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Crime and Safety in Cambridge

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Cambridge is the most dangerous major 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 Cambridge in 2021 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cambridge is the 51st safest major town, and the 965th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Cambridge had the worst crime rate in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 79 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Cambridge residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 65 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Cambridge recorded 36 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Cambridge are violence and sexual offences, with 4,431 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 3.7% higher than 2020's figure of 4,265 offences and a difference of 1.12 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Cambridge's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 128 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 3.9% from 2020's figure of 133 crimes.

Cambridge 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Cambridgeshire

16% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

9% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cambridge is 16% higher than the East of England and 9% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cambridge Crime Rate Over Time

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Cambridge Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Cambridge 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 Cambridge

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218412,445
20208612,749
201910215,157
20189414,037
20179714,370
20167911,809

Crime in Cambridge Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Cambridge This Year

 CambridgeCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,86419.2414,13016.52 14% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,54110.352,6703.12 70% more dangerous
Burglary5023.372,9603.46 2.7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1507.736,5027.60 1.7% more dangerous
Drugs4222.831,9272.25 20% more dangerous
Other Crime2471.661,5871.86 12% safer
Other Theft8665.824,9165.75 1.2% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1280.866670.78 9% more dangerous
Public Order1,4669.856,9928.17 17% more dangerous
Robbery1591.075890.69 36% more dangerous
Shoplifting7114.782,7933.26 32% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2231.505670.66 56% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5994.023,9104.57 14% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,43129.7726,21330.64 2.9% safer

Crime Over Time in Cambridge

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Recent Crimes in Cambridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Castle ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Panton StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Corona RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Francis Darwin CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Warkworth StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MonkswellInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bradmore LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Scarsdale CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cockburn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ditton LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Mortimer RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Green ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Drosier RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Norton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Malta RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Bishop'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Croft Holme LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bayford PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Manor StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Cambridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24242219 Safer
Bicycle Theft18171310 Safer
Burglary763.93.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8988 Safer
Drugs2.02.23.02.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.51.51.7 Getting worse
Other Theft91066 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.950.890.86 Getting worse
Public Order78910 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.20.861.1 Safer
Shoplifting794.54.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.42.71.31.5 Safer
Vehicle Crime7754.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23272930 Getting worse

Changes In Cambridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Cambridge's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
City Cemetery4-1-351.7
Coldham's Common30-61951.1
Coleridge Recreation Ground---1200.59
King George V Memorial Playing Field6-3-565.0
Midsummer Common---1-00.07

Comparing Cambridge to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0825% safer
Croydon82.481.4% safer
Cambridge83.60-
Sheffield90.057% more dangerous
Bristol90.528% more dangerous
Coventry102.2418% more dangerous
Leicester111.5925% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0632% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6436% more dangerous
Bradford132.2837% more dangerous
Leeds150.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Cambridge's Neighbourhoods

Central & West Cambridge is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Cambridge, followed by Petersfield in second place, and East Barnwell & Abbey as the third most dangerous area. Cambridge's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Addenbrooke's & Queen Edith's, Cherry Hinton, and Romsey.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Addenbrooke's & Queen Edith's67373Tenth
Arbury63674Ninth
Central & West Cambridge2,771183First
Cherry Hinton5016212th
Coleridge76285Eighth
East Barnwell & Abbey1,037116Third
East Chesterton955108Sixth
Kings Hedges936113Fourth
Petersfield997118Second
Romsey6187311th
Trumpington1,565110Fifth
West Chesterton74194Seventh

Cambridge Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAddenbrooke's & Queen Edith's (129)Central & West Cambridge (647)
Bicycle TheftCherry Hinton (13)Central & West Cambridge (530)
BurglaryArbury (21)Trumpington (90)
Criminal Damage and ArsonColeridge (54)Central & West Cambridge (205)
DrugsCherry Hinton (13)East Chesterton (54)
Other CrimeTrumpington (18)Kings Hedges (27)
Other TheftArbury (29)Central & West Cambridge (200)
Possession of WeaponsRomsey (1)Central & West Cambridge (34)
Public OrderArbury (72)Central & West Cambridge (328)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Cherry Hinton (4)Central & West Cambridge (44)
ShopliftingAddenbrooke's & Queen Edith's (2)Central & West Cambridge (279)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Addenbrooke's & Queen Edith's (3)Central & West Cambridge (126)
Vehicle CrimeRomsey (33)East Chesterton (59)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCherry Hinton (207)Kings Hedges (463)

Crime in Cambridge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cambridge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Cambridge saw a 375% increase in robbery. Cambridge saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Cambridge's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%-23%-14%+18%-1%+3%-12%-1%-21%-19%
Bicycle Theft-47%-72%-51%-51%-25%-7%-2%+16%-17%-17%
Burglary-38%-78%-56%-30%-59%-48%-37%-33%-18%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-38%-41%-37%-12%-3%-16%+2%+8%-49%
Drugs+68%+57%+89%+16%+57%+22%+15%-24%+77%+42%
Other Crime-26%-47%-34%+25%+233%+121%-17%+41%-20%-5%
Other Theft-38%-67%-55%-43%-50%-31%-21%-40%-54%-36%
Possession of Weapons+7%-17%-6%-27%+22%-33%+10%+25%-31%-11%
Public Order+20%-9%+24%-12%+49%+24%+1%--12%-21%
Robbery-56%-36%-17%-22%-46%-71%-53%-15%+375%+43%
Shoplifting-54%-60%-67%-39%-35%-66%-78%-58%-52%-66%
Theft From the Person-64%-86%-74%-82%-64%-43%-48%-75%-72%-14%
Vehicle Crime+24%-30%-46%-31%-27%-32%-46%-43%+14%-7%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-13%-1%+10%+28%+20%-8%+4%-5%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cambridge

What police force serves Cambridge?
Cambridge's local territorial police force is the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Cambridge?
Cambridge is the most dangerous major town in Cambridgeshire.

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

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

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