Biggleswade Crime Overview

Biggleswade is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Bedfordshire, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Biggleswade in 2020 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Biggleswade is the 394th most dangerous small town, and the 2,618th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Biggleswade was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Biggleswade residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Biggleswade recorded 9 reports of shoplifting during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst small town for shoplifting in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Biggleswade are violence and sexual offences, with 447 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 12% lower than 2019's figure of 500 offences and a difference of 2.45 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Biggleswade's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Biggleswade Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Biggleswade This Year

 BiggleswadeBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36816.9814,99522.2231% safer
Bicycle Theft251.159881.4627% safer
Burglary632.913,4975.1878% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson924.244,9447.3273% safer
Drugs221.021,6572.45140% safer
Other Crime130.601,0391.54157% safer
Other Theft874.013,8815.7543% safer
Possession of Weapons40.183290.49172% safer
Public Order1255.775,1037.5631% safer
Robbery100.465970.8891% safer
Shoplifting1858.542,5043.7157% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.554640.6925% safer
Vehicle Crime853.925,6138.32112% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44720.6218,03126.7130% safer

Biggleswade Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brickhill20125.02116% safer
Stotfold35528.6089% safer
Ampthill26831.4772% safer
Flitwick60344.4321% safer
Biggleswade1,17053.98-
Sandy82765.5218% more dangerous
Houghton Regis1,33468.0721% more dangerous
Kempston1,86288.3239% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Biggleswade

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Biggleswade Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20171217Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.22.82.11.2Safer
Burglary64.64.62.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7654.2Safer
Drugs0.600.651.11.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.510.600.880.60Safer
Other Theft4.94.64.34.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.230.230.18Safer
Public Order2.43.666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.740.920.780.46Safer
Shoplifting1212109Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.880.970.880.55Safer
Vehicle Crime6753.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10162321Getting worse

Changes In Biggleswade's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Biggleswade's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Biggleswade that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Jubilee Recreation Ground---1217

Comparing Biggleswade to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Biggleswade53.98-
Barnet67.7120% more dangerous
Coventry77.4130% more dangerous
Croydon83.2235% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8137% more dangerous
Bristol86.2137% more dangerous
Leicester97.4445% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8748% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2850% more dangerous
Bradford133.0259% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Biggleswade's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Biggleswade East49246Second
Biggleswade West67762First

Crime in Biggleswade During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Biggleswade change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Biggleswade saw a 1,300% increase in shoplifting. Biggleswade saw a large fall in shoplifting during October, when it fell by 82% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+43%+52%+32%+33%-13%+48%+29%+175%+26%+21%
Bicycle Theft-33%-50%+75%-33%+200%-67%-75%---75%
Burglary+14%--56%+20%-+20%-67%-31%-67%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+86%+29%-20%-80%-43%-33%-25%-25%-57%+125%
Drugs+150%--60%+200%+50%----+100%
Other Crime-67%+200%-50%----50%---
Other Theft+133%---56%-50%+100%+13%+13%-60%-22%
Public Order---31%-+30%--79%-44%-14%-27%
Robbery--50%--------
Shoplifting+50%+13%+38%+222%+1,300%+38%-71%-82%-73%-67%
Theft From the Person--75%--67%---33%--67%-
Vehicle Crime+11%-14%-67%-25%-50%-67%-50%--9%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-33%+3%-44%+37%+30%+7%-38%-20%-40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Biggleswade

What police force serves Biggleswade?
Biggleswade's local territorial police force is the Bedfordshire Police.
How dangerous is Biggleswade?
Biggleswade is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Bedfordshire.
What is Biggleswade's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Biggleswade are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Biggleswade?
Biggleswade's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021