Community safety and enforcement

The safety and welfare of our residents is a key concern for the Council, from social and personal safety to the wider issues affecting our environment. We use intelligence from residents, businesses, the police and other local partners to ensure that you, your family and property are kept as safe as possible.

Report an issue

Report issues and help us keep Hackney safe:

What we’re doing to combat crime and antisocial behaviour

Our community safety partnership plan 2019-22 outlines our priorities every year.

We work with other agencies as part of a community safety partnership to tackle issues that can cause harm to communities, including transport-related incidents and other environmental factors that impact on public wellbeing.

Our main strategic priorities over the next 3 years are:

  • serious violence and gang violence
  • alcohol-related crime and disorder
  • on-street drug markets and substance misuse
  • domestic abuse / violence against women and girls (VAWG)

Read our community safety priorities to find out about the activities we are doing to tackle each priority.

Our approach to reducing violent crime

Find out more about our approach to reducing violent crime:

Our enforcement officers

We have 28 uniformed officers who gather intelligence, issue fines and other formal notices to tackle issues like antisocial behaviour, noise, urination, fly-tipping, and graffiti. They work closely with partners to support businesses and ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

Domestic violence and sexual violence support

We have a zero tolerance approach to violence against women and girls and domestic abuse.

Public space surveillance (CCTV) in Hackney

There are different types of public space surveillance systems available on land managed by the Council: CCTV in or around areas we manage, such as Council housing estates, CCTV in public places and temporary or permanent CCTV.

Emergency planning and response

We have the same responsibility for dealing with emergencies as organisations such as the police, the fire brigade and the ambulance service. Emergency planning.

Hate crime and harassment support

If you are affected by hate crime or harassment, don’t suffer in silence. If you experience hate crime you can:

A hate crime or incident is any behaviour 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)

Moped and bicycle assisted theft advice

Our CCTV operators work with the Metropolitan Police to deter theft by people on bikes and mopeds. The joint operations have resulted a number of arrests.

To help keep yourself safe from thieves riding bikes or 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

London Fields interim injunction

Hackney Marshes interim injunction

Wick Woodland public space protection order

External advice and useful numbers

Page updated on: 4 July 2020

Community Safety, Business Regulation and Enforcement Service


1st Floor, Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Mon to Fri: 9am-5pm