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Crime and Safety in Higham Ferrers

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Higham Ferrers is among the top 5 safest small towns in Northamptonshire, and is the 68th most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 261 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Higham Ferrers in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 57% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Higham Ferrers is the 364th safest small town, and the 3,040th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Higham Ferrers was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Northamptonshire for shoplifting, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Higham Ferrers residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for vehicle crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Higham Ferrers recorded 1 report of theft from the person during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Higham Ferrers are violence and sexual offences, with 214 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 2.3% higher than 2020's figure of 209 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Higham Ferrers's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Higham Ferrers 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Northamptonshire

57% lower, regional crime rate

East Midlands

41% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Higham Ferrers is 57% lower than the East Midlands and 41% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Higham Ferrers Crime Rate Over Time

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Higham Ferrers Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Higham Ferrers represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Higham Ferrers

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202152465
202053475
201955498
201849441
201745407
201639356

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 Behaviour17719.6316,09721.39 9% safer
Bicycle Theft10.116130.81 636% safer
Burglary182.002,8113.74 87% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson545.996,0188.00 34% safer
Drugs101.111,9592.60 134% safer
Other Crime111.221,4281.90 56% safer
Other Theft293.224,5666.07 89% safer
Possession of Weapons30.337491.00 203% safer
Public Order505.555,3847.15 29% safer
Robbery40.446980.93 111% safer
Shoplifting505.552,8213.75 32% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime212.333,4494.58 97% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21423.7429,96639.82 68% safer

Higham Ferrers Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brackley60739.6330% safer
Wootton73442.4022% safer
Towcester50748.047% safer
Higham Ferrers46551.58-
Raunds51355.978% more dangerous
Duston90056.499% more dangerous
Burton Latimer59660.9515% more dangerous
Desborough71461.9817% more dangerous
Irthlingborough59563.7219% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Higham Ferrers

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Recent Crimes in Higham Ferrers

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Andrew CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Patenall WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carlton MewsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Townsend LeysUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Vine Hill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Higham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Windermere DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper Kings AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BanksideUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chichele StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Higham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near GardenfieldAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Public orderOn or near Anne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chichele StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022RobberyOn or near Westfields TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Commercial StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Higham Ferrers Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21162120 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.440.550.220.11 Safer
Burglary4.65.02.72.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7566 Safer
Drugs0.781.41.01.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.11.41.2 Getting worse
Other Theft2.62.42.83.2 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.110.330.670.33 Getting worse
Public Order1.72.866 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.780.890.44 Safer
Shoplifting2.9756 Safer
Vehicle Crime762.92.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20222324 Getting worse

Changes In Higham Ferrers's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Higham Ferrers to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9329% safer
Birmingham49.604.0% safer
Higham Ferrers51.58-
Barnet67.0823% more dangerous
Croydon82.4837% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0343% more dangerous
Bristol90.5243% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Higham Ferrers's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Higham Ferrers47850First

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 5 safest 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 bicycle theft.

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