Rushden Crime Overview

Rushden is the safest medium-sized town in Northamptonshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rushden in 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rushden is the 97th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,352nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Rushden was the worst medium-sized town in Northamptonshire for robbery, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2019 was also a bad month for Rushden residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for shoplifting, recording 41 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Rushden recorded 6 reports of other crime during April 2017, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rushden are violence and sexual offences, with 1,093 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 1,009 offences and a difference of 2.61 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Rushden's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 20% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Rushden Compared To Northamptonshire

Summary of Crimes in Rushden This Year

 RushdenNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour93429.0822,72330.203.9% safer
Bicycle Theft170.536760.9070% safer
Burglary1003.113,6194.8155% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2698.386,1058.113.2% more dangerous
Drugs581.812,0242.6949% safer
Other Crime772.401,6712.228% more dangerous
Other Theft1604.984,4345.8918% safer
Possession of Weapons220.686490.8626% safer
Public Order1725.365,2486.9730% safer
Robbery371.158331.113.5% more dangerous
Shoplifting1815.642,7473.6535% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.312830.3823% safer
Vehicle Crime962.994,6166.13105% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,09334.0329,98939.8517% safer

Rushden Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rushden2,29271.36-
Daventry2,24782.1613% more dangerous
Kettering5,899106.4633% more dangerous
Wellingborough6,453122.1742% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rushden

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Rushden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33302429Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.400.750.720.53Safer
Burglary55.063.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8988Safer
Drugs0.752.31.51.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.31.62.4Getting worse
Other Theft5675.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.970.470.68Getting worse
Public Order1.21.93.25Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.680.870.811.2Getting worse
Shoplifting89116Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.340.250.31Safer
Vehicle Crime64.64.93.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19253134Getting worse

Changes In Rushden's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rushden's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Spencer Park Recreation Ground----110.30

Comparing Rushden to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.715% safer
Rushden71.36-
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2214% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2117% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2833% more dangerous
Bradford133.0246% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Rushden's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rushden East990103First
Rushden South32331Third
Rushden West & North97980Second

Crime in Rushden During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rushden change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Rushden saw a 700% increase in other crime. Rushden saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 83% compared to June in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Rushden's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-20%+97%+85%+63%-28%-13%-5%+9%-+20%
Bicycle Theft--+200%-57%--67%+33%---
Burglary-20%-56%-50%-67%-27%-38%-71%-71%-36%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+131%+7%+26%+20%-33%-56%-18%--8%-21%
Drugs-33%+200%+33%+100%+200%-33%+50%+40%-60%+75%
Other Crime----11%+700%-57%-+150%+200%-57%
Other Theft-33%-38%-40%-29%-12%-11%+7%-43%-41%-
Possession of Weapons--50%-75%+33%+200%----+500%
Public Order+100%+250%+42%-44%+100%+75%+100%+157%+11%+113%
Robbery----+400%-67%--+700%-50%
Shoplifting-55%-71%-69%-81%-23%-72%-64%-61%-33%+18%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-39%-69%-61%-83%-67%-47%-27%-20%+42%-64%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%-19%-6%-34%-19%+30%+21%+30%+22%+17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rushden

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021