Wandsworth Crime Overview

Wandsworth is among the top 10 safest cities in London, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wandsworth in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to London's overall crime rate, coming in 19% 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 1,247th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2016, Wandsworth had the worst crime rate in London for vehicle crime, with 456 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Wandsworth are violence and sexual offences, with 7,192 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 0.68% higher than 2019's figure of 7,143 offences and a difference of 0.15 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Wandsworth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 141 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 12% from 2019's figure of 158 crimes.

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Crime in Wandsworth Compared To London

Summary of Crimes in Wandsworth This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,94142.29416,48646.5210% safer
Bicycle Theft1,3404.0624,3552.7233% more dangerous
Burglary2,2656.8761,0906.820.73% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5434.6851,7285.7824% safer
Drugs1,4384.3652,7895.9035% safer
Other Crime3020.9210,3371.1525% safer
Other Theft2,4537.4484,2109.4126% safer
Possession of Weapons1410.436,0140.6756% safer
Public Order1,7825.4156,3686.3016% safer
Robbery7592.3027,5443.0834% safer
Shoplifting9242.8035,6593.9842% safer
Theft From the Person5871.7835,1173.92120% safer
Vehicle Crime3,55610.79107,68712.0311% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,19221.82229,97825.6918% safer

Wandsworth Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bexley15,59562.8117% safer
Havering16,71764.4114% safer
Merton13,45365.1313% safer
Bromley21,68465.2513% safer
Barnet26,80667.719% safer
Redbridge22,87374.941.7% more dangerous
Croydon32,18183.2211% more dangerous
Ealing28,57883.6112% more dangerous
Waltham Forest23,28184.0512% more dangerous
Hillingdon25,81384.1212% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wandsworth

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Wandsworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour19192142Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson654.84.7Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime0.810.920.810.92Getting worse
Other Theft1010107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.560.480.43Safer
Public Order4.4555Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime12121211Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20222222Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.719% safer
Coventry77.414.9% more dangerous
Croydon83.2211% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8114% more dangerous
Bristol86.2115% more dangerous
Leicester97.4424% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8728% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2831% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1046% 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 West Hill South.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Battersea Latchmere5056321st
Battersea Park5606820th
Clapham Common West4344535th
Clapham Junction & East Hill1,201120Third
Earlsfield North5805624th
Earlsfield South75488Tenth
East Putney4615027th
Furzedown East5186222nd
Furzedown West4305028th
Lavender Hill East5197117th
Lavender Hill West & Little India1,146104Fifth
Merton Road3954336th
Nightingale Lane4195026th
Nine Elms & Patmore1,29988Ninth
Putney Embankment & Lower Common4735525th
Putney Town & Wandsworth Park1,522129Second
Putney West4174632nd
Roehampton North East8067116th
Roehampton North West5267415th
Roehampton South & Putney Vale854102Sixth
Southfields North7137414th
St Mary's & Cotton Row7997018th
Tooting Bec Common4554633rd
Tooting Bec East4257019th
Tooting Bec West4867613th
Tooting East1,444129First
Tooting North3845923rd
Tooting West6758112th
Upper Tooting2984830th
Wandsworth Common4134829th
Wandsworth South969113Fourth
West Hill North3464731st
West Hill South3174237th
York Gardens67089Eighth

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 BehaviourNightingale Lane (176)York Gardens (576)
Bicycle TheftTooting North (7)Putney Town & Wandsworth Park (102)
BurglarySummerstown (23)St Mary's & Cotton Row (141)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEast Putney (17)Putney Town & Wandsworth Park (100)
DrugsClapham Common West (10)York Gardens (105)
Other CrimeClapham Common West (1)Earlsfield South (33)
Other TheftPutney West (23)Tooting East (197)
Possession of WeaponsEast Putney (1)Clapham Junction & East Hill (11)
Public OrderPutney West (12)Clapham Junction & East Hill (147)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Merton Road (5)Tooting East (68)
ShopliftingPutney Embankment & Lower Common (2)Tooting East (168)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)St Mary's & Cotton Row (1)Tooting East (127)
Vehicle CrimeYork Gardens (49)Southfields North (187)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNightingale Lane (72)Roehampton South & Putney Vale (322)

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.

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%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-29%-25%-12%-5%+48%+30%+28%+6%+13%
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%
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 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: 07 May 2021