Luton Crime Overview

Luton is the most dangerous city 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 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Luton is the 26th safest city, and the 823rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Luton had the worst crime rate in Bedfordshire for burglary, with 87 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Luton residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 134 crimes at a rate of 0.60 per 1,000 residents. Luton recorded 64 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst for drugs in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Luton are violence and sexual offences, with 7,284 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 0.88% lower than 2019's figure of 7,348 offences and a difference of 0.29 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Luton's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 186 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 63% from 2019's figure of 303 crimes.

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Crime in Luton Compared To Bedfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Luton This Year

 LutonBedfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,19523.4514,99522.225% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2731.239881.4619% safer
Burglary1,2625.703,4975.189% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8368.294,9447.3212% more dangerous
Drugs8603.881,6572.4537% more dangerous
Other Crime3801.721,0391.5410% more dangerous
Other Theft1,4336.473,8815.7511% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1860.843290.4942% more dangerous
Public Order2,0229.135,1037.5617% more dangerous
Robbery2621.185970.8825% more dangerous
Shoplifting8803.972,5043.717% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2581.164640.6941% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,9738.915,6138.327% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,28432.8818,03126.7119% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Luton

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Luton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36302123Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.71.01.2Safer
Burglary111196Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91098Safer
Drugs1.52.62.83.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.841.71.71.7Getting worse
Other Theft910106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.801.01.40.84Safer
Public Order4.27109Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.71.81.2Safer
Shoplifting7664.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.91.51.2Safer
Vehicle Crime1013129Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22293333Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7126% safer
Coventry77.4110% safer
Croydon83.222.6% safer
Luton85.37-
Sheffield85.810.51% more dangerous
Bristol86.210.97% more dangerous
Leicester97.4412% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8717% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2820% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% 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 Stopsley North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barnfield4094420th
Bramingham3504222nd
Bury Park1,264112Third
Central Luton & Park Town3,547224First
Challney6595618th
Dallow Road919101Fourth
Dunstable East64090Seventh
Farley Hill & Stockwood Park8577811th
Kingsway7317112th
Leagrave6616515th
Lewsey North71978Ninth
Lewsey South63678Tenth
Limbury7386117th
Marsh Farm79596Fifth
Montrose Avenue6294619th
New Town2,252161Second
St Anns Hill7176614th
Stopsley North3324321st
Stopsley South & Round Green84082Eighth
Sundon Park4146713th
Warden Hill3876516th
Wigmore & Airport88392Sixth

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 (98)Central Luton & Park Town (1,075)
Bicycle TheftChallney (2)Central Luton & Park Town (98)
BurglaryKingsway (22)Central Luton & Park Town (212)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBramingham (31)Central Luton & Park Town (284)
DrugsStopsley North (5)Central Luton & Park Town (164)
Other CrimeBramingham (4)Central Luton & Park Town (52)
Other TheftSt Anns Hill (23)Central Luton & Park Town (300)
Possession of WeaponsStopsley South & Round Green (1)Wigmore & Airport (41)
Public OrderBarnfield (31)Central Luton & Park Town (401)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Montrose Avenue (2)Central Luton & Park Town (64)
ShopliftingLewsey South (3)Dunstable East (149)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Barnfield (1)Central Luton & Park Town (121)
Vehicle CrimeMontrose Avenue (50)New Town (308)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBramingham (109)Central Luton & Park Town (1,288)

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 128% increase in drugs. Luton saw a large fall in possession of weapons during March, when it fell by 77% compared to March in 2019. Rates of robbery and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Luton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+10%+30%+6%+31%+46%+23%-2%+27%+16%
Bicycle Theft+30%+24%+5%+47%-32%+62%+11%-18%+109%-
Burglary-44%-43%-23%-36%-38%-49%-18%-13%-30%-57%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-6%+7%+1%-24%-24%-1%-14%-15%-11%
Drugs-27%+42%+62%+98%+128%+81%+62%+36%+40%+12%
Other Crime-30%-34%+10%+13%+43%-14%-11%+12%+9%+62%
Other Theft-36%-59%-46%-30%-42%-35%-29%-30%-44%-38%
Possession of Weapons-77%-52%-59%-48%+11%-30%-41%+7%-20%-11%
Public Order-22%-31%-18%-3%-13%-3%+27%+3%-8%+21%
Robbery-49%-46%-55%-27%-19%-28%--48%-59%-38%
Shoplifting-5%-74%-60%-55%-34%-22%+20%-4%-56%-26%
Theft From the Person-43%+11%-50%-62%-12%-11%--41%-34%-23%
Vehicle Crime-13%-7%-36%-38%-54%-45%-42%-31%-38%-14%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-14%-9%+0%-11%+9%+10%+2%-9%-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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021