Brackley Crime Overview

Brackley is the third safest small town in Northamptonshire, and is the 126th safest overall out of Northamptonshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brackley in 2020 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 123% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brackley is the 207th safest small town, and the 4,885th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Brackley was the worst small town in Northamptonshire for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Brackley residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Brackley recorded 10 reports of other theft during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.65 the worst small town for other theft in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Brackley are violence and sexual offences, with 271 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 223 offences and a difference of 3.14 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Brackley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Brackley Compared To Northamptonshire

Summary of Crimes in Brackley This Year

 BrackleyNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27117.7022,72330.2071% safer
Bicycle Theft20.136760.90592% safer
Burglary362.353,6194.81105% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson483.136,1058.11159% safer
Drugs161.042,0242.69159% safer
Other Crime140.911,6712.22144% safer
Other Theft402.614,4345.89126% safer
Possession of Weapons10.076490.861129% safer
Public Order583.795,2486.9784% safer
Robbery20.138331.11754% safer
Shoplifting342.222,7473.6564% safer
Vehicle Crime533.464,6166.1377% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27117.7029,98939.85125% safer

Brackley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wootton38722.3668% safer
Duston42726.8040% safer
Brackley57537.54-
Billing40746.4519% more dangerous
Raunds47551.8328% more dangerous
Higham Ferrers47552.6929% more dangerous
Towcester63960.5538% more dangerous
Desborough71461.9839% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brackley

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Brackley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16121018Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.130.130.070.13Getting worse
Burglary3.63.72.62.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.22.93.83.1Safer
Drugs0.330.590.391.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.260.590.330.91Getting worse
Other Theft4.03.952.6Safer
Possession of Weapons--0.070.07No change
Public Order0.330.651.93.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.260.200.13Safer
Shoplifting4.62.63.82.2Safer
Vehicle Crime4.8763.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8131518Getting worse

Changes In Brackley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Brackley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Brackley37.54-
Barnet67.7145% more dangerous
Coventry77.4152% more dangerous
Croydon83.2255% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8156% more dangerous
Bristol86.2156% more dangerous
Leicester97.4461% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8764% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2865% more dangerous
Bradford133.0272% more dangerous
Leeds137.1073% more dangerous

Crime in Brackley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brackley North27829Second
Brackley South29752First

Crime in Brackley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brackley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Brackley saw a 900% increase in public order. Brackley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during July, when it fell by 92% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-38%+105%+160%+209%+120%+72%+12%+180%+60%+38%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+33%+300%+33%-33%-80%--50%--40%-75%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-75%+133%-67%+200%+40%-63%-43%-38%-50%
Drugs-+100%-+200%------
Other Crime----50%------
Other Theft-50%-50%-+25%-50%-85%-13%-60%-60%-75%
Public Order-+100%-50%+33%+300%+900%-+67%+200%+25%
Shoplifting-82%-73%-60%-40%-67%-67%+200%+133%+150%+50%
Vehicle Crime-56%+50%-83%--92%--13%-70%-43%+125%
Violence and Sexual Offences+9%-22%+86%+5%+19%+17%+14%+60%+22%+19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brackley

What police force serves Brackley?
Brackley's local territorial police force is the Northamptonshire Police.
How dangerous is Brackley?
Brackley is the third safest small town in Northamptonshire.
What is Brackley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brackley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brackley?
Brackley's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021