Belper Crime Overview

Belper is among the top 5 safest small towns in Derbyshire, and is the 99th most dangerous overall out of Derbyshire's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Belper in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Derbyshire's overall crime rate, coming in 68% lower than the Derbyshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Belper is the 304th safest small town, and the 3,809th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Belper was the worst small town in Derbyshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Belper residents, when it was Derbyshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 106 crimes at a rate of 4.7 per 1,000 residents. Belper recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Derbyshire that month.

The most common crimes in Belper are violence and sexual offences, with 360 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 0.83% lower than 2019's figure of 363 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Belper's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Belper Compared To Derbyshire

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Summary of Crimes in Belper This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour62928.1238,43136.2629% safer
Bicycle Theft60.279270.87222% safer
Burglary472.104,2554.0191% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson25111.228,8048.3126% more dangerous
Drugs180.802,5402.40200% safer
Other Crime150.672,0011.89182% safer
Other Theft592.645,3165.0290% safer
Possession of Weapons90.408260.7895% safer
Public Order1014.518,3427.8775% safer
Robbery30.136220.59354% safer
Shoplifting361.613,8563.64126% safer
Theft From the Person40.184760.45150% safer
Vehicle Crime693.084,3024.0632% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36016.0935,41633.41108% safer

Belper Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brimington26830.0745% safer
Hilton25930.1645% safer
Dronfield68332.3635% safer
New Mills41242.423.1% safer
Killamarsh47950.4213% more dangerous
Chapel-en-le-Frith49451.2915% more dangerous
Sandiacre52256.3622% more dangerous
Eckington70058.5625% more dangerous
Clowne49659.1026% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Belper

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Belper Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour28222228Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.360.310.310.27Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson76711Getting worse
Other Crime0.670.850.630.67Safer
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0.220.220.400.40Getting worse
Public Order0.800.764.04.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.540.310.220.18Safer
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences791616Getting 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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
River Gardens51--169

Comparing Belper to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7135% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2247% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8757% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Belper's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Belper Far Laund24029Second
Belper Town53167First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+14%+20%+154%+126%+18%-22%+55%-23%+46%+9%
Bicycle Theft----67%+100%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%-76%-69%+173%+607%+33%+25%-22%-45%-27%
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%
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 among the top 5 safest small towns 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021