Crime and safety

We're committed to making the borough a safer place in which to live or work. Hackney has some of the best crime reduction figures in London. Crime has been reduced by 11% in Hackney over the last five years, and by 30% in the last ten years, with 12,000 fewer victims of crime than ten years ago. Find out more about how to make Hackney even safer:

Hate crime and harassment support 

If you are affected by hate crime or harassment, call the Stop Hate UK helpline on 0800 138 1625. Don't suffer in silence.

You can also report a hate crime to the police. In an emergency, call 999.

Other support is available and offered by Community Alliance to Combat Hate (CATCH). Visit CATCH for more information and to make a referral.

A hate crime or incident is any behaviour that you or someone else believes was motivated by hostility prejudice or hatred of:

  • disability (physical, hearing, visual impairments, mental health problems and learning disabilities)
  • gender identity (people who are transgender, transsexual or transvestite)
  • race (skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage)
  • religion, faith or belief (this also includes people without a religious belief)
  • sexual orientation (people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual)

Preventing moped and bicycle assisted theft

Our 24-hour public space surveillance team work with the Metropolitan Police to deter theft committed by people on bikes and mopeds. Our joint operations have resulted a number of arrests.

To help keep yourself safe from thieves on bikes and mopeds:

  • always be aware of your surroundings
  • go hands-free to make a call
  • be discreet when using your phone outdoors, or keep it out of sight
  • try not to text or use apps while walking along
  • be extra vigilant at the curb side, bus stops or outside train stations - the edge of the road is the thieves' favourite spot
  • stand away from the roadside, close to a building or wall and hold your phone in the hand closest to the wall so it's harder to grab
  • see the Metropolitan Police's tips on how to protect yourself from street robbery

Preventing burglaries

From October 2015 uniformed police officers will be visiting approximately 600 homes in the Leabridge area. If you live in or around the area approximately highlighted on the map, a police officer will visit your house over the coming months to carry out a crime prevention survey and advise you on making your home safer. They'll also give you window locks, light-timer switches and, if they think you need them, door frame reinforcers.

We'll also have a community safety stall in a nearby street to offer crime prevention advice, and you can contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team if you want to discuss an issue. Recent crime statistics show the number of burglaries has fallen, but some homes are seen as easy targets by burglars, for example because they have bushes that hide the windows, or ladders and other tools lying around in the garden. Police officers are patrolling certain areas, targeting known offenders and providing crime prevention advice with Council officers for victims and their neighbours.

This project has been funded through the Safer Neighbourhood Board with money from the Mayor of London Office for Policing and Crime. Older residents and vulnerable residents will have security upgrades carried out by the Hackney Homes Handy Man scheme. To find out more call 020 8356 3170.

What are we doing to combat crime and antisocial behaviour?

Our community safety partnership plan 2016-18 [pdf, 655.76Kb] outlines our priorities and is refreshed yearly to take account of any new issues. Community safety refers to any actions that can cause harm to communities, including transport related incidents and other environmental and pollution factors that impact on public wellbeing. This means we work with other agencies, as part of a community safety partnership.

Our main strategic priorities are:

  • gang crime, youth crime and disorder, victimisation and engagement
  • alcohol related crime and disorder, licensing and safer socialising
  • antisocial behaviour - nuisance neighbours and domestic noise
  • burglary, pedal cycle theft and cycle safety
  • domestic abuse and violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • substance misuse, treatment and drug dealing

Read our Community safety priorities [pdf, 386.96Kb] to find out about the activities we are doing to tackle each priority. 

Have your say on crime 

We're interested in hearing residents' views on crime and safety in Hackney. If you'd like to contribute your opinion or have any concerns about crime in the borough, please contact us.

Useful numbers

  • Victim Support - 0845 450 3936 (London helpline, Monday-Friday 8am-8pm) or 020 7268 0200 (national switchboard) 
  • Hackney violence and hate crime helpline - 0800 056 0905
  • 24-hour national domestic violence helpline - 0808 2000 24
  • Emergency services - 999 (in an emergency) or 101 (for non emergencies)
  • Hackney Homes estate safety - 020 8356 1911
  • Action Fraud - 0300 123 2040 
  • Revenge porn helpline - 0845 6000 459


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