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Crime and Safety in Ampthill

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Ampthill is the safest small town in Bedfordshire, and is the 30th safest overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ampthill in 2021 was 28 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 150% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ampthill is the 98th safest small town, and the 4,135th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Ampthill was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Ampthill residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Ampthill recorded 1 report of theft from the person during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst small town for theft from the person in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ampthill are violence and sexual offences, with 78 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 9. This is 32% lower than 2020's figure of 103 offences and a difference of 2.93 from 2020's crime rate of 12. Ampthill's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Ampthill 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Small Towns, Bedfordshire

152% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

173% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ampthill is 152% lower than the East of England and 173% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ampthill Crime Rate Over Time

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Ampthill Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ampthill 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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Historical Crime Rates for Ampthill

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202128238
202031268
201939333
201839336
201736304
201628239

Crime in Ampthill Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ampthill This Year

 AmpthillBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11213.1513,67920.27 54% safer
Burglary111.292,4893.69 186% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson384.464,6096.83 53% safer
Drugs60.701,6392.43 247% safer
Other Crime50.591,0331.53 159% safer
Other Theft232.703,6755.44 101% safer
Possession of Weapons10.124970.74 517% safer
Public Order273.175,2837.83 147% safer
Shoplifting212.472,6933.99 62% safer
Theft From the Person10.123740.55 358% safer
Vehicle Crime273.174,5246.70 111% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences789.1619,19428.44 210% safer

Ampthill Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ampthill23827.95-
Stotfold35628.682.5% more dangerous
Brickhill34542.9435% more dangerous
Flitwick63146.4940% more dangerous
Biggleswade1,12051.6846% more dangerous
Sandy69454.9849% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ampthill

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Recent Crimes in Ampthill

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Brewery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Doolittle YardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Brewery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Katherine'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Russett CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Adams CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Baker StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ossory PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Brewery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Ashburnham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Russett CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Claridges LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Brewery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Rushbrook CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Brewery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ampthill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16141513 Safer
Burglary4.82.72.11.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson963.54.5 Safer
Drugs0.590.591.30.70 Getting worse
Other Crime0.700.350.590.59 Getting worse
Other Theft1.63.32.62.7No change
Possession of Weapons-0.120.120.12 Safer
Public Order2.64.13.63.2 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.83.20.822.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.470.120.12 Safer
Vehicle Crime74.33.23.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1014129 Safer

Changes In Ampthill's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ampthill's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Ampthill that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ampthill Park4211350.25

Comparing Ampthill to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ampthill27.95-
Barnet67.0858% more dangerous
Croydon82.4866% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0569% more dangerous
Bristol90.5269% more dangerous
Coventry102.2473% more dangerous
Leicester111.5975% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0677% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6478% more dangerous
Bradford132.2879% more dangerous
Leeds150.9481% more dangerous

Crime in Ampthill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ampthill & Millbrook25529First

Crime in Ampthill During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ampthill change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Ampthill saw a 450% increase in violence and sexual offences. Ampthill saw a large fall in public order during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-40%+29%+100%+29%+69%+86%+33%+17%-42%-38%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+400%-------50%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+13%---33%-25%---50%--40%
Drugs----------
Other Theft--+150%--25%+100%--67%--50%
Public Order+33%-33%-83%-40%-+200%+100%-+400%-50%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting------67%----
Vehicle Crime-50%--50%----50%+200%+50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-47%-30%-27%-30%+10%-50%+450%-33%-22%+33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ampthill

What police force serves Ampthill?
Ampthill's local territorial police force is the Bedfordshire Police.

How dangerous is Ampthill?
Ampthill is the safest small town in Bedfordshire.

What is Ampthill's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ampthill are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Ampthill?
Ampthill's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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