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Crime and Safety in Peterborough

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Peterborough is the most dangerous cities 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 Peterborough in 2021 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Peterborough is the 27th most dangerous city, and the 814th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Peterborough had the worst crime rate in Cambridgeshire for criminal damage and arson, with 161 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.90 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Peterborough residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 56 crimes at a rate of 0.31 per 1,000 residents. Peterborough recorded 43 reports of drugs during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Peterborough are violence and sexual offences, with 6,904 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 6,186 offences and a difference of 4.01 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Peterborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 170 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 19% from 2020's figure of 137 crimes.

Peterborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Cambridgeshire

21% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

14% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Peterborough is 21% higher than the East of England and 14% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Peterborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Peterborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Peterborough 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 Peterborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218915,983
20208314,817
20199116,236
20188715,534
20179116,274
20167713,813

Crime in Peterborough Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Peterborough This Year

 PeterboroughCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,44619.2714,13016.52 14% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft5352.992,6703.12 4.3% safer
Burglary5783.232,9603.46 7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6149.036,5027.60 16% more dangerous
Drugs5693.181,9272.25 29% more dangerous
Other Crime4662.611,5871.86 29% more dangerous
Other Theft1,2016.724,9165.75 14% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2101.176670.78 33% more dangerous
Public Order1,7849.986,9928.17 18% more dangerous
Robbery2521.415890.69 51% more dangerous
Shoplifting6773.792,7933.26 14% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1700.955670.66 31% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,0235.723,9104.57 20% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,90438.6126,21330.64 21% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Peterborough

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Recent Crimes in Peterborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cripple Sidings LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near CowgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Dean'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Normanton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Stuart CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marriott CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Larch GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Wicken WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Havelock DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bell'S PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lincoln RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Saxon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near St Peters RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Setchfield PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cripple Sidings LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Acacia AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Dean'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wellington StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Peterborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21212119 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.03.62.63.0 Safer
Burglary54.84.33.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91199 Safer
Drugs2.12.53.03.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.32.02.6 Getting worse
Other Theft9867 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.11.21.2 Getting worse
Public Order68810 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.61.21.4 Safer
Shoplifting964.33.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.81.40.770.95 Safer
Vehicle Crime91066 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27313539 Getting worse

Changes In Peterborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Peterborough's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bretton Park3-1-520.40
New England Recreation Ground611-237
Stanley Recreation Ground4--1503.3
Woodfield Park3-22411.4

Comparing Peterborough to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0833% safer
Croydon82.488% safer
Peterborough89.39-
Sheffield90.050.73% more dangerous
Bristol90.521.2% more dangerous
Coventry102.2413% more dangerous
Leicester111.5920% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0627% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6431% more dangerous
Bradford132.2832% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Peterborough's Neighbourhoods

Peterborough Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Peterborough, followed by Millfield & Bourges Boulevard in second place, and Fengate & Parnwell as the third most dangerous area. Peterborough's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Stanground, Walton, and Werrington.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Park1,214108Eighth
Dogsthorpe1,004106Ninth
Fengate & Parnwell1,844153Third
Fletton1,133115Sixth
Hargate & Orton Longueville90593Tenth
Longthorpe & Netherton942130Fifth
Millfield & Bourges Boulevard1,575157Second
Orton Malborne & Goldhay987110Seventh
Paston1,427134Fourth
Peterborough Central3,664294First
Stanground8567311th
Walton5757212th
Werrington3075513th

Peterborough Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWerrington (34)Peterborough Central (770)
Bicycle TheftPaston (8)Peterborough Central (243)
BurglaryWerrington (9)Peterborough Central (100)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWerrington (26)Paston (295)
DrugsStanground (17)Peterborough Central (176)
Other CrimeWalton (11)Millfield & Bourges Boulevard (96)
Other TheftWalton (30)Peterborough Central (272)
Possession of WeaponsStanground (6)Peterborough Central (68)
Public OrderWerrington (28)Peterborough Central (473)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Longthorpe & Netherton (3)Peterborough Central (101)
ShopliftingLongthorpe & Netherton (3)Peterborough Central (274)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Walton (2)Peterborough Central (80)
Vehicle CrimeWerrington (18)Peterborough Central (158)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWerrington (139)Peterborough Central (1,373)

Crime in Peterborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Peterborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Peterborough saw a 248% increase in drugs. Peterborough saw a large fall in robbery during September, when it fell by 69% compared to September in 2019. Peterborough saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, burglary, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-1%+12%-13%+5%-3%-3%+20%+28%--6%
Bicycle Theft-48%-30%-30%-20%-51%-39%+14%-7%-5%-17%
Burglary-17%-28%-7%-13%+19%-25%-15%-20%-19%-41%
Criminal Damage and Arson-27%-41%-15%-20%-1%-11%+10%+2%+2%-26%
Drugs-13%-6%+61%+61%+248%-3%+57%+19%+36%-43%
Other Crime-34%-34%-42%+60%+3%-13%--12%-33%+50%
Other Theft-5%-52%-50%-43%-28%-29%-19%-14%-14%-30%
Possession of Weapons+44%+29%+40%-22%+32%+40%-56%-11%-+54%
Public Order+22%+7%-16%-6%+10%+21%-7%+14%-17%-7%
Robbery-61%-33%-22%-38%-36%-8%-69%+63%-38%-
Shoplifting-48%-44%-56%-14%+3%-32%-47%-7%-45%-50%
Theft From the Person-54%-48%-60%-59%-41%-62%-39%-55%-27%-57%
Vehicle Crime-58%-66%-39%-61%-13%-50%-38%-10%-27%+41%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%0%+18%+7%+27%+21%+33%+6%-4%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Peterborough

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

How dangerous is Peterborough?
Peterborough is the most dangerous city in Cambridgeshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Peterborough?
Peterborough's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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