Waltham Forest Crime Overview

Waltham Forest is among the top 20 safest cities in London, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Waltham Forest in 2020 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 4.0% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Waltham Forest is the 22nd safest city, and the 859th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Waltham Forest are violence and sexual offences, with 6,945 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 6,532 offences and a difference of 1.49 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Waltham Forest's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 213 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 6% from 2019's figure of 225 crimes.

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Crime in Waltham Forest Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Waltham Forest This Year

 Waltham ForestLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,45548.58416,48646.524.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft7682.7724,3552.721.8% more dangerous
Burglary1,8246.5961,0906.823.5% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5965.7651,7285.780.35% safer
Drugs1,7706.3952,7895.908% more dangerous
Other Crime3191.1510,3371.150% safer
Other Theft2,3208.3884,2109.4112% safer
Possession of Weapons2130.776,0140.6713% more dangerous
Public Order1,4365.1856,3686.3022% safer
Robbery7522.7127,5443.0814% safer
Shoplifting9263.3435,6593.9819% safer
Theft From the Person7112.5735,1173.9253% safer
Vehicle Crime3,70113.36107,68712.0310% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,94525.07229,97825.692.5% safer

Waltham Forest Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet26,80667.7124% safer
Wandsworth24,28273.6514% safer
Redbridge22,87374.9412% safer
Croydon32,18183.221.00% safer
Ealing28,57883.610.53% safer
Waltham Forest23,28184.05-
Hillingdon25,81384.120.08% more dangerous
Enfield28,26084.660.72% more dangerous
Brent27,93284.700.77% more dangerous
Greenwich24,72185.852.1% more dangerous
Hounslow23,38586.132.4% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Waltham Forest

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Waltham Forest Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25242549Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.62.02.8Getting worse
Burglary9877Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666Safer
Drugs2.94.066Getting worse
Other Crime0.780.970.981.2Getting worse
Other Theft1011108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.780.810.77Safer
Public Order4.64.94.65Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.93.53.02.7Safer
Shoplifting3.63.22.83.3Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.53.53.32.6Safer
Vehicle Crime12141413Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23252425Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7124% safer
Coventry77.419% safer
Croydon83.221.00% safer
Waltham Forest84.05-
Sheffield85.812.1% more dangerous
Bristol86.212.5% more dangerous
Leicester97.4414% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8718% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2822% more dangerous
Bradford133.0237% more dangerous
Leeds137.1039% 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 Leytonstone East as the third most dangerous area. Waltham Forest's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Friday Hill, Larkswood, and William Morris.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Baker's Arms1,134101Sixth
Blackhorse Road9477414th
Chingford Green East5816424th
Chingford Green West5266423rd
Chingford Mount7268411th
Friday Hill5286227th
Fulbourne Road & Walthamstow Forest5856621st
Higham Hill91592Eighth
Highams Park East6636522nd
Highams Park West6957117th
Larkswood4976326th
Lea Bridge90091Ninth
Leyton East6376425th
Leyton North7196918th
Leyton South1,298126Second
Leytonstone East1,107113Third
Leytonstone North6907413th
Leytonstone South East7306620th
Leytonstone South West8267316th
Lloyd Park7777512th
Markhouse & St James Park6907315th
South Chingford919105Fifth
Upper Walthamstow6136819th
Walthamstow Central95989Tenth
Walthamstow Market & South Grove2,031171First
Whipps Cross962105Fourth
William Morris5655928th
Wood Street1,05797Seventh

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 (208)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (867)
Bicycle TheftChingford Green West (2)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (94)
BurglaryFulbourne Road & Walthamstow Forest (38)Lea Bridge (99)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLeyton East (37)Chingford Mount (67)
DrugsLeytonstone North (26)Leyton South (161)
Other CrimeLarkswood (3)Higham Hill (25)
Other TheftChingford Green West (29)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (275)
Possession of WeaponsChingford Green East (2)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (17)
Public OrderLeyton East (19)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (104)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Highams Park East (8)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (78)
ShopliftingLeyton North (1)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (327)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chingford Green West (3)Walthamstow Market & South Grove (202)
Vehicle CrimeBlackhorse Road (107)South Chingford (182)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChingford Green East (154)Baker's Arms (397)

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 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: 07 May 2021