Andover Crime Overview

Andover is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Hampshire, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Andover in 2020 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Andover is the 94th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,142nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Andover was the worst medium-sized town in Hampshire for burglary, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Andover residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Andover recorded 27 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Andover are violence and sexual offences, with 1,626 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 0.43% lower than 2019's figure of 1,633 offences and a difference of 0.16 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Andover's least common crime is robbery, with 29 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 28% from 2019's figure of 37 crimes.

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Crime in Andover Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Andover This Year

 AndoverHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour70316.2833,04017.8610% safer
Bicycle Theft471.092,4151.3120% safer
Burglary1573.648,2094.4422% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2525.8413,5517.3326% safer
Drugs1413.264,8442.6220% more dangerous
Other Crime771.782,3661.2828% more dangerous
Other Theft1874.338,1904.432.3% safer
Possession of Weapons511.181,7250.9321% more dangerous
Public Order4289.9115,5268.3915% more dangerous
Robbery290.671,1700.636% more dangerous
Shoplifting1403.247,9204.2832% safer
Theft From the Person290.677910.4336% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1212.807,4604.0344% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,62637.6555,48129.9920% more dangerous

Andover Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
New Milton1,33950.8350% safer
Aldershot3,37057.6032% safer
Totton and Eling1,89563.7319% safer
Andover3,28576.07-
Eastleigh2,39887.8413% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Andover

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Recent Crimes in Andover

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Moore CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Caesar RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cricketers WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King Arthur'S WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King Arthur'S WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King Arthur'S WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021DrugsOn or near Weyhill RoadLocal resolution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Claudius CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Portland GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Tintagel CloseOffender given a caution
August 2021Other theftOn or near Tintagel CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ryon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robin WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Turin CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near River WayOffender given a caution
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Recreation RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Andover Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24101516Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.60.931.1Safer
Burglary64.14.03.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9986Safer
Drugs2.72.02.43.3Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.01.31.8Safer
Other Theft6654.3Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.601.31.2Getting worse
Public Order991010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.630.860.67Getting worse
Shoplifting11973.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.860.900.720.67Safer
Vehicle Crime4.03.83.52.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32383838Getting worse

Changes In Andover's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Andover's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Watermills Park3---120.34

Comparing Andover to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7112% safer
Andover76.07-
Coventry77.411.7% more dangerous
Croydon83.229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2112% more dangerous
Leicester97.4422% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8726% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Andover's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Andover Central65782Second
Andover Newbury Road893116First
Andover South41652Third

Crime in Andover During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Andover change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Andover saw a 800% increase in drugs. Andover saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Andover's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+138%+10%-14%-3%+13%-11%+19%-9%-11%-31%
Bicycle Theft+50%---60%+150%-25%-67%+133%+467%-
Burglary+123%-57%-42%-53%+23%-8%+9%-63%+30%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-32%-58%-17%-27%-37%-44%-23%-22%+10%
Drugs-29%+40%+30%+800%+140%+43%+50%-13%-+9%
Other Crime-75%-29%+233%+200%+83%+400%-13%-17%+150%-
Other Theft-13%-67%-21%-78%-45%-46%+35%-5%+38%+6%
Possession of Weapons--40%-25%--+200%+50%+40%--
Public Order--19%+16%-31%+45%+18%+4%-9%-24%-48%
Robbery--50%-+300%-25%+100%-75%-40%-50%-50%
Shoplifting-86%-83%-86%-79%-84%-52%-11%+8%+25%-45%
Theft From the Person-60%----+300%-+50%-33%+67%
Vehicle Crime-43%-47%--63%-+36%-82%-5%-11%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%-16%-8%-12%+10%+9%-29%-7%+15%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Andover

What police force serves Andover?
Andover's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Andover?
Andover is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Hampshire.
What is Andover's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Andover are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Andover?
Andover's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021