Sandy Crime Overview

Sandy is the third most dangerous small town in Bedfordshire, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of Bedfordshire's 127 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sandy in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bedfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Bedfordshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sandy is the 247th most dangerous small town, and the 1,706th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Sandy was the worst small town in Bedfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Sandy residents, when it was Bedfordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.40 per 1,000 residents. Sandy recorded 8 reports of other theft during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst small town for other theft in Bedfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Sandy are violence and sexual offences, with 288 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 1.7% lower than 2019's figure of 293 offences and a difference of 0.39 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Sandy's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

Compare Sandy to other towns and cities

See how Sandy shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Sandy and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Sandy Compared To Bedfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Sandy This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27221.5514,99522.223.1% safer
Bicycle Theft110.879881.4668% safer
Burglary503.963,4975.1831% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1118.794,9447.3217% more dangerous
Drugs141.111,6572.45121% safer
Other Crime201.581,0391.542.5% more dangerous
Other Theft634.993,8815.7515% safer
Possession of Weapons40.323290.4953% safer
Public Order927.295,1037.563.7% safer
Robbery131.035970.8815% more dangerous
Shoplifting493.882,5043.714.4% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.244640.69188% safer
Vehicle Crime1098.645,6138.323.7% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences28822.8218,03126.7117% safer

Sandy Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brickhill20125.02162% safer
Stotfold35528.60129% safer
Ampthill26831.47108% safer
Flitwick60344.4347% safer
Biggleswade1,17053.9821% safer
Houghton Regis1,33468.073.7% more dangerous
Kempston1,86288.3226% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sandy

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Sandy Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour22181322Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.481.11.90.87Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9679Getting worse
Drugs0.480.550.951.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.630.711.21.6Getting worse
Other Theft3. worse
Possession of Weapons0.160.320.320.32Getting worse
Public Order3.03.667Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.870.400.551.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) worse
Vehicle Crime7559Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences10152323Getting worse

Changes In Sandy's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Sandy to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.713.2% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Sandy's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sandy North33356Second
Sandy South49975First

Crime in Sandy During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sandy change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Sandy saw a 700% increase in shoplifting. Sandy saw a large fall in other crime during March, when it fell by 80% compared to March in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+240%+100%+27%+142%+150%+133%+173%+100%+25%-45%
Bicycle Theft---50%-50%--+100%-50%--67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-33%+114%+33%--20%+50%+29%+13%+200%
Other Crime-80%----50%--+150%-33%-
Other Theft+25%---38%+167%+150%+80%-25%--
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+80%-25%-42%+167%+43%+63%+14%-40%-57%+125%
Vehicle Crime+60%+29%+150%+133%+200%+44%+50%+67%+500%-63%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-25%+32%-53%--5%+85%+13%-6%-44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sandy

What police force serves Sandy?
Sandy's local territorial police force is the Bedfordshire Police.
How dangerous is Sandy?
Sandy is the third most dangerous small town in Bedfordshire.
What is Sandy's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sandy are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sandy?
Sandy's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021