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Bedfordshire Crime Statistics

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Bedfordshire is the 26th safest county in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Bedfordshire in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 28 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.

Bedfordshire Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bedfordshire represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Bedfordshire Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour13,67920.27
Bicycle Theft7221.07
Burglary2,4893.69
Criminal Damage and Arson4,6096.83
Drugs1,6392.43
Other Crime1,0331.53
Other Theft3,6755.44
Possession of Weapons4970.74
Public Order5,2837.83
Robbery4820.71
Shoplifting2,6933.99
Theft From the Person3740.55
Vehicle Crime4,5246.70
Violence and Sexual Offences19,19428.44

Bedfordshire's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Bedfordshire
Ampthill23828 150% safer
Bedford8,82695 26% more dangerous
Biggleswade1,12052 35% safer
Brickhill34543 63% safer
Dunstable2,77469 1.8% safer
Flitwick63146 50% safer
Houghton Regis1,24163 10% safer
Kempston1,90490 23% more dangerous
Leighton-Linslade2,25853 32% safer
Luton18,22782 15% more dangerous
Sandy69455 27% safer
Stotfold35629 144% safer

Crime Trends in Bedfordshire

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27192220 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.31.71.51.1 Safer
Burglary9853.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9877 Safer
Drugs1.81.92.42.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.41.51.5 Getting worse
Other Theft8865 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.710.490.74 Getting worse
Public Order5888 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.30.880.71 Safer
Shoplifting653.74.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.00.690.55 Safer
Vehicle Crime111087 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23272728 Getting worse
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