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Crime and Safety in Basingstoke

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Basingstoke is the third most dangerous major town in Hampshire, and is the 38th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 269 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Basingstoke in 2021 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 3.9% lower than the Hampshire rate of 80 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Basingstoke is the 43rd safest major town, and the 1,212nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Basingstoke was the worst LargeTown.ToInlineText() in Hampshire for burglary, with 30 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Basingstoke residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous LargeTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.05 per 1,000 residents. Basingstoke recorded 89 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.78 the worst LargeTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Basingstoke are violence and sexual offences, with 4,418 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 3,927 offences and a difference of 4.29 from 2020's crime rate of 34. Basingstoke's least common crime is theft from the person, with 68 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 7% from 2020's figure of 63 crimes.

Basingstoke 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Hampshire

6% higher, regional crime rate

South East

4.9% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Basingstoke is 6% higher than the South East and 4.9% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Basingstoke Crime Rate Over Time

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Basingstoke Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Basingstoke represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Basingstoke

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021778,760
2020748,460
2019829,346
20188910,236
2017819,281
2016677,693

Crime in Basingstoke Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Basingstoke This Year

 BasingstokeHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,82015.9127,80815.03 6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft710.622,4531.33 115% safer
Burglary3773.307,4744.04 22% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8677.5814,0467.59 0.13% safer
Drugs2752.404,6742.53 5% safer
Other Crime1671.462,3201.25 14% more dangerous
Other Theft4944.329,2114.98 15% safer
Possession of Weapons1191.041,6540.89 14% more dangerous
Public Order1,1359.9218,96410.25 3.3% safer
Robbery810.711,1030.60 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting3412.988,0724.36 46% safer
Theft From the Person680.598730.47 20% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3473.039,1784.96 64% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,41838.6267,12736.29 6% more dangerous

Basingstoke Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fareham6,20353.3743% safer
Farnborough4,80773.544.1% safer
Basingstoke8,76076.57-
Gosport6,99982.507% more dangerous
Havant10,52683.398% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Basingstoke

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Recent Crimes in Basingstoke

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Taverner CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cherry Tree WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Gainsborough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Strauss RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Popley WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Esher CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pinkerton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Elder RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hubbard RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Eastrop WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Westside CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rossini CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Basingstoke Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11151916 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.01.30.800.62 Safer
Burglary553.93.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10878 Safer
Drugs2.12.12.92.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.41.51.5 Getting worse
Other Theft774.84.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.21.21.0 Safer
Public Order981010 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.931.20.830.71 Safer
Shoplifting773.13.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.850.730.550.59 Safer
Vehicle Crime863.43.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34343439 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.9392% safer
Birmingham49.6054% safer
Barnet67.0814% safer
Basingstoke76.57-
Croydon82.487% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0315% more dangerous
Bristol90.5215% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0638% more dangerous
Bradford132.2842% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% more dangerous

Crime in Basingstoke's Neighbourhoods

Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Basingstoke, followed by Houndmills & Oakridge in second place, and South Ham & West Ham 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 & Eastrop1,458189First
Brighton Hill59582Eighth
Buckskin & Worting62182Seventh
Chineham1842412th
Daneshill & Little Basing51462Ninth
Houndmills & Oakridge879118Second
Kempshott1762511th
Kings Furlong863102Fourth
Popley1,19786Fifth
South Ham & West Ham832107Third
Viables36647Tenth
Winklebury & Rooksdown87183Sixth

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 (44)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (321)
Bicycle TheftChineham (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (17)
BurglaryChineham (6)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (46)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChineham (17)South Ham & West Ham (113)
DrugsKempshott (3)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (57)
Other CrimeKempshott (3)Popley (42)
Other TheftChineham (7)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (84)
Possession of WeaponsKempshott (1)Houndmills & Oakridge (21)
Public OrderChineham (14)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (236)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Viables (2)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (20)
ShopliftingChineham (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (151)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Viables (1)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (33)
Vehicle CrimeKempshott (7)Kings Furlong (43)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKempshott (79)Basingstoke Central, Black Dam & Eastrop (648)

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. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Basingstoke's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+288%-10%+18%+72%+2%+1%+15%+10%-2%+1%
Bicycle Theft-82%-94%-63%+50%-50%+50%-25%--33%+700%
Burglary-24%-38%-34%-46%-44%-40%-14%-24%-32%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson-27%-21%-7%+22%+11%-19%-33%-11%-8%-40%
Drugs+43%-8%-6%+162%+93%+200%+150%+33%+8%+50%
Other Crime+90%-53%+27%-41%-18%+67%+20%+27%+8%+27%
Other Theft-20%-37%-38%-45%-38%-18%-31%-24%-43%-20%
Possession of Weapons+29%+233%+8%-19%+21%+13%-47%-38%+10%+83%
Public Order+66%-13%+33%+67%+31%+37%+54%+8%-1%+39%
Robbery-50%-75%-67%-33%-45%-31%-56%-22%-69%-17%
Shoplifting-40%-64%-71%-62%-65%-61%-68%-73%-63%-50%
Theft From the Person-13%--67%+400%-+33%-50%-75%-78%+114%
Vehicle Crime-29%-59%-42%-41%-8%-68%-72%-65%-24%+25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+0%-16%-4%+9%-2%+20%+15%-9%-17%-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).

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