Desborough Crime Overview

Desborough is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Northamptonshire, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Desborough in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 35% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Desborough is the 288th most dangerous small town, and the 1,931st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Desborough was the worst small town in Northamptonshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Desborough residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. Desborough recorded 5 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.43 the worst small town for other crime in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Desborough are violence and sexual offences, with 398 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 50% higher than 2019's figure of 200 offences and a difference of 17.19 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Desborough's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Desborough Compared To Northamptonshire

Summary of Crimes in Desborough This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36131.3422,72330.203.6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.616760.9048% safer
Burglary342.953,6194.8163% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson665.736,1058.1142% safer
Drugs131.132,0242.69138% safer
Other Crime211.821,6712.2222% safer
Other Theft383.304,4345.8978% safer
Possession of Weapons30.266490.86231% safer
Public Order635.475,2486.9727% safer
Robbery40.358331.11217% safer
Shoplifting201.742,7473.65110% safer
Vehicle Crime474.084,6166.1350% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39834.5529,98939.8515% safer

Desborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brackley57537.5465% safer
Billing40746.4533% safer
Raunds47551.8320% safer
Higham Ferrers47552.6918% safer
Towcester63960.552.4% safer
Burton Latimer61663.001.6% more dangerous
Irthlingborough63768.229% more dangerous
Rothwell61574.8817% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Desborough

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Desborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour20201831Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.350.350.170.61Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson4.6556Getting worse
Drugs0.350.520.521.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.690.871.21.8Getting worse
Other Theft2.
Possession of Weapons0.17-0.350.26No change
Public Order0.780.952.35Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.430.170.35Getting worse
Shoplifting1. worse
Vehicle Crime4.83.754.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15191735Getting worse

Changes In Desborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Desborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.718% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Desborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+136%+195%+17%+24%+81%+21%+31%+87%+200%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-29%-57%+17%+17%+100%-33%+33%+133%-56%
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%
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 towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021