Towcester Crime Overview

Towcester is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Northamptonshire, and is the 55th most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Towcester in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 38% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Towcester is the 307th most dangerous small town, and the 2,042nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Towcester was the worst small town in Northamptonshire for drugs, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Towcester residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Towcester recorded 6 reports of other theft during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.57 the worst small town for other theft in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Towcester are violence and sexual offences, with 311 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 271 offences and a difference of 3.79 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Towcester's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Towcester Compared To Northamptonshire

Summary of Crimes in Towcester This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18017.0622,72330.2077% safer
Burglary312.943,6194.8164% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson585.506,1058.1147% safer
Drugs151.422,0242.6989% safer
Other Crime131.231,6712.2280% safer
Other Theft706.634,4345.8911% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.096490.86856% safer
Public Order585.505,2486.9727% safer
Robbery40.388331.11192% safer
Shoplifting232.182,7473.6567% safer
Theft From the Person30.282830.3836% safer
Vehicle Crime524.934,6166.1324% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31129.4729,98939.8535% safer

Towcester Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Duston42726.80126% safer
Brackley57537.5461% safer
Billing40746.4530% safer
Raunds47551.8317% safer
Higham Ferrers47552.6915% safer
Desborough71461.982.3% more dangerous
Burton Latimer61663.003.9% more dangerous
Irthlingborough63768.2211% more dangerous
Rothwell61574.8819% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Towcester

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Towcester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour30211417Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs0.851.10.661.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.950.950.281.2Getting worse
Other Theft86117Safer
Possession of Weapons0.190.280.470.09Safer
Public Order0.762.24.16Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.660.570.38Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.190.470.28Safer
Vehicle Crime910124.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18202629Getting worse

Changes In Towcester's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Towcester to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7111% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Towcester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Towcester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Towcester saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Towcester saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-63%+83%+143%+55%+13%-17%+33%+15%+78%-30%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-38%-83%-50%-60%-14%-+50%-17%-25%
Other Crime---+200%------
Other Theft-50%-89%-25%-64%-+250%+33%-50%-60%-70%
Public Order+67%+100%+100%-63%+100%+17%+300%-22%+200%-67%
Vehicle Crime-67%-92%-71%+17%-50%-78%-83%+400%-82%-92%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-26%--31%+30%-+79%+36%+13%+129%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Towcester

What police force serves Towcester?
Towcester's local territorial police force is the Northamptonshire Police.
How dangerous is Towcester?
Towcester is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Northamptonshire.
What is Towcester's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Towcester are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Towcester?
Towcester's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021