Farnborough Crime Overview

Farnborough is the second safest major town in Hampshire, and is the 45th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Farnborough in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 5% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Farnborough is the 31st safest major town, and the 1,631st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Farnborough was the worst major town in Hampshire for bicycle theft, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Farnborough residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous major town for robbery, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Farnborough recorded 43 reports of burglary during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst major town for burglary in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Farnborough are violence and sexual offences, with 1,810 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 1.9% higher than 2019's figure of 1,776 offences and a difference of 0.52 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Farnborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 25 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 72% from 2019's figure of 43 crimes.

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See how Farnborough shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Farnborough and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Farnborough Compared To Hampshire

Summary of Crimes in Farnborough This Year

 FarnboroughHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,01115.4733,04017.8615% safer
Bicycle Theft1161.772,4151.3126% more dangerous
Burglary2914.458,2094.440.22% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4066.2113,5517.3318% safer
Drugs1231.884,8442.6239% safer
Other Crime751.152,3661.2811% safer
Other Theft3545.428,1904.4318% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons460.701,7250.9333% safer
Public Order4867.4315,5268.3913% safer
Robbery751.151,1700.6345% more dangerous
Shoplifting2303.527,9204.2822% safer
Theft From the Person250.387910.4313% safer
Vehicle Crime3254.977,4604.0319% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,81027.6955,48129.998% safer

Farnborough Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fareham5,28145.4347% safer
Farnborough4,36266.73-
Basingstoke7,90369.083.4% more dangerous
Gosport6,00470.776% more dangerous
Havant9,54375.6112% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Farnborough

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Farnborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25101415Safer
Bicycle Theft2.23.43.01.8Safer
Burglary4.44.04.44.4Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson10886Safer
Drugs1.51.21.21.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.980.981.2Getting worse
Other Theft4.9675Safer
Possession of Weapons0.800.760.670.70Safer
Public Order7787Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.610.781.2Getting worse
Shoplifting8773.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.780.660.38Safer
Vehicle Crime5.04.465.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25252728Getting 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 2020.

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
Farnborough66.73-
Barnet67.711.4% more dangerous
Coventry77.4114% more dangerous
Croydon83.2220% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8122% more dangerous
Bristol86.2123% more dangerous
Leicester97.4432% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8735% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2838% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% 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 & Southwood38949Sixth
Farnborough Hill63077Third
Farnborough Town1,028112First
Hawley Lane & Fox Lane40261Fifth
Mayfield60583Second
Pinewood31445Seventh
South Farnborough & North Camp82272Fourth

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 BehaviourPinewood (70)Farnborough Town (226)
Bicycle TheftCove & Southwood (4)Farnborough Hill (39)
BurglaryHawley Lane & Fox Lane (21)Farnborough Town (66)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCove & Southwood (24)Farnborough Town (82)
DrugsCove & Southwood (7)Hawley Lane & Fox Lane (19)
Other CrimeSouth Farnborough & North Camp (10)Hawley Lane & Fox Lane (12)
Other TheftPinewood (9)Farnborough Hill (84)
Possession of WeaponsHawley Lane & Fox Lane (3)Mayfield (8)
Public OrderCove & Southwood (33)Farnborough Town (123)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Pinewood (2)Farnborough Town (30)
ShopliftingHawley Lane & Fox Lane (4)Farnborough Town (140)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Cove & Southwood (1)Farnborough Town (13)
Vehicle CrimePinewood (20)Mayfield (53)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCove & Southwood (148)Mayfield (310)

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+76%+35%+17%+14%+13%+14%+13%-37%-28%-1%
Bicycle Theft-87%-59%+22%+21%-50%-45%-79%-13%-42%-67%
Burglary-10%+29%-25%+59%+42%-11%-52%-18%-8%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-35%-54%-4%-36%+31%-29%-20%+10%-26%
Drugs-10%+86%+180%+100%+17%+20%+150%+200%+180%+44%
Other Crime-30%--78%--29%-50%-56%-+150%+300%
Other Theft+89%-7%+21%-25%-32%-53%-57%-26%-63%-47%
Possession of Weapons---25%+100%+100%-20%--60%--
Public Order-30%-5%-31%+10%+14%+2%-2%-27%+3%-6%
Robbery--50%--40%-10%-89%-+700%+200%+150%
Shoplifting-33%-67%-38%-62%-75%-36%-17%-68%-92%-21%
Theft From the Person---33%---67%---33%-40%
Vehicle Crime-2%-33%-36%+100%+15%+13%-79%-43%-56%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-15%-3%+4%+3%+28%+1%+13%+13%-13%

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021