Houghton Regis Crime Overview

Houghton Regis is the second most dangerous small town in Bedfordshire, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Houghton Regis in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Houghton Regis is the 219th most dangerous small town, and the 1,535th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Houghton Regis was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for burglary, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Houghton Regis residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Houghton Regis recorded 7 reports of bicycle theft during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.36 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Houghton Regis are violence and sexual offences, with 515 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 603 offences and a difference of 4.49 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Houghton Regis's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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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 Behaviour45823.3714,99522.224.9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft160.829881.4678% safer
Burglary1206.123,4975.1815% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1578.014,9447.329% more dangerous
Drugs291.481,6572.4566% safer
Other Crime351.791,0391.5414% more dangerous
Other Theft864.393,8815.7531% safer
Possession of Weapons20.103290.49390% safer
Public Order1266.435,1037.5618% safer
Robbery190.975970.889% more dangerous
Shoplifting281.432,5043.71159% safer
Theft From the Person90.464640.6950% safer
Vehicle Crime1929.805,6138.3215% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences51526.2818,03126.711.6% safer

Houghton Regis Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stotfold35528.60138% safer
Ampthill26831.47116% safer
Flitwick60344.4353% safer
Biggleswade1,17053.9826% safer
Sandy82765.523.9% safer
Houghton Regis1,33468.07-
Kempston1,86288.3223% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Houghton Regis

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Houghton Regis Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour52362423Safer
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson1313128Safer
Other Crime0.771.71.51.8Getting worse
Other Theft4.8664.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.970.610.10Safer
Public Order4.1786Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.360.610.460.46Safer
Vehicle Crime915910Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20263126Getting worse

Changes In Houghton Regis's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Houghton Regis to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.710.53% safer
Houghton Regis68.07-
Coventry77.4112% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8121% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Houghton Regis's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Houghton Regis North64166Second
Houghton Regis South69971First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-18%-19%-20%+33%--10%+54%+37%+17%+17%
Bicycle Theft--+100%-+600%-88%--67%-+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%+8%-62%-37%-10%-25%-65%-28%+67%-50%
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%
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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021