Basingstoke Crime Overview

Basingstoke is the third most dangerous major town in Hampshire, and is the 39th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Basingstoke in 2020 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.5% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Basingstoke is the 37th safest major town, and the 1,468th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Basingstoke was the worst major town in Hampshire for burglary, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Basingstoke residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous major town for drugs, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Basingstoke recorded 16 reports of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst major town for bicycle theft in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Basingstoke are violence and sexual offences, with 3,673 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 1.4% higher than 2019's figure of 3,621 offences and a difference of 0.46 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Basingstoke's least common crime is theft from the person, with 58 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 36% from 2019's figure of 79 crimes.

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Crime in Basingstoke Compared To Hampshire

Summary of Crimes in Basingstoke This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,99817.4633,04017.862.3% safer
Bicycle Theft880.772,4151.3170% safer
Burglary4153.638,2094.4422% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7316.3913,5517.3315% safer
Drugs3262.854,8442.628% more dangerous
Other Crime1541.352,3661.285% more dangerous
Other Theft5114.478,1904.430.89% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1381.211,7250.9323% more dangerous
Public Order1,0439.1215,5268.398% more dangerous
Robbery930.811,1700.6322% more dangerous
Shoplifting3302.887,9204.2849% safer
Theft From the Person580.517910.4316% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3433.007,4604.0334% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,67332.1155,48129.997% more dangerous

Basingstoke Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fareham5,28145.4352% safer
Farnborough4,36266.733.5% safer
Gosport6,00470.772.4% more dangerous
Havant9,54375.619% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Basingstoke

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Basingstoke Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour28101417Safer
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson101086Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft6764.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.801.21.21.2Getting worse
Public Order8879Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.800.901.20.81Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.830.690.51Safer
Vehicle Crime4.9753.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29323232Getting worse

Changes In Basingstoke's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Basingstoke's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Chineham Park1-1--30.92
King George V Playing Fields3--2327
May's Bounty--1-111.6
Russell Howard Park121111003.5
Stratton Park741-311.3
Whiteditch Playing Field6-1-346
Winklebury Park-11--20.45

Comparing Basingstoke to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.712.0% safer
Coventry77.4111% more dangerous
Croydon83.2217% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8119% more dangerous
Bristol86.2120% more dangerous
Leicester97.4429% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8733% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Basingstoke's Neighbourhoods

Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Basingstoke, followed by Kings Furlong in second place, and Houndmills & Oakridge as the third most dangerous area. Basingstoke's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Chineham, Kempshott, and Viables.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop1,454189First
Brighton Hill46064Ninth
Buckskin & Worting62082Sixth
Daneshill & Little Basing53564Eighth
Houndmills & Oakridge768103Third
Kings Furlong888105Second
South Ham & West Ham802103Fourth
Winklebury & Rooksdown90386Fifth

Basingstoke Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChineham (46)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (357)
Bicycle TheftKempshott (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (23)
BurglaryBrighton Hill (12)Kings Furlong (71)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChineham (16)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (105)
DrugsChineham (4)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (68)
Other CrimeKempshott (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (23)
Other TheftChineham (3)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (99)
Possession of WeaponsChineham (1)South Ham & West Ham (23)
Public OrderChineham (22)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (219)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Daneshill & Little Basing (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (28)
ShopliftingChineham (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (187)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chineham (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (37)
Vehicle CrimeViables (15)Kings Furlong (43)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKempshott (81)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (566)

Crime in Basingstoke During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Basingstoke change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Basingstoke saw a 700% increase in bicycle theft. Basingstoke saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019. Robbery saw a fall in every month of Basingstoke's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+283%-12%+10%+65%-2%+2%+19%+9%-9%-8%
Bicycle Theft-82%-94%-60%+25%-58%+50%-25%+8%-42%+700%
Criminal Damage and Arson-26%-26%-12%+19%+9%-15%-38%-13%-13%-39%
Other Crime+89%-59%+30%-43%-25%+50%+20%+27%+8%+30%
Other Theft-16%-43%-42%-43%-43%-20%-37%-25%-42%-28%
Possession of Weapons+29%+200%-8%-19%+14%+21%-47%-38%+22%+83%
Public Order+65%-21%+28%+65%+43%+52%+63%-3%+1%+38%
Theft From the Person-14%--67%+400%-+33%-45%-75%-88%+86%
Vehicle Crime-20%-64%-49%-30%+5%-67%-71%-58%-28%+56%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-15%-9%+8%-2%+20%+15%-12%-20%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Basingstoke

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021