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Crime and Safety in Bedford

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Bedford is the most dangerous major town in Bedfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bedford in 2021 was 95 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bedford is the 38th most dangerous major town, and the 662nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bedford had the worst crime rate in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Bedford residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 93 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Bedford recorded 19 reports of theft from the person during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst for theft from the person in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bedford are violence and sexual offences, with 3,489 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 4.3% higher than 2020's figure of 3,339 offences and a difference of 1.60 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Bedford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 82 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 15% from 2020's figure of 70 crimes.

Bedford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Bedfordshire

25% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

23% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bedford is 25% higher than the East of England and 23% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bedford Crime Rate Over Time

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Bedford Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bedford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021958,826
2020989,144
20191059,788
20181059,844
2017817,528
2016797,397

Crime in Bedford Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bedford This Year

 BedfordBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,47526.5113,67920.27 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2732.927221.07 63% more dangerous
Burglary4685.012,4893.69 26% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8429.024,6096.83 24% more dangerous
Drugs2983.191,6392.43 24% more dangerous
Other Crime2322.481,0331.53 38% more dangerous
Other Theft7177.683,6755.44 29% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons820.884970.74 16% more dangerous
Public Order99910.705,2837.83 27% more dangerous
Robbery1021.094820.71 35% more dangerous
Shoplifting6176.612,6933.99 40% more dangerous
Theft From the Person931.003740.55 45% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6146.584,5246.70 1.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,48937.3619,19428.44 24% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bedford

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Recent Crimes in Bedford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Houghton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rutland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Eastcotts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Kempston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dahl CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ampthill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howard PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Rope WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Harpur StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Gostwick RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meadowsweet DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queen StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clipstone CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Cromwell RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandhurst PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wychwood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Bedford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40252627 Safer
Bicycle Theft74.64.02.9 Safer
Burglary9875 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10999 Safer
Drugs2.42.93.23.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.82.42.5 Getting worse
Other Theft111078 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.730.750.88 Getting worse
Public Order7101011 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.12.21.51.1 Safer
Shoplifting11957 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.02.01.21.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime98107 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33353637 Getting worse

Changes In Bedford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bedford's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bedford Park8-3-480.92
Jubilee Park2-1-640.70

Comparing Bedford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93137% safer
Birmingham49.6091% safer
Barnet67.0841% safer
Croydon82.4815% safer
Sheffield90.035.0% safer
Bristol90.524.4% safer
Bedford94.52-
Leicester111.5915% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0623% more dangerous
Bradford132.2829% more dangerous
Leeds150.9437% more dangerous

Crime in Bedford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cauldwell1,387126Second
De Parys50788Fifth
Goldington81590Fourth
Kingsbrook1,368134First
Newnham52898Third
Putnoe27135Sixth

Bedford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourPutnoe (85)Kingsbrook (346)
Bicycle TheftPutnoe (1)Newnham (24)
BurglaryGoldington (24)Kingsbrook (84)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPutnoe (28)Cauldwell (138)
DrugsPutnoe (11)Cauldwell (60)
Other CrimePutnoe (4)Cauldwell (32)
Other TheftPutnoe (20)Newnham (100)
Possession of WeaponsPutnoe (2)De Parys (8)
Public OrderPutnoe (26)Kingsbrook (138)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Putnoe (2)De Parys (11)
ShopliftingCauldwell (20)Kingsbrook (281)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Putnoe (1)Newnham (5)
Vehicle CrimePutnoe (25)Kingsbrook (126)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPutnoe (128)Cauldwell (621)

Crime in Bedford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bedford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bedford saw a 700% increase in possession of weapons. Bedford saw a large fall in robbery during April, when it fell by 71% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+4%+40%-15%-27%+29%-20%-19%+29%+35%-4%
Bicycle Theft-15%-4%+68%+42%-3%-48%-26%-35%-18%-25%
Burglary-11%-10%-37%-8%-7%-21%+15%-28%-24%+17%
Criminal Damage and Arson+34%+12%-3%+13%-2%-12%-7%+25%-16%-20%
Drugs-25%+94%+19%+33%-11%-15%+10%-+37%-29%
Other Crime+171%+5%+50%+211%+16%+33%+43%-6%-21%+38%
Other Theft-38%-58%-43%-41%-40%-15%-9%-28%-51%-36%
Possession of Weapons-50%-18%-+14%-50%+100%+700%+50%+40%+75%
Public Order+10%-1%-8%+14%-2%-7%-4%-14%+4%+38%
Robbery-70%-71%-25%-35%-50%+25%+60%-13%-50%-61%
Shoplifting-69%-68%-69%-37%-45%+7%+2%-46%-56%-47%
Theft From the Person-50%-50%-57%-43%-71%-36%-20%-50%-17%-36%
Vehicle Crime+85%+94%+71%+54%-62%+75%-28%-13%-14%-28%
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-12%-1%-5%+10%+16%-2%+6%-12%+23%

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 the most dangerous major town in Bedfordshire.

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.

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