Kettering Crime Overview

Kettering is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Northamptonshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kettering in 2020 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kettering is the 28th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 406th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Kettering had the worst crime rate in Northamptonshire for theft from the person, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Kettering are violence and sexual offences, with 2,846 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 2,331 offences and a difference of 9.29 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Kettering's least common crime is theft from the person, with 36 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 44% from 2019's figure of 52 crimes.

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See how Kettering shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Kettering and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Kettering Compared To Northamptonshire

Summary of Crimes in Kettering This Year

 KetteringNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,00136.1122,72330.2016% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft651.176760.9023% more dangerous
Burglary3145.673,6194.8115% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5319.586,1058.1115% more dangerous
Drugs2454.422,0242.6939% more dangerous
Other Crime1522.741,6712.2219% more dangerous
Other Theft3856.954,4345.8915% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons741.346490.8636% more dangerous
Public Order5079.155,2486.9724% more dangerous
Robbery841.528331.1127% more dangerous
Shoplifting3275.902,7473.6538% more dangerous
Theft From the Person360.652830.3842% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3336.014,6166.132.0% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,84651.3629,98939.8522% more dangerous

Kettering Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rushden2,29271.3649% safer
Daventry2,24782.1630% safer
Kettering5,899106.46-
Wellingborough6,453122.1713% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kettering

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Kettering Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48413336Safer
Bicycle Theft1.22.61.61.2Safer
Burglary8986Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10111010Safer
Drugs2.63.83.44.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.42.22.7Getting worse
Other Theft91087Safer
Possession of Weapons0.991.31.21.3Getting worse
Public Order2.84.169Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.81.61.5Safer
Shoplifting13886Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.40.940.65Safer
Vehicle Crime1010116Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31374251Getting worse

Changes In Kettering's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Kettering's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Kettering that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Mill Road Park1-1110221
North Park Recreation Ground-331844.0
Westfield Gardens-2---11.3

Comparing Kettering to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7157% safer
Coventry77.4138% safer
Croydon83.2228% safer
Sheffield85.8124% safer
Bristol86.2123% safer
Leicester97.449% safer
Birmingham102.873.5% safer
Kettering106.46-
Liverpool107.280.76% more dangerous
Bradford133.0220% more dangerous
Leeds137.1022% more dangerous

Crime in Kettering's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kettering Avondale Grange1,062125Third
Kettering Brambleside46156Fifth
Kettering Central East1,312144Second
Kettering East27542Sixth
Kettering South816106Fourth
Kettering Town & West1,935158First

Kettering Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Kettering for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourKettering East (126)Kettering Town & West (664)
Bicycle TheftKettering Brambleside (3)Kettering Town & West (23)
BurglaryKettering East (5)Kettering Town & West (130)
Criminal Damage and ArsonKettering East (34)Kettering Town & West (162)
DrugsKettering East (7)Kettering Central East (73)
Other CrimeKettering Brambleside (4)Kettering Avondale Grange (46)
Other TheftKettering East (16)Kettering Town & West (153)
Possession of WeaponsKettering East (1)Kettering Town & West (26)
Public OrderKettering Brambleside (24)Kettering Town & West (199)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Kettering East (3)Kettering Town & West (35)
ShopliftingKettering Brambleside (8)Kettering Town & West (186)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Kettering Avondale Grange (1)Kettering Town & West (19)
Vehicle CrimeKettering East (20)Kettering Town & West (106)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKettering East (148)Kettering Central East (646)

Crime in Kettering During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kettering change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Kettering saw a 400% increase in bicycle theft. Kettering saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 80% compared to April in 2019. Kettering saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-40%+57%+71%+36%-3%+7%-4%+29%+56%-15%
Bicycle Theft-56%-80%--13%+167%+400%-44%-52%-13%+100%
Burglary-40%-34%-21%-28%+60%-62%-27%-4%-35%-15%
Criminal Damage and Arson+31%+3%+16%-12%-15%+29%-2%-55%+50%-17%
Drugs-50%-41%+160%+67%+17%-10%+83%+71%-9%+225%
Other Crime+62%-44%+80%-+80%+375%+83%-15%+45%-36%
Other Theft-9%-52%-20%-15%-27%+19%-18%+9%-43%-43%
Possession of Weapons-38%-+60%-+11%+60%-43%+20%+100%+50%
Public Order-9%+9%+46%+62%+37%+88%+104%+132%+79%-5%
Robbery--42%+25%+17%+50%-67%+160%-71%+150%-57%
Shoplifting-15%-34%-77%-19%-13%+8%-41%-20%-6%-71%
Theft From the Person-67%-60%-29%-50%-40%-50%---25%+100%
Vehicle Crime-53%-44%-63%-47%-42%+11%-29%-48%-62%-58%
Violence and Sexual Offences+7%-21%+15%+28%+51%+48%+25%+47%+22%+12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kettering

What police force serves Kettering?
Kettering's local territorial police force is the Northamptonshire Police.
How dangerous is Kettering?
Kettering is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Northamptonshire.
What is Kettering's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Kettering are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Kettering?
Kettering's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021