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Westminster is the most dangerous boroughs in London. The overall crime rate in Westminster in 2021 was 189 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to London's overall crime rate, coming in 54% 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 83rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Westminster had the worst crime rate in London for other theft, with 1,399 crimes reported and a crime rate of 5 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Westminster residents, when it was London's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 220 crimes at a rate of 0.84 per 1,000 residents. Westminster recorded 249 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.95 the worst for drugs in London that month.

The most common crimes in Westminster are violence and sexual offences, with 10,763 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 9,151 offences and a difference of 6.17 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Westminster's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 265 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 4.2% from 2020's figure of 276 crimes.

Westminster 2022 Crime Scorecard

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54% higher, regional crime rate

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60% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Westminster is 54% higher than London and 60% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Westminster Crime Rate Over Time

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Westminster Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Westminster represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Westminster

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202118949,381
202018448,182
201931281,649
201825566,696
201721556,093
201618949,459

Crime in Westminster Compared To London

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Summary of Crimes in Westminster This Year

 WestminsterLondon 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15,77660.37303,00033.85 44% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,3765.2721,5362.41 54% more dangerous
Burglary2,2378.5652,4145.85 32% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,2868.7553,1985.94 32% more dangerous
Drugs2,75810.5543,2274.83 54% more dangerous
Other Crime3211.2310,2651.15 7% more dangerous
Other Theft9,92938.0090,13710.07 74% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2651.015,0140.56 45% more dangerous
Public Order3,64513.9561,3056.85 51% more dangerous
Robbery2,1338.1622,5282.52 69% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,5059.5933,6743.76 61% more dangerous
Theft From the Person7,81629.9139,8094.45 85% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,34712.8198,51711.00 14% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences10,76341.19244,97827.36 34% more dangerous

Westminster Compared to Other London Boroughs

BoroughTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Islington24,816102.3585% safer
Hammersmith and Fulham19,100103.1683% safer
Hackney29,610105.3379% safer
Haringey28,390105.6879% safer
Camden28,855106.8677% safer
Westminster49,381188.97-

Crime Over Time in Westminster

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Recent Crimes in Westminster

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bentinck MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Woodstock StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Theatre/Concert HallLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dunraven StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near NightclubLocal resolution
April 2022DrugsOn or near Tachbrook StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Beak StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Newport PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Motorway Service AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Southwick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Praed MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Exeter StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Westminster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour54597660 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft5.0665 Getting worse
Burglary1717129 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9989 Getting worse
Drugs7121211 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.41.31.2 Safer
Other Theft62863738 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.71.81.11.0 Safer
Public Order15141214 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)121688 Safer
Shoplifting19171010 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)46702830 Safer
Vehicle Crime16161413 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45463541 Safer

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 2021.

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
Barnet67.08182% safer
Croydon82.48129% safer
Sheffield90.05110% safer
Bristol90.52109% safer
Coventry102.2485% safer
Leicester111.5969% safer
Liverpool123.0654% safer
Birmingham129.6446% safer
Bradford132.2843% safer
Leeds150.9425% safer
Westminster188.97-

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 Road5685023rd
Bayswater East1,11410411th
Bryanston & Dorset Square1,829183Fifth
Central Westminster2,277214Fourth
Church Street1,5469712th
Fitzrovia West & Soho12,6701121Second
Knightsbridge, Belgravia & Hyde Park1,754149Seventh
Little Venice5925222nd
Maida Hill1,1108115th
Maida Vale5776118th
Marylebone & Park Lane2,967262Third
Millbank6275820th
Paddington & St George's Fields1,874178Sixth
Pimlico North8207917th
Pimlico South5645721st
Queen's Park Gardens9098214th
Queensway1,587138Eighth
Regent's Park1,312125Tenth
St John's Wood North5075819th
St John's Wood South4894624th
Strand, St James & Mayfair10,6601416First
Victoria1,234133Ninth
Westbourne9188413th
Westbourne Grove9288016th

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 BehaviourAbbey Road (224)Strand, St James & Mayfair (2,233)
Bicycle TheftPimlico South (13)Strand, St James & Mayfair (230)
BurglaryPimlico South (37)Strand, St James & Mayfair (226)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSt John's Wood South (27)Strand, St James & Mayfair (407)
DrugsSt John's Wood North (12)Strand, St James & Mayfair (744)
Other CrimeLittle Venice (2)Strand, St James & Mayfair (44)
Other TheftAbbey Road (55)Fitzrovia West & Soho (3,473)
Possession of WeaponsSt John's Wood South (1)Strand, St James & Mayfair (68)
Public OrderAbbey Road (42)Strand, St James & Mayfair (756)
Robbery (inc. mugging)St John's Wood South (9)Strand, St James & Mayfair (603)
ShopliftingQueen's Park Gardens (1)Fitzrovia West & Soho (861)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Millbank (12)Fitzrovia West & Soho (3,693)
Vehicle CrimeMillbank (27)Strand, St James & Mayfair (578)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSt John's Wood South (143)Strand, St James & Mayfair (2,050)

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 borough in London.

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

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

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