Higham Ferrers Crime Overview

Higham Ferrers is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Northamptonshire, and is the 70th most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Higham Ferrers in 2020 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 59% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Higham Ferrers is the 404th most dangerous small town, and the 2,735th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Higham Ferrers was the worst small town in Northamptonshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Higham Ferrers residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.89 per 1,000 residents. Higham Ferrers recorded 3 reports of other crime during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst small town for other crime in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Higham Ferrers are violence and sexual offences, with 209 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 3.3% higher than 2019's figure of 202 offences and a difference of 0.77 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Higham Ferrers's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Higham Ferrers Compared To Northamptonshire

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Summary of Crimes in Higham Ferrers This Year

 Higham FerrersNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19321.4122,72330.2041% safer
Bicycle Theft20.226760.90309% safer
Burglary242.663,6194.8181% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson556.106,1058.1133% safer
Drugs91.002,0242.69169% safer
Other Crime131.441,6712.2254% safer
Other Theft252.774,4345.89113% safer
Possession of Weapons60.676490.8628% safer
Public Order505.555,2486.9726% safer
Robbery80.898331.1125% safer
Shoplifting475.212,7473.6530% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.112830.38245% safer
Vehicle Crime262.884,6166.13113% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20923.1829,98939.8572% safer

Higham Ferrers Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wootton38722.36136% safer
Duston42726.8097% safer
Brackley57537.5440% safer
Billing40746.4513% safer
Raunds47551.831.7% safer
Higham Ferrers47552.69-
Towcester63960.5513% more dangerous
Desborough71461.9815% more dangerous
Burton Latimer61663.0016% more dangerous
Irthlingborough63768.2223% more dangerous
Rothwell61574.8830% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Higham Ferrers

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Recent Crimes in Higham Ferrers

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Russell WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Russell WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Russell WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carlton MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vine Hill DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Castlefields CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper Kings AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Windermere DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Simpson AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Simpson AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Roland WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Linnetts LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Northampton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parker WayUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near College StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near College StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windmill BanksUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Patenall WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Higham Ferrers Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25211621Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.220.440.550.22Safer
Burglary64.65.02.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9756Safer
Drugs0.220.781.41.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.891.01.11.4Getting worse
Other Theft2.42.62.42.8Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.110.110.330.67Getting worse
Public Order0.781.72.86Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.440.780.89Getting worse
Shoplifting82.975Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.330.330.110.11Safer
Vehicle Crime6762.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11202223Getting worse

Changes In Higham Ferrers's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Higham Ferrers to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Higham Ferrers52.69-
Barnet67.7122% more dangerous
Coventry77.4132% more dangerous
Croydon83.2237% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8139% more dangerous
Bristol86.2139% more dangerous
Leicester97.4446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2851% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in Higham Ferrers's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Higham Ferrers50352First

Crime in Higham Ferrers During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Higham Ferrers change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Higham Ferrers saw a 600% increase in shoplifting. Higham Ferrers saw a large fall in vehicle crime during November, when it fell by 83% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-47%+100%+208%+87%-6%-+89%+120%+22%+40%
Burglary-+100%-67%-------75%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%+150%--67%-25%-50%-+167%+400%+167%
Drugs---+100%------
Other Crime+200%-----50%----
Other Theft---67%-50%----+100%+200%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+50%-50%+100%-+33%-40%+500%-+25%-
Robbery----------
Shoplifting--71%-77%-67%+250%-75%+29%-82%+600%-50%
Vehicle Crime-40%--60%--50%+150%-50%-40%-83%-80%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-56%-44%-20%-21%-10%+50%+85%-5%+25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Higham Ferrers

What police force serves Higham Ferrers?
Higham Ferrers's local territorial police force is the Northamptonshire Police.
How dangerous is Higham Ferrers?
Higham Ferrers is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Northamptonshire.
What is Higham Ferrers's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Higham Ferrers are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Higham Ferrers?
Higham Ferrers's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021