Bretton Crime Overview

Bretton is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 62nd most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bretton in 2020 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bretton is the 362nd most dangerous small town, and the 2,373rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Bretton was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Bretton residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Bretton recorded 13 reports of public order during July 2020, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst small town for public order in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bretton are violence and sexual offences, with 312 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 284 offences and a difference of 2.15 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Bretton's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bretton This Year

 BrettonCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14210.9315,57418.2167% safer
Bicycle Theft181.393,0773.60159% safer
Burglary231.773,8174.46152% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson876.706,9708.1522% safer
Drugs161.232,0212.3692% safer
Other Crime80.621,4141.65166% safer
Other Theft453.464,8155.6363% safer
Possession of Weapons110.856150.7215% more dangerous
Public Order695.316,0327.0533% safer
Robbery60.465410.6337% safer
Shoplifting826.312,6523.1051% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.545240.6113% safer
Vehicle Crime524.004,2444.9624% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31224.0224,34028.4518% safer

Crime in Bretton Compared To Cambridgeshire

Bretton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hampton Hargate and Vale42830.4686% safer
Orton Longueville41038.0449% safer
Yaxley47950.3912% safer
Cambourne54451.879% safer
Whittlesey91354.394.2% safer
Bretton73656.67-
Orton Waterville57656.720.09% more dangerous
Chatteris64157.481.4% more dangerous
Ely1,28259.234.3% more dangerous
St. Ives1,04561.418% more dangerous
Soham80761.708% more dangerous

Bretton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23131311Safer
Bicycle Theft1.81.41.21.4Safer
Burglary54.12.01.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10887Safer
Drugs1.10.690.921.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.920.850.920.62Safer
Other Theft664.83.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.771.10.690.85Getting worse
Public Order3.73.865Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.850.770.46Safer
Shoplifting12766Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.381.11.00.54Safer
Vehicle Crime63.93.04.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22202224Getting worse

Changes In Bretton's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Bretton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bretton56.67-
Barnet67.7116% more dangerous
Coventry77.4127% more dangerous
Croydon83.2232% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8134% more dangerous
Bristol86.2134% more dangerous
Leicester97.4442% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8745% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2847% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Bretton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bretton Park80696Second
North Bretton & Westwood1,016130First

Crime in Bretton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bretton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Bretton saw a 300% increase in other theft. Bretton saw a large fall in other theft during November, when it fell by 78% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-23%---45%+75%-25%-21%-13%-54%-54%
Bicycle Theft-----40%-+200%+100%+100%-
Burglary-+33%-+100%--25%--+50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+17%-75%-67%-20%+17%+57%+11%+11%-67%-46%
Drugs----------67%
Other Crime--------+100%-
Other Theft+100%-+25%--67%+300%-20%-67%-78%+100%
Possession of Weapons--+100%----50%-+200%-
Public Order-20%-20%-43%-58%+86%-33%-20%+50%-33%-60%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-57%-20%--20%+267%+100%-20%--50%+167%
Theft From the Person----50%------
Vehicle Crime-50%+200%+300%+50%-20%--75%+33%+25%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+67%-12%-47%+90%-5%+16%+95%-39%-13%-31%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bretton

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021