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Crime and Safety in Houghton Regis

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Houghton Regis is the second most dangerous small town in Bedfordshire, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Houghton Regis in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Houghton Regis is the 320th most dangerous small town, and the 1,972nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Houghton Regis was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for burglary, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.61 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Houghton Regis residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Houghton Regis recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Houghton Regis are violence and sexual offences, with 571 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 515 offences and a difference of 2.86 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Houghton Regis's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 350% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Houghton Regis 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Bedfordshire

11% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

21% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Houghton Regis is 11% lower than the East of England and 21% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Houghton Regis Crime Rate Over Time

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Houghton Regis Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Houghton Regis 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 Houghton Regis

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021631,241
2020681,334
2019831,630
2018951,861
2017701,370
2016741,444

Crime in Houghton Regis Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Houghton Regis This Year

 Houghton RegisBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour60330.7713,67920.27 34% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.567221.07 91% safer
Burglary743.782,4893.69 2.4% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1608.164,6096.83 16% more dangerous
Drugs311.581,6392.43 54% safer
Other Crime251.281,0331.53 20% safer
Other Theft854.343,6755.44 25% safer
Possession of Weapons30.154970.74 393% safer
Public Order1115.665,2837.83 38% safer
Robbery180.924820.71 23% more dangerous
Shoplifting271.382,6933.99 189% safer
Theft From the Person20.103740.55 450% safer
Vehicle Crime1236.284,5246.70 7% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57129.1419,19428.44 2.4% more dangerous

Houghton Regis Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stotfold35628.68121% safer
Brickhill34542.9447% safer
Flitwick63146.4936% safer
Biggleswade1,12051.6823% safer
Sandy69454.9815% safer
Houghton Regis1,24163.33-
Kempston1,90490.3130% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Houghton Regis

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Recent Crimes in Houghton Regis

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roman GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Freemans CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Alsop CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Enfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sycamore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Mayer WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Millers WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Dellmont RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Houghton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near CrosswaysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Freemans CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Whitehouse CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Houghton Regis Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36242331 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.50.820.56 Safer
Burglary14863.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131288 Safer
Drugs2.21.71.51.6 Safer
Other Crime1.71.51.81.3 Safer
Other Theft664.44.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.970.610.100.15 Safer
Public Order7866 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.10.970.92 Safer
Shoplifting62.41.41.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.610.460.460.10 Safer
Vehicle Crime159106 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26312629 Getting worse

Changes In Houghton Regis's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Houghton Regis to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Houghton Regis63.33-
Barnet67.086% more dangerous
Croydon82.4823% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0530% more dangerous
Bristol90.5230% more dangerous
Coventry102.2438% more dangerous
Leicester111.5943% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6451% more dangerous
Bradford132.2852% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% more dangerous

Crime in Houghton Regis's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Houghton Regis North63665First
Houghton Regis South61763Second

Crime in Houghton Regis During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Houghton Regis change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Houghton Regis saw a 600% increase in bicycle theft. Houghton Regis saw a large fall in bicycle theft during August, when it fell by 88% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%-19%-20%+33%--10%+54%+37%+17%+17%
Bicycle Theft--+100%-+600%-88%--67%-+50%
Burglary-50%-57%-+11%-48%+100%-64%+113%+130%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%+8%-62%-37%-10%-25%-65%-28%+67%-50%
Drugs-67%--40%--+300%+400%+150%-40%+100%
Other Crime--+25%----+100%-+100%
Other Theft-75%-64%-41%+10%-13%-56%+25%+83%+50%-31%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-6%-77%-24%-31%-33%+17%-17%+60%-28%+67%
Robbery--+100%-+67%-50%-+100%--
Shoplifting-29%-60%-88%-83%-+100%-33%---
Theft From the Person---------+100%
Vehicle Crime+20%-70%+38%+7%+67%+100%-40%-8%+267%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-29%-25%+8%-2%-6%-10%-2%-31%-40%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Houghton Regis

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

How dangerous is Houghton Regis?
Houghton Regis is the second most dangerous small town in Bedfordshire.

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

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

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