Westminster Crime Overview

Westminster is the most dangerous city in London, and is the second most dangerous overall out of London's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Westminster in 2020 was 184 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 53% higher than the London rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Westminster is the most dangerous city, and the 82nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Westminster had the worst crime rate in London for other theft, with 621 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Westminster residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 282 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Westminster recorded 256 reports of drugs during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.98 the worst for drugs in London that month.

The most common crime in Westminster is other theft, with 9,576 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 135% lower than 2019's figure of 22,523 offences and a difference of 49.54 from 2019's crime rate of 86. Westminster's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 276 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 72% from 2019's figure of 474 crimes.

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Crime in Westminster Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Westminster This Year

 WestminsterLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19,98576.48416,48646.5239% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,5155.8024,3552.7253% more dangerous
Burglary3,02311.5761,0906.8241% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,0567.8751,7285.7827% more dangerous
Drugs3,09111.8352,7895.9050% more dangerous
Other Crime3281.2610,3371.159% more dangerous
Other Theft9,57636.6584,2109.4174% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2761.066,0140.6737% more dangerous
Public Order3,23312.3756,3686.3049% more dangerous
Robbery2,1378.1827,5443.0862% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,69210.3035,6593.9861% more dangerous
Theft From the Person7,41428.3735,1173.9286% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,69014.12107,68712.0315% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,15135.02229,97825.6927% more dangerous

Westminster Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hammersmith and Fulham18,574100.3284% safer
Haringey28,144104.7676% safer
Islington25,583105.5175% safer
Hackney29,840106.1574% safer
Camden30,853114.2661% safer
Westminster48,182184.38-

Crime Over Time in Westminster

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Recent Crimes in Westminster

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Page StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Page StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near NightclubLocal resolution
August 2021Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Westminster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour52545976Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.75.066Getting worse
Burglary13171712Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8998Safer
Drugs871212Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.71.41.3Safer
Other Theft49628637Safer
Possession of Weapons1.61.71.81.1Safer
Public Order12151412Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)912168Safer
Shoplifting18191710Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)34467028Safer
Vehicle Crime17161614Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39454635Safer

Changes In Westminster's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Westminster's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Westminster that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hyde Park-22--20.05
Paddington Recreation Ground40212611148
St James's Park223-6181.4
Victoria Embankment Gardens-48-182915

Comparing Westminster to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71172% safer
Coventry77.41138% safer
Croydon83.22122% safer
Sheffield85.81115% safer
Bristol86.21114% safer
Leicester97.4489% safer
Birmingham102.8779% safer
Liverpool107.2872% safer
Bradford133.0239% safer
Leeds137.1034% safer
Westminster184.38-

Crime in Westminster's Neighbourhoods

Strand, St James & Mayfair is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Westminster, followed by Fitzrovia West & Soho in second place, and Marylebone & Park Lane as the third most dangerous area. Westminster's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Abbey Road, Little Venice, and St John's Wood South.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Road6385623rd
Bayswater East1,15410811th
Bryanston & Dorset Square1,645165Sixth
Central Westminster2,474233Fourth
Church Street1,4759213th
Fitzrovia West & Soho11,8971052Second
Knightsbridge, Belgravia & Hyde Park1,681143Eighth
Little Venice6816022nd
Maida Hill1,1308317th
Maida Vale6526918th
Marylebone & Park Lane2,805247Third
Millbank7546919th
Paddington & St George's Fields1,948185Fifth
Pimlico North9038714th
Pimlico South6346420th
Queen's Park Gardens9398515th
Queensway1,625141Ninth
Regent's Park1,222116Tenth
St John's Wood North5376221st
St John's Wood South4183924th
Strand, St James & Mayfair9,5771272First
Victoria1,474159Seventh
Westbourne1,0139312th
Westbourne Grove9828416th

Westminster Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSt John's Wood South (320)Strand, St James & Mayfair (2,318)
Bicycle TheftSt John's Wood South (12)Strand, St James & Mayfair (229)
BurglarySt John's Wood South (37)Fitzrovia West & Soho (550)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSt John's Wood South (16)Strand, St James & Mayfair (346)
DrugsSt John's Wood North (19)Strand, St James & Mayfair (703)
Other CrimeLittle Venice (3)Strand, St James & Mayfair (38)
Other TheftAbbey Road (47)Strand, St James & Mayfair (2,227)
Possession of WeaponsMillbank (2)Strand, St James & Mayfair (46)
Public OrderSt John's Wood South (17)Strand, St James & Mayfair (572)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Millbank (17)Strand, St James & Mayfair (430)
ShopliftingSt John's Wood South (3)Fitzrovia West & Soho (969)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Queen's Park Gardens (9)Fitzrovia West & Soho (3,267)
Vehicle CrimeMillbank (46)Strand, St James & Mayfair (622)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSt John's Wood South (124)Strand, St James & Mayfair (1,386)

Crime in Westminster During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Westminster change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Westminster saw a 81% increase in vehicle crime. Westminster saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 97% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+71%+62%+30%+11%+15%+34%+40%+52%+49%
Bicycle Theft-22%-62%-36%+40%+32%+3%+53%+4%+71%+1%
Burglary-7%-61%-53%-42%-35%-41%-32%-45%-57%-34%
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%-56%-42%+13%-6%+20%+21%-26%+9%+23%
Drugs-23%+3%+74%-1%+27%-45%-15%-5%-23%-29%
Other Crime+23%-17%+35%+4%-31%+10%+7%-40%+17%-16%
Other Theft-47%-94%-91%-85%-59%-41%-40%-53%-76%-69%
Possession of Weapons-51%-55%-41%-57%-54%-45%-55%-39%-31%-58%
Public Order-9%-45%-36%-17%+4%-2%+1%-9%-12%-1%
Robbery-32%-87%-90%-77%-65%-31%-30%-53%-56%-67%
Shoplifting-42%-75%-84%-63%-36%-30%-14%-30%-56%-40%
Theft From the Person-50%-96%-97%-91%-74%-53%-41%-61%-78%-69%
Vehicle Crime-29%-67%-54%-40%+27%+81%+54%-12%-34%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-18%-50%-35%-34%-18%-23%-9%-22%-34%-33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Westminster

What police force serves Westminster?
Westminster's local territorial police force is the Metropolitan Police Service.
How dangerous is Westminster?
Westminster is the most dangerous city in London.
What is Westminster's most common crime?
The most common crime in Westminster is other theft.
What is the least common crime in Westminster?
Westminster's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021