Buxton Crime Overview

Buxton is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Derbyshire, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Derbyshire's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Buxton in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Derbyshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the Derbyshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Buxton is the 130th most dangerous small town, and the 1,015th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Buxton was the worst small town in Derbyshire for criminal damage and arson, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Buxton residents, when it was Derbyshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.62 per 1,000 residents. Buxton recorded 5 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst small town for drugs in Derbyshire that month.

The most common crimes in Buxton are violence and sexual offences, with 836 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 25% higher than 2019's figure of 629 offences and a difference of 9.23 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Buxton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Buxton Compared To Derbyshire

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Summary of Crimes in Buxton This Year

 BuxtonDerbyshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour90140.1638,43136.2610% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.189270.87383% safer
Burglary994.414,2554.019% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23710.568,8048.3121% more dangerous
Drugs522.322,5402.403.4% safer
Other Crime421.872,0011.891.1% safer
Other Theft1124.995,3165.020.60% safer
Possession of Weapons271.208260.7835% more dangerous
Public Order2069.188,3427.8714% more dangerous
Robbery160.716220.5917% more dangerous
Shoplifting964.283,8563.6415% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.224760.45105% safer
Vehicle Crime532.364,3024.0672% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences83637.2635,41633.4110% more dangerous

Buxton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Matlock Town69569.2915% safer
Staveley1,28269.5614% safer
Heanor and Loscoe1,31173.259% safer
Ripley1,60674.986% safer
Old Bolsover89475.475% safer
Buxton1,78579.56-
Shirebrook93884.115% more dangerous
Clay Cross81685.417% more dangerous
Alfreton82396.4217% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Buxton

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Buxton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42453640Safer
Bicycle Theft0.401.10.530.18Safer
Burglary5654.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011911Getting worse
Drugs2.51.92.82.3Safer
Other Crime1.51.41.61.9Getting worse
Other Theft7775.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.670.801.2Getting worse
Public Order1.42.169Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.490.800.71Getting worse
Shoplifting71284.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.10.670.22Safer
Vehicle Crime873.62.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14162837Getting worse

Changes In Buxton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Buxton's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Buxton that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Pavilion Gardens4614-11108

Comparing Buxton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7118% safer
Coventry77.412.8% safer
Buxton79.56-
Croydon83.224.4% more dangerous
Sheffield85.817% more dangerous
Bristol86.218% more dangerous
Leicester97.4418% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8723% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2826% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% more dangerous

Crime in Buxton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Buxton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Buxton saw a 200% increase in drugs. Buxton saw a large fall in other crime during August, when it fell by 75% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-43%+35%+144%+93%+3%-10%+6%-6%-2%+19%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-42%-15%-14%+25%-73%-60%+33%-33%+58%+180%
Criminal Damage and Arson+180%-7%-29%+13%-56%-22%+40%-23%+14%-13%
Drugs-63%-+50%-25%-57%-33%+200%-20%+133%+150%
Other Crime+25%+25%---33%-75%-+200%+67%-
Other Theft--42%-19%-64%-53%-38%-33%+60%--60%
Possession of Weapons--+40%-33%+200%-----
Public Order+100%+163%+13%+71%+62%+60%+150%-38%+6%+13%
Robbery-50%-+100%----+100%-+100%
Shoplifting-32%-62%-72%-42%-57%-60%-71%-11%-32%-56%
Theft From the Person----50%-50%--50%---
Vehicle Crime-20%-50%-67%-43%--17%-67%-25%--50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+33%+28%+65%+19%+1%+66%+26%-9%+62%+37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Buxton

What police force serves Buxton?
Buxton's local territorial police force is the Derbyshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Buxton?
Buxton is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Derbyshire.
What is Buxton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Buxton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Buxton?
Buxton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021