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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 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 31% higher than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bedford is the 37th most dangerous major town, and the 598th 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 94 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 3,812 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 3,620 offences and a difference of 2.05 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Bedford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 89 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 20% from 2020's figure of 71 crimes.

Bedford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Bedfordshire

31% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

25% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bedford is 31% higher than the East of England and 25% 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 July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bedford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211029,517
20201079,961
201911210,458
201811310,536
2017878,080
2016847,843

Crime in Bedford Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bedford This Year

 BedfordBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,66028.4913,67920.27 29% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2772.977221.07 64% more dangerous
Burglary5045.402,4893.69 32% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9059.694,6096.83 30% more dangerous
Drugs3183.411,6392.43 29% more dangerous
Other Crime2422.591,0331.53 41% more dangerous
Other Theft7578.113,6755.44 33% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons890.954970.74 22% more dangerous
Public Order1,06611.425,2837.83 31% more dangerous
Robbery1111.194820.71 40% more dangerous
Shoplifting6386.832,6933.99 42% more dangerous
Theft From the Person931.003740.55 45% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7057.554,5246.70 11% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,81240.8219,19428.44 30% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bedford

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Recent Crimes in Bedford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Napier RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Voyce WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fernlea CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cowper RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Dame Alice StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wheathouse CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Beckett StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ballinghall CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clapham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Theft from the personOn or near Dame Alice StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near River StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Columbine CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rothsay GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ettrick DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Napier RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near Holt RowUnable to prosecute suspect

Bedford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42272828 Safer
Bicycle Theft74.84.23.0 Safer
Burglary10985 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101010 Safer
Drugs2.63.03.43.4 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.02.52.6 Getting worse
Other Theft111188 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.730.760.95 Getting worse
Public Order8101111 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.22.31.61.2 Safer
Shoplifting111067 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.02.11.21.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime1110128 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35383941 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
Barnet67.0852% safer
Croydon82.4824% safer
Sheffield91.1012% safer
Bristol93.779% safer
Bedford101.92-
Coventry102.370.44% more dangerous
Leicester111.759% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9020% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1726% more dangerous
Bradford145.6030% more dangerous
Leeds153.0633% 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 theft from the person during July, when it fell by 74% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+2%+47%-12%-25%+26%-21%-20%+26%+29%-1%
Bicycle Theft-17%-11%+74%+45%--47%-26%-31%-21%-12%
Burglary-10%-9%-41%-6%-2%-20%+12%-27%-26%+10%
Criminal Damage and Arson+26%+7%-4%+18%--6%+4%+21%-20%-18%
Drugs-25%+82%+21%+48%--4%+9%-4%+38%-24%
Other Crime+186%-+41%+222%+16%+31%+31%-11%-21%+50%
Other Theft-36%-54%-40%-33%-36%-12%-17%-29%-51%-34%
Possession of Weapons-50%-18%-+14%-50%+150%+700%+50%+40%+75%
Public Order+9%+1%-+21%-1%-3%-7%-17%+9%+34%
Robbery-72%-72%-25%-35%-45%+15%+80%--46%-65%
Shoplifting-69%-68%-69%-33%-45%+7%--41%-52%-46%
Theft From the Person-53%-55%-60%-47%-74%-29%-20%-53%-25%-36%
Vehicle Crime+81%+116%+75%+62%-48%+57%+6%-1%-5%-27%
Violence and Sexual Offences-18%-11%+2%-4%+10%+15%+1%+8%-13%+25%

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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