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Crime and Safety in Towcester

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Towcester is the third safest small town in Northamptonshire, and is the 78th most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 261 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Towcester in 2021 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 68% lower than the Northamptonshire rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Towcester is the 316th safest small town, and the 3,485th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Towcester was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Northamptonshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Towcester residents, when it was Northamptonshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.28 per 1,000 residents. Towcester recorded 8 reports of other theft during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.76 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other theft in Northamptonshire that month.

The most common crimes in Towcester are violence and sexual offences, with 210 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 48% lower than 2020's figure of 311 offences and a difference of 9.57 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Towcester's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Towcester 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Northamptonshire

69% lower, regional crime rate

East Midlands

52% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Towcester is 69% lower than the East Midlands and 52% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Towcester Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Towcester 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 Towcester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202148507
202061639
201970741
201857600
201758608
201648510

Crime in Towcester Compared To Northamptonshire

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Summary of Crimes in Towcester This Year

 TowcesterNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12011.3716,09721.39 88% safer
Bicycle Theft30.286130.81 189% safer
Burglary272.562,8113.74 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson646.066,0188.00 32% safer
Drugs90.851,9592.60 206% safer
Other Crime50.471,4281.90 304% safer
Other Theft807.584,5666.07 20% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons60.577491.00 75% safer
Public Order545.125,3847.15 40% safer
Robbery10.096980.93 933% safer
Shoplifting252.372,8213.75 58% safer
Theft From the Person20.193010.40 111% safer
Vehicle Crime211.993,4494.58 130% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21019.9029,96639.82 100% safer

Towcester Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brackley60739.6321% safer
Wootton73442.4013% safer
Towcester50748.04-
Higham Ferrers46551.587% more dangerous
Raunds51355.9714% more dangerous
Duston90056.4915% more dangerous
Burton Latimer59660.9521% more dangerous
Desborough71461.9822% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Towcester

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Recent Crimes in Towcester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hesketh CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Burcote RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Collins CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Swinneyford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gilbert Scott CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Baden Powell CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near HighfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sponnes RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Juniper CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Docklewell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Jenkinson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near London RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lauda WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alchester CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Southgate DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Hazel CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Towcester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21141711 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.470.47-0.28 Safer
Burglary54.02.92.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7766 Safer
Drugs1.10.661.40.85 Safer
Other Crime0.950.281.20.47 Safer
Other Theft61178 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.470.090.57 Getting worse
Public Order2.24.165 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.660.570.380.09 Safer
Shoplifting2.53.42.22.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.470.280.19 Safer
Vehicle Crime10124.92.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20262920 Safer

Changes In Towcester's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Towcester to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9320% safer
Towcester48.04-
Birmingham49.603.1% more dangerous
Barnet67.0828% more dangerous
Croydon82.4842% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0347% more dangerous
Bristol90.5247% more dangerous
Leicester111.5957% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0661% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9468% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-63%+83%+143%+55%+13%-17%+33%+15%+78%-30%
Burglary----67%+50%-50%--60%-40%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-38%-83%-50%-60%-14%-+50%-17%-25%
Drugs--------+100%-
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%
Shoplifting-86%---50%--80%-67%+20%+200%-50%
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 the third safest small town 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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