Westminster has by far the highest crime rate in London, 152% above the average for the capital. This is not surprising given the extremely high numbers of tourists, workers, shoppers, and leisure visitors in the borough every day and night, which dwarf the resident population against which the crime rate is measured.
According to data from the Metropolitan Police there were 42,200 crimes in the borough in the 12 months to the March 2015 giving it 205 crimes per 1000 residents. The average rate for London is 81.
Every main category was above average, however the figures are dominated by two of the theft subcategories – theft from a person and what the police classify as other theft. There were 19,389 of these offences, which is 5 times the average London level. These crimes alone give Westminster a crime rate higher than the London average, even if there were no other crimes. These types of theft offences cover crimes such as pickpocketing which are prevalent in city centre tourism and nightlife areas.
6 murders were committed in Westminster in the period, the highest level in London and the same as Enfield and Ealing.
There was also a very high incidence of rape – 249 cases, 81% above average.