How safe is Islington?

Once just another overcrowded London suburb, Islington recently has become a bustling neighbourhood and the ideal home for London’s socialites and professionals. Fashionable gastropubs, wine bars and stylish restaurants have taken over Islington’s social houses and rundown inns. With its convenient transport options, such as its bus lines and nearby tube stations, Islington has become a fashionable place to live, but is it a safe place for your family to live?

This graph looks at the number of reported crime incidents from 2015 to 2016. 

Theft and handling is by far the most reported crime in Islington, with a total 11,438 incidents having been reported between 2015 and 2016 alone. While this is a large number of offences, it is important to note that theft and handling in Islington has been in decline over the past few years. This is what you’d expect from a borough that recently has become more upper class.

 Violence against the person has become Islington’s second most-reported crime, with 27% of the borough’s total crime. Burglary makes up 9% of Islington’s total crime, while criminal damage accounts for 7%. Together, theft and handling and burglary make up 53% of Islington’s reported criminal incidents, making stolen goods the No. 1 criminal issue in the area.



Crime-Rate Comparison for Islington

While crime rates for Islington are dropping year over year, compared with similar areas, the crime rate is above average.

The areas shown in this chart are those that have been assessed and considered closest to Islington by This chart shows total police-recorded crimes for all crimes in the year ending September 2015. According to, within this group, Islington has a higher crime rate across total crimes.

While Islington is above average in the group across all crimes reported, when it comes to burglary, it is considered average for the group. It also is considered average when it comes to criminal damage and arson, drugs, other thefts, possession of weapons, violence and sexual offences, and vehicle crime.

While Islington is considered average when it comes to most crimes reported, it has lower than average crime rates when it comes to shoplifting. Unfortunately, it has a much higher crime rate than average with public order, robbery and theft from the person.

Graph - Crime Rates Comparison for Islington

Crimes-Rate Comparison for Islington and London

Compared with other areas in London, Islington, though not the worst in the bunch, definitely has a higher crime rate than most other areas.

This chart looks at the total crimes committed just this year, between January and February 2016. Islington, with a total of 4,588 crimes already reported in 2016, came in sixth place in total crimes committed, just behind Camden, Newnham, Southwark, Lambeth and Westminster, with almost double the rate of crime in Islington.

Graph - Crimes Rates Comparison for Islington and London

Crime Statistics and Trends for Islington

Is the crime situation in Islington getting better or worse? Below, we take a look at the total number of crimes reported from January 2012 to December 2015.

While the crime rate in Islington dropped from late 2012 to mid-2014, the total crime rate in the area is on the rise again, although comparatively, the total crime rate in the area has remained fairly steady over the past few years.


Graph - Crime Statistics and Trends for Islington

Effect of Crime on Islington Residents

While Islington has a higher-than-average rate for total crimes reported, when it comes to the majority of crimes committed, it is in line with similar areas. London, on the whole, is very safe, and when it comes to weapon possession and violence and sexual assault, Islington rates as average among similar boroughs. 

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Contact Islington Police

According to and the PEEL assessment (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy), the Metropolitan Police Service in Islington requires improvements in the extent to which it is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime. The extent to which the Metropolitan Police Service is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime is good, and the extent to which it is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime is also assessed as good.

For a non-emergency situation or to report crime, contact Islington’s police department by calling 101 or texting 18001 101

Or visit the Islington Police Station at 2 Tolpuddle Street, N1 0YY

Or visit the Holloway Police Station at 284 Hornsey Road, Holloway, N7 7QY

For an emergency always dial 999 or text 18000

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Crime Prevention and Safety Tips for Islington

As Islington has a higher-than-average rate of crime in regard to robbery and theft, we’ve highlighted the best tips below for you to stay safe in Islington, as cited by

●    Lock your doors and windows every time you leave your home (even if out for just a moment or in the garden)

●    Hide all your keys well, out of sight and away from the letterbox and doors

●    Remove valuables from view through windows

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

●    Install a visual burglar alarm

●    Install good outdoor lighting

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

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

●    Ensure your fences and gates around your property are in good condition

●    Lock your bikes to an immoveable object inside a locked and alarmed shed or garage

●    Keep ladders and tools locked away

●    Ensure gates to your property are locked

●    Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property, e.g., trim high hedges

●    Mark your property with its postcode and house number, and register your property for free with the immobilise initiative

●    Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme




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