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Crime and Safety in Biggleswade

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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 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 35% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Biggleswade is the 360th safest small town, and the 3,068th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Biggleswade was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Biggleswade residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.55 per 1,000 residents. Biggleswade recorded 11 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.51 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Biggleswade are violence and sexual offences, with 460 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 2.8% higher than 2020's figure of 447 offences and a difference of 0.60 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Biggleswade's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 20% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Biggleswade 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Bedfordshire

36% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

48% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Biggleswade is 36% lower than the East of England and 48% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Biggleswade Crime Rate Over Time

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Biggleswade Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Biggleswade

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021521,120
2020541,170
2019651,400
2018601,303
2017521,121
201641887

Crime in Biggleswade Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Biggleswade This Year

 BiggleswadeBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37717.3913,67920.27 17% safer
Bicycle Theft231.067221.07 0.94% safer
Burglary622.862,4893.69 29% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1205.544,6096.83 23% safer
Drugs180.831,6392.43 193% safer
Other Crime221.021,0331.53 50% safer
Other Theft813.743,6755.44 45% safer
Possession of Weapons50.234970.74 222% safer
Public Order1185.445,2837.83 44% safer
Robbery90.424820.71 69% safer
Shoplifting1034.752,6933.99 16% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.283740.55 96% safer
Vehicle Crime934.294,5246.70 56% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46021.2219,19428.44 34% safer

Biggleswade Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ampthill23827.9585% safer
Stotfold35628.6880% safer
Brickhill34542.9420% safer
Flitwick63146.4911% safer
Biggleswade1,12051.68-
Sandy69454.986% more dangerous
Houghton Regis1,24163.3318% more dangerous
Kempston1,90490.3143% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Biggleswade

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Recent Crimes in Biggleswade

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sand LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dartmoor WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near LawnsideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Planets WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warren CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shuttleworth CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Ely CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elm RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sand LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Royal Oak CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Tennyson AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near The CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fennel DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rowan CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sun StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sabel CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Jupiter WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalOffender given a caution

Biggleswade Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17121717 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.82.11.21.1 Safer
Burglary4.64.62.92.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson654.26 Safer
Drugs0.651.11.00.83 Getting worse
Other Crime0.600.880.601.0 Getting worse
Other Theft4.64.34.03.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.230.180.23No change
Public Order3.6665 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.920.780.460.42 Safer
Shoplifting121094.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.970.880.550.28 Safer
Vehicle Crime753.94.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16232121 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Biggleswade to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Biggleswade51.68-
Barnet67.0823% more dangerous
Croydon82.4837% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0543% more dangerous
Bristol90.5243% more dangerous
Coventry102.2449% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6460% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Biggleswade's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Biggleswade East46844Second
Biggleswade West64459First

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.

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