Crime and Safety in Derby

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Derby is the most dangerous cities in Derbyshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Derbyshire's 267 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Derby in 2021 was 121 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Derbyshire's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the Derbyshire rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Derby is among the top 10 most dangerous city, and the 331st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Derby had the worst crime rate in Derbyshire for bicycle theft, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Derby residents, when it was Derbyshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 115 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Derby recorded 232 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.88 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Derbyshire that month.

The most common crimes in Derby are violence and sexual offences, with 15,483 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 58. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 12,793 offences and a difference of 10.16 from 2020's crime rate of 48. Derby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 301 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 1.7% from 2020's figure of 296 crimes.

Derby 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Derbyshire

32% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

37% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Derby is 32% higher than the East Midlands and 37% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Derby Crime Rate Over Time

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Derby Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Derby 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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Summary of Crimes in Derby This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10,58439.9932,13530.32 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft4541.726870.65 62% more dangerous
Burglary1,3345.043,7923.58 29% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,98511.288,8748.37 26% more dangerous
Drugs1,1724.432,5032.36 47% more dangerous
Other Crime7032.662,1352.01 24% more dangerous
Other Theft2,1067.965,8115.48 31% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4021.528800.83 45% more dangerous
Public Order3,98515.0610,4189.83 35% more dangerous
Robbery3271.246250.59 52% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,4475.474,1623.93 28% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3011.145440.51 55% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,2704.804,2944.05 16% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences15,48358.5041,04838.72 34% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Derby

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Recent Crimes in Derby

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Arkwright StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Peet StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near California GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cockayne Street SouthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leonard StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westmorland CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near The CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashtree AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Norwich StreetOffender given a caution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near St Mary'S CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Ashgrove CourtOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Camden StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Little Bridge StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arkwright StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hardwick AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oakover DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cowsley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Derby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour46434640 Safer
Bicycle Theft2. Safer
Burglary8755 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9111111 Getting worse
Drugs3. Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft9978 Safer
Possession of Weapons1. Getting worse
Public Order3.891215 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting9855 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime6654.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26444858 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0880% safer
Croydon82.4846% safer
Sheffield90.0534% safer
Bristol90.5233% safer
Coventry102.2418% safer
Leicester111.598% safer
Liverpool123.061.8% more dangerous
Birmingham129.647% more dangerous
Bradford132.289% more dangerous
Leeds150.9420% more dangerous

Crime in Derby's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Allenton & Osmaston2,060170Fifth
Allestree North1843028th
Allestree South3284525th
Alvaston & Crewton1,14711811th
Breadsall Hilltop770129Eighth
Cathedral Quarter & California4,727362First
Chaddesden North5006720th
Chaddesden Park99711512th
Chaddesden West1,335167Sixth
Chellaston East5247618th
Chellaston West & Shelton Lock5236122nd
Little Chester1,938229Second
Littleover East1,031136Seventh
Littleover West & Heatherton8589015th
Mickleover North4435323rd
Mickleover South4606621st
New Normanton2,532223Third
New Zealand783123Tenth
Normanton North & Peartree7708817th
Normanton South1,092126Ninth
Normanton West3215224th
Rose Hill & Castleward2,422204Fourth
Spondon North2194026th
Spondon South5888816th
Sunny Hill4627019th

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 BehaviourSpondon North (73)Cathedral Quarter & California (1,379)
Bicycle TheftNormanton South (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (122)
BurglaryOakwood (11)Cathedral Quarter & California (246)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAllestree North (18)Cathedral Quarter & California (327)
DrugsAllestree South (2)Little Chester (148)
Other CrimeAllestree South (1)Rose Hill & Castleward (68)
Other TheftOakwood (13)Cathedral Quarter & California (317)
Possession of WeaponsOakwood (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (75)
Public OrderNormanton West (23)Cathedral Quarter & California (622)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Oakwood (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (71)
ShopliftingOakwood (2)Cathedral Quarter & California (253)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Mickleover North (1)Cathedral Quarter & California (79)
Vehicle CrimeMickleover North (9)Chaddesden West (90)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAllestree North (83)Cathedral Quarter & California (2,225)

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 113% 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, and theft from the person.

Anti-Social Behaviour-31%+43%+107%+34%-3%-24%-12%+6%+32%+15%
Bicycle Theft+23%+50%-34%-43%+31%+84%-+15%-7%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-17%-4%-5%-22%+13%+31%-8%+3%+3%
Other Crime+15%+17%+24%-19%+27%+49%-33%-41%-7%-10%
Other Theft-4%-47%-38%-28%-40%+3%-16%-13%-22%-21%
Possession of Weapons-35%-57%-19%-26%+29%+42%+26%-4%+38%-20%
Public Order+113%+47%+38%+6%+20%+43%+17%-5%+4%+5%
Theft From the Person-33%-71%-51%-9%-30%+27%-13%-29%-38%-13%
Vehicle Crime-8%-15%-43%-26%+1%-11%--32%-32%-26%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%-5%+16%-6%-2%+18%+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).

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