Peterborough Crime Overview

Peterborough is the most dangerous city 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 Peterborough in 2020 was 94 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Peterborough is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 625th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Peterborough had the worst crime rate in Cambridgeshire for criminal damage and arson, with 138 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.77 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Peterborough residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 63 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Peterborough recorded 62 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Peterborough are violence and sexual offences, with 7,017 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 6,218 offences and a difference of 4.46 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Peterborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 145 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 86% from 2019's figure of 270 crimes.

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Crime in Peterborough Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Peterborough This Year

 PeterboroughCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,31024.1015,57418.2124% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft5222.923,0773.6023% safer
Burglary8724.883,8174.469% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,88310.536,9708.1523% more dangerous
Drugs5903.302,0212.3628% more dangerous
Other Crime4112.301,4141.6528% more dangerous
Other Theft1,1776.584,8155.6314% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2301.296150.7244% more dangerous
Public Order1,6679.326,0327.0524% more dangerous
Robbery2361.325410.6352% more dangerous
Shoplifting8404.702,6523.1034% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1450.815240.6125% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,1546.454,2444.9623% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,01739.2424,34028.4527% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Peterborough

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Peterborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34242424Safer
Bicycle Theft4.44.43.92.9Safer
Burglary7654.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14111211Safer
Drugs2.12.42.83.3Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.02.52.3Getting worse
Other Theft121097Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.21.31.3Getting worse
Public Order7799Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.71.81.3Safer
Shoplifting101074.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.91.50.81Safer
Vehicle Crime1010116Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30303539Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7138% safer
Coventry77.4121% safer
Croydon83.2213% safer
Sheffield85.819% safer
Bristol86.219% safer
Peterborough93.64-
Leicester97.443.9% more dangerous
Birmingham102.879% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2813% more dangerous
Bradford133.0230% more dangerous
Leeds137.1032% more dangerous

Crime in Peterborough's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Park1,166104Ninth
Dogsthorpe1,063112Seventh
Fengate & Parnwell1,810150Second
Fletton1,134115Sixth
Hargate & Orton Longueville86989Tenth
Longthorpe & Netherton766106Eighth
Millfield & Bourges Boulevard1,435143Third
Orton Malborne & Goldhay1,077121Fifth
Paston1,328125Fourth
Peterborough Central3,052245First
Stanground7546512th
Walton5687111th
Werrington3025413th

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 (61)Peterborough Central (807)
Bicycle TheftStanground (11)Peterborough Central (195)
BurglaryStanground (26)Peterborough Central (118)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWerrington (31)Peterborough Central (270)
DrugsStanground (15)Peterborough Central (170)
Other CrimeWerrington (8)Millfield & Bourges Boulevard (57)
Other TheftWerrington (17)Peterborough Central (236)
Possession of WeaponsLongthorpe & Netherton (5)Peterborough Central (66)
Public OrderWerrington (21)Peterborough Central (331)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Werrington (1)Peterborough Central (68)
ShopliftingLongthorpe & Netherton (4)Peterborough Central (300)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Werrington (1)Peterborough Central (72)
Vehicle CrimeWerrington (14)Longthorpe & Netherton (86)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWerrington (144)Peterborough Central (1,032)

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 221% increase in drugs. Peterborough saw a large fall in robbery during September, when it fell by 67% 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 burglary, criminal damage and arson, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+8%-15%+11%+0%+2%+16%+26%+4%-11%
Bicycle Theft-41%-36%-25%-21%-48%-37%+12%--4%-13%
Burglary-15%-30%-11%-15%+26%-20%-16%-12%-17%-34%
Criminal Damage and Arson-26%-41%-9%-30%-6%-12%+7%-1%-1%-28%
Drugs-4%-+57%+34%+221%+3%+79%+23%+24%-39%
Other Crime-20%-30%-41%+54%+4%-6%+3%+3%-24%+29%
Other Theft-4%-45%-51%-38%-28%-25%-12%-16%-9%-30%
Possession of Weapons+41%+27%+45%-20%+38%+25%-45%-14%-10%+25%
Public Order+25%+3%-16%-5%+11%+18%-5%+18%-18%-11%
Robbery-54%-35%-21%-43%-30%-8%-67%+17%-39%-
Shoplifting-46%-47%-54%-14%--30%-43%-7%-45%-51%
Theft From the Person-46%-52%-64%-61%-43%-64%-42%-48%-31%-61%
Vehicle Crime-58%-63%-34%-59%-8%-45%-35%-3%-29%+38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%+2%+16%+5%+31%+21%+31%+6%-1%-9%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021