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Crime and Safety in Luton

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Luton is the most dangerous cities 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 Luton in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Bedfordshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Luton is the 21st safest city, and the 1,012nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Luton had the worst crime rate in Bedfordshire for burglary, with 92 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Luton residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 130 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Luton recorded 73 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for drugs in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Luton are violence and sexual offences, with 7,543 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 4.8% higher than 2020's figure of 7,179 offences and a difference of 1.64 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Luton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 204 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 26% from 2020's figure of 257 crimes.

Luton 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Bedfordshire

14% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

7% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Luton is 14% higher than the East of England and 7% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Luton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Luton 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 Luton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218218,227
20208418,533
20199621,223
20189521,038
20177817,367
20167616,799

Crime in Luton Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Luton This Year

 LutonBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,71621.2913,67920.27 4.8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2180.987221.07 9% safer
Burglary8663.912,4893.69 6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6287.354,6096.83 7% more dangerous
Drugs8533.851,6392.43 37% more dangerous
Other Crime3951.781,0331.53 14% more dangerous
Other Theft1,2805.783,6755.44 6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2731.234970.74 40% more dangerous
Public Order2,0479.245,2837.83 15% more dangerous
Robbery2321.054820.71 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting9534.302,6933.99 7% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2040.923740.55 40% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,7357.834,5246.70 14% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,54334.0519,19428.44 16% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Luton

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Recent Crimes in Luton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dunstable RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ludlow AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Liverpool RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near New Bedford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Winch StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Seymour RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Flowers WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Alma LinkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Dallow RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sutherland PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dunstable RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bilton WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lewsey RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Francis StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moreton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hoo StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Luton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29202321 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.60.971.20.98 Safer
Burglary11863.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10987 Safer
Drugs2.62.83.83.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.71.71.8 Getting worse
Other Theft101066 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.40.841.2 Getting worse
Public Order7999 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.71.81.21.0 Safer
Shoplifting653.74.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.81.51.20.92 Safer
Vehicle Crime131298 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29333234 Getting worse

Changes In Luton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Luton's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Luton that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ashcroft Road Recreation Ground2-12411.5
Blundell Road Recreation Ground1----00.25
Brantwood Park-11-111.7
Kingsway Park211-323.0
Leagrave Common4---100.33
Leagrave Park3011-212.1
Luton Town and Indians Cricket Club4---122.4
Manor Road Park612-204.3
Wardown Park1473115103.0

Comparing Luton to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0823% safer
Luton82.29-
Croydon82.480.23% more dangerous
Sheffield90.059% more dangerous
Bristol90.529% more dangerous
Coventry102.2420% more dangerous
Leicester111.5926% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6437% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Luton's Neighbourhoods

Central Luton & Park Town is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Luton, followed by New Town in second place, and Bury Park as the third most dangerous area. Luton's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Barnfield, Bramingham, and Montrose Avenue.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barnfield3563822nd
Bramingham3584321st
Bury Park1,250111Third
Central Luton & Park Town3,476220First
Challney6615619th
Dallow Road86996Fourth
Dunstable East61787Fifth
Farley Hill & Stockwood Park81073Tenth
Kingsway86684Seventh
Leagrave7036912th
Lewsey North6557111th
Lewsey South5626913th
Limbury7436216th
Marsh Farm70985Sixth
Montrose Avenue6404720th
New Town2,301164Second
St Anns Hill6506017th
Stopsley North4415718th
Stopsley South & Round Green76875Ninth
Sundon Park3976415th
Warden Hill4086814th
Wigmore & Airport79783Eighth

Luton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBramingham (51)Central Luton & Park Town (1,003)
Bicycle TheftBarnfield (1)Central Luton & Park Town (89)
BurglaryBramingham (14)Central Luton & Park Town (171)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBramingham (22)New Town (228)
DrugsSundon Park (6)New Town (147)
Other CrimeBramingham (7)Bury Park (40)
Other TheftBarnfield (13)Central Luton & Park Town (289)
Possession of WeaponsMontrose Avenue (3)Wigmore & Airport (44)
Public OrderBarnfield (32)Central Luton & Park Town (439)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Dunstable East (1)Central Luton & Park Town (55)
ShopliftingBarnfield (2)Dunstable East (161)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Challney (1)Central Luton & Park Town (103)
Vehicle CrimeWarden Hill (19)New Town (293)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBramingham (123)Central Luton & Park Town (1,330)

Crime in Luton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Luton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Luton saw a 134% increase in drugs. Luton saw a large fall in possession of weapons during March, when it fell by 77% compared to March in 2019. Robbery saw a fall in every month of Luton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+9%+30%+6%+28%+47%+25%-2%+29%+15%
Bicycle Theft+44%+50%+5%+47%-31%+62%+6%-13%+130%-
Burglary-42%-41%-22%-35%-38%-50%-20%-14%-31%-59%
Criminal Damage and Arson+5%-4%+9%+4%-25%-25%-2%-14%-15%-9%
Drugs-24%+36%+59%+93%+134%+81%+53%+36%+40%+12%
Other Crime-30%-34%+10%+10%+48%-14%-8%+16%+9%+62%
Other Theft-36%-58%-48%-28%-43%-34%-27%-30%-42%-35%
Possession of Weapons-77%-52%-59%-48%+15%-30%-41%--20%-11%
Public Order-23%-31%-17%-2%-14%-2%+27%+2%-6%+20%
Robbery-49%-46%-55%-27%-21%-28%--48%-60%-38%
Shoplifting-7%-74%-61%-54%-36%-32%+8%+7%-53%-26%
Theft From the Person-46%+11%-50%-62%-12%-11%--41%-34%-23%
Vehicle Crime-13%-10%-36%-38%-55%-45%-43%-31%-38%-13%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-13%-7%0%-12%+9%+11%+2%-8%-1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Luton

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

How dangerous is Luton?
Luton is the most dangerous city in Bedfordshire.

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

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

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