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Crime and Safety in Wandsworth

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Wandsworth is among the top 10 safest boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Wandsworth in 2021 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wandsworth is among the top 20 safest cities, and the 1,268th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Wandsworth had the worst crime rate in London for burglary, with 223 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.68 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2016 was also a bad month for Wandsworth residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 456 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Wandsworth are violence and sexual offences, with 7,963 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 7,189 offences and a difference of 2.34 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Wandsworth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 122 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 16% from 2020's figure of 141 crimes.

Wandsworth 2022 Crime Scorecard

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15% lower, regional crime rate

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3.1% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wandsworth is 15% lower than London and 3.1% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wandsworth Crime Rate Over Time

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Wandsworth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wandsworth 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 Wandsworth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20217524,775
20207424,277
20197725,469
20187825,817
20177424,510
20167324,050

Crime in Wandsworth Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Wandsworth This Year

 WandsworthLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10,49431.83303,00033.85 6% safer
Bicycle Theft1,3153.9921,5362.41 40% more dangerous
Burglary2,2186.7352,4145.85 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6595.0353,1985.94 18% safer
Drugs1,0073.0543,2274.83 58% safer
Other Crime2920.8910,2651.15 29% safer
Other Theft2,8478.6490,13710.07 17% safer
Possession of Weapons1220.375,0140.56 51% safer
Public Order1,9926.0461,3056.85 13% safer
Robbery6021.8322,5282.52 38% safer
Shoplifting9252.8133,6743.76 34% safer
Theft From the Person7212.1939,8094.45 103% safer
Vehicle Crime3,1129.4498,51711.00 17% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,96324.15244,97527.36 13% safer

Wandsworth Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingston upon Thames10,99561.9421% safer
Merton12,84162.1721% safer
Havering16,74964.5316% safer
Bromley22,19466.7813% safer
Barnet26,55567.0812% safer
Wandsworth24,77575.15-
Redbridge23,71877.713.3% more dangerous
Waltham Forest21,88179.004.9% more dangerous
Hillingdon24,34679.345% more dangerous
Ealing27,93381.728% more dangerous
Brent27,08082.128% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wandsworth

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Recent Crimes in Wandsworth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sistova RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farlton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Eglantine RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Esparto StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fir Tree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Lavender RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Holgate AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Geraldine RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St John'S AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near Waynflete StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Fanthorpe StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Gartmoor GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Westleigh AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Putney HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Magdalen RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Credenhill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wandsworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19214232 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.02.94.14.0 Getting worse
Burglary8877 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.84.75 Safer
Drugs2.02.74.43.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.920.810.920.89 Getting worse
Other Theft101079 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.560.480.430.37 Safer
Public Order5556 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.62.62.31.8 Safer
Shoplifting4.03.92.82.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.52.41.82.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime1212119 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22222224 Getting worse

Changes In Wandsworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wandsworth's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Festival Pleasure Gardens93532034452.5
Garratt Park--1-201.0
King George's Park13324893.6
King George's Park Playing Fields4012131434
Rosslyn Park3---223.9
Sir Walter St Johns Playing Field14----04.2
Tooting Graveney Common6----00.28

Comparing Wandsworth to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9388% safer
Birmingham49.6052% safer
Barnet67.0812% safer
Wandsworth75.15-
Croydon82.489% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0317% more dangerous
Bristol90.5217% more dangerous
Leicester111.5933% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0639% more dangerous
Bradford132.2843% more dangerous
Leeds150.9450% more dangerous

Crime in Wandsworth's Neighbourhoods

Tooting East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Wandsworth, followed by Putney Town & Wandsworth Park in second place, and Clapham Junction & East Hill as the third most dangerous area. Wandsworth's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Clapham Common West, Merton Road, and Summerstown.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Balham77287Ninth
Battersea Latchmere5276520th
Battersea Park6898411th
Clapham Common West3964136th
Clapham Junction & East Hill1,317131Third
Earlsfield North5725525th
Earlsfield South6797914th
East Putney4464830th
Furzedown East4705624th
Furzedown West3944532nd
Lavender Hill East5367316th
Lavender Hill West & Little India1,151105Sixth
Merton Road3223537th
Nightingale Lane3744533rd
Nine Elms & Patmore1,26085Tenth
Putney Embankment & Lower Common5116022nd
Putney Town & Wandsworth Park1,561132Second
Putney West3984434th
Roehampton North East7606719th
Roehampton North West5157217th
Roehampton South & Putney Vale950114Fourth
Southfields North5455723rd
Springfield95797Seventh
St Mary's & Cotton Row7846918th
Summerstown3464435th
Tooting Bec Common4935029th
Tooting Bec East4587515th
Tooting Bec West5338312th
Tooting East1,777159First
Tooting North3946121st
Tooting West74990Eighth
Upper Tooting3395526th
Wandsworth Common4555327th
Wandsworth South975114Fifth
West Hill North3655028th
West Hill South3524631st
York Gardens6078113th

Wandsworth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMerton Road (141)York Gardens (427)
Bicycle TheftTooting North (4)Clapham Junction & East Hill (152)
BurglaryFurzedown West (20)Putney Town & Wandsworth Park (152)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMerton Road (15)Roehampton South & Putney Vale (81)
DrugsClapham Common West (6)Clapham Junction & East Hill (87)
Other CrimeEast Putney (1)Earlsfield South (21)
Other TheftWest Hill South (17)Tooting East (274)
Possession of WeaponsEarlsfield North (1)Clapham Junction & East Hill (14)
Public OrderEarlsfield North (15)Tooting East (166)
Robbery (inc. mugging)West Hill South (1)Tooting East (54)
ShopliftingMerton Road (1)Tooting East (216)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Southfields North (1)Tooting East (186)
Vehicle CrimeSummerstown (44)Roehampton South & Putney Vale (165)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNightingale Lane (68)Roehampton South & Putney Vale (346)

Crime in Wandsworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wandsworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Wandsworth saw a 257% increase in anti-social behaviour. Wandsworth saw a large fall in possession of weapons during June, when it fell by 81% compared to June in 2019. Rates of other theft and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Wandsworth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+257%+248%+149%+55%+56%+90%+89%+151%+126%
Bicycle Theft-47%-51%-7%+57%+95%+133%+234%+58%+25%+11%
Burglary-20%-27%-21%-33%-11%-19%-11%-11%-19%-5%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-29%-25%-12%-5%+48%+30%+28%+6%+13%
Drugs+26%+81%+121%+34%-13%-14%+74%+29%+83%+65%
Other Crime-33%+5%+56%+13%+50%+28%+18%+14%-4%-10%
Other Theft-23%-60%-51%-30%-25%-2%+10%-24%-38%-22%
Possession of Weapons-24%+11%+50%-81%-33%+71%-31%-20%-31%+8%
Public Order-23%-26%-20%+31%+14%+8%+41%-14%-1%-8%
Robbery-6%-47%-46%+10%+37%+37%-22%-27%+1%-37%
Shoplifting-20%-42%-47%-60%-14%-29%-31%-14%-30%-10%
Theft From the Person-33%-73%-64%-68%-33%-19%+29%-9%-3%-16%
Vehicle Crime-10%-47%+0%+9%-13%+19%+13%-25%-29%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-21%-12%-6%+11%+22%+24%-2%+13%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wandsworth

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

How dangerous is Wandsworth?
Wandsworth is among the top 10 safest boroughs in London.

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

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

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