How safe is Hackney?

Hackney is an up-and-coming borough, with a reputation as a fun place to live and work, and was even ranked by Vogue magazine as one of the top 15 coolest neighbourhoods in the world because of its great street style. Hackney has a huge night-life economy that supports its daytime economy. With great bars, clubs and restaurants to offer, it’s considered one of London’s best places to live, but is it a safe place to live?

The graph below shows the number of reported crimes from 2015 to 2016 in Hackney.

Reported crimes from 2015 to 2016 in Hackney.

Theft and handling is, by far, the most reported crime in Hackney, with a total of 9,680 incidents reported from 2015 to 2016. While it’s important to note that this is the most reported crime in Hackney, it’s also the most reported crime within similar areas in London.

Likewise, violence against the person is Hackney’s second most-reported crime, comprising 31% of the borough’s total crime. Burglary accounts for 10% of crime in the area, while criminal damage makes up 8%. Theft and handling, being the most reported crime in Hackney, makes up 39% of the total crime reported.



Crime-Rate Comparison for Hackney

Compared with similar areas, considers Hackney’s crime rates to be average.


The places shown in the graph are those that have been assessed and considered most similar to Hackney, according to The chart shows all recorded crimes during the year ending September 2015. Within this group, Hackney is considered ‘normal’ for total crimes reported.

Hackney is considered to be in the ‘normal’ range within this group when it comes to burglary, drugs, possession of weapons, public order, vehicle crime, violence and sexual offences, and other crime. However, Hackney does fare better than average, with lower crime rates for criminal damage, arson and shoplifting.

Hackney does have a greater-than-average rate for robbery and a much higher than average theft rate than similar areas, making stolen goods the number one crime in the area.

Graph - Crime Rates Comparison for Hackney

Crimes-Rate Comparison for Hackney and London

Compared with other areas in London, Hackney has an above-average crime rate, though it’s certainly not one of the worst affected areas.

This graph looks at total crimes already committed this year, in January and February of 2016. With a total of 4,198 crimes already reported this year, Hackney ranks 10th out of 33, just behind Brent and Tower Hamlets. The worst affected area, Westminster, has almost double the rate of crime. 

Graph - Crimes Rates Comparison for Hackney and London

Crime Statistics and Trends for Hackney

Is the crime situation in Hackney getting better or worse? Below, we take a close look at the total number of crimes reported from January 2012 to December 2015 in the area. While the crime rate in Hackney has been dropping over the past few years, since January 2012, the total crime rate has not changed substantially and remains in a very slow decline.


Graph - Crime Statistics and Trends for Hackney

Effect of Crime on Hackney Residents

While Hackney has a lower-than-average crime rate for criminal damage, arson and shoplifting, it  has an average rate for most crimes committed in the area. London, on the whole, is very safe, but with a higher-than-average rate for robbery and theft from the person, residents’ No. 1 safety concern will most likely be related to stolen goods and muggings.

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Contact Hackney Police

According to and the PEEL assessment (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy), the Metropolitan Police force servicing the Hackney area requires improvements when it comes to keeping people safe and reducing crime, while they are classified as ‘good’ when it comes to their efficiency and legitimacy in keeping people safe and reducing crime.

For a non-emergency situation or to report crime, contact the Hackney Police by calling 101 or texting 18001 101

Or visit the Shoreditch Police Station at 4-6 Sheperdess Walk, Shoreditch, N1 7LF

Or visit the Stoke Newington Police Station at 33 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington,  N16  8DS 

For an emergency always dial 999 or text 18000

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Crime Prevention and Safety Tips for Hackney

As Hackney has a higher-than-average rate for robbery and theft from the person, we’ve highlighted the best tips below, cited from, to keep you, your family and your home safe.

●    Lock your doors and windows whenever you leave the house (even when just out in the garden)

●    Hide your keys, out of sight and away from your letterbox

●    Move valuables out of view through windows

●    Store highly valuable items in a properly secured bank vault or safe

●    Install a visual burglar alarm

●    Install quality outdoor lighting

●    Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home

●    Join or form a Neighbourhood Watch schemes

●    Leave radios and lights on a timer to make your home appear occupied

●    Ensure fences and gates around your property are secure

●    Keep ladders and tools locked away

●    Improve the natural surveillance around your home (e.g., trim high hedges)



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