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Crime and Safety in Farnborough, Hampshire

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Farnborough is the second safest major town in Hampshire, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 268 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Farnborough in 2021 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Hampshire rate of 80 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Farnborough is the 35th safest major town, and the 1,380th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Farnborough was the worst major town in Hampshire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Farnborough residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 0.34 per 1,000 residents. Farnborough recorded 43 reports of shoplifting during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst major town for shoplifting in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Farnborough are violence and sexual offences, with 2,238 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 1,844 offences and a difference of 6.03 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Farnborough's least common crime is robbery, with 35 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 114% from 2020's figure of 75 crimes.

Farnborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Major Towns, Hampshire

2.2% higher, regional crime rate

South East

3.9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Farnborough is 2.2% higher than the South East and 3.9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Farnborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Farnborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Farnborough 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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Historical Crime Rates for Farnborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021744,807
2020684,443
2019754,926
2018714,646
2017734,748
2016533,482

Crime in Farnborough Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Farnborough This Year

 FarnboroughHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour89613.7127,80815.03 10% safer
Bicycle Theft691.062,4531.33 25% safer
Burglary2083.187,4744.04 27% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4727.2214,0467.59 5% safer
Drugs1522.334,6742.53 9% safer
Other Crime721.102,3201.25 14% safer
Other Theft3275.009,2114.98 0.40% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons420.641,6540.89 39% safer
Public Order6279.5918,96410.25 7% safer
Robbery350.541,1030.60 11% safer
Shoplifting2664.078,0724.36 7% safer
Theft From the Person380.588730.47 19% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2613.999,1784.96 24% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,23834.2467,12736.29 6% safer

Farnborough Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fareham6,20353.3738% safer
Farnborough4,80773.54-
Basingstoke8,76076.574.0% more dangerous
Gosport6,99982.5011% more dangerous
Havant10,52683.3912% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Farnborough

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Recent Crimes in Farnborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cairngorm PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Blenheim RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Highgate LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sullivan CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wellesley CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022DrugsOn or near Prospect RoadLocal resolution
April 2022DrugsOn or near Crerar CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lyndsey CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Oak Tree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Glenwood CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Bartons WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near M3Further investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Doreen CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hawthorn CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cottesmore PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dryden RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Nash CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Saltram RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Conway DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sullivan CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Farnborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11141614 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.53.01.81.1 Safer
Burglary4.14.54.53.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8867 Safer
Drugs1.21.21.92.3 Getting worse
Other Crime0.991.01.21.1 Safer
Other Theft6765 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.760.700.730.64 Safer
Public Order78810 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.811.20.54 Safer
Shoplifting773.54.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.800.660.380.58 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.5654.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26282834 Getting worse

Changes In Farnborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Farnborough's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Farnborough that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cove Brook71--403.1
Cove Football Club3---103.1
Cove Green3---174.5
King George's Field62--101.1
Moor Road Recreation Ground5-1-233.4
Osborne Road Recreation Ground5-1-8312
Queen's Road Recreation Ground6-1-204.0

Comparing Farnborough to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0810% safer
Farnborough73.54-
Croydon82.4811% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0518% more dangerous
Bristol90.5219% more dangerous
Coventry102.2428% more dangerous
Leicester111.5934% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0640% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6443% more dangerous
Bradford132.2844% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% more dangerous

Crime in Farnborough's Neighbourhoods

Farnborough Town is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Farnborough, followed by Mayfield in second place, and Farnborough Hill as the third most dangerous area. Farnborough's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Cove & Southwood, Hawley Lane & Fox Lane, and Pinewood.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cove & Southwood42153Seventh
Farnborough Hill67983Third
Farnborough Town1,064116First
Hawley Lane & Fox Lane49174Fifth
Mayfield68293Second
Pinewood37855Sixth
South Farnborough & North Camp91080Fourth

Farnborough Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCove & Southwood (93)Farnborough Town (183)
Bicycle TheftMayfield (1)Farnborough Hill (31)
BurglaryCove & Southwood (14)Mayfield (36)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCove & Southwood (35)Farnborough Town (100)
DrugsCove & Southwood (9)South Farnborough & North Camp (41)
Other CrimeMayfield (3)South Farnborough & North Camp (19)
Other TheftPinewood (21)Cove & Southwood (80)
Possession of WeaponsHawley Lane & Fox Lane (2)Mayfield (8)
Public OrderPinewood (40)Farnborough Town (131)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Cove & Southwood (2)Farnborough Town (13)
ShopliftingSouth Farnborough & North Camp (4)Farnborough Town (164)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Cove & Southwood (1)Farnborough Town (18)
Vehicle CrimePinewood (13)Farnborough Hill (56)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCove & Southwood (177)Mayfield (380)

Crime in Farnborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Farnborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Farnborough saw a 700% increase in robbery. Farnborough saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 92% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+69%+32%+8%+8%+7%+14%+16%-37%-24%+3%
Bicycle Theft-88%-59%+22%+15%-50%-45%-81%-13%-46%-62%
Burglary-14%+29%-35%+59%+42%-11%-53%-20%-8%-15%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-38%-60%-3%-36%+22%-31%-14%+6%-21%
Drugs-10%+86%+180%+100%+17%+30%+300%+200%+180%+44%
Other Crime-10%--78%--29%-50%-56%-+100%+300%
Other Theft+86%-+16%-25%-33%-51%-58%-24%-61%-48%
Possession of Weapons-14%--25%+100%+100%+20%--67%--
Public Order-30%-2%-28%+5%+14%+2%--28%--6%
Robbery--50%-20%-40%-10%-90%-+700%+200%+150%
Shoplifting-31%-67%-38%-62%-75%-36%-17%-68%-92%-21%
Theft From the Person---33%---67%---33%-40%
Vehicle Crime--33%-38%+90%+15%+13%-79%-43%-58%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-14%-1%+4%+1%+25%-1%+16%+16%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Farnborough

What police force serves Farnborough?
Farnborough's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Farnborough?
Farnborough is the second safest major town in Hampshire.

What is Farnborough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Farnborough are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Farnborough?
Farnborough's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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