How safe is Lambeth?

Though most of London’s boroughs look toward the centre of town, Lambeth looks to the south of London, with hotels, pubs and clubs occupying the lively South Bank. Lambeth has a buzzing night scene, with a great mix of cultures, and it is an exciting place to live. But is it a safe place for your family to live?

The chart below shows the number of reported crimes from 2015 to 2016 in Lambeth.

By far the most reported crime in Lambeth is theft and handling, with a total 12,293 crimes of this nature reported from 2015 to 2016. Though certainly a high number, it is important to note that theft and handling is usually the most reported crime in similar areas.

Violence against the person also is high, with almost 10,000 crimes reported, which is 31% of reported crimes in Lambeth, while drugs, criminal damage and robbery make up 8% of the crime in the area each. At 38%, theft and handling is certainly Lambeth’s biggest issue.



Crime-Rate Comparison for Lambeth

The crime rates for Lambeth are considered average, according to, when compared with similar areas.

The areas shown in the above graph are those that have been assessed and considered most similar to Lambeth by The graph displays total police-recorded crimes during the year ending September 2015. According to, Lambeth has an average rate of crime when compared with similar areas.

Lambeth is considered average across similar areas when it comes to bicycle theft, burglary, criminal damage and arson, other theft, public order, robbery, theft from the person, vehicle crime, violence and sexual offences, and other crime.

Lambeth has lower than average rates for shoplifting, however has much higher than average rates when compared to similar areas when it comes to drugs and possession of weapons.

Graph - Crime Rates Comparison for Lambeth

Crimes-Rate Comparison for Lambeth and London

Compared with other areas in London, Lambeth doesn’t fare too well. Though not on top of the heap when it comes to crime, it is currently in second place.

The above chart looks at total crimes committed in 2016. Lambeth already had a total of 5,433 reported crimes in January and February of 2016. This places Lambeth second in total crimes committed, just after Westminster, with a total of 8,077 total crimes committed for the first two months of 2016.

Graph - Crimes Rates Comparison for Lambeth and London

Crime Statistics and Trends for Lambeth

While Lambeth has high crime rates compared with other London areas, is the total rate of crime actually getting better or worse? Below, we take a look at the total number of crimes reported from January 2012 to December 2015 for Lambeth.

The crime rate in Lambeth is dropping year over year, but the total crime rate in the area is not dropping substantially. Instead, there has been a very slow and steady decline over the past few years, since January 2012. 

Graph - Crime Statistics and Trends for Lambeth

Effect of Crime on Lambeth Residents

While Lambeth has an overall ‘average’ rate for total crimes reported compared with similar areas, it is only performing lower than average in crime when it comes to shoplifting. With a much higher-than-average crime rate for drugs and possession of weapons compared with similar areas, Lambeth residents are expected to be most concerned about drug and weapon possession in their community.


Lambeth Cityscape

Contact Lambeth Police

The metropolitan police service out in force in Lambeth has been assessed as needing improvement in the area of effectively keeping people safe and reducing crime,  according to the PEEL assessment (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy), conducted by It has been rated as ‘good’ when it comes to efficiency and legitimacy.

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

Or visit the Brixton Police Station at 367 Brixton Rd, Brixton, SW9 7DD

Or visit the Kennington Police Station at 49-51 Kennington Rd, Vauxhall, SE1 7QA

For an emergency always dial 999 or text 18000

Met Policemen

Crime Prevention and Safety Tips for Lambeth

As the No. 1 reported crime in Lambeth is theft, we’ve highlighted the top tips for you to follow, as cited by, to keep you, your family and your home safe:

●    Lock all doors and windows whenever you leave home

●    Keep your keys hidden well (away from letterboxes)

●    Move valuables away from views through windows

●    Store any valuables away in a properly secured safe or bank vault

●    Install a visual burglar alarm system as well as good outdoor lighting

●    Ask a trusted neighbour to keep a close watch on your home

●    Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

●    Leave stereos and lights on a timer

●    Ensure your fences and gates are fully secured

●    Secure bikes by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked and alarmed garage or shed

●    Keep tools and ladders locked away safely




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