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Crime and Safety in Northampton

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Northampton is the most dangerous city in Northamptonshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 261 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Northampton in 2021 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Northamptonshire rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Northampton is the 24th most dangerous city, and the 742nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Northampton had the worst crime rate in Northamptonshire for bicycle theft, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Northampton residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 102 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Northampton recorded 167 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Northampton are violence and sexual offences, with 9,833 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 0.20% higher than 2020's figure of 9,813 offences and a difference of 0.09 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Northampton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 160 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 15% from 2020's figure of 136 crimes.

Northampton 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Northamptonshire

11% higher, regional crime rate

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20% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Northampton is 11% higher than the East Midlands and 20% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Northampton Crime Rate Over Time

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Northampton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Northampton 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 Northampton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219120,948
20209020,639
20199020,715
20188920,541
20178519,513
20168319,070

Crime in Northampton Compared To Northamptonshire

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Summary of Crimes in Northampton This Year

 NorthamptonNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,94221.4816,09721.39 0.42% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3231.406130.81 42% more dangerous
Burglary1,0494.562,8113.74 18% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,0548.936,0188.00 10% more dangerous
Drugs7383.211,9592.60 19% more dangerous
Other Crime4231.841,4281.90 3.3% safer
Other Theft1,4676.384,5666.07 4.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2891.267491.00 21% more dangerous
Public Order1,8508.045,3847.15 11% more dangerous
Robbery2891.266980.93 26% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0614.612,8213.75 19% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1600.703010.40 43% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,4126.143,4494.58 25% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,83342.7529,96639.82 7% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Northampton

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Recent Crimes in Northampton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Syresham WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lower Cross StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Osler CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Portland PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Duke StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Addlecroft CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Carey StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Abington StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Town CornerInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Victoria GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Poole StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aynho WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fort PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ethel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Millbrook CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Northampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30252921 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.81.41.4 Safer
Burglary8754.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10989 Safer
Drugs3.03.04.03.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.72.11.8 Getting worse
Other Theft7766 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.00.911.3 Getting worse
Public Order3.84.878 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.71.31.3 Safer
Shoplifting763.84.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.10.590.70 Safer
Vehicle Crime13976 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31364343 Getting worse

Changes In Northampton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Northampton's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Northampton that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Abington Park7---320.26
Eastfield Park----300.12
Hunsbury Hill Country Park4----00.11

Comparing Northampton to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93128% safer
Birmingham49.6084% safer
Barnet67.0836% safer
Croydon82.4810% safer
Sheffield90.031.2% safer
Bristol90.520.61% safer
Northampton91.07-
Leicester111.5918% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0626% more dangerous
Bradford132.2831% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% 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, Boughton, and New Duston West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abington7379714th
Abington Vale2684725th
Blackthorn & Lings827137Fifth
Boothville & Spinney Hill5278717th
Boughton3365124th
Briar Hill & Hunsbury Hill61110213th
Cliftonville & Rushmere2,719300First
Delapre61710311th
Eastfield872128Seventh
King's Heath & Spencer1,020121Eighth
Kingsley Park & Racecourse771130Sixth
Kingsthorpe5749615th
Little Billing4876320th
Lodge Farm5448119th
Moulton3385723rd
New Duston East3866321st
New Duston West2164126th
Overstone Lodge & Rectory Farm7408916th
Phippsville683104Tenth
St David's728112Ninth
St Michael's Road1,308154Third
Stornton & Sixfields1,092151Fourth
Sunnyside5258718th
Thorplands & Round Spinney87510312th
Town Centre & Semilong2,784282Second
Westone3335922nd

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 BehaviourNew Duston West (47)Town Centre & Semilong (619)
Bicycle TheftThorplands & Round Spinney (1)Town Centre & Semilong (93)
BurglaryNew Duston West (14)Delapre (58)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAbington Vale (21)Cliftonville & Rushmere (212)
DrugsAbington Vale (3)Cliftonville & Rushmere (125)
Other CrimeBoughton (6)Blackthorn & Lings (29)
Other TheftNew Duston West (10)Town Centre & Semilong (211)
Possession of WeaponsSunnyside (1)Cliftonville & Rushmere (51)
Public OrderNew Duston West (11)Cliftonville & Rushmere (275)
Robbery (inc. mugging)New Duston West (2)Town Centre & Semilong (58)
ShopliftingAbington Vale (1)Town Centre & Semilong (258)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Overstone Lodge & Rectory Farm (1)Cliftonville & Rushmere (47)
Vehicle CrimeNew Duston West (6)Cliftonville & Rushmere (167)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAbington Vale (114)Cliftonville & Rushmere (1,338)

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 March, when Northampton saw a 114% increase in drugs. Northampton saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Northampton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-22%+96%+82%+25%+5%+7%+23%+5%+23%+2%
Bicycle Theft-20%-68%-24%+30%-8%-6%-15%-43%-23%-39%
Burglary-41%-63%-39%-52%-23%-28%+17%+15%-2%+12%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-39%-18%-8%-18%-1%-17%-38%-1%-2%
Drugs+114%+30%+28%+18%+28%+2%-7%-17%-19%-18%
Other Crime+43%-13%--39%+58%+72%+77%+20%-8%+48%
Other Theft-9%-48%-36%-36%+1%-6%+17%-12%-21%-20%
Possession of Weapons-21%-29%-13%+31%-4%-37%+35%+5%-30%-42%
Public Order-15%+8%+77%+53%+64%+74%+62%+52%+103%+44%
Robbery-31%-45%-40%-52%-44%-3%+12%+3%-31%-5%
Shoplifting-32%-62%-64%-4%-38%-57%-59%-16%-48%-54%
Theft From the Person-55%-83%-88%-56%-29%-38%+20%-42%-50%+21%
Vehicle Crime-53%-60%-33%-26%-46%-48%-56%-35%+16%+30%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%+1%-2%+19%+29%+36%+33%+23%+18%+19%

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).

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