Wandsworth Crime Overview

Wandsworth is among the top 20 safest cities in London. The overall crime rate in Wandsworth in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Wandsworth ranks as the the 41st safest city, and the the 1,259th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2017, Wandsworth had the worst crime rate in London for bicycle theft, with 147 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.45 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 457 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Wandsworth are violence and sexual offences, with 6,589 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 7,143 offences and a difference of 1.68 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Wandsworth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 128 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 23% from 2019's figure of 158 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Wandsworth This Year

 WandsworthLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,87439.05386,65143.1410% safer
Bicycle Theft1,2803.8823,0182.5734% more dangerous
Burglary2,0776.3056,3306.290.16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4134.2947,5635.3124% safer
Drugs1,3143.9949,0295.4737% safer
Other Crime2840.869,5341.0623% safer
Other Theft2,2396.7977,7838.6828% safer
Possession of Weapons1280.395,6020.6362% safer
Public Order1,6605.0452,2705.8316% safer
Robbery7102.1525,4802.8432% safer
Shoplifting8502.5832,9053.6742% safer
Theft From the Person5231.5931,8293.55123% safer
Vehicle Crime3,2909.9899,97811.1612% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,58919.99211,94323.6518% safer

Wandsworth Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Havering15,40559.3514% safer
Bromley19,95960.0613% safer
Merton12,48760.4612% safer
Queen's Park91762.129% safer
Barnet24,67062.329% safer
Wandsworth22,35767.81-
Redbridge21,04368.941.6% more dangerous
Croydon29,84777.1812% more dangerous
Ealing26,43977.3512% more dangerous
Waltham Forest21,50577.6413% more dangerous
Brent25,66477.8213% more dangerous

Wandsworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19192139Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.73.02.93.9Getting worse
Burglary7886Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson654.84.3Safer
Drugs2.22.02.74.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.810.920.800.86Getting worse
Other Theft1010107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.560.480.39Safer
Public Order4.4555Getting worse
Robbery2.22.62.62.2Safer
Shoplifting4.34.03.92.6Safer
Theft From the Person2.02.52.41.6Safer
Vehicle Crime12121210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20222220Safer

Comparing Wandsworth to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Wandsworth67.81-
Coventry71.505% more dangerous
Sheffield73.998% more dangerous
Kirklees74.239% more dangerous
Croydon77.1812% more dangerous
Bradford79.1914% more dangerous
London80.7016% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0224% more dangerous
Bristol91.5726% more dangerous
Leeds91.9026% more dangerous
Leicester102.5134% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9436% more dangerous

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 burglary and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Wandsworth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+257%+248%+149%+55%+56%+90%+89%+151%
Bicycle Theft-47%-49%-7%+58%+95%+133%+234%+58%+26%
Burglary-20%-27%-21%-33%-12%-19%-11%-11%-19%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-29%-25%-12%-5%+48%+29%+28%+6%
Drugs+26%+81%+121%+35%-13%-14%+74%+29%+83%
Other Crime-33%+5%+56%+17%+50%+28%+18%+14%-4%
Other Theft-23%-60%-51%-30%-25%-2%+10%-24%-38%
Possession of Weapons-24%+11%+50%-81%-33%+71%-31%-20%-31%
Public Order-23%-27%-19%+31%+13%+8%+41%-14%-1%
Robbery-6%-47%-46%+10%+37%+37%-22%-27%+1%
Shoplifting-20%-43%-47%-60%-14%-29%-31%-14%-30%
Theft From the Person-33%-73%-64%-68%-34%-21%+29%-9%-3%
Vehicle Crime-10%-47%+0%+9%-13%+18%+13%-25%-29%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-21%-12%-6%+11%+22%+24%-2%+13%

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 20 safest cities 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.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021