Number of crime offences recorded in London 2010-2020

There were over 912 thousand crimes recorded in London in 2019/20, the most of any reporting year in the 2010s, and an increase of over 47 thousand compared with the previous year. Crime in London has increased in recent years after reaching a low of 701 thousand in 2013/14.

Homicides in London

In 2017/18 there were 163 homicides in London, by far the worst year for homicides in the city in the 2010s. Although this figure declined to 122 homicides in 2018/19, this was still higher than any reporting year between 2011/12 and 2016/17. In terms of the homicide rate, London was second only to North West England in 2017/18, with 18.4 homicides per million people.

London compared to the rest of UK

While the UK capital receives extensive coverage of its current crime problem, the increase in crime seen in London is part of a wider trend of increasing crime in the UK. The overall crime rate for the whole of the United Kingdom in 2017/18 was 88 crimes per thousand people, a ten-year high, and in 2018/19, the three regions of Northern England had higher crime rates than London.

Number of crime offences recorded in London from 2010/11 to 2019/20

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 2010 to March 2020

Supplementary notes

These figures from the Metropolitan Police, this does not cover the square mile covered by the City of London.

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