Bedford Crime Overview

Bedford is the most dangerous major town in Bedfordshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bedford in 2020 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bedford is the 29th most dangerous major town, and the 469th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Bedford had the worst crime rate in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 26 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Bedford residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Bedford recorded 31 reports of robbery during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for robbery in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bedford are violence and sexual offences, with 3,453 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 2.6% higher than 2019's figure of 3,362 offences and a difference of 0.98 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Bedford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 71 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 4.2% from 2019's figure of 68 crimes.

Compare Bedford to other towns and cities

See how Bedford shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Bedford and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Bedford Compared To Bedfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Bedford This Year

 BedfordBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,48426.6014,99522.2216% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3854.129881.4665% more dangerous
Burglary6907.393,4975.1830% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9179.824,9447.3225% more dangerous
Drugs3093.311,6572.4526% more dangerous
Other Crime2282.441,0391.5437% more dangerous
Other Theft7037.533,8815.7524% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons710.763290.4936% more dangerous
Public Order94110.085,1037.5625% more dangerous
Robbery1531.645970.8846% more dangerous
Shoplifting5115.472,5043.7132% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1111.194640.6942% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,02210.945,6138.3224% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,45336.9818,03126.7128% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bedford

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Bedford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour47412627Safer
Bicycle Theft4.074.64.1Safer
Burglary71087Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9111010Getting worse
Drugs1.92.43.03.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.811.91.92.4Getting worse
Other Theft911118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.740.950.730.76Safer
Public Order4.471010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.42.22.21.6Safer
Shoplifting91195Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.72.02.01.2Safer
Vehicle Crime1010911Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences24333637Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7150% safer
Coventry77.4131% safer
Croydon83.2222% safer
Sheffield85.8118% safer
Bristol86.2118% safer
Leicester97.444.3% safer
Bedford101.67-
Birmingham102.871.2% more dangerous
Liverpool107.285% more dangerous
Bradford133.0224% more dangerous
Leeds137.1026% more dangerous

Crime in Bedford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cauldwell1,463133First
De Parys55496Fourth
Goldington67975Fifth
Kingsbrook1,234121Second
Newnham611114Third
Putnoe31641Sixth

Bedford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Bedford for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourPutnoe (78)Kingsbrook (312)
Bicycle TheftPutnoe (7)Newnham (42)
BurglaryPutnoe (21)De Parys (66)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPutnoe (41)Newnham (69)
DrugsNewnham (7)Cauldwell (49)
Other CrimeKingsbrook (11)Cauldwell (27)
Other TheftPutnoe (10)Newnham (91)
Possession of WeaponsGoldington (2)Cauldwell (13)
Public OrderPutnoe (25)Cauldwell (152)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Putnoe (4)Cauldwell (20)
ShopliftingPutnoe (2)Kingsbrook (134)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Putnoe (2)Newnham (15)
Vehicle CrimePutnoe (59)Newnham (104)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPutnoe (118)Cauldwell (603)

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 March, when it fell by 71% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+42%-13%-27%+26%-21%-19%+30%+32%-4%
Bicycle Theft-15%-4%+68%+42%--46%-26%-33%-18%-19%
Burglary-8%-12%-41%-6%-3%-22%+15%-27%-23%+15%
Criminal Damage and Arson+29%+9%-+16%-6%-8%-4%+24%-17%-20%
Drugs-25%+82%+26%+33%--15%+9%-+35%-29%
Other Crime+171%-+41%+211%+16%+31%+43%--21%+50%
Other Theft-35%-57%-42%-35%-41%-12%-14%-28%-51%-36%
Possession of Weapons-50%-18%-+14%-50%+150%+700%+50%+40%+75%
Public Order+10%-3%-4%+21%-1%-4%-6%-13%+9%+35%
Robbery-71%-71%-25%-35%-42%+15%+80%-7%-46%-63%
Shoplifting-69%-68%-69%-37%-45%+7%+2%-46%-56%-47%
Theft From the Person-50%-55%-57%-43%-71%-36%-20%-50%-21%-36%
Vehicle Crime+81%+91%+82%+56%-54%+68%-14%-5%-5%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%-12%+0%-5%+7%+19%+1%+6%-12%+22%

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021