Northampton Crime Overview

Northampton is the most dangerous city 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 Northampton in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Northampton is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 540th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Northampton had the worst crime rate in Northamptonshire for bicycle theft, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Northampton residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 130 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Northampton recorded 179 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.78 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Northampton are violence and sexual offences, with 10,696 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 8,874 offences and a difference of 7.92 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Northampton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 142 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 76% from 2019's figure of 250 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Northampton This Year

 NorthamptonNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,39632.1522,72330.206% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3541.546760.9042% more dangerous
Burglary1,2815.573,6194.8114% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,0078.726,1058.117% more dangerous
Drugs9424.102,0242.6934% more dangerous
Other Crime5442.361,6712.226% more dangerous
Other Theft1,4356.244,4345.896% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2301.006490.8614% more dangerous
Public Order1,8428.015,2486.9713% more dangerous
Robbery3181.388331.1120% more dangerous
Shoplifting9194.002,7473.659% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1420.622830.3839% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,6937.364,6166.1317% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences10,69646.5029,98939.8514% more dangerous

Crime in Northampton Compared To Northamptonshire

Northampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40322732Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.81.91.5Safer
Burglary8986Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1110109Safer
Drugs2.23.13.24.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.81.92.4Getting worse
Other Theft8876Safer
Possession of Weapons0.881.21.11.0Safer
Public Order2.74.158Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.21.61.81.4Safer
Shoplifting8774.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.51.10.62Safer
Vehicle Crime1213117Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31343946Getting worse

Changes In Northampton's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Northampton to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7144% safer
Coventry77.4126% safer
Croydon83.2217% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2113% safer
Northampton97.39-
Leicester97.440.05% more dangerous
Birmingham102.875% more dangerous
Liverpool107.289% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% more dangerous

Crime in Northampton's Neighbourhoods

Cliftonville & Rushmere is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Northampton, followed by Town Centre & Semilong in second place, and St Michael's Road as the third most dangerous area. Northampton's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Abington Vale, New Duston West, and Westone.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abington75810012th
Abington Vale2674625th
Blackthorn & Lings791131Sixth
Boothville & Spinney Hill5589213th
Boughton3845923rd
Briar Hill & Hunsbury Hill5268817th
Cliftonville & Rushmere2,593286First
Delapre5529214th
Eastfield771113Eighth
King's Heath & Spencer1,110132Fourth
Kingsley Park & Racecourse744126Seventh
Kingsthorpe671112Tenth
Little Billing6017820th
Lodge Farm6159215th
Moulton3786322nd
New Duston East4246921st
New Duston West2254326th
Overstone Lodge & Rectory Farm7068518th
Phippsville5969116th
St David's734113Ninth
St Michael's Road1,300153Third
Stornton & Sixfields950132Fifth
Sunnyside5048319th
Thorplands & Round Spinney85310011th
Town Centre & Semilong2,700273Second
Westone3275824th

Northampton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWestone (87)Town Centre & Semilong (825)
Bicycle TheftLittle Billing (1)Cliftonville & Rushmere (73)
BurglaryBoughton (20)Cliftonville & Rushmere (148)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNew Duston West (19)Town Centre & Semilong (207)
DrugsNew Duston West (5)Town Centre & Semilong (172)
Other CrimeNew Duston West (5)Town Centre & Semilong (58)
Other TheftNew Duston West (10)Cliftonville & Rushmere (205)
Possession of WeaponsBoughton (1)Town Centre & Semilong (54)
Public OrderNew Duston West (11)Cliftonville & Rushmere (254)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Westone (1)Town Centre & Semilong (53)
ShopliftingBoughton (1)Town Centre & Semilong (303)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)King's Heath & Spencer (1)Cliftonville & Rushmere (37)
Vehicle CrimeNew Duston West (12)Cliftonville & Rushmere (130)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAbington Vale (120)Cliftonville & Rushmere (1,234)

Crime in Northampton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Northampton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Northampton saw a 110% increase in other crime. Northampton saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Northampton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-23%+102%+93%+27%+7%+13%+23%+9%+24%+5%
Bicycle Theft-22%-67%-20%+12%--8%-19%-41%-26%-33%
Burglary-39%-60%-38%-53%-23%-30%+14%+6%-2%+15%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-39%-16%-4%-16%+2%-16%-37%-2%-
Drugs+104%+25%+35%+19%+27%--5%-20%-22%-21%
Other Crime+40%-17%-13%-33%+70%+48%+110%+7%-9%+52%
Other Theft-10%-47%-35%-34%-3%-11%+16%-4%-22%-25%
Possession of Weapons-32%-22%-+24%+16%-22%+35%+5%-30%-38%
Public Order-10%+13%+81%+61%+61%+81%+62%+55%+108%+39%
Robbery-30%-43%-38%-53%-43%-+10%--31%-
Shoplifting-34%-63%-61%-11%-38%-59%-62%-27%-49%-52%
Theft From the Person-55%-78%-89%-56%-29%-43%+20%-37%-50%+33%
Vehicle Crime-57%-57%-25%-24%-47%-54%-59%-43%+8%+28%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-1%+1%+25%+31%+36%+35%+24%+20%+17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Northampton

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021