Kempston Crime Overview

Kempston is the most dangerous small town 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 2020 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kempston is the 89th most dangerous small town, and the 743rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Kempston was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Kempston residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Kempston recorded 4 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst small town for drugs in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Kempston are violence and sexual offences, with 654 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 605 offences and a difference of 2.32 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Kempston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 40% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Kempston Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Kempston This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour51924.6214,99522.2210% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft391.859881.4621% more dangerous
Burglary1215.743,4975.1810% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1898.964,9447.3218% more dangerous
Drugs733.461,6572.4529% more dangerous
Other Crime442.091,0391.5426% more dangerous
Other Theft954.513,8815.7527% safer
Possession of Weapons60.283290.4975% safer
Public Order1929.115,1037.5617% more dangerous
Robbery80.385970.88132% safer
Shoplifting1346.362,5043.7142% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.244640.69188% safer
Vehicle Crime30214.335,6138.3242% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences65431.0218,03126.7114% more dangerous

Kempston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ampthill26831.47181% safer
Flitwick60344.4399% safer
Biggleswade1,17053.9864% safer
Sandy82765.5235% safer
Houghton Regis1,33468.0730% safer

Crime Over Time in Kempston

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Kempston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour32262125Safer
Bicycle Theft1. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson911119Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime0.520.811.92.1Getting worse
Other Theft4.6654.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.850.760.28Safer
Public Order4.1799Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.520.950.950.38Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.620.330.24Safer
Vehicle Crime612914Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19262931Getting worse

Changes In Kempston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Kempston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7130% safer
Coventry77.4114% safer
Croydon83.226% safer
Sheffield85.812.9% safer
Bristol86.212.4% safer
Leicester97.449% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8714% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2818% more dangerous
Bradford133.0234% more dangerous
Leeds137.1036% more dangerous

Crime in Kempston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kempston Central & East54692Second
Kempston North41676Third
Kempston West & South96299First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-23%+31%+125%-15%+4%+72%+11%-17%+3%+148%
Bicycle Theft---+50%-25%+150%+100%+300%+20%+500%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-47%-30%-46%-13%+5%-40%-55%-21%+22%
Other Crime-50%---+33%-83%--33%-67%+550%
Other Theft+100%+14%-44%+100%-50%+50%-27%-8%-63%-40%
Possession of Weapons-------67%-+100%-
Public Order+36%-18%+25%+7%+11%--33%+111%-7%+100%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+9%+146%+70%-45%-13%+280%-26%+223%+220%+167%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-7%-30%-14%-13%+9%-9%+56%+59%+19%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021