Ampthill Crime Overview

Ampthill is the third safest small town in Bedfordshire, and is the 43rd safest overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ampthill in 2020 was 31 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 129% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ampthill is the 127th safest small town, and the 5,271st safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

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

The most common crimes in Ampthill are violence and sexual offences, with 103 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 116 offences and a difference of 1.53 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Ampthill's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Ampthill Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ampthill This Year

 AmpthillBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12414.5614,99522.2253% safer
Bicycle Theft101.179881.4625% safer
Burglary182.113,4975.18145% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson303.524,9447.32108% safer
Drugs111.291,6572.4590% safer
Other Crime50.591,0391.54161% safer
Other Theft222.583,8815.75123% safer
Possession of Weapons10.123290.49308% safer
Public Order313.645,1037.56108% safer
Robbery20.235970.88283% safer
Shoplifting70.822,5043.71352% safer
Theft From the Person10.124640.69475% safer
Vehicle Crime273.175,6138.32162% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10312.0918,03126.71121% safer

Ampthill Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brickhill20125.0226% safer
Stotfold35528.6010% safer
Ampthill26831.47-
Flitwick60344.4329% more dangerous
Biggleswade1,17053.9842% more dangerous
Sandy82765.5252% more dangerous
Houghton Regis1,33468.0754% more dangerous
Kempston1,86288.3264% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ampthill

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Ampthill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16161415Safer
Bicycle Theft1.10.230.231.2Getting worse
Burglary4.64.82.72.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5963.5Safer
Drugs0.820.590.591.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.700.700.350.59Getting worse
Other Theft3.21.63.32.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.23-0.120.12Safer
Public Order1.42.64.13.6Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.12-0.470.23Safer
Shoplifting3.23.83.20.82Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.120.350.470.12Safer
Vehicle Crime674.33.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10101412Getting worse

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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ampthill Park4211350.25

Comparing Ampthill to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ampthill31.47-
Barnet67.7154% more dangerous
Coventry77.4159% more dangerous
Croydon83.2262% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8163% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4468% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2871% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1077% more dangerous

Crime in Ampthill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ampthill & Millbrook28533First

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 third 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021