Westminster Crime Overview

Westminster is the second most dangerous city in London. The overall crime rate in Westminster in 2020 was 167 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 52% higher than London's rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Westminster ranks as the the second most dangerous city, and the the 96th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Westminster had the worst crime rate in London for other theft, with 423 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.6 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Westminster residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for public order, recording 220 crimes at a rate of 0.84 per 1,000 residents. Westminster recorded 314 reports of burglary during March 2020, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for burglary in London that month.

The most common crime in Westminster is other theft, with 8,875 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 153% lower than 2019's figure of 22,412 offences and a difference of 51.81 from 2019's crime rate of 86. Westminster's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 250 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 84% from 2019's figure of 459 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Westminster This Year

 WestminsterLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17,58167.28386,65143.1436% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,4145.4123,0182.5752% more dangerous
Burglary2,71610.3956,3306.2939% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7796.8147,5635.3122% more dangerous
Drugs2,80810.7549,0295.4749% more dangerous
Other Crime2731.049,5341.061.9% safer
Other Theft8,87533.9677,7838.6874% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2500.965,6020.6334% more dangerous
Public Order2,89811.0952,2705.8347% more dangerous
Robbery1,9507.4625,4802.8462% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,4869.5132,9053.6761% more dangerous
Theft From the Person6,83926.1731,8293.5586% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,27312.5399,97811.1611% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,17231.27211,94323.6524% more dangerous

Westminster Compared to Nearby Cities

CitiesTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haringey25,57195.1876% safer
Hackney27,34597.2772% safer
Islington24,14699.5868% safer
Kensington and Chelsea16,253104.1061% safer
Camden28,903107.0456% safer
Westminster43,733167.36-
City of London5,401555.6070% more dangerous

Westminster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51535767Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.64.955Getting worse
Burglary13161710Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8987Safer
Drugs871211Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.71.41.0Safer
Other Theft49618634Safer
Possession of Weapons1.61.71.80.96Safer
Public Order12151411Safer
Robbery912167Safer
Shoplifting18191710Safer
Theft From the Person34467026Safer
Vehicle Crime16161613Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38434531Safer

Comparing Westminster to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.50134% safer
Sheffield73.99126% safer
Kirklees74.23125% safer
Croydon77.18117% safer
Bradford79.19111% safer
London80.70107% safer
Birmingham89.0288% safer
Bristol91.5783% safer
Leeds91.9082% safer
Leicester102.5163% safer
Liverpool105.9458% safer
Westminster167.36-

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 84% increase in vehicle crime. Westminster saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 96% compared to April in 2019. Westminster saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, possession of weapons, robbery, shoplifting, theft from the person, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+69%+57%+27%+10%+12%+31%+41%+51%
Bicycle Theft-25%-61%-37%+41%+32%-+52%+2%+70%
Burglary-7%-62%-54%-43%-35%-42%-36%-45%-57%
Criminal Damage and Arson-23%-55%-42%+18%-8%+23%+21%-26%+12%
Drugs-23%+4%+64%-3%+23%-42%-16%-5%-24%
Other Crime+15%-22%+19%-7%-34%+10%--43%-
Other Theft-47%-94%-91%-86%-59%-41%-40%-53%-76%
Possession of Weapons-50%-58%-43%-56%-54%-48%-53%-37%-36%
Public Order-9%-46%-36%-19%+4%-1%+0%-8%-12%
Robbery-35%-88%-91%-76%-65%-32%-30%-53%-56%
Shoplifting-43%-75%-84%-63%-36%-30%-13%-31%-56%
Theft From the Person-50%-96%-96%-91%-74%-53%-42%-61%-78%
Vehicle Crime-30%-67%-58%-39%+28%+84%+56%-13%-36%
Violence and Sexual Offences-19%-51%-36%-36%-18%-22%-11%-23%-35%

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 second 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: 01 Mar 2021