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Crime and Safety in Waltham Forest

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Waltham Forest is among the top 20 safest boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Waltham Forest in 2021 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Waltham Forest is among the top 20 safest cities, and the 1,110th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Waltham Forest are violence and sexual offences, with 7,097 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 2.1% higher than 2020's figure of 6,945 offences and a difference of 0.55 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Waltham Forest's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 146 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 46% from 2020's figure of 213 crimes.

Waltham Forest 2022 Crime Scorecard

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9% lower, regional crime rate

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8% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Waltham Forest is 9% lower than London and 8% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Waltham Forest Crime Rate Over Time

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Waltham Forest Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Waltham Forest 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 Waltham Forest

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20217921,881
20208423,281
20198423,361
20188623,726
20178022,275
20167621,031

Crime in Waltham Forest Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Waltham Forest This Year

 Waltham ForestLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,96732.37303,00033.85 4.6% safer
Bicycle Theft4261.5421,5362.41 56% safer
Burglary1,2904.6652,4145.85 26% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5295.5253,1985.94 8% safer
Drugs1,3724.9543,2274.83 2.4% more dangerous
Other Crime2690.9710,2651.15 19% safer
Other Theft2,3368.4390,13710.07 19% safer
Possession of Weapons1460.535,0140.56 6% safer
Public Order1,6315.8961,3056.85 16% safer
Robbery7352.6522,5282.52 4.9% more dangerous
Shoplifting9413.4033,6743.76 11% safer
Theft From the Person7642.7639,8094.45 61% safer
Vehicle Crime3,34512.0898,51711.00 9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,09725.62244,97527.36 7% safer

Waltham Forest Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Havering16,74964.5322% safer
Bromley22,19466.7818% safer
Barnet26,55567.0818% safer
Wandsworth24,77575.155% safer
Redbridge23,71877.711.7% safer
Waltham Forest21,88179.00-
Hillingdon24,34679.340.43% more dangerous
Ealing27,93381.723.3% more dangerous
Brent27,08082.123.8% more dangerous
Croydon31,89482.484.2% more dangerous
Hounslow22,55583.074.9% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Waltham Forest

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Recent Crimes in Waltham Forest

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Middleton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Morland RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Maude RoadOffender given penalty notice
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sylvester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Melon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Hawthorne RoadOffender given penalty notice
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clementina RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Claude RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Buxton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022RobberyOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gilwell CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Parkhurst RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Andrews RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ruckholt CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queens RoadOffender given a caution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Little Friday RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dorchester GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Waltham Forest Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24254932 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.62.02.81.5 Safer
Burglary8774.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666 Safer
Drugs4.0665.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.970.981.20.97 Getting worse
Other Theft111088 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.810.770.53 Safer
Public Order4.94.656 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.53.02.72.6 Safer
Shoplifting3.22.83.33.4 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.53.32.62.8 Safer
Vehicle Crime14141312 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25242526 Getting worse

Changes In Waltham Forest's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Waltham Forest's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cavendish Playing Field-----21.6
Chingford Cricket Club--1--00.53
Chingford Golf Course---1200.07
Drapers Field171112510
Larkswood Playing Fields----100.19
Leyton Jubilee Park47---103.3
Lloyd Park1522-311.9
Ridgeway Park51--442.6
War Memorial Recreation Ground1---311.3

Comparing Waltham Forest to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9398% safer
Birmingham49.6059% safer
Barnet67.0818% safer
Waltham Forest79.00-
Croydon82.484.2% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0312% more dangerous
Bristol90.5213% more dangerous
Leicester111.5929% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0636% more dangerous
Bradford132.2840% more dangerous
Leeds150.9448% more dangerous

Crime in Waltham Forest's Neighbourhoods

Walthamstow Market & South Grove is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Waltham Forest, followed by Leyton South in second place, and Higham Hill as the third most dangerous area. Waltham Forest's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Fulbourne Road & Walthamstow Forest, Leyton North, and Leytonstone South East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Baker's Arms1,03992Sixth
Blackhorse Road9847711th
Chingford Green East6176816th
Chingford Green West4675725th
Chingford Mount5976914th
Friday Hill5306220th
Fulbourne Road & Walthamstow Forest4955626th
Higham Hill1,055106Third
Highams Park East6086021st
Highams Park West6736915th
Larkswood4605823rd
Lea Bridge89690Eighth
Leyton East5835822nd
Leyton North5395228th
Leyton South1,321128Second
Leytonstone East95597Fourth
Leytonstone North5335724th
Leytonstone South East5885427th
Leytonstone South West7877013th
Lloyd Park7697412th
Markhouse & St James Park6036418th
South Chingford84496Fifth
Upper Walthamstow5656319th
Walthamstow Central91985Tenth
Walthamstow Market & South Grove2,041172First
Whipps Cross80187Ninth
William Morris6176517th
Wood Street99191Seventh

Waltham Forest Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChingford Green West (163)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (699)
Bicycle TheftFriday Hill (1)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (64)
BurglaryHigham Hill (26)Chingford Green West (60)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChingford Green West (25)Higham Hill (95)
DrugsMarkhouse & St James Park (17)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (144)
Other CrimeLarkswood (1)Lloyd Park (19)
Other TheftLarkswood (32)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (288)
Possession of WeaponsChingford Mount (1)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (15)
Public OrderMarkhouse & St James Park (23)Leyton South (128)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Larkswood (4)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (82)
ShopliftingLeytonstone South East (1)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (253)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chingford Green West (2)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (204)
Vehicle CrimeLeyton North (72)South Chingford (208)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHighams Park East (165)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (522)

Crime in Waltham Forest During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Waltham Forest change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Waltham Forest saw a 300% increase in anti-social behaviour. Waltham Forest saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 66% compared to May in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Waltham Forest's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+68%+300%+217%+126%+63%+51%+57%+50%+75%+71%
Bicycle Theft+21%+46%+54%+113%+40%+64%+34%+21%-20%-22%
Burglary+4%-19%-2%+40%+20%+28%-13%-41%-28%-20%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%-17%-22%+13%+4%+16%-2%+2%--17%
Drugs-27%+15%+36%-17%+3%-10%-9%-13%+12%+33%
Other Crime-45%-49%-10%+4%+39%+32%+55%+29%+64%+180%
Other Theft-29%-38%-37%-24%+17%+6%-6%-12%-14%-20%
Possession of Weapons-63%-40%-48%-+133%+7%+92%-6%+56%+45%
Public Order-1%-13%+31%+2%+15%+7%+73%+8%-+27%
Robbery+1%-16%-47%-37%-24%+60%+8%+3%-25%-19%
Shoplifting+65%+56%+33%-+27%+6%+6%-18%+11%-38%
Theft From the Person-26%-63%-66%-46%-25%-3%+12%+4%-23%-24%
Vehicle Crime+25%0%-6%-6%-3%-6%-15%-28%-22%-11%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-10%-11%+1%+13%+25%+28%+21%+16%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Waltham Forest

What police force serves Waltham Forest?
Waltham Forest's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.

How dangerous is Waltham Forest?
Waltham Forest is among the top 20 safest boroughs in London.

What is Waltham Forest's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Waltham Forest are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Waltham Forest?
Waltham Forest's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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