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Crime and Safety in Dunstable

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Dunstable is the most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 Dunstable in 2021 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.8% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dunstable is the 86th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,613rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Dunstable was the worst medium-sized town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Dunstable residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Dunstable recorded 20 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.50 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Dunstable are violence and sexual offences, with 1,040 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 4.9% lower than 2020's figure of 1,091 offences and a difference of 1.26 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Dunstable's least common crime is theft from the person, with 25 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 4.0% from 2020's figure of 24 crimes.

Dunstable 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Bedfordshire

2.5% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

11% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Dunstable is 2.5% lower than the East of England and 11% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Dunstable Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Dunstable 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 Dunstable

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021692,774
2020793,200
20191014,062
20181164,675
2017833,370
2016813,266

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Summary of Crimes in Dunstable This Year

 DunstableBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour76018.8313,67920.27 8% safer
Bicycle Theft390.977221.07 10% safer
Burglary1323.272,4893.69 13% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2375.874,6096.83 16% safer
Drugs631.561,6392.43 56% safer
Other Crime481.191,0331.53 29% safer
Other Theft2275.623,6755.44 3.2% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons300.744970.740% safer
Public Order3468.575,2837.83 9% more dangerous
Robbery350.874820.71 18% more dangerous
Shoplifting2957.312,6933.99 45% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.623740.55 11% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2576.374,5246.70 5% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,04025.7719,19428.44 10% safer

Dunstable Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Leighton-Linslade2,25853.0430% safer
Dunstable2,77468.72-

Crime Over Time in Dunstable

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Recent Crimes in Dunstable

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The RetreatInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High Street NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sundown AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Allenby AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near AshcroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Bunhill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Court DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bennetts CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Burr StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Peppercorn WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pynders LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Stokers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hawthorn CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillside RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Dunstable Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36252919 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.63.01.80.97 Safer
Burglary15104.33.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson151186 Safer
Drugs1.71.62.21.6 Getting worse
Other Crime2.11.61.11.2 Safer
Other Theft10976 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.550.350.74 Getting worse
Public Order610109 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.91.20.87 Safer
Shoplifting9987 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.91.50.590.62 Safer
Vehicle Crime211296 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27292726 Getting worse

Changes In Dunstable's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Dunstable's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground1---311.5

Comparing Dunstable to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.082.4% safer
Dunstable68.72-
Croydon82.4817% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0524% more dangerous
Bristol90.5224% more dangerous
Coventry102.2433% more dangerous
Leicester111.5938% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0644% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6447% more dangerous
Bradford132.2848% more dangerous
Leeds150.9454% more dangerous

Crime in Dunstable's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dunstable Central95693First
Dunstable Manshead42574Second
Dunstable South24836Fourth
Dunstable West54652Third

Dunstable Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDunstable South (82)Dunstable Central (267)
Bicycle TheftDunstable South (2)Dunstable Central (15)
BurglaryDunstable South (16)Dunstable Central (44)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDunstable South (30)Dunstable Manshead (57)
DrugsDunstable South (7)Dunstable Central (26)
Other CrimeDunstable West (8)Dunstable Central (17)
Other TheftDunstable West (27)Dunstable Central (68)
Possession of WeaponsDunstable South (1)Dunstable Central (14)
Public OrderDunstable South (24)Dunstable Central (129)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Dunstable West (4)Dunstable Central (24)
ShopliftingDunstable Manshead (9)Dunstable Central (84)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dunstable South (2)Dunstable Central (12)
Vehicle CrimeDunstable South (24)Dunstable Central (85)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDunstable South (87)Dunstable Central (377)

Crime in Dunstable During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dunstable change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Dunstable saw a 233% increase in drugs. Dunstable saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Rates of bicycle theft and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Dunstable's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+16%+10%+5%+17%+32%-1%+18%+47%+42%-21%
Bicycle Theft-64%-80%-14%-55%-64%-33%+56%-15%-57%-29%
Burglary-83%-69%-55%-52%-71%-45%-15%-33%-56%-35%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-77%-41%-44%-38%-+65%-31%-17%-49%
Drugs-+114%-18%+100%--83%+200%+17%+233%+75%
Other Crime--71%-43%+50%+133%+25%-57%-50%--
Other Theft-36%-62%+23%-48%-29%-19%-21%-33%-51%-14%
Possession of Weapons-50%---+50%+200%-+100%--
Public Order-7%-28%-37%-14%-3%-+18%+16%+27%+37%
Robbery-80%+100%--50%-14%--80%+67%-60%-74%
Shoplifting+4%-43%-31%-54%-+13%+9%-58%-57%+17%
Theft From the Person+67%-86%--60%-50%-67%-83%--40%-63%
Vehicle Crime-24%-27%+3%+13%-44%-31%+4%-43%+26%-64%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-35%-23%+4%-28%+5%+27%-12%-29%+3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dunstable

What police force serves Dunstable?
Dunstable's local territorial police force is the Bedfordshire Police.

How dangerous is Dunstable?
Dunstable is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Bedfordshire.

What is Dunstable's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dunstable are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Dunstable?
Dunstable's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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