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Crime and Safety in Milton Keynes

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Milton Keynes is the most dangerous city in Buckinghamshire, and is the 51st safest overall out of Buckinghamshire's 216 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Milton Keynes in 2021 was 25 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 181% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Milton Keynes is the safest city, and the 3,575th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Milton Keynes had the worst crime rate in Buckinghamshire for burglary, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Milton Keynes residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Milton Keynes recorded 38 reports of criminal damage and arson during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Milton Keynes are violence and sexual offences, with 2,376 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 2,196 offences and a difference of 0.98 from 2020's crime rate of 12. Milton Keynes's least common crime is robbery, with 29 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 45% from 2020's figure of 42 crimes.

Milton Keynes 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Buckinghamshire

182% lower, regional crime rate

South East

200% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Milton Keynes is 182% lower than the South East and 200% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Milton Keynes Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Milton Keynes

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021254,706
2020254,601
2019224,045
2018203,709
2017183,234
2016173,211

Crime in Milton Keynes Compared To Buckinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Milton Keynes This Year

 Milton KeynesBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7063.827,6009.34 145% safer
Bicycle Theft820.447300.90 105% safer
Burglary1270.692,0542.52 265% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4222.285,4476.70 194% safer
Drugs1360.741,9252.37 220% safer
Other Crime920.501,0831.33 166% safer
Other Theft3341.814,7855.88 225% safer
Possession of Weapons520.284340.53 89% safer
Public Order6173.347,9859.82 194% safer
Robbery290.163500.43 169% safer
Shoplifting1370.742,3092.84 284% safer
Theft From the Person450.247520.92 283% safer
Vehicle Crime2571.394,4725.50 296% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,37612.8625,86931.80 147% safer

Crime Over Time in Milton Keynes

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Recent Crimes in Milton Keynes

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Fulmer StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maudsley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near ParneleysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Stapeley CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Nairn GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Winsford HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cavan WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Porthcawl GreenAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pelham PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near ShepherdsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Quantock CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Saddlers PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cordwainer CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Hareden CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Earls WillowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stonecrop PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SwithlandUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hauksbee GardensUnable to prosecute suspect

Milton Keynes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour4.53.93.63.8 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.300.390.410.44 Getting worse
Burglary1.40.941.20.69 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.22.22.62.3 Getting worse
Drugs0.440.500.760.74 Getting worse
Other Crime0.380.460.430.50 Getting worse
Other Theft2.42.01.51.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.230.200.28 Getting worse
Public Order0.901.11.73.3 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.220.230.16 Safer
Shoplifting1.11.61.20.74 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.200.250.280.24 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.83.42.51.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences891213 Getting worse

Changes In Milton Keynes's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Milton Keynes to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Milton Keynes25.46-
Barnet67.0862% more dangerous
Croydon82.4869% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0572% more dangerous
Bristol90.5272% more dangerous
Coventry102.2475% more dangerous
Leicester111.5977% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0679% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6480% more dangerous
Bradford132.2881% more dangerous
Leeds150.9483% more dangerous

Crime in Milton Keynes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bradwell Common62295Third
Eaglestone & Fishermead1,581174First
Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade950159Second
Two Mile Ash36066Fifth
Wolverton & New Bradwell62781Fourth

Milton Keynes Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBradwell Common (56)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (141)
Bicycle TheftTwo Mile Ash (5)Wolverton & New Bradwell (13)
BurglaryTwo Mile Ash (12)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (21)
Criminal Damage and ArsonTwo Mile Ash (30)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (112)
DrugsTwo Mile Ash (11)Eaglestone & Fishermead (46)
Other CrimeBradwell Common (8)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (21)
Other TheftBradwell Common (27)Eaglestone & Fishermead (99)
Possession of WeaponsWolverton & New Bradwell (2)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (10)
Public OrderTwo Mile Ash (40)Eaglestone & Fishermead (245)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Two Mile Ash (1)Eaglestone & Fishermead (10)
ShopliftingWolverton & New Bradwell (15)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (48)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Two Mile Ash (1)Eaglestone & Fishermead (33)
Vehicle CrimeStacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (34)Bradwell Common (51)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTwo Mile Ash (163)Eaglestone & Fishermead (807)

Crime in Milton Keynes During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Milton Keynes change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Milton Keynes saw a 650% increase in drugs. Milton Keynes saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 85% compared to November in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Milton Keynes's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%-28%-26%+24%-40%-10%-1%+13%+20%-20%
Bicycle Theft-71%+20%-44%+20%-18%+50%-10%-14%+83%-
Burglary+83%+100%+5%+50%+65%+62%+21%+21%+78%-63%
Criminal Damage and Arson+62%-32%-30%+64%+47%-5%-+36%-3%+11%
Drugs-38%+25%-9%+160%+650%-+63%+40%+100%+78%
Other Crime+100%-40%+14%-36%+36%-11%+33%-17%-13%-20%
Other Theft+8%-64%-39%-18%-42%-11%-6%+12%-8%-45%
Possession of Weapons-+50%-43%+133%+75%-67%-50%-25%-43%-
Public Order+15%-+94%+106%+19%+84%+15%+63%+173%+27%
Robbery-50%+100%-25%-+80%--17%-+100%-
Shoplifting-58%+35%-24%+175%+24%-31%-20%-57%-85%-61%
Theft From the Person+50%--+50%+25%+100%-+100%-67%+17%
Vehicle Crime-10%-13%-28%-51%-56%-46%-3%+39%-35%-77%
Violence and Sexual Offences+33%+27%+40%+42%+29%+30%+55%+66%+50%+27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Milton Keynes

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

How dangerous is Milton Keynes?
Milton Keynes is the most dangerous city in Buckinghamshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Milton Keynes?
Milton Keynes's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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