Leighton-Linslade Crime Overview

Leighton-Linslade is the safest medium-sized town 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 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leighton-Linslade is the 60th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,265th 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 883 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 801 offences and a difference of 1.93 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Leighton-Linslade's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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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 Behaviour86320.2714,99522.2210% safer
Bicycle Theft571.349881.469% safer
Burglary1673.923,4975.1832% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2776.514,9447.3212% safer
Drugs300.701,6572.45250% safer
Other Crime481.131,0391.5436% safer
Other Theft1854.353,8815.7532% safer
Possession of Weapons120.283290.4975% safer
Public Order2906.815,1037.5611% safer
Robbery300.705970.8826% safer
Shoplifting2545.972,5043.7138% more dangerous
Theft From the Person190.454640.6953% safer
Vehicle Crime2135.005,6138.3266% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences88320.7418,03126.7129% safer

Leighton-Linslade Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Leighton-Linslade2,46557.90-
Dunstable2,84170.3818% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leighton-Linslade

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Leighton-Linslade Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30221620Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.61.81.3Safer
Burglary8763.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8877Safer
Drugs0.560.780.610.70Getting worse
Other Crime0.611.40.731.1Getting worse
Other Theft6764.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.190.160.280.28Getting worse
Public Order2.64.167Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.781.40.70Safer
Shoplifting7566Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.400.820.560.45Safer
Vehicle Crime79115Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13161921Getting 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-Linslade57.90-
Barnet67.7114% more dangerous
Coventry77.4125% more dangerous
Croydon83.2230% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8133% more dangerous
Bristol86.2133% more dangerous
Leicester97.4441% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8744% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2846% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1058% more dangerous

Crime in Leighton-Linslade's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leighton Buzzard Central1,050109First
Leighton Buzzard North & East32943Third
Leighton Buzzard South East75056Second
Linslade East26342Fourth
Linslade West7313Fifth

Leighton-Linslade Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Leighton-Linslade for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLinslade West (31)Leighton Buzzard Central (365)
Bicycle TheftLinslade West (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (24)
BurglaryLinslade West (4)Leighton Buzzard Central (56)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLinslade West (9)Leighton Buzzard Central (129)
DrugsLinslade East (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (12)
Other CrimeLinslade West (1)Linslade East (9)
Other TheftLinslade West (4)Leighton Buzzard Central (91)
Possession of WeaponsLeighton Buzzard North & East (1)Leighton Buzzard South East (6)
Public OrderLinslade West (9)Leighton Buzzard Central (146)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Leighton Buzzard North & East (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (13)
ShopliftingLinslade West (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (151)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Leighton Buzzard South East (1)Leighton Buzzard Central (16)
Vehicle CrimeLinslade West (17)Leighton Buzzard Central (68)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLinslade West (27)Leighton Buzzard Central (330)

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021