Milton Keynes Crime Overview

Milton Keynes is the most dangerous city in Buckinghamshire, and is the 92nd most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 220 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Milton Keynes in 2020 was 41 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, Milton Keynes is the second safest city, and the 4,311st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Milton Keynes had the worst crime rate in Buckinghamshire for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Milton Keynes residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Milton Keynes recorded 56 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Milton Keynes are violence and sexual offences, with 3,398 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 2,778 offences and a difference of 3.36 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Milton Keynes's least common crime is robbery, with 88 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 10% from 2019's figure of 79 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Milton Keynes This Year

 Milton KeynesBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9385.087,9129.7392% safer
Bicycle Theft1740.948431.0411% safer
Burglary3251.762,7283.3590% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8094.385,5836.8657% safer
Drugs3251.762,1102.5947% safer
Other Crime1350.731,2971.59118% safer
Other Theft4562.474,5295.57126% safer
Possession of Weapons950.515750.7139% safer
Public Order5442.944,0314.9669% safer
Robbery880.484300.5310% safer
Shoplifting3281.772,3022.8360% safer
Theft From the Person900.497710.9594% safer
Vehicle Crime7213.905,2586.4666% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,39818.3921,68226.6545% safer

Crime in Milton Keynes Compared To Buckinghamshire

Milton Keynes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour9765Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.21.20.94Safer
Burglary2.42.21.71.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.44.14.24.4Getting worse
Drugs1.21.11.31.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.430.660.710.73Getting worse
Other Theft3.93.93.42.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.330.450.51Getting worse
Public Order1.11.82.22.9Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.460.430.48Getting worse
Shoplifting4.53.33.31.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.660.300.470.49Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.04.863.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9131518Getting worse

Changes In Milton Keynes's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Milton Keynes to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Milton Keynes40.51-
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 Milton Keynes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bradwell Common60292Third
Eaglestone & Fishermead1,383152First
Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade770129Second
Two Mile Ash36367Fifth
Wolverton & New Bradwell59177Fourth

Milton Keynes Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Milton Keynes for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourTwo Mile Ash (39)Eaglestone & Fishermead (171)
Bicycle TheftTwo Mile Ash (4)Eaglestone & Fishermead (25)
BurglaryBradwell Common (23)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (27)
Criminal Damage and ArsonTwo Mile Ash (35)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (87)
DrugsTwo Mile Ash (9)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (50)
Other CrimeBradwell Common (9)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (17)
Other TheftBradwell Common (29)Eaglestone & Fishermead (94)
Possession of WeaponsWolverton & New Bradwell (5)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (15)
Public OrderTwo Mile Ash (21)Eaglestone & Fishermead (103)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bradwell Common (3)Stacey Bushes & Fullers Slade (10)
ShopliftingWolverton & New Bradwell (14)Bradwell Common (53)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Two Mile Ash (3)Eaglestone & Fishermead (20)
Vehicle CrimeWolverton & New Bradwell (47)Bradwell Common (72)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTwo Mile Ash (129)Eaglestone & Fishermead (726)

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 June, when Milton Keynes saw a 133% increase in robbery. Milton Keynes saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 73% compared to December in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Milton Keynes's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%-3%+1%+2%-36%+2%-39%-25%-10%-2%
Bicycle Theft-17%-67%-50%+6%-69%-33%-44%-19%+58%+63%
Burglary+15%+47%-46%-25%-14%-23%-+31%-9%-32%
Criminal Damage and Arson+14%-36%-12%+27%-28%+39%+11%+6%-5%-25%
Drugs+4%+67%+35%+71%+26%-4%+75%-+88%+61%
Other Crime+18%-62%-15%+33%+33%-+15%-25%-40%+25%
Other Theft-50%-52%-32%-41%-37%-19%+21%--42%-20%
Possession of Weapons+13%+100%+50%+100%+100%---14%--14%
Public Order+7%+41%-7%+24%+103%+61%+75%+38%+79%+7%
Robbery+17%+67%+25%+133%+38%--33%--43%-
Shoplifting-37%-67%-51%-63%-70%-25%-45%-61%-58%-69%
Theft From the Person-70%-63%+80%--44%+57%+45%+50%-33%-36%
Vehicle Crime+17%-38%-61%-58%-53%-38%-40%-1%-47%-73%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-4%+9%+34%+22%+47%+23%+30%+27%+15%

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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021