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Crime and Safety in Princes Risborough

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Princes Risborough is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 50th most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 216 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Princes Risborough 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, Princes Risborough is the 410th most dangerous small town, and the 2,568th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Princes Risborough are violence and sexual offences, with 196 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 34% higher than 2020's figure of 129 offences and a difference of 8.43 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Princes Risborough's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 50% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Princes Risborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Buckinghamshire

28% lower, regional crime rate

South East

36% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Princes Risborough is 28% lower than the South East and 36% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Princes Risborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Princes Risborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Princes Risborough 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 Princes Risborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202156448
202048383
201946362
201854430
201744353
201637292

Crime in Princes Risborough Compared To Buckinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Princes Risborough This Year

 Princes RisboroughBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8811.077,6009.34 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft91.137300.90 20% more dangerous
Burglary162.012,0542.52 25% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson465.795,4476.70 16% safer
Drugs60.751,9252.37 216% safer
Other Crime121.511,0831.33 12% more dangerous
Other Theft556.924,7855.88 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.254340.53 112% safer
Public Order526.547,9859.82 50% safer
Robbery30.383500.43 13% safer
Shoplifting212.642,3092.84 8% safer
Theft From the Person30.387520.92 142% safer
Vehicle Crime273.404,4725.50 62% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19624.6525,86931.80 29% safer

Princes Risborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Amersham78851.759% safer
Gerrards Cross43651.829% safer
Marlow75152.058% safer
Newport Pagnell77852.737% safer
Buckingham81256.170.32% safer
Princes Risborough44856.35-
Wendover49057.522.0% more dangerous
Chesham1,51465.6414% more dangerous
Walton80467.2716% more dangerous
Beaconsfield89269.9519% more dangerous
West Bletchley1,59870.6220% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Princes Risborough

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Recent Crimes in Princes Risborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mead AcreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Malthouse SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Letter Box LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Cannon PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Merton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lime RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Bell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Park StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lime RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Court CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Poppy RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Alscot LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near WestmeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Princes Risborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour88811 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.381.10.251.1 Getting worse
Burglary764.32.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs1.00.881.00.75 Safer
Other Crime1.30.881.31.5 Getting worse
Other Theft131067 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.130.380.25 Getting worse
Public Order1.41.94.57 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.130.250.38 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.32.31.62.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.630.500.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.54.863.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14111625 Getting worse

Changes In Princes Risborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Princes Risborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Princes Risborough56.35-
Barnet67.0816% more dangerous
Croydon82.4832% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0537% more dangerous
Bristol90.5238% more dangerous
Coventry102.2445% more dangerous
Leicester111.5950% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6457% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% more dangerous

Crime in Princes Risborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Princes Risborough44856First

Crime in Princes Risborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+33%-80%-33%+33%-14%-20%-33%+350%+75%-43%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-87%-+133%+33%---50%-75%-86%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+200%-67%+33%-+200%+100%-75%-50%-25%-60%
Drugs------50%+200%---
Other Crime--+100%-------
Other Theft-50%-43%-56%-50%-70%-67%-+67%-50%-
Public Order--50%-+50%+200%-+100%-50%+400%-67%
Shoplifting---+200%--50%-50%---
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-88%+80%+100%-50%--+250%+200%--40%
Violence and Sexual Offences-29%-33%-36%-40%+18%-+75%+140%+157%+400%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Princes Risborough

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

How dangerous is Princes Risborough?
Princes Risborough is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Princes Risborough?
Princes Risborough's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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