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Crime and Safety in Bretton

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Bretton is the most dangerous small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 262 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bretton in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bretton is the 106th most dangerous small town, and the 723rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Bretton was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Bretton residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Bretton recorded 5 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst small town for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bretton are violence and sexual offences, with 591 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 0.51% higher than 2020's figure of 588 offences and a difference of 0.23 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Bretton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 20% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Bretton 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Cambridgeshire

24% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

18% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bretton is 24% higher than the East of England and 18% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bretton Crime Rate Over Time

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Bretton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bretton 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 Bretton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021931,211
20201051,370
20191031,337
20181091,415
20171271,655
20161031,340

Crime in Bretton Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bretton This Year

 BrettonCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27821.4014,13016.52 23% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft191.462,6703.12 114% safer
Burglary493.772,9603.46 8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson14010.786,5027.60 29% more dangerous
Drugs241.851,9272.25 22% safer
Other Crime272.081,5871.86 11% more dangerous
Other Theft675.164,9165.75 11% safer
Possession of Weapons120.926670.78 15% more dangerous
Public Order13310.246,9928.17 20% more dangerous
Robbery181.395890.69 50% more dangerous
Shoplifting503.852,7933.26 15% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.775670.66 14% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime715.473,9104.57 16% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences59145.5026,21330.64 33% more dangerous

Bretton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Littleport66266.9539% safer
Hampton Hargate and Vale1,02272.7428% safer
March1,76076.3422% safer
Orton Longueville89282.7713% safer
Orton Waterville84583.2112% safer
Bretton1,21193.24-

Crime Over Time in Bretton

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Recent Crimes in Bretton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near School CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King Henry ChaseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Peacock WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FlaxlandInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near ArtindaleUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near TollgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OxcloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wulfric SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near ArtindaleOffender given a caution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near CleathamInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NorburnAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near EyrescroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near ArtindaleUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near MuskhamInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ArtindaleUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MuskhamLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FlaxlandUnable to prosecute suspect

Bretton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31282521 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.81.52.31.5 Safer
Burglary84.04.23.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15161311 Safer
Drugs2.11.52.31.8 Safer
Other Crime1.81.81.82.1 Safer
Other Theft10765 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.51.81.60.92 Safer
Public Order8111110 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.91.80.921.4 Safer
Shoplifting11883.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.40.620.77 Safer
Vehicle Crime7685 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38414546 Getting worse

Changes In Bretton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bretton's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bretton that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
South Bretton Playing Fields2---311.1

Comparing Bretton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0839% safer
Croydon82.4813% safer
Sheffield90.053.5% safer
Bristol90.523.0% safer
Bretton93.24-
Coventry102.249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5916% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0624% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6428% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9438% more dangerous

Crime in Bretton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bretton Park73488Second
North Bretton & Westwood901115First

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 May, when Bretton saw a 500% increase in vehicle crime. Bretton saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-50%+13%-14%-18%+47%+7%-30%+11%-57%-52%
Bicycle Theft--20%---33%-+200%+300%+200%-
Burglary+300%+20%-78%-60%-57%-17%-80%-50%+200%+400%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-70%-44%-65%+67%+21%-29%+13%-45%-46%
Drugs-+100%---67%+100%--+100%-67%
Other Crime-----67%-50%-+300%+300%-
Other Theft+117%-44%-+80%-+200%+14%-20%-44%-20%
Possession of Weapons+100%-+100%-+100%+200%+33%-75%+33%-
Public Order+13%-17%-36%-30%+27%--68%+70%+29%-56%
Robbery--67%-------67%-67%
Shoplifting-38%-31%-88%-20%+175%+60%--82%-50%+60%
Theft From the Person----67%------
Vehicle Crime-30%+167%+500%+50%+43%+33%-50%-14%-22%+140%
Violence and Sexual Offences+60%+3%-31%+27%+30%-5%+28%-16%+5%-25%

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 the most dangerous small town 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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