Burnham Crime Overview

Burnham is among the top 10 safest small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 93rd most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 220 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burnham in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 58% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 64 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burnham is the 259th safest small town, and the 4,316th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2018, Burnham was the worst small town in Buckinghamshire for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2017 was also a bad month for Burnham residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Burnham recorded 5 reports of public order during January 2017, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst small town for public order in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Burnham are violence and sexual offences, with 204 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 175 offences and a difference of 2.42 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Burnham's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Burnham Compared To Buckinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Burnham This Year

 BurnhamBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour453.767,9129.73159% safer
Bicycle Theft100.848431.0424% safer
Burglary352.932,7283.3514% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson484.025,5836.8671% safer
Drugs161.342,1102.5993% safer
Other Crime60.501,2971.59218% safer
Other Theft272.264,5295.57146% safer
Possession of Weapons30.255750.71184% safer
Public Order322.684,0314.9685% safer
Robbery20.174300.53212% safer
Shoplifting413.432,3022.8317% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.257710.95280% safer
Vehicle Crime574.775,2586.4635% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20417.0621,68226.6556% safer

Burnham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Broughton17121.0692% safer
Chepping Wycombe39427.8645% safer
Bradwell28529.9435% safer
Walton37731.5528% safer
Great Missenden35336.5911% safer
Burnham48440.49-
Stony Stratford31440.820.81% more dangerous
Kents Hill, Monkston and Brinklow35742.063.7% more dangerous
Wendover37544.028% more dangerous
Chalfont St. Peter58344.178% more dangerous
Wooburn48245.3211% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burnham

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Recent Crimes in Burnham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Court LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wooburn Common RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Common LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021DrugsOn or near Alvista AvenueOffender given penalty notice
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Perryfields WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Bay Tree CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Abbey Park LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Hitcham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lake End RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lake End RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shenstone DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketFurther investigation is not in the public interest
July 2021Other theftOn or near Lake End RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lake End RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lake End RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lake End RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Burnham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour4.24.873.8Safer
Bicycle Theft0.840.421.30.84Safer
Burglary3.34.83.62.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson754.44.0Safer
Drugs0.671.21.01.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.670.591.10.50Safer
Other Theft4.953.82.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.330.590.25Safer
Public Order1.51.51.32.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.330.330.17Safer
Shoplifting3.02.23.13.4Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.500.920.25Safer
Vehicle Crime3.5684.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9131517Getting worse

Changes In Burnham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Burnham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Burnham40.49-
Barnet67.7140% more dangerous
Coventry77.4148% more dangerous
Croydon83.2251% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8153% more dangerous
Bristol86.2153% more dangerous
Leicester97.4458% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8761% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2862% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1070% more dangerous

Crime in Burnham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Burham North, Taplow & Dorney55382First
Burnham South50263Second

Crime in Burnham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Burnham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Burnham saw a 400% increase in public order. Burnham saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 88% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%-60%-50%+100%-78%-33%-67%-80%-67%-
Bicycle Theft--50%-50%---+100%---
Burglary-50%-33%-+200%+25%+67%+100%-75%-88%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%-67%-40%--83%+67%-38%+33%-+100%
Drugs-+100%--50%--+100%+100%--
Other Crime----67%-67%-50%----
Other Theft--+80%-75%--67%---25%-60%
Public Order--+100%---33%+100%-+400%-
Shoplifting--33%-67%-75%-40%--60%-50%--
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--86%-77%-75%-82%-50%+300%-11%-33%-29%
Violence and Sexual Offences+18%+33%+38%+18%+6%-44%-+50%+56%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Burnham

What police force serves Burnham?
Burnham's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is Burnham?
Burnham is among the top 10 safest small towns in Buckinghamshire.
What is Burnham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Burnham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Burnham?
Burnham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021