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Crime and Safety in Tower Hamlets

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Tower Hamlets is among the top 10 most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Tower Hamlets in 2021 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Tower Hamlets is among the top 20 most dangerous city, and the 633rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Tower Hamlets had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 179 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Tower Hamlets residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 277 crimes at a rate of 0.85 per 1,000 residents. Tower Hamlets recorded 234 reports of burglary during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.72 the worst for burglary in London that month.

The most common crimes in Tower Hamlets are violence and sexual offences, with 9,903 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 8,762 offences and a difference of 3.51 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Tower Hamlets's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 185 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 31% from 2020's figure of 243 crimes.

Tower Hamlets 2022 Crime Scorecard

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11% higher, regional crime rate

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21% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Tower Hamlets is 11% higher than London and 21% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Tower Hamlets Crime Rate Over Time

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Tower Hamlets Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Tower Hamlets

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219731,621
20209530,740
201910433,625
201810433,665
20179530,808
20169129,508

Crime in Tower Hamlets Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Tower Hamlets This Year

 Tower HamletsLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18,33056.44303,00033.85 40% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,7975.5321,5362.41 56% more dangerous
Burglary2,3607.2752,4145.85 20% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1406.5953,1985.94 10% more dangerous
Drugs2,3717.3043,2274.83 34% more dangerous
Other Crime3801.1710,2651.15 1.7% more dangerous
Other Theft3,2389.9790,13710.07 1.0% safer
Possession of Weapons1850.575,0140.56 1.8% more dangerous
Public Order2,5067.7261,3056.85 11% more dangerous
Robbery9692.9822,5282.52 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting7162.2033,6743.76 71% safer
Theft From the Person1,7425.3639,8094.45 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,31410.2098,51711.00 8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9,90330.49244,97827.36 10% more dangerous

Tower Hamlets Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lewisham26,12885.4314% safer
Barking and Dagenham18,48386.8112% safer
Greenwich25,03786.9512% safer
Newham32,82892.964.7% safer
Lambeth31,36296.191.2% safer
Tower Hamlets31,62197.37-
Southwark31,37998.421.1% more dangerous
Islington24,816102.354.9% more dangerous
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.166% more dangerous
Hackney29,610105.338% more dangerous
Haringey28,390105.688% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Tower Hamlets

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Recent Crimes in Tower Hamlets

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Joseph StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Diss StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near A100Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Whitechapel High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Stour RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near South ColonnadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pepper StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dellow StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Copeland DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Spital SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Milward StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near British StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gascoigne PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Golding StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Cable StreetOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Turville StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Tower Hamlets Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41477756 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.54.466 Getting worse
Burglary10987 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6667 Getting worse
Drugs6787 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.11.31.2 Getting worse
Other Theft14151010 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.960.840.750.57 Safer
Public Order7778 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)4.74.43.13.0 Safer
Shoplifting3.32.92.52.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)673.95 Safer
Vehicle Crime11111110 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29282730 Getting worse

Changes In Tower Hamlets's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Tower Hamlets's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Tower Hamlets that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Jubilee Park714251833
Langdon Park---3335
Millwall Park32--2434.8
Poplar Recreation Ground4----02.4
Prospect Park132--3558

Comparing Tower Hamlets to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0845% safer
Croydon82.4818% safer
Sheffield90.058% safer
Bristol90.528% safer
Tower Hamlets97.37-
Coventry102.244.8% more dangerous
Leicester111.5913% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0621% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6425% more dangerous
Bradford132.2826% more dangerous
Leeds150.9435% more dangerous

Crime in Tower Hamlets's Neighbourhoods

Bethnal Green South is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Tower Hamlets, followed by Spitalfields in second place, and Bethnal Green East as the third most dangerous area. Tower Hamlets's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Millwall North, Millwall South, and Mudchute.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aldgate1,3399714th
Bethnal Green Central7379118th
Bethnal Green East1,023147Third
Bethnal Green North East83710011th
Bethnal Green North West1,003134Sixth
Bethnal Green South1,371169First
Blackwall & Leamouth1,7428623rd
Bow North & Fish Island1,114103Tenth
Bow South1,2729912th
Bow West1,0339515th
Brick Lane North1,106122Eighth
Bromley-by-Bow East9688326th
Bromley-by-Bow West1,1568425th
Canary Wharf1,161139Fifth
Columbia Road941141Fourth
Limehouse East8729217th
Limehouse North & Stepney East8257728th
Mile End East & Burdett Estate1,398105Ninth
Mile End West9488524th
Millwall North6736130th
Millwall South4413732nd
Mudchute4014931st
Poplar Central8749713th
Poplar Leaside8979416th
Poplar West9268127th
Shadwell Basin & Ratcliffe9349019th
Shadwell North6898921st
Spitalfields1,951163Second
St George in the East & Wapping North6577629th
Stepney Green8419020th
Tower Hill & Wapping South5958722nd
Whitechapel872130Seventh

Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBow West (386)Columbia Road (684)
Bicycle TheftMillwall South (9)Bethnal Green South (120)
BurglaryMillwall South (38)Limehouse East (134)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMillwall South (30)Bethnal Green East (87)
DrugsMillwall South (24)Bethnal Green South (141)
Other CrimeMillwall North (5)Bethnal Green East (20)
Other TheftMudchute (27)Spitalfields (353)
Possession of WeaponsSt George in the East & Wapping North (1)Spitalfields (17)
Public OrderMillwall South (42)Bethnal Green South (130)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Millwall South (7)Columbia Road (44)
ShopliftingMillwall South (1)Canary Wharf (168)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Mudchute (1)Columbia Road (136)
Vehicle CrimeMillwall South (38)Bethnal Green East (139)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMillwall South (191)Bethnal Green South (380)

Crime in Tower Hamlets During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Tower Hamlets change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Tower Hamlets saw a 200% increase in anti-social behaviour. Tower Hamlets saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 72% compared to May in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Tower Hamlets's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+20%+200%+147%+84%+20%+43%+42%+44%+102%+77%
Bicycle Theft-39%-37%-17%+19%+61%+186%+168%+115%+93%+53%
Burglary-29%-21%-25%-20%-7%-10%+7%-13%-6%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-3%-22%+2%-24%+10%+16%+36%-11%-5%-6%
Drugs-32%-3%+100%+87%+26%+2%+34%+83%-3%+13%
Other Crime-17%+53%+8%-14%-29%+76%+104%+83%-5%+12%
Other Theft-52%-65%-65%-46%-26%+2%-2%-28%-39%-37%
Possession of Weapons-48%-33%+13%+58%+10%-39%+13%+10%-28%-19%
Public Order-22%-18%-7%-11%+5%+5%+26%+8%+12%-11%
Robbery-12%-67%-45%-44%-10%-18%-25%-38%-49%-34%
Shoplifting-17%-40%-46%-5%+6%+7%-20%-8%-20%-31%
Theft From the Person-48%-65%-72%-71%-42%-33%-15%-44%-49%-39%
Vehicle Crime+20%-29%-24%-24%+19%+7%+14%-19%-34%-18%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-21%-20%-14%-5%+17%+13%+4%+6%+11%

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 borough 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.

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