Crime in London, United Kingdom

Crime rates in London, United Kingdom

Level of crime
62.91 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
68.53 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
47.27 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
56.10 Moderate
Worries car stolen
42.94 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
50.41 Moderate
Worries attacked
53.33 Moderate
Worries being insulted
53.37 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
40.53 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
60.42 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
56.94 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
56.31 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
36.69 Low

Safety in London, United Kingdom

Safety walking alone during daylight
65.90 High
Safety walking alone during night
40.54 Moderate

Contributors: 937

Last update: July 2021

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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67 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 16, 2021:
“According to a recent United Nations report, Britain has become one of the most violent industrial nation, the chances of being mugged and assaulted here are almost higher than in the US.”
That was back in 2008, and since then it’s gotten a fair bit worse (in London anyways)
Source for proof
Will on Jun 06, 2021:
Place is an absolute dump, we’ve had over 20 stabbings in the past week alone and those are the ones that get reported, if you come to visit I advise looking into where and where not to go.
Anonymous on Apr 22, 2021:
As far as capital cities go, it's very safe if you practice common sense. Don't go to rough neighbourhoods, don't look for drugs, try and avoid walking alone through unlit areas at night... you know, generic advice they give about everywhere.

I've lived here for a decade and the worst that's personally happened to me is someone going through my bag at a hostel I was staying at. And that guy was a tourist.

As with every city in the world, you can find scary stories about crime there that reach the newspapers. But in reality you would have to be desperately unlucky for any of it to happen to you.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2021:
I used to live in London for 6 years in a row. I was planning for it to be my final destination, but then I just run away once I became a father. I didn't want to leave my child fatherless or something to happen to him. It could be safe if you earn over 6 figures and can afford a different, better life, but it is better to keep it an experience for the average Joe. Definitely not a place to raise a child and have a family.Tourist, English learner, students and once in a lifetime experience all welcome.
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
Can FEEL safe but actually there are a lot of bad people about. If you ever see two guys on a moped, get offside quickly. Similarly with groups of badly dressed youths.
Olivia on Feb 23, 2021:
Crime has been increasing rapidly here for the past decade, but it gets really bad when it’s dark. A lot of dodgy stuff happens. Stick to main tourist areas though and I’m sure you will be fine
Anonymous on Feb 02, 2021:
Thank you Sir for your comment. But I'm keen to complete the summary by the fact, that the UK is much more closer to the US in many things, than compared to continental europe. In terms of crime too. The types of crime and problems with crime are similar. Knife crime for example is often linked with gangs. Gangs are often coupled with drugs, where there is a high demand among the population. But there are some seriously mental ill, low life young teenagers, who treat this as a fun and game to take someones life. And so the other young majority, out of fear, carry weapons to protect themselfs. A simple argument or the lost of temper or even looking for someone in a bad way, can lead to the lost of a live. If you look at it from objective point of view, this is totally mad. The fact that the police is seen as a enemy, by thugs and some parts of the community is frightening. All this is more like in the US. The Government fails to tackle crime and the violence, just like poverty. Instead the understaffed police force which are treathened by further cuts, takes the fight against crime, sometimes with youths who commit crime because they are bored. A Crime & Punishment system is meant to lock the criminals away for a long time, not to let them go by the judges or treat them with a soft approach. So crime has established and it is treated as a part of live, a circumstance. It happens, because there is no fear of the law for some lawless and ruthless gangsters. The longer this status will last, the more impossible it will be to combat this disease effectively. But the Government seems to have other problems, only the News like on the Telly try to understand whats going on,if it gets bad. Crime will always be a part of a city. There is no big city without crime. But teenager which are so brutal,ruthless, coming from poor broken families, disrespectful, with no regard of human live or someones property, clearly living in a parallel world in one society is deeply worrying. If future Tourists read this(when traveling will be possible again):It is unlikely that you will be caught up with this problem in the City Center. If you dont have to, then dont go to the poorer Areas of the City, especially not in the night time. But if you need to, then better take the public transport or a cab. London is not only full of people drinking tea at afternoon or Mr Beans riding their Sofas on a Mini looking grim at you or hiding for fun in Postboxes. Unfortunately this City has some serious crime problem. Dont think that the police will come fast to you, when your handbag get snatched or by minor crimes.They struggle already with the amount of major crimes. Keep always an eye on your belongings. London is still very enjoyable big city and one of its kind on earth. I hope a new mayor will change things and bring the city to the former glory.
Anonymous on Jan 23, 2021:
An excellent summary by the person who commented yesterday, very accurate.
Anonymous on Jan 22, 2021:
As I see, a lot of people like to compare London to the much loved and adored US. But do you really want to compare to cities which doing worse to feel better? The crimes committed in London are similiar, if not even worse. London reached the homicide rate of NYC in march 2019. Of course London is a safe city compared to South American Cities or Tijuana or Chicago. But in Europe, not European Union, the UK is a high crime country,whats seems normal today. Gun crime is getting worse significantly. The knife crime epidemic goes on over years now and continoue to reach new high levels. It feels like nearly everyday someone loses a life in London to knife crime, not only gang members. Most of it is gang related between black young men. But the crime is getting out of control over the past 6 years. And the worst part is, it can happen to everybody, because crime is also committed on random people of the public. Acid attacks, moped crimes in broad daylight in front of dozens of people, postcode wars (mistaken identity), you have to keep your car always locked when driving, brutal home invasions. Burglaries. Drive by shootings and gun shoots fired on random people or houses. Cars stolen for joyriding and crashed and torched, and more. If this happens to random people, by just being in the wrong place, wrong time, thats not safe at all. You just need to read the News. Police isnt catching all the criminals, because there is too much crime for those police officers. Prisons are the next, even more severe and completly overcrowded problem. But most importantly, this comes from a broken society, full of selfish people, dont looking at others. Poverty which getting worse too (what a suprise). No perspectives for young men. Everywhere they building new posh high rise buildings in London, ruining the skyline, just to allocate the money from the rich, ending up the poorer people earning enough, but not enough for London prices. Dont get me wrong, i love London as a city, but it really lost the charme. Its not the end of the world, you can get out on the street, but just be careful, vigilant and better dont go out after dark. Its just not a safe city. Other UK Cities have much more problems with crime by less inhabitans. And if anyone comes here with racism, if you go up north the country, you will find native young british lads, doing the same crimes. Its a social,poverty problem, created by the attitude of the poorly educated minds, not only imported by migrants.
Andy on Jan 12, 2021:
As an American, I can safely say this place is trash, there are a few nice places so stay their but don’t go anywhere near the places that have a bad reputation.
Argent on Jan 07, 2021:
After many years spent here in London I can say this place really pissed me. It has become a trashold, glad they close borders now cause it got outhand. Worst of all are the groups of young lads mainly afro brit who seriously go around to look for problems so keep away from this crap
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2021:
extremely dangerous especially in south and east london where there are gunshots through out the night
Brandon on Dec 31, 2020:
I was mugged yesterday, a group of young lads came up to me with switchblades and took my money. Wouldn’t recommend unless you live in a area that’s nice.
Anonymous on Dec 12, 2020:
Becoming rather lawless. You might get lucky, have nothing happen and think it's all fine. But the reality is you were just lucky.
Theresa on Dec 03, 2020:
A lot of London crime isn’t even noted down so saying Amsterdam is safer is very misleading
Biden on Nov 16, 2020:
There are too many crimes in London, the young roadmen on London bikes are the most dangerous; they'll ride up to you, ask you for something like the time, then try to mug you.
Rins on Nov 16, 2020:
Murder rate in London is only 1.3. Much better than Berlin = 2.6 , Amsterdam= 2.3 and many other european cities.
Jade on Nov 08, 2020:
Terrible place, glad I moved away from here, used to be a great city but now has crime in a lot of areas (moved from Hackney)
Anonymous on Nov 01, 2020:
I don’t live in either places but I felt safer in New York City than London. I was harassed a lot in London and even threatened. Maybe it’s just my experience but I feel like New York City is a bit safer.
CM on Oct 26, 2020:
I used to live in Paris and NYC so take my comment with that in mind.

I've been living in London for over 6 years now and I feel SUPER safe honestly. I'm not saying there aren't dodgy areas, but I've never felt like I had a chance of being a target. I feel like crime here **tends** to be more gang related. Common sense applies obviously BUT I feel a LOT safer than in any areas in Central Paris honestly.
MR.E on Oct 16, 2020:
It’s honestly getting out of hand, I’m starting to scary scary crime on a regular basis now. Even as simply walking to the shop I see fights and people threatening to use knifes.
Ok on Oct 09, 2020:
For real, London's crime rate has lowered down but I see like bullets everywhere in these streets,
Dillion on Sep 25, 2020:
I went to Hackney area for a job and saw a stabbing between 5 young men. Not very nice. London has been going downhill fast unfortunately.
Anonymous on Sep 13, 2020:
If you like stabbings, drugs and gang violence. London is the pace for you. I’m sure it’s fine to visit with all the tourist spots but somewhere to live it is not.
Anonymous on Aug 31, 2020:
Nah you lot are kids, London is trash. As a 43 year old man who has lived in London all his life, I can tell you that for the past 7 years this place has turned into a dump filled with crime. So stop giving false information and shush.
Anthony on Aug 31, 2020:
Just a few days ago on my street there was a man with a knife chasing another man down the street. This sort of stuff happens regularly.
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2020:
Also this guy just makes fake accounts to make bad cities look good so honestly just ignore him
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2020:
London isn’t “safe as hell” sir. Also “BigManDan” the public knows London is bad but you don’t have to try and act hard lol.
BigManDan on Aug 26, 2020:
lol, mans never been to the ends. I swear down if u man came to the ends of London u fam would get sorted easy. Keep running around the city saying it’s safe and some man might sort u out.
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2020:
Actually be quite u little London soy boy, telling lies about London. Everyone knows ur the same account.
Dane on Aug 26, 2020:
Ok, how did the crime index go down and the contributers go down by like 30? It’s almost like they have an agenda. Honestly I thinks London actual crime index should be 60.
Anonymous on Aug 23, 2020:
I have lived in London for a decade now and i am planning to move out. There are many drug dealers on the road and the police do not even care and last night I heard screaming of two people threatening to stab each other. My 13 year old son says he doesn’t feel safe in school as many students their carry a knife. I find it amazing how people say London is safe and safer than (insert name here) because it really isn’t. There are some nice places that are very nice but most of London is how my experience is.
Henry on Jul 20, 2020:
London is so bad for real, i've visited lots of cities in europe and north america. London is one of the worst. Not the worst but one of the worst.
Angelina on Jul 15, 2020:
I’m from York and I have visited London a few times recently. Never wish to go back, it’s bad and dangerous. And I’m tired of people defending the city saying it’s safer than others and then give a crime rate that’s probably from some dodgy website. So I decided to find out the murder rate myself and this is what I got. London murder rate=1.7 Toronto murder rate =1.2 Winnipeg murder rate=1.5 Paris murder rate=1.1 so people actually need to shut up about this city being “really safe” have u ever been to south or east London? Just because they live in the posh areas. How about we stop pretending this city is safe and perfect and we actually try to stop the crime rate and murder rate. Sadiq Khan is a Liar. Don’t trust what he says about London.
Matt on Jul 14, 2020:
London is much safer than cities like Seattle, Paris, NYC, Toronto, El Paso, not even close to comparable to cities such as St Louis, Baltimore.
Chicago has more homicides than all of England.
Zach on Jul 13, 2020:
You guys are delusional in the Comments. London is one of the safest major cities in the goddamn world. If London is too dangerous for you, than you are extremely sheltered.
Deshawn on Jul 13, 2020:
Facts. People act like London is comparable to NYC, Toronto Detroit, Winnipeg, St Louis or Baltimore. Our homicide rate is literally 1.5 per 100,000, more than safe than even "safe" American and Canadian cities
Devin on Jul 13, 2020:
I'm from Hackney London, and It really isn't that bad. Sure there is crime here like anywhere else, but compared to Toronto, NYC or literally ANY North American City, we're doing WAY better.

Our homicide rate in London is 1.5 per 100,000, New York is 3.6 and Toronto is 3.5
Jack on Jul 10, 2020:
Visited from Ottawa Ontario, when I went to London many of the people there were very rude and I saw lots of drug dealers and even noticed some people carrying knives. And apparently knife crime happens a lot there according to the people I spoke to. I didn’t exactly feel safe. I would say that Toronto and even Winnipeg are safer than London through what I witnessed.
Bradley on Jul 07, 2020:
I went to London from Sydney Australia, I saw a lot of trouble and may have witnessed a stabbing (can’t say for sure but it’s what it looked like before I ran off) and apparently that stuff happens daily so I’m glad I don’t live their lol
Daisy on May 28, 2020:
My mum lives in Toronto and my dad lives in south London. I spend 8 months in Toronto and 4 months in London. And I can tell you that London is way worse. Toronto has its problems of course but London is terrible. My dad has been stabbed once by a man in a black ski mask. People here are not nice and the police are a complete joke. The crime and homicide rate is worse in London and I do not feel safe at all. Thankfully my dad should be moving to Cardiff soon. My recommendation to people is don’t live in London as there is nothing going for it and it’s on the way to becoming like Chicago or Detroit. If you come here for a visit then you should be ok if you stay in the safe areas and know what you are doing.
FuneyShoot on May 28, 2020:
I don’t know why a bunch of soyboys are defending this terrible city and giving false facts. Just because they live in the 20% areas where there is no trouble, I’m serious don’t go here. I’ve nearly been stabbed 7 times now and I try to stay away from the violence and illegal activity.
Tom on May 19, 2020:
Safer than Toronto, NYC, San Jose. I think we're doing fine.
Our homicide rate is literally 1/3 of NYC AND Toronto, let's praise our city for once instead of making it seem like a Baltimore or Detroit or Winnipeg. Even Paris is doing worse then us.
FuneyShoot on Apr 09, 2020:
As someone who lives in London and is a teenager, I will give an honest opinion of what it’s like to live here. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some nice places in London, but I have to say for the past couple of years this place has really gone to sh!t. Gang violence has recently become massive here and the police force fail to even record the number of stabbings here as they themselves have admitted that they haven’t been doing it very well, London at this point is basically a stab city, we have more crime than places in America now, such as Los Angeles. There are violent fights here all the time, I can’t go outside anymore without witnessing people fighting and threading to stab each other on the streets. The youth here are so messed up as well. In class all the students are wanna be gangsters and have no respect for the teachers, so don’t think about sending your kid to a school in London or the whole south east for that matter. In conclusion, London once used to be a peaceful and exciting place, but now there’s terrorist attacks, gang violence with high homicide rates and stabbings, lots of theft and it’s hard to come across nice people nowadays. If you live in a expensive posh area then you are fine but for 80% of London it’s unsafe. Safer cities I would recommend are Toronto, Seattle, Oklahoma and others, those cities have crime of course but it’s less than London.
Daniel on Feb 22, 2020:
Lived in Winnipeg,moved to London 5 years ago. You guys are exaggerating, London is EXTREMELY safe for a city of its size, and nothing compared to the crime in my hometown
Ivan on Feb 22, 2020:
Lots of exaggerations here.

I've been living in London for 30 years.Yes, in the early nineties it was very happy go lucky with the only trouble in the evening being pub brawls but drunk girls in short skirts would totter back home without any fear for their lives.

Nowadays,there is indeed more of an edge to the city but, generally speaking, I'd say it is safe if you watch where you're going. I always lock my car and watch my stuff in public places and walk away when I sense trouble and it's fine. Yes, there's lots of drugs about but walk away. As for knife crime, in the vast majority of cases, it affects young black and ethnic kids from poor families in deprived areas. So there.
Anonymous on Feb 17, 2020:
London is one of the safest cities in the world, most people are exaggerating. It's safer than both New York City and Toronto.
CS on Jan 15, 2020:
What's with all the racist posts below? I've lived in London for 14 years now and find it a safe and vibrant city. The varied ethnicity is part of the culture here and part of what makes it a great place to live.
Anonymous on Dec 28, 2019:
London 2017 homicide rate: 1.3
Munich 2017 homicide rate: 1.7

You all exaggerate London crimes because you feel intimidated by foreign people.
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2019:
Welcoming refugees made London like africa. it's unliveable nowadays,
gotta send those monkeys back to their countries.
Anonymous on Dec 15, 2019:
I do a lot of walking around London, Ive been ok, probably more crooks about at night, I wouldn't walk around alone at night, anywhere in Northern Europe! it isn't that much different to any town or city in England. Id say most of the crimes in the world are young males who have a reckless view of life. Gangs are everywhere in any town or city in the world.
Type in Google : least corrupt countries in the world : the UK IS IN THE TOP 12 LEAST CORRUPT!!!
Corruption leads to crime.
#Anonymous on Nov 05, 2019:
Dangerous place where certain people like to stab each other for fun, as someone from the south west of the UK visiting London was a bit like visiting Afghanistan, i have not been to London in 12 years and my god has it changed and not for the better.
Mars on Jul 15, 2019:
I believe that London is not very safe, but I don't believe that it has more crime than Paris!
Anonymous on Jun 29, 2019:
Left London to move to Dorest. Now live in a beautiful part of England without any Muslims throwing acid at us. There's a big problem in this country and Europe and we are called racist for saying so. We all know why this is happening.
Anonymous on May 18, 2019:
I was there with my two girl friends (we’re all 20) in December. We experienced a LOT of harassment going out at night. Even in very busy tourist filled areas, men would come close to us asking us questions like “where are you going? What are you doing?” We would avoid them and try to dodge around them but they followed and whenever we tried to tell them to go away they would start getting angry and begin insulting us, “you’re all fat and ugly anyways!” It was very uncomfortable and unfortunate. My friend was also pressed up against a wall when leaving a bar by two British men. When she pushed them away and started walking away they too began berating her with insults about her looks and weight.
Anonymous on Apr 07, 2019:
Guys I think the brits haven't actually seen what crime really is. London is way lot safer and these petty crimes are in every big city so don't let them confuse you. I would say London is 99% safe
AnonymousReader on Mar 30, 2019:
@AlwaysCurious The area around Kings College is quite safe during the day as it's very central and very touristic. It also has good communications with tubes, buses and cabs passing all the time. Walking at night alone in Central London I think is quite safe but it's a matter of luck that you could find a problem with someone like in any other city in the world, like being robbed or something else but as I said it's very touristic and populated so it shouldn't be any problem.
Jack Feltcher on Jan 24, 2019:
I lived in London for many years. It was once a great place to live and work but it has sadly gone downhill in recent years and I'm very happy to say I left, never to return. It is now a city with no clear identifiable culture, just a hodgepodge of various communities living in an artificial construct with a strong sense of tension and hostility between them. The gulf between rich and poor is immense and the crime rate is out of hand. People are routinely beaten and murdered for their phones and you can be stabbed to death just for looking at someone in one of the various third world neighbourhoods. The attitudes towards women in some of these new communities are medieval. Just an awful, dirty violent place to live unless you are a member of the wealthy elite. Like something out of a dystopian nightmare.
AlwaysCurious on Sep 02, 2018:
Does anyone have any advice about living as a university student (Kings College London) area? Is it safe around the university?
Tom on Jul 30, 2018:
I used to be a very proud Londoner but I have to be frank, I have lived in London all my life and it has never been a more divided, dangerous and dirty city than today. Acid attacks, stabbings, moped gangs, shootings, random terror attacks are "part and parcel of living in a big city" (London mayor); certain areas are entirely populated by people with third-world mentalities about women, modern society etc. - see Whitechapel, Newham, Ilford et al.
Anonymous on Jul 09, 2018:
People may not agree, but I've visited many areas in China, and I feel safer in London and all other parts of the UK than I do in any part of China (save maybe Shanghai).
Anonymous on May 12, 2018:
Guys i’ve Been to London it’s not that bad.It’s a completely safe place compared to my country.All these Brits are complaining about crime problems,etc.It’s all bullshit.London’s a very safe city
Betty on Mar 03, 2018:
Could not believe the amount of middle eastern Muslim’s thugs obviously unwilling to assimilate .
The were pockets of Sydney were I thought I was in Lebanon, then China .
Their Goverment has sold out the sovereignty with the rest of the NWO countries ,
Brisbane much more Australian and relaxed
addison on Jan 30, 2018:
So my school (I am in highschool) I said taking us on a trip to Barcelona, Paris, London, and Provence. Are the crime rates bad in those places?
Felipe on Nov 29, 2017:
Frank Brazil have 61619 people murdered for guns in one year. Dates of 2016
How compare this with others countries?
Raul on Aug 16, 2017:
It's getting out of hand in London at the moment, moped gangs do as they please with police having their hands tied.
Zeeeeee on Jul 18, 2017:
It's almost touching to see the patriotism of Londoners defending their city against its increasingly violent reputation with the Police so helpless when it comes to violent gangs.
Are you joking, #Ian, or do you seriously think that your personal experience of living in an area such as Primrose Hill is somehow representative of London?