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Crime and Safety in Buckingham

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Buckingham is among the top 20 safest small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 217 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Buckingham in 2021 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Buckingham is the 401st most dangerous small town, and the 2,537th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Buckingham was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Buckinghamshire for theft from the person, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2017 was also a bad month for Buckingham residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Buckingham recorded 4 reports of possession of weapons during December 2017, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Buckingham are violence and sexual offences, with 374 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 305 offences and a difference of 4.77 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Buckingham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Buckingham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Small Towns, Buckinghamshire

28% lower, regional crime rate

South East

30% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Buckingham is 28% lower than the South East and 30% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Buckingham Crime Rate Over Time

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Buckingham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Buckingham represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Buckingham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202156812
202047673
201940573
201846658
201746672
201635509

Crime in Buckingham Compared To Buckinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Buckingham This Year

 BuckinghamBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1147.897,6009.34 18% safer
Bicycle Theft10.077300.90 1186% safer
Burglary261.802,0542.52 40% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson845.815,4476.70 15% safer
Drugs191.311,9252.37 81% safer
Other Crime100.691,0831.33 93% safer
Other Theft845.814,7855.88 1.2% safer
Possession of Weapons20.144340.53 279% safer
Public Order1268.727,9859.82 13% safer
Robbery20.143500.43 207% safer
Shoplifting181.252,3092.84 127% safer
Theft From the Person130.907520.92 2.2% safer
Vehicle Crime533.674,4725.50 50% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37425.8725,86631.80 23% safer

Buckingham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chalfont St. Peter66850.6111% safer
Amersham78851.759% safer
Gerrards Cross43651.828% safer
Marlow75152.058% safer
Newport Pagnell77852.737% safer
Buckingham81256.17-
Princes Risborough44856.350.32% more dangerous
Wendover49057.522.3% more dangerous
Chesham1,51465.6414% more dangerous
Walton80467.2717% more dangerous
Beaconsfield89269.9520% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Buckingham

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Recent Crimes in Buckingham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A421Local resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bristle HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Chandos CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Osprey WalkAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Other theftOn or near Ackerman CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Aris WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near A421Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gilbert Scott RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Market HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pightle CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cornflower PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cropredy CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lime AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Waine CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Market HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Buckingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11568 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.140.420.210.07 Safer
Burglary2.71.52.61.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.64.76 Getting worse
Drugs1.21.41.91.3 Safer
Other Crime1.30.830.900.69 Safer
Other Theft753.66 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.620.620.14 Safer
Public Order2.12.63.79 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.070.210.14 Safer
Shoplifting3.52.81.61.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.970.690.90 Safer
Vehicle Crime64.64.83.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15142126 Getting worse

Changes In Buckingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Buckingham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Stratford Fields--1--11.4

Comparing Buckingham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9341% safer
Birmingham49.6013% safer
Buckingham56.17-
Barnet67.0816% more dangerous
Croydon82.4832% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0338% more dangerous
Bristol90.5238% more dangerous
Leicester111.5950% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Bradford132.2858% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% more dangerous

Crime in Buckingham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Buckingham North44865First

Crime in Buckingham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Buckingham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Buckingham saw a 500% increase in public order. Buckingham saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 91% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+50%+50%--10%+167%-29%-44%-+200%
Burglary+300%----+200%+50%-+133%-75%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%+200%-25%+80%-+400%--+133%+40%
Drugs+50%-+250%-+100%--+100%+300%-
Other Crime---------+100%
Other Theft-89%-67%-+50%+125%--43%-43%+133%-50%
Possession of Weapons-50%---+50%-----
Public Order+100%+500%+350%+200%-20%-50%-17%+100%+40%+33%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+200%-50%-75%-91%-+33%--75%-20%-
Theft From the Person----67%+100%-+200%+200%--
Vehicle Crime-25%-75%-83%+167%+20%-+33%+29%-40%-13%
Violence and Sexual Offences+57%+17%+67%+107%+81%+123%+72%+5%+135%+30%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Buckingham

What police force serves Buckingham?
Buckingham's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.

How dangerous is Buckingham?
Buckingham is among the top 20 safest small towns in Buckinghamshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Buckingham?
Buckingham's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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