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Crime and Safety in Belper

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Belper is the third safest small towns in Derbyshire, and is the 130th most dangerous overall out of Derbyshire's 267 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Belper in 2021 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Derbyshire's overall crime rate, coming in 112% lower than the Derbyshire rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Belper is the 171st safest small town, and the 5,038th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Belper was the worst small town in Derbyshire for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Belper residents, when it was Derbyshire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.04 per 1,000 residents. Belper recorded 7 reports of vehicle crime during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Derbyshire that month.

The most common crimes in Belper are violence and sexual offences, with 406 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 360 offences and a difference of 2.06 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Belper's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Belper 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Derbyshire

116% lower, regional crime rate

East Midlands

100% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Belper is 116% lower than the East Midlands and 100% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Belper Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Belper 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 Belper

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202138854
202044978
2019451,007
201832712
201733731
201630681

Crime in Belper Compared To Derbyshire

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Summary of Crimes in Belper This Year

 BelperDerbyshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour49021.9032,13530.32 38% safer
Bicycle Theft30.136870.65 400% safer
Burglary351.563,7923.58 129% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1024.568,8748.37 84% safer
Drugs100.452,5032.36 424% safer
Other Crime110.492,1352.01 310% safer
Other Theft672.995,8115.48 83% safer
Possession of Weapons70.318800.83 168% safer
Public Order1205.3610,4189.83 83% safer
Robbery40.186250.59 228% safer
Shoplifting431.924,1623.93 105% safer
Theft From the Person60.275440.51 89% safer
Vehicle Crime401.794,2944.05 126% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40618.1541,04838.72 113% safer

Belper Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Dronfield75635.827% safer
Hilton30835.866% safer
Belper85438.17-
Killamarsh48150.6325% more dangerous
Chapel-en-le-Frith55757.8334% more dangerous
Ashbourne52258.5735% more dangerous
New Mills57659.3136% more dangerous
Clowne53263.3940% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Belper

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Recent Crimes in Belper

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Duffield BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Short StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Laund AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Goods YardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Days LaneFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Spencer AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lander LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jenny'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Whilton CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near King StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rowen CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chestnut AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rowen CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High Wood BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Salisbury DriveUnable to prosecute suspect

Belper Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22222822 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.310.310.270.13 Safer
Burglary3.02.52.11.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson67114.6 Safer
Drugs0.850.630.800.45 Safer
Other Crime0.850.630.670.49 Safer
Other Theft3.33.42.63.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.220.400.400.31 Getting worse
Public Order0.764.04.55 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.180.130.18 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.251.61.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.310.220.180.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.14.13.11.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9161618 Getting worse

Changes In Belper's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Belper's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
River Gardens51--169

Comparing Belper to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Belper38.17-
Barnet67.0843% more dangerous
Croydon82.4854% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0558% more dangerous
Bristol90.5258% more dangerous
Coventry102.2463% more dangerous
Leicester111.5966% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0669% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6471% more dangerous
Bradford132.2871% more dangerous
Leeds150.9475% more dangerous

Crime in Belper's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Belper Far Laund21927Second
Belper Town42153First

Crime in Belper During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Belper change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Belper saw a 607% increase in criminal damage and arson. Belper saw a large fall in shoplifting during March, when it fell by 97% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+14%+20%+154%+126%+18%-22%+55%-23%+46%+9%
Bicycle Theft----67%+100%-----
Burglary---50%-33%-80%+40%-29%+50%+300%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%-76%-69%+173%+607%+33%+25%-22%-45%-27%
Drugs--67%-----+300%--33%
Other Crime--50%---50%-+100%+300%--50%
Other Theft-29%-63%--14%-40%+100%-50%--20%+67%
Possession of Weapons---+50%------
Public Order+400%+250%-17%+7%+38%+33%-14%-22%-22%-30%
Shoplifting-97%---71%-80%--67%-43%-17%+40%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-43%-25%-46%-50%-29%+40%-25%--50%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+32%+29%-17%+18%-11%-26%-14%-22%+20%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Belper

What police force serves Belper?
Belper's local territorial police force is the Derbyshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Belper?
Belper is the third safest small town in Derbyshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Belper?
Belper's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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