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Crime and Safety in Kempston

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Kempston is the most dangerous small 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 Kempston in 2021 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kempston is the 121st most dangerous small town, and the 795th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Kempston was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Kempston residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Kempston recorded 15 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.71 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Kempston are violence and sexual offences, with 759 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 658 offences and a difference of 4.79 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Kempston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 17% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Kempston 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Bedfordshire

22% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

15% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Kempston is 22% higher than the East of England and 15% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Kempston Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Kempston 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 Kempston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021901,904
2020891,876
2019871,836
2018861,818
2017611,293
2016621,302

Crime in Kempston Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Kempston This Year

 KempstonBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37317.6913,67920.27 15% safer
Bicycle Theft160.767221.07 41% safer
Burglary944.462,4893.69 17% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1718.114,6096.83 16% more dangerous
Drugs884.171,6392.43 42% more dangerous
Other Crime401.901,0331.53 19% more dangerous
Other Theft1014.793,6755.44 14% safer
Possession of Weapons170.814970.74 9% more dangerous
Public Order1919.065,2837.83 14% more dangerous
Robbery251.194820.71 40% more dangerous
Shoplifting24611.672,6933.99 66% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.283740.55 96% safer
Vehicle Crime1507.124,5246.70 6% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences75936.0019,19428.44 21% more dangerous

Kempston Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brickhill34542.94110% safer
Flitwick63146.4994% safer
Biggleswade1,12051.6875% safer
Sandy69454.9864% safer
Houghton Regis1,24163.3343% safer
Kempston1,90490.31-

Crime Over Time in Kempston

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Recent Crimes in Kempston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Emmerton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Downfield WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Polo Field WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dudley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Wyatt RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bedford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beatrice StreetFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The RowansInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Abbott CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The MaplesUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Littledale StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kingston CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Marina CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Kingston CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Police StationLocal resolution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Kingston CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Kempston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27212518 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.31.80.76 Safer
Burglary8664.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111198 Safer
Drugs3.23.83.64.2 Getting worse
Other Crime0.851.92.11.9 Getting worse
Other Theft654.64.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.760.280.81 Getting worse
Public Order7999 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.00.950.431.2 Getting worse
Shoplifting89612 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.620.330.240.28 Safer
Vehicle Crime129147 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26293136 Getting worse

Changes In Kempston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Kempston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0835% safer
Croydon82.489% safer
Sheffield90.050.29% safer
Kempston90.31-
Bristol90.520.23% more dangerous
Coventry102.2412% more dangerous
Leicester111.5919% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0627% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6430% more dangerous
Bradford132.2832% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% more dangerous

Crime in Kempston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kempston Central & East45577Second
Kempston North39472Third
Kempston West & South1,087112First

Crime in Kempston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kempston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Kempston saw a 550% increase in other crime. Kempston saw a large fall in other crime during August, when it fell by 83% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-19%+33%+129%-15%+2%+72%+14%-15%-+161%
Bicycle Theft---+50%-25%+150%+100%+300%+20%+500%
Burglary-53%+20%+57%-50%-38%+150%-15%-25%+73%+45%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-47%-25%-46%-18%+5%-40%-55%-21%+16%
Drugs+38%-50%-70%+125%-55%+400%+33%-60%+160%-33%
Other Crime-50%---+33%-83%--33%-67%+550%
Other Theft+100%+14%-44%+167%-50%+50%-27%-14%-67%-40%
Possession of Weapons-------67%-+100%-
Public Order+36%-18%+25%+7%+11%+5%-33%+111%-7%+100%
Robbery--50%------67%--
Shoplifting-44%-26%-19%-28%-75%+17%+78%+23%-73%-22%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+9%+146%+70%-45%-13%+300%-26%+223%+227%+167%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-9%-30%-14%-13%+13%-11%+56%+56%+16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kempston

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

How dangerous is Kempston?
Kempston is the most dangerous small town in Bedfordshire.

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

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

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