Buckingham Crime Overview

Buckingham is among the top 20 safest small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 62nd most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 220 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Buckingham in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 38% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 64 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Buckingham is the 342nd safest small town, and the 3,447th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2019, Buckingham was the worst small town in Buckinghamshire for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2019 was also a bad month for Buckingham residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Buckingham recorded 4 reports of other crime during June 2018, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst small town for other crime in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Buckingham are violence and sexual offences, with 305 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 35% higher than 2019's figure of 199 offences and a difference of 7.34 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Buckingham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Buckingham This Year

 BuckinghamBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour865.957,9129.7364% safer
Bicycle Theft30.218431.04395% safer
Burglary372.562,7283.3531% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson684.705,5836.8646% safer
Drugs281.942,1102.5934% safer
Other Crime130.901,2971.5977% safer
Other Theft523.604,5295.5755% safer
Possession of Weapons90.625750.7115% safer
Public Order533.674,0314.9635% safer
Robbery30.214300.53152% safer
Shoplifting231.592,3022.8378% safer
Theft From the Person100.697710.9538% safer
Vehicle Crime694.775,2586.4635% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30521.1021,68226.6526% safer

Crime in Buckingham Compared To Buckinghamshire

Buckingham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kents Hill, Monkston and Brinklow35742.0611% safer
Wendover37544.026% safer
Chalfont St. Peter58344.175% safer
Wooburn48245.322.7% safer
Gerrards Cross38645.881.5% safer
Buckingham67346.55-
Stantonbury54547.291.6% more dangerous
Princes Risborough38348.173.4% more dangerous
Wolverton and Greenleys69449.977% more dangerous
Great Linford97750.027% more dangerous
Amersham80252.6712% more dangerous

Buckingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour141156Safer
Bicycle Theft0.420.140.420.21Safer
Burglary3.52.71.52.6No change
Criminal Damage and Arson654.64.7Safer
Drugs2.11.21.41.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.30.830.90Safer
Other Theft7753.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.280.620.62Getting worse
Public Order1.32.12.63.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.350.070.21Safer
Shoplifting53.52.81.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.691.20.970.69Safer
Vehicle Crime4.464.64.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13151421Getting worse

Changes In Buckingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Buckingham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Buckingham46.55-
Barnet67.7131% more dangerous
Coventry77.4140% more dangerous
Croydon83.2244% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2146% more dangerous
Leicester97.4452% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Buckingham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Buckingham North39357First

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.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021