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Crime and Safety in Flitwick

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Flitwick is among the top 5 safest small towns in Bedfordshire, and is the 53rd most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Flitwick in 2021 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 50% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Flitwick is the 290th safest small town, and the 3,729th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Flitwick was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Flitwick residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Flitwick recorded 5 reports of other theft during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst small town for other theft in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Flitwick are violence and sexual offences, with 260 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 218 offences and a difference of 3.10 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Flitwick's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2021.

Flitwick 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Bedfordshire

51% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

64% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Flitwick is 51% lower than the East of England and 64% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Flitwick Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Flitwick 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 Flitwick

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202146631
202044603
201960816
201847642
201740540
201634463

Crime in Flitwick Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Flitwick This Year

 FlitwickBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour22416.5013,67920.27 23% safer
Bicycle Theft130.967221.07 11% safer
Burglary221.622,4893.69 128% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson886.484,6096.83 5% safer
Drugs90.661,6392.43 268% safer
Other Crime120.881,0331.53 74% safer
Other Theft402.953,6755.44 84% safer
Possession of Weapons30.224970.74 236% safer
Public Order695.085,2837.83 54% safer
Robbery40.294820.71 145% safer
Shoplifting342.502,6933.99 60% safer
Theft From the Person30.223740.55 150% safer
Vehicle Crime745.454,5246.70 23% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26019.1619,19428.44 48% safer

Flitwick Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ampthill23827.9566% safer
Stotfold35628.6862% safer
Brickhill34542.948% safer
Flitwick63146.49-
Biggleswade1,12051.6810% more dangerous
Sandy69454.9815% more dangerous
Houghton Regis1,24163.3327% more dangerous
Kempston1,90490.3149% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Flitwick

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Recent Crimes in Flitwick

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Althorp CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lovet RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near The HawthornsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Enterprise WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near The AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The PaddocksUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Denel CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Commerce WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pipit CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chauntry WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hatfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mendip CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The PaddocksUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Common Farm LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beaumont RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Kingsmoor CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Blackbird CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Flitwick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19161716 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.961.00.660.96 Getting worse
Burglary653.31.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6856 Getting worse
Drugs0.590.660.740.66 Getting worse
Other Crime0.811.10.520.88 Getting worse
Other Theft4.4853.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.070.29-0.22 Getting worse
Public Order2.953.75 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.290.590.290.29 Safer
Shoplifting1.61.81.22.5 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.371.20.370.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime9885 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14201619 Getting worse

Changes In Flitwick's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Flitwick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Flitwick46.49-
Barnet67.0831% more dangerous
Croydon82.4844% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0548% more dangerous
Bristol90.5249% more dangerous
Coventry102.2455% more dangerous
Leicester111.5958% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0662% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6464% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Flitwick's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Flitwick East29049First

Crime in Flitwick During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Flitwick change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Flitwick saw a 175% increase in vehicle crime. Flitwick saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-58%+24%+100%+33%-25%+71%-20%-5%+15%+144%
Bicycle Theft----50%-67%---50%--
Burglary+20%-83%-60%+100%-22%-43%-71%-40%+100%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-57%--40%-59%-64%-25%-33%-56%-
Drugs----------
Other Crime----75%--+100%---
Other Theft--73%-63%-50%-50%-63%+133%-20%-33%-40%
Public Order--25%-57%-36%-29%+133%-60%-43%--75%
Robbery-----+100%----
Shoplifting-50%-25%--------
Theft From the Person-50%---------
Vehicle Crime-75%-+75%-17%+175%+9%-42%-59%+50%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-53%-39%+24%-55%-53%+16%-36%+59%-22%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Flitwick

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

How dangerous is Flitwick?
Flitwick is among the top 5 safest small town in Bedfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Flitwick?
Flitwick's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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