Crime in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire is the 21st most dangerous county in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Bedfordshire in 2020 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 27 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Bedfordshire's larger towns and cities, Bedford is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Luton, and Dunstable comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Bedfordshire, starting with Leighton-Linslade which ranks as the safest area in Bedfordshire, followed up by Dunstable in second place, and Luton in third place.

Crime Map of Bedfordshire

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Bedfordshire Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour14,99522.22
Bicycle Theft9881.46
Burglary3,4975.18
Criminal Damage and Arson4,9447.32
Drugs1,6572.45
Other Crime1,0391.54
Other Theft3,8815.75
Possession of Weapons3290.49
Public Order5,1037.56
Robbery5970.88
Shoplifting2,5043.71
Theft From the Person4640.69
Vehicle Crime5,6138.32
Violence and Sexual Offences18,03126.71

Bedfordshire's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Bedfordshire
Ampthill26831129% safer
Bedford9,49410229% more dangerous
Biggleswade1,1705434% safer
Brickhill20125188% safer
Dunstable2,841702.4% safer
Flitwick6034462% safer
Houghton Regis1,334686% safer
Kempston1,8628818% more dangerous
Leighton-Linslade2,4655824% safer
Luton18,9098516% more dangerous
Sandy8276610% safer
Stotfold35529152% safer

Crime Trends in Bedfordshire

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32271922Safer
Bicycle Theft1.52.31.71.5Safer
Burglary9985Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8987Safer
Drugs1.21.81.92.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.661.41.41.5Getting worse
Other Theft7886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.640.710.49Safer
Public Order3.3588Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.21.30.88Safer
Shoplifting6653.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.921.21.00.69Safer
Vehicle Crime811108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17232727Getting worse

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021