Princes Risborough Crime Overview

Princes Risborough is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 54th most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 220 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Princes Risborough in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 33% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 64 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Princes Risborough is the 379th safest small town, and the 3,262nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2019, Princes Risborough was the worst small town in Buckinghamshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2016 was also a bad month for Princes Risborough residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Princes Risborough recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during December 2015, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Princes Risborough are violence and sexual offences, with 129 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 32% higher than 2019's figure of 88 offences and a difference of 5.15 from 2019's crime rate of 11. Princes Risborough's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 350% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Princes Risborough Compared To Buckinghamshire

Summary of Crimes in Princes Risborough This Year

 Princes RisboroughBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour637.927,9129.7323% safer
Bicycle Theft20.258431.04316% safer
Burglary344.282,7283.3522% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson475.915,5836.8616% safer
Drugs81.012,1102.59156% safer
Other Crime101.261,2971.5926% safer
Other Theft506.294,5295.5711% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.385750.7187% safer
Public Order364.534,0314.969% safer
Robbery20.254300.53112% safer
Shoplifting131.642,3022.8373% safer
Theft From the Person40.507710.9590% safer
Vehicle Crime455.665,2586.4614% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12916.2221,68226.6564% safer

Princes Risborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chalfont St. Peter58344.179% safer
Wooburn48245.326% safer
Gerrards Cross38645.885.0% safer
Buckingham67346.553.5% safer
Stantonbury54547.291.9% safer
Princes Risborough38348.17-
Wolverton and Greenleys69449.973.6% more dangerous
Great Linford97750.023.7% more dangerous
Amersham80252.679% more dangerous
Newport Pagnell79453.8110% more dangerous
Shenley Church End91957.5716% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Princes Risborough

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Princes Risborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour7888Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.380.381.10.25Safer
Burglary4.4764.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6766Safer
Drugs0.631.00.881.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.751.30.881.3Getting worse
Other Theft1213106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.380.130.38Getting worse
Public Order0.881.41.94.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.130.130.25Getting worse
Shoplifting84.32.31.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.880.380.630.50Safer
Vehicle Crime2.44.54.86Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences9141116Getting worse

Changes In Princes Risborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Princes Risborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Princes Risborough48.17-
Barnet67.7129% more dangerous
Coventry77.4138% more dangerous
Croydon83.2242% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8144% more dangerous
Bristol86.2144% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8753% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2855% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Princes Risborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Princes Risborough38348First

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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021