Chesterfield Crime Overview

Chesterfield is the most dangerous major town in Derbyshire, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Derbyshire's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chesterfield in 2020 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Derbyshire's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Derbyshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chesterfield is the 55th most dangerous major town, and the 909th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Chesterfield was the worst major town in Derbyshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.02 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Chesterfield residents, when it was Derbyshire's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 32 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Chesterfield recorded 65 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst major town for criminal damage and arson in Derbyshire that month.

The most common crimes in Chesterfield are violence and sexual offences, with 3,034 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 2,815 offences and a difference of 2.45 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Chesterfield's least common crime is robbery, with 42 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 42 crimes.

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Crime in Chesterfield Compared To Derbyshire

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Summary of Crimes in Chesterfield This Year

 ChesterfieldDerbyshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,57239.9238,43136.269% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft540.609270.8745% safer
Burglary5506.154,2554.0135% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8239.208,8048.3110% more dangerous
Drugs2452.742,5402.4012% more dangerous
Other Crime1441.612,0011.8917% safer
Other Theft5155.765,3165.0213% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons710.798260.781.3% more dangerous
Public Order7077.908,3427.870.38% more dangerous
Robbery420.476220.5926% safer
Shoplifting6627.403,8563.6451% more dangerous
Theft From the Person460.514760.4512% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4755.314,3024.0624% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,03433.9135,41633.411.5% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chesterfield

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Chesterfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour45403740Safer
Bicycle Theft0.470.600.470.60Getting worse
Burglary6576Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8899Getting worse
Drugs3.43.33.72.7Safer
Other Crime0.830.951.61.6Getting worse
Other Theft7786Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.690.780.79Getting worse
Public Order1.92.678Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.480.470.47Getting worse
Shoplifting8887Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.700.801.10.51Safer
Vehicle Crime4.14.655Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences13193134Getting worse

Changes In Chesterfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chesterfield's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Pearson Recreation Ground4-1--04.4
Queen's Park501--227
Queens Park3----01.5
Thistle Park--1--11.1

Comparing Chesterfield to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7122% safer
Coventry77.416% safer
Chesterfield82.35-
Croydon83.221.0% more dangerous
Sheffield85.814.0% more dangerous
Bristol86.214.5% more dangerous
Leicester97.4415% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8720% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2823% more dangerous
Bradford133.0238% more dangerous
Leeds137.1040% more dangerous

Crime in Chesterfield's Neighbourhoods

Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Chesterfield, followed by Newbold in second place, and Boythorpe & Birdholme as the third most dangerous area. Chesterfield's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Ashgate & Brockwell, Brookside & Walton, and Spital & Hasland.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashgate & Brockwell34844Seventh
Boythorpe & Birdholme664101Third
Brookside & Walton24230Eighth
Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels1,918198First
Loundsley Green & Holme Hall57673Fourth
Newbold962126Second
Old Whittington51572Fifth
Spital & Hasland81870Sixth

Chesterfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAshgate & Brockwell (149)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (1,031)
Bicycle TheftBrookside & Walton (1)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (19)
BurglaryOld Whittington (39)Boythorpe & Birdholme (63)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBrookside & Walton (27)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (180)
DrugsBrookside & Walton (6)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (116)
Other CrimeBrookside & Walton (5)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (26)
Other TheftAshgate & Brockwell (24)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (124)
Possession of WeaponsBrookside & Walton (1)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (17)
Public OrderAshgate & Brockwell (20)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (235)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Spital & Hasland (2)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (20)
ShopliftingBrookside & Walton (3)Newbold (220)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Brookside & Walton (1)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (24)
Vehicle CrimeBoythorpe & Birdholme (24)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (113)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBrookside & Walton (70)Central Chesterfield & Stonegravels (691)

Crime in Chesterfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chesterfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Chesterfield saw a 500% increase in possession of weapons. Chesterfield saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 83% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-24%+18%+98%+55%+13%-34%-14%+9%+27%+39%
Bicycle Theft+150%+33%---63%-20%-50%+25%+100%-
Burglary-26%-14%-28%-53%-39%-34%+47%+50%-17%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+13%-12%--28%--15%+29%-3%-24%-19%
Drugs-58%-68%-26%-4%-41%+68%+17%-19%+29%-23%
Other Crime-33%+150%+220%-13%-46%--29%-12%-29%-44%
Other Theft-12%-34%-51%-42%-45%-21%-38%-7%-18%-15%
Possession of Weapons-50%--13%+100%+500%--13%-30%+100%-50%
Public Order+51%+120%+18%-2%-18%-19%-7%-26%-31%-21%
Robbery-25%+67%+33%+300%-50%--20%-75%-33%-50%
Shoplifting-10%-30%-19%-56%-32%-29%+33%+5%-21%-10%
Theft From the Person----14%--57%--80%-83%-36%
Vehicle Crime+33%+122%+74%-22%+22%-64%--23%-12%-5%
Violence and Sexual Offences+39%+50%+6%-13%-2%+21%-6%-19%-18%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chesterfield

What police force serves Chesterfield?
Chesterfield's local territorial police force is the Derbyshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Chesterfield?
Chesterfield is the most dangerous major town in Derbyshire.
What is Chesterfield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Chesterfield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Chesterfield?
Chesterfield's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021