Waltham Forest Crime Overview

Waltham Forest is among the top 20 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Waltham Forest in 2020 was 78 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 3.9% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Waltham Forest ranks as the the 39th most dangerous city, and the the 865th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Waltham Forest are violence and sexual offences, with 6,371 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 2.4% lower than 2019's figure of 6,527 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Waltham Forest's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 198 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 13% from 2019's figure of 224 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Waltham Forest This Year

 Waltham ForestLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,55145.31386,65143.144.8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft7402.6723,0182.573.7% more dangerous
Burglary1,6866.0956,3306.293.3% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4915.3847,5635.311.3% more dangerous
Drugs1,6455.9449,0295.478% more dangerous
Other Crime2901.059,5341.060.95% safer
Other Theft2,1317.6977,7838.6813% safer
Possession of Weapons1980.715,6020.6311% more dangerous
Public Order1,3154.7552,2705.8323% safer
Robbery6962.5125,4802.8413% safer
Shoplifting8743.1632,9053.6716% safer
Theft From the Person6462.3331,8293.5552% safer
Vehicle Crime3,42212.3599,97811.1610% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,37123.00211,94323.652.8% safer

Waltham Forest Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet24,67062.3225% safer
Wandsworth22,35767.8114% safer
Redbridge21,04368.9413% safer
Croydon29,84777.180.60% safer
Ealing26,43977.350.37% safer
Waltham Forest21,50577.64-
Brent25,66477.820.23% more dangerous
Enfield26,03277.990.45% more dangerous
Hillingdon24,01478.250.78% more dangerous
Greenwich22,95179.712.6% more dangerous
Barking and Dagenham17,02079.942.9% more dangerous

Waltham Forest Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25242545Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.62.02.7Getting worse
Burglary9876Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7665Safer
Drugs2.94.066Getting worse
Other Crime0.770.970.981.0Getting worse
Other Theft1011108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.780.810.71Safer
Public Order4.64.94.64.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.93.53.02.5Safer
Shoplifting3.63.22.83.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.53.43.32.3Safer
Vehicle Crime12141412Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23252423Safer

Comparing Waltham Forest to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.509% safer
Sheffield73.994.9% safer
Kirklees74.234.6% safer
Croydon77.180.60% safer
Waltham Forest77.64-
Bradford79.192.0% more dangerous
London80.703.8% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0213% more dangerous
Bristol91.5715% more dangerous
Leeds91.9016% more dangerous
Leicester102.5124% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9427% more dangerous

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 301% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+68%+301%+217%+126%+63%+51%+58%+50%+75%
Bicycle Theft+21%+46%+54%+113%+40%+62%+34%+21%-20%
Burglary+3%-20%-3%+40%+19%+27%-14%-40%-28%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%-17%-22%+13%+4%+16%-2%+2%+1%
Drugs-27%+16%+37%-17%+2%-10%-10%-13%+13%
Other Crime-45%-49%-10%+4%+39%+32%+55%+24%+64%
Other Theft-29%-38%-38%-24%+16%+6%-7%-13%-16%
Possession of Weapons-57%-38%-48%-+133%+7%+83%-6%+56%
Public Order-1%-14%+33%+3%+15%+7%+73%+9%-
Robbery+1%-16%-47%-36%-25%+63%+6%+3%-24%
Shoplifting+65%+54%+33%-+27%+5%+6%-18%+11%
Theft From the Person-26%-63%-66%-46%-25%-5%+12%+4%-23%
Vehicle Crime+25%0%-6%-6%-3%-7%-15%-28%-21%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-10%-11%+1%+12%+25%+28%+22%+16%

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 cities 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.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021