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Crime and Safety in Desborough

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Desborough is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Northamptonshire, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 261 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Desborough in 2021 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Desborough is the 336th most dangerous small town, and the 2,071st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Desborough was the worst small town in Northamptonshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Desborough residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Desborough recorded 7 reports of burglary during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.61 the worst small town for burglary in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Desborough are violence and sexual offences, with 375 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 6% lower than 2020's figure of 398 offences and a difference of 2.00 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Desborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021.

Desborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Northamptonshire

33% lower, regional crime rate

East Midlands

23% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Desborough is 33% lower than the East Midlands and 23% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Desborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Desborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Desborough 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 Desborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202162714
202062714
201942485
201839447
201736417
201632363

Crime in Desborough Compared To Northamptonshire

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Summary of Crimes in Desborough This Year

 DesboroughNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26523.0016,09721.39 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.616130.81 33% safer
Burglary413.562,8113.74 5% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson877.556,0188.00 6% safer
Drugs110.951,9592.60 174% safer
Other Crime201.741,4281.90 9% safer
Other Theft443.824,5666.07 59% safer
Possession of Weapons100.877491.00 15% safer
Public Order504.345,3847.15 65% safer
Robbery60.526980.93 79% safer
Shoplifting252.172,8213.75 73% safer
Theft From the Person30.263010.40 54% safer
Vehicle Crime353.043,4494.58 51% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37532.5529,96639.82 22% safer

Desborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Towcester50748.0429% safer
Higham Ferrers46551.5820% safer
Raunds51355.9711% safer
Duston90056.4910% safer
Burton Latimer59660.951.7% safer
Desborough71461.98-
Irthlingborough59563.722.7% more dangerous
Rothwell53164.654.1% more dangerous
Billing82994.6034% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Desborough

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Recent Crimes in Desborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chelmorton ValeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Oak Tree CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chaffinch RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dovedale GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near House Martin CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windsor AvenueLocal resolution
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Mulberry CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bestwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mayfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Copelands RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Mulberry CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Burghley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Braybrooke RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mulberry CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Union StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nightingale DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mulberry CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen StreetLocal resolution

Desborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20183123 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.350.170.610.61 Getting worse
Burglary4.63.13.03.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5568 Getting worse
Drugs0.520.521.10.95 Getting worse
Other Crime0.871.21.81.7 Getting worse
Other Theft3.54.43.33.8 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons-0.350.260.87 Getting worse
Public Order0.952.354.3 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.430.170.350.52 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.171.91.72.2 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.090.09-0.26 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.754.13.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19173533 Getting worse

Changes In Desborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Desborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Desborough61.98-
Barnet67.088% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0531% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Coventry102.2439% more dangerous
Leicester111.5944% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6452% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Desborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Desborough71462First

Crime in Desborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Desborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Desborough saw a 400% increase in public order. Desborough saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 83% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+136%+195%+17%+24%+81%+21%+31%+87%+200%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-+50%---60%---43%-83%-40%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-29%-57%+17%+17%+100%-33%+33%+133%-56%
Drugs-----50%---+200%-
Other Crime+100%+200%----+150%-33%--67%
Other Theft--25%-33%-50%-25%+200%+67%-75%-80%+25%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+400%-+67%-+67%+100%+67%+25%--50%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting---+300%--50%--83%--
Vehicle Crime+50%+50%-20%-67%+100%-20%+100%-75%-40%-78%
Violence and Sexual Offences+107%+21%+333%+74%+83%+105%+30%+35%+93%+35%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Desborough

What police force serves Desborough?
Desborough's local territorial police force is the Northamptonshire Police.

How dangerous is Desborough?
Desborough is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in Northamptonshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Desborough?
Desborough's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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