Dunstable Crime Overview

Dunstable is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Bedfordshire, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dunstable in 2020 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.4% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dunstable is the 94th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,397th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Dunstable was the worst medium-sized town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Dunstable residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Dunstable recorded 18 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.45 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 989 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 1,073 offences and a difference of 2.08 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Dunstable's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 13 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 62% from 2019's figure of 21 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Dunstable This Year

 DunstableBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,06226.3114,99522.2216% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft661.649881.4611% more dangerous
Burglary1573.893,4975.1833% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2907.184,9447.321.9% safer
Drugs791.961,6572.4525% safer
Other Crime421.041,0391.5448% safer
Other Theft2315.723,8815.750.52% safer
Possession of Weapons130.323290.4953% safer
Public Order3428.475,1037.5611% more dangerous
Robbery441.095970.8819% more dangerous
Shoplifting2536.272,5043.7141% more dangerous
Theft From the Person230.574640.6921% safer
Vehicle Crime3127.735,6138.328% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences98924.5018,03126.719% safer

Crime in Dunstable Compared To Bedfordshire

Dunstable Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Leighton-Linslade2,46557.9022% safer
Dunstable2,84170.38-

Dunstable Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41332326Safer
Bicycle Theft3.24.02.61.6Safer
Burglary101493.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1014107Safer
Drugs0.501.51.52.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.741.91.41.0Safer
Other Theft7876Safer
Possession of Weapons0.590.590.520.32Safer
Public Order3.8698Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.41.91.1Safer
Shoplifting7876Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.81.50.57Safer
Vehicle Crime1120118Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18252724Getting worse

Changes In Dunstable's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Dunstable to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.713.9% safer
Dunstable70.38-
Coventry77.419% more dangerous
Croydon83.2215% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8118% more dangerous
Bristol86.2118% more dangerous
Leicester97.4428% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8732% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1049% more dangerous

Crime in Dunstable's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dunstable Central1,241121First
Dunstable Manshead47683Second
Dunstable South26338Fourth
Dunstable West59457Third

Dunstable Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDunstable South (117)Dunstable Central (419)
Bicycle TheftDunstable Manshead (3)Dunstable Central (38)
BurglaryDunstable West (34)Dunstable Central (58)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDunstable South (29)Dunstable Manshead (71)
DrugsDunstable South (3)Dunstable Central (46)
Other CrimeDunstable South (6)Dunstable Manshead (8)
Other TheftDunstable South (25)Dunstable Central (91)
Possession of WeaponsDunstable Manshead (1)Dunstable West (5)
Public OrderDunstable South (22)Dunstable Central (171)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Dunstable West (6)Dunstable Manshead (11)
ShopliftingDunstable South (4)Dunstable Central (149)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dunstable Manshead (1)Dunstable Central (11)
Vehicle CrimeDunstable West (57)Dunstable Central (126)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDunstable South (98)Dunstable Central (399)

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 July, when Dunstable saw a 250% increase in other crime. 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 criminal damage and arson both fell year-on-year for every month during Dunstable's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+10%+11%+2%+17%+21%-6%+28%+46%+51%-24%
Bicycle Theft-58%-71%-14%-55%-67%-33%+50%-8%-54%-40%
Burglary-81%-64%-55%-52%-75%-46%-31%-37%-59%-42%
Criminal Damage and Arson-41%-77%-39%-42%-42%-3%+61%-33%-18%-47%
Drugs-+100%-36%+33%+25%-83%+67%+17%+233%+75%
Other Crime--71%-43%+25%+250%--50%---
Other Theft-38%-52%+16%-45%-30%--4%-37%-43%+14%
Possession of Weapons-50%---+200%+200%-+50%--
Public Order-7%-28%-36%-15%-10%+7%+12%+14%+48%+31%
Robbery-80%+100%--50%-29%--80%+67%-67%-74%
Shoplifting--38%-26%-52%+6%-16%-33%-54%-50%+42%
Theft From the Person+33%-86%--60%-50%-67%-83%--40%-63%
Vehicle Crime-24%-39%+8%+24%-47%-31%--45%+33%-63%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-33%-16%+3%-35%+6%+37%-14%-30%+7%

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021