Derby Crime Overview

Derby is the most dangerous city in Derbyshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Derbyshire's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Derby in 2020 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Derbyshire's overall crime rate, coming in 31% higher than the Derbyshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Derby is among the top 10 most dangerous cities, and the 399th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Derby had the worst crime rate in Derbyshire for bicycle theft, with 40 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Derby residents, when it was Derbyshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 156 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Derby recorded 238 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.90 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Derbyshire that month.

The most common crimes in Derby are violence and sexual offences, with 12,768 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 11,580 offences and a difference of 4.48 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Derby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 295 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 42% from 2019's figure of 419 crimes.

Compare Derby to other towns and cities

See how Derby shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Derby and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Derby Compared To Derbyshire

Summary of Crimes in Derby This Year

 DerbyDerbyshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,21546.1538,43136.2621% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6332.399270.8764% more dangerous
Burglary1,4085.324,2554.0125% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,88110.898,8048.3124% more dangerous
Drugs1,1464.332,5402.4045% more dangerous
Other Crime6632.512,0011.8925% more dangerous
Other Theft1,9527.385,3165.0232% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3151.198260.7834% more dangerous
Public Order3,07211.618,3427.8732% more dangerous
Robbery3841.456220.5959% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,4205.373,8563.6432% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2951.114760.4559% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,3655.164,3024.0621% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences12,76848.2435,41633.4131% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Derby

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Derby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51464346Safer
Bicycle Theft2.12.52.42.4Getting worse
Burglary8875Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1091111Getting worse
Drugs3.53.83.74.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.82.42.5Getting worse
Other Theft9997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.751.11.31.2Getting worse
Public Order2.63.8912Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.41.61.4No change
Shoplifting10985Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.51.61.1Safer
Vehicle Crime8665Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22264448Getting worse

Changes In Derby's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Derby's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Chester Green7-31654.4
Normanton Park-1---00.11
Rowditch Recreation Ground5----44.5
Rykneld Recreation Ground1----00.15
Sherwood Recreation Ground2431161228

Comparing Derby to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7158% safer
Coventry77.4138% safer
Croydon83.2229% safer
Sheffield85.8125% safer
Bristol86.2124% safer
Leicester97.4410% safer
Birmingham102.874.0% safer
Derby106.94-
Liverpool107.280.32% more dangerous
Bradford133.0220% more dangerous
Leeds137.1022% more dangerous

Crime in Derby's Neighbourhoods

Cathedral Quarter & California is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Derby, followed by Rose Hill & Castleward in second place, and New Normanton as the third most dangerous area. Derby's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Allestree North, Mickleover North, and Oakwood.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Allenton & Osmaston1,784147Fifth
Allestree North1612728th
Allestree South3244423rd
Alvaston & Crewton98510212th
Boulton6909414th
Breadsall Hilltop729122Ninth
Cathedral Quarter & California3,989306First
Chaddesden North4095521st
Chaddesden Park90710511th
Chaddesden West1,125141Sixth
Chellaston East4516518th
Chellaston West & Shelton Lock5386319th
Little Chester1,576186Fourth
Littleover East960127Seventh
Littleover West & Heatherton7067417th
Mackworth8399613th
Mickleover North3303926th
Mickleover South3535022nd
New Normanton2,207195Third
New Zealand777122Eighth
Normanton North & Peartree6667616th
Normanton South944109Tenth
Normanton West2694324th
Oakwood3733927th
Rose Hill & Castleward2,612220Second
Spondon North2354325th
Spondon South5207815th
Sunny Hill4136220th

Derby Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAllestree North (111)Cathedral Quarter & California (1,635)
Bicycle TheftMickleover North (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (117)
BurglaryMickleover North (15)Cathedral Quarter & California (208)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAllestree North (12)Cathedral Quarter & California (317)
DrugsMickleover North (8)Little Chester (131)
Other CrimeAllestree South (4)Cathedral Quarter & California (93)
Other TheftOakwood (19)Cathedral Quarter & California (309)
Possession of WeaponsNew Zealand (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (52)
Public OrderAllestree South (20)Cathedral Quarter & California (546)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Spondon North (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (75)
ShopliftingOakwood (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (267)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chaddesden North (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (97)
Vehicle CrimeChaddesden North (14)Cathedral Quarter & California (129)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAllestree North (59)Cathedral Quarter & California (1,580)

Crime in Derby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Derby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Derby saw a 109% increase in public order. Derby saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 71% compared to April in 2019. Derby saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-31%+44%+107%+34%-3%-23%-12%+6%+31%+15%
Bicycle Theft+23%+50%-34%-44%+31%+84%-+15%-7%-
Burglary-28%-36%-56%-56%-39%-16%-12%-4%-3%+13%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-17%-5%-4%-22%+13%+31%-7%+3%+4%
Drugs+8%+9%+29%+50%+22%+56%+38%-14%+13%-
Other Crime+15%+17%+25%-18%+27%+47%-33%-40%-7%-10%
Other Theft-5%-47%-38%-27%-40%+2%-17%-13%-22%-20%
Possession of Weapons-32%-57%-19%-26%+29%+37%+26%-4%+38%-18%
Public Order+109%+47%+37%+7%+21%+43%+17%-5%+4%+5%
Robbery-4%-64%-39%-53%-30%+19%-25%-24%+21%-19%
Shoplifting-19%-69%-52%-53%-35%-31%-24%-11%-47%-29%
Theft From the Person-33%-71%-51%-9%-30%+27%-13%-29%-40%-13%
Vehicle Crime-8%-16%-43%-26%--10%-1%-31%-32%-26%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%-4%+17%-6%-2%+19%+13%-9%-9%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Derby

What police force serves Derby?
Derby's local territorial police force is the Derbyshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Derby?
Derby is the most dangerous city in Derbyshire.
What is Derby's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Derby are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Derby?
Derby's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021