and arson in London that month.

The most common crimes in Tower Hamlets are violence and sexual offences, with 8,032 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 12% lower than 2019's figure of 9,015 offences and a difference of 3.03 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Tower Hamlets's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 234 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 17% from 2019's figure of 274 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Tower Hamlets This Year

 Tower HamletsLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23,46772.26386,65143.1440% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,9626.0423,0182.5757% more dangerous
Burglary2,4557.5656,3306.2917% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8455.6847,5635.317% more dangerous
Drugs2,6048.0249,0295.4732% more dangerous
Other Crime3781.169,5341.069% more dangerous
Other Theft2,8988.9277,7838.682.7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2340.725,6020.6312% more dangerous
Public Order2,1056.4852,2705.8310% more dangerous
Robbery9252.8525,4802.840.35% more dangerous
Shoplifting7382.2732,9053.6762% safer
Theft From the Person1,1853.6531,8293.552.7% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,1539.7199,97811.1615% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,03224.73211,94323.654.4% more dangerous

Tower Hamlets Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.9410% safer
Hounslow21,72980.0310% safer
Lewisham24,81981.158% safer
Newham30,15485.392.8% safer
Lambeth28,01585.932.2% safer
Tower Hamlets28,51487.80-
Hammersmith and Fulham17,11592.445% more dangerous
Southwark29,61492.885% more dangerous
Haringey25,57195.188% more dangerous
Hackney27,34597.2710% more dangerous
Islington24,14699.5812% more dangerous

Tower Hamlets Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40414772Getting worse
Bicycle Theft54.64.56Getting worse
Burglary910108Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Drugs4.0678Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.11.11.2Getting worse
Other Theft1214159Safer
Possession of Weapons0.830.970.840.72Safer
Public Order7776Safer
Robbery4.64.84.42.8Safer
Shoplifting4.03.32.92.3Safer
Theft From the Person5673.6Safer
Vehicle Crime10111110Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26292825Safer

Comparing Tower Hamlets to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5023% safer
Sheffield73.9919% safer
Kirklees74.2318% safer
Croydon77.1814% safer
Bradford79.1911% safer
London80.709% safer
Tower Hamlets87.80-
Birmingham89.021.4% more dangerous
Bristol91.574.1% more dangerous
Leeds91.904.5% more dangerous
Leicester102.5114% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9417% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Tower Hamlets

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

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021