Bedford Crime Overview

Bedford is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns in the East of England, and the 56th safest overall out of the UK's major towns. The overall crime rate in Bedford in 2020 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people.

In January 2019, Bedford had the worst crime rate in the East of England for theft from the person, with 30 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Bedford are violence and sexual offences, with 3,068 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 3,284 offences and a difference of 1.25 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Bedford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 62 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 15% from 2019's figure of 71 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bedford This Year

 Bedford
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour2,29313.23
Bicycle Theft3622.09
Burglary6203.58
Criminal Damage and Arson8344.81
Drugs2891.67
Other Crime2141.23
Other Theft6463.73
Possession of Weapons620.36
Public Order8334.81
Robbery1390.80
Shoplifting4812.78
Theft From the Person1030.59
Vehicle Crime9065.23
Violence and Sexual Offences3,06817.70

Bedford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25221413Safer
Bicycle Theft2.23.62.52.1Safer
Burglary3.65.04.43.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.8654.8Safer
Drugs1.01.41.61.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.431.01.01.2Getting worse
Other Theft5663.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.400.520.410.36Safer
Public Order2.33.954.8Getting worse
Robbery0.701.21.20.80Safer
Shoplifting5.0652.8Safer
Theft From the Person0.911.11.10.59Safer
Vehicle Crime4.954.65Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences13181918Getting worse

Comparing Bedford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Bedford49.38-
Coventry71.5031% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9933% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2333% more dangerous
Croydon77.1836% more dangerous
Bradford79.1938% more dangerous
London80.7039% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0245% more dangerous
Bristol91.5746% more dangerous
Leeds91.9046% more dangerous
Leicester102.5152% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9453% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bedford

What police force serves Bedford?
Bedford's local territorial police force is the Bedfordshire Police.
How dangerous is Bedford?
Bedford is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns in the East of England.
What is Bedford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bedford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bedford?
Bedford's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021