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Theft From the Person

Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) in the UK

Theft From the Person Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 67,308 crime reports about theft from the person. This is an increase of 10% from 2020's figure of 60,629 reports of theft from the person, giving an overall crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangerous cities for theft from the person are Westminster, Camden, and Islington, with crime rates of 30, 12, and 12 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for theft from the person is London, which recorded a theft from the person rate of 4.4 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for theft from the person is Merseyside, with a crime rate of 1.3, followed by Berkshire in third, with a theft from the person rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for theft from the person is Plymouth, which had a crime rate of 0.43 in 2021. Next safest is Swindon, followed by Stoke-on-Trent in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 0.44 and 0.49 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Theft From the Person

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Westminster29.91
2Camden12.32
3Islington11.56
4Hackney10.36
5Southwark7.40
6Newham6.72
7Tower Hamlets5.36
8Lambeth5.21
9Haringey5.18
10Hammersmith and Fulham3.68

The Safest Towns & Cities for Theft From the Person

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Plymouth0.43
2Swindon0.44
3Stoke-on-Trent0.49
4Belfast City0.52
5Kingston upon Hull0.67
6Bexley0.68
7Northampton0.72
8Swansea0.73
9Bournemouth0.77
10Bristol0.79

Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
1.641.791.011.12Safer

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Theft From the Person

PositionNameCrime Rate
1London4.45
2Merseyside1.34
3Berkshire1.18
4West Midlands1.09
5Oxfordshire1.05
6Bristol0.97
7West Yorkshire0.95
8Buckinghamshire0.92
9Hertfordshire0.76
10South Glamorgan0.76

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021