Wellingborough Crime Overview

Wellingborough is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Northamptonshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wellingborough in 2020 was 122 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Northamptonshire rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wellingborough is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 252nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2015, Wellingborough had the worst crime rate in Northamptonshire for drugs, with 46 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.87 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Wellingborough are violence and sexual offences, with 2,834 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 54. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 2,412 offences and a difference of 7.99 from 2019's crime rate of 46. Wellingborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 35 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 34% from 2019's figure of 47 crimes.

Compare Wellingborough to other towns and cities

See how Wellingborough shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Wellingborough and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Wellingborough Compared To Northamptonshire

Summary of Crimes in Wellingborough This Year

 WellingboroughNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,12640.2522,72330.2025% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft901.706760.9047% more dangerous
Burglary3446.513,6194.8126% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson64712.256,1058.1134% more dangerous
Drugs2003.792,0242.6929% more dangerous
Other Crime1653.121,6712.2229% more dangerous
Other Theft4067.694,4345.8923% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons981.866490.8654% more dangerous
Public Order58111.005,2486.9737% more dangerous
Robbery1292.448331.1155% more dangerous
Shoplifting5159.752,7473.6563% more dangerous
Theft From the Person350.662830.3842% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4097.744,6166.1321% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,83453.6529,98939.8526% more dangerous

Wellingborough Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rushden2,29271.3671% safer
Daventry2,24782.1649% safer
Kettering5,899106.4615% safer
Wellingborough6,453122.17-

Crime Over Time in Wellingborough

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Wellingborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46423440Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.11.21.7Getting worse
Burglary11987Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141412Safer
Drugs2.93.22.83.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.82.63.1Getting worse
Other Theft9998Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.71.21.9Getting worse
Public Order2.16611Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.51.81.82.4Getting worse
Shoplifting11101210Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.831.10.890.66Safer
Vehicle Crime1010108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30384654Getting worse

Changes In Wellingborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wellingborough's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bassett's Close-112111.5
Croyland Park-----10.04

Comparing Wellingborough to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7180% safer
Coventry77.4158% safer
Croydon83.2247% safer
Sheffield85.8142% safer
Bristol86.2142% safer
Leicester97.4425% safer
Birmingham102.8719% safer
Liverpool107.2814% safer
Wellingborough122.17-
Bradford133.028% more dangerous
Leeds137.1011% more dangerous

Crime in Wellingborough's Neighbourhoods

Central Wellingborough is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Wellingborough, followed by Croyland in second place, and Queensway as the third most dangerous area. Wellingborough's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Redwell, Rixon, and Victoria & Isebrook.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brickhill654110Fourth
Central Wellingborough1,960275First
Croyland1,043125Second
Queensway758121Third
Redwell38953Seventh
Rixon80492Sixth
Victoria & Isebrook85894Fifth

Wellingborough Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourRedwell (195)Central Wellingborough (595)
Bicycle TheftRixon (4)Central Wellingborough (36)
BurglaryVictoria & Isebrook (33)Central Wellingborough (117)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRedwell (28)Central Wellingborough (158)
DrugsQueensway (10)Central Wellingborough (45)
Other CrimeRedwell (13)Central Wellingborough (36)
Other TheftRedwell (26)Central Wellingborough (134)
Possession of WeaponsRedwell (5)Central Wellingborough (29)
Public OrderRedwell (39)Central Wellingborough (215)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Redwell (4)Central Wellingborough (55)
ShopliftingRedwell (4)Central Wellingborough (226)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Croyland (1)Central Wellingborough (27)
Vehicle CrimeQueensway (32)Central Wellingborough (115)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRedwell (157)Central Wellingborough (767)

Crime in Wellingborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wellingborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Wellingborough saw a 500% increase in possession of weapons. Wellingborough saw a large fall in theft from the person during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+104%+85%+31%-5%+19%+21%-10%+29%-11%
Bicycle Theft+17%-38%--54%+100%+140%+114%+71%-60%+250%
Burglary-13%-41%-4%-5%--27%+27%-47%-52%-31%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%+8%-40%+2%-10%+21%-10%-7%-30%+7%
Drugs+75%+50%+43%+100%+14%-+33%+54%+57%-13%
Other Crime-18%+29%+113%+88%-9%+45%-41%+70%+55%-50%
Other Theft+31%-26%-34%-26%-5%-17%+23%+23%-3%-40%
Possession of Weapons+50%-20%+120%-14%+250%+29%-+500%+500%+67%
Public Order+43%+63%+83%+16%+109%+121%+61%+111%+215%+61%
Robbery+125%-40%-+33%+250%+138%+100%+14%-72%-50%
Shoplifting-41%+18%+3%-33%-30%-5%-19%-38%-3%-36%
Theft From the Person+150%-33%+50%-67%-83%+33%-17%+50%-50%-
Vehicle Crime+5%-39%-60%-54%-19%+13%-42%-39%-40%-29%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%+20%+11%-11%+20%+26%+33%+12%+40%+28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wellingborough

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021