Cambridge Crime Overview

Cambridge is the most dangerous major town in Cambridgeshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cambridge in 2020 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cambridge is the 45th most dangerous major town, and the 708th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Cambridge had the worst crime rate in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 80 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.54 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Cambridge residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 58 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Cambridge recorded 39 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Cambridge are violence and sexual offences, with 4,532 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 4,177 offences and a difference of 2.38 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Cambridge's least common crime is robbery, with 135 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 36% from 2019's figure of 183 crimes.

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Crime in Cambridge Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Cambridge This Year

 CambridgeCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,36922.6315,57418.2120% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,91112.843,0773.6072% more dangerous
Burglary6254.203,8174.466% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,2598.466,9708.153.7% more dangerous
Drugs4583.082,0212.3623% more dangerous
Other Crime2391.611,4141.652.5% safer
Other Theft9576.434,8155.6312% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1380.936150.7223% more dangerous
Public Order1,4479.726,0327.0527% more dangerous
Robbery1350.915410.6331% more dangerous
Shoplifting6814.572,6523.1032% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1921.295240.6153% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7925.324,2444.967% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,53230.4424,34028.457% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cambridge

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Cambridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31252523Safer
Bicycle Theft18181713Safer
Burglary8764.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson108108Safer
Drugs2.32.12.43.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.71.51.6Getting worse
Other Theft1110106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.770.970.93Getting worse
Public Order77910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.41.20.91Safer
Shoplifting9894.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.02.42.81.3Safer
Vehicle Crime8885Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22242830Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7133% safer
Coventry77.4116% safer
Croydon83.228% safer
Sheffield85.814.6% safer
Bristol86.214.2% safer
Cambridge89.79-
Leicester97.448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8713% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2816% more dangerous
Bradford133.0232% more dangerous
Leeds137.1035% 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's6947611th
Arbury66778Eighth
Central & West Cambridge2,735181First
Cherry Hinton5286612th
Coleridge68777Ninth
East Barnwell & Abbey1,123125Third
East Chesterton982111Fifth
Kings Hedges993120Fourth
Petersfield1,195142Second
Romsey64476Tenth
Trumpington1,541108Sixth
West Chesterton72291Seventh

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 BehaviourCherry Hinton (89)Central & West Cambridge (586)
Bicycle TheftCherry Hinton (19)Central & West Cambridge (767)
BurglaryColeridge (30)Kings Hedges (51)
Criminal Damage and ArsonColeridge (44)Kings Hedges (136)
DrugsAddenbrooke's & Queen Edith's (14)Kings Hedges (45)
Other CrimeAddenbrooke's & Queen Edith's (5)East Chesterton (24)
Other TheftCherry Hinton (28)Central & West Cambridge (228)
Possession of WeaponsCherry Hinton (5)Petersfield (17)
Public OrderCherry Hinton (53)Central & West Cambridge (281)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Cherry Hinton (2)Central & West Cambridge (36)
ShopliftingCherry Hinton (4)Central & West Cambridge (257)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Coleridge (3)Central & West Cambridge (105)
Vehicle CrimeArbury (30)East Chesterton (83)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRomsey (191)East Barnwell & Abbey (482)

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. Rates of bicycle theft and burglary both fell year-on-year for every month during Cambridge's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%-21%-13%+15%-1%+6%-13%-2%-18%-20%
Bicycle Theft-47%-69%-49%-49%-26%-9%-2%+16%-17%-18%
Burglary-39%-77%-55%-30%-64%-47%-36%-30%-17%+2%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-33%-38%-37%-10%-6%-15%+3%+8%-47%
Drugs+63%+32%+83%+3%+48%+20%+7%-26%+74%+44%
Other Crime-22%-47%-38%+25%+186%+100%-12%+53%-19%-5%
Other Theft-33%-65%-55%-43%-49%-28%-25%-38%-51%-38%
Possession of Weapons+7%-17%-6%-18%+33%-33%-+50%-31%-20%
Public Order+23%-10%+23%-11%+52%+25%+4%+3%-12%-21%
Robbery-50%-36%-17%-11%-46%-72%-47%-10%+375%+57%
Shoplifting-53%-59%-66%-39%-34%-68%-79%-58%-52%-65%
Theft From the Person-65%-86%-75%-82%-64%-44%-48%-75%-71%-14%
Vehicle Crime+24%-33%-42%-36%-31%-29%-49%-50%+8%-16%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-11%+3%+10%+28%+22%-6%+5%-1%-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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021