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Crime and Safety in Leighton-Linslade

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Leighton-Linslade is the safest medium-sized towns in Bedfordshire, and is the 39th most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leighton-Linslade in 2021 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leighton-Linslade is the 36th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,925th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Leighton-Linslade had the worst crime rate in Bedfordshire for shoplifting, with 53 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Leighton-Linslade are violence and sexual offences, with 912 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 3.2% higher than 2020's figure of 883 offences and a difference of 0.68 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Leighton-Linslade's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 12 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Leighton-Linslade 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Bedfordshire

33% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

44% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Leighton-Linslade is 33% lower than the East of England and 44% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Leighton-Linslade Crime Rate Over Time

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Leighton-Linslade Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Leighton-Linslade 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 Leighton-Linslade

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021532,258
2020582,465
2019662,798
2018622,638
2017562,388
2016552,328

Crime in Leighton-Linslade Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Leighton-Linslade This Year

 Leighton-LinsladeBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour85920.1813,67920.27 0.45% safer
Bicycle Theft370.877221.07 23% safer
Burglary1122.632,4893.69 40% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2215.194,6096.83 32% safer
Drugs330.781,6392.43 212% safer
Other Crime591.391,0331.53 10% safer
Other Theft2044.793,6755.44 14% safer
Possession of Weapons120.284970.74 164% safer
Public Order2746.445,2837.83 22% safer
Robbery140.334820.71 115% safer
Shoplifting1964.602,6933.99 13% more dangerous
Theft From the Person140.333740.55 67% safer
Vehicle Crime1703.994,5246.70 68% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences91221.4219,19428.44 33% safer

Leighton-Linslade Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Leighton-Linslade2,25853.04-
Dunstable2,77468.7223% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leighton-Linslade

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Recent Crimes in Leighton-Linslade

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cormorant WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ship RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Billington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Plover RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Edward StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pulford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Stephenson CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rye CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Knaves HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Acacia CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Grovebury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Mannock WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakley GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodman CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Leighton-Linslade Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22162020 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.81.30.87 Safer
Burglary763.92.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8775 Safer
Drugs0.780.610.700.78 Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.731.11.4 Getting worse
Other Theft764.44.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.160.280.280.28 Getting worse
Public Order4.1676 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.781.40.700.33 Safer
Shoplifting5664.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.820.560.450.33 Safer
Vehicle Crime91154.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16192121 Getting worse

Changes In Leighton-Linslade's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Leighton-Linslade to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Leighton-Linslade53.04-
Barnet67.0821% more dangerous
Croydon82.4836% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0541% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2448% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0657% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6459% more dangerous
Bradford132.2860% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Leighton-Linslade's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leighton Buzzard Central1,008104First
Leighton Buzzard North & East29839Fourth
Leighton Buzzard South East61646Second
Linslade East25341Third
Linslade West8315Fifth

Leighton-Linslade Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLinslade West (24)Leighton Buzzard Central (306)
Bicycle TheftLinslade West (2)Leighton Buzzard Central (14)
BurglaryLinslade West (6)Leighton Buzzard Central (44)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLinslade West (12)Leighton Buzzard Central (92)
DrugsLeighton Buzzard North & East (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (12)
Other CrimeLinslade East (4)Leighton Buzzard North & East (20)
Other TheftLinslade West (7)Leighton Buzzard Central (122)
Possession of WeaponsLeighton Buzzard South East (4)Leighton Buzzard North & East (4)
Public OrderLinslade West (7)Leighton Buzzard Central (126)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Linslade East (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (6)
ShopliftingLeighton Buzzard North & East (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (138)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Leighton Buzzard North & East (2)Leighton Buzzard Central (9)
Vehicle CrimeLinslade West (13)Leighton Buzzard Central (55)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLinslade West (34)Leighton Buzzard Central (368)

Crime in Leighton-Linslade During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Leighton-Linslade change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Leighton-Linslade saw a 700% increase in other crime. Leighton-Linslade saw a large fall in robbery during December, when it fell by 91% compared to December in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Leighton-Linslade's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+23%-+62%+77%+57%+32%+16%+23%-9%
Bicycle Theft+250%+100%-50%+25%-13%-82%-63%-88%-56%-40%
Burglary-59%-77%-21%+80%+150%-60%-25%-13%--40%
Criminal Damage and Arson+22%+5%-24%-46%-38%+37%+88%-48%+130%-58%
Drugs+50%-75%---+200%+300%--67%-75%
Other Crime-75%-+33%-17%-+700%-33%-+600%-60%
Other Theft-28%+54%-25%-8%-32%+17%+27%-18%-58%-41%
Possession of Weapons-50%---------
Public Order+71%+44%+29%+56%-27%-21%+47%+56%+54%-4%
Robbery----82%-75%-80%-20%-80%-67%-91%
Shoplifting+70%-60%-31%-10%--69%-45%-68%+152%-68%
Theft From the Person-67%---33%-33%--50%+100%-40%-
Vehicle Crime-18%-72%-23%--64%-25%-80%-84%-83%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%+2%-21%-11%-9%+44%+1%+15%+18%+46%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leighton-Linslade

What police force serves Leighton-Linslade?
Leighton-Linslade's local territorial police force is the Bedfordshire Police.

How dangerous is Leighton-Linslade?
Leighton-Linslade is the safest medium-sized town in Bedfordshire.

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

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

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