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Crime and Safety in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

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Wellingborough is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Northamptonshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Northamptonshire's 261 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wellingborough in 2021 was 112 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northamptonshire's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Northamptonshire rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wellingborough is the 29th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 396th 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 2,990 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 2,834 offences and a difference of 2.96 from 2020's crime rate of 54. Wellingborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 25 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 40% from 2020's figure of 35 crimes.

Wellingborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Northamptonshire

28% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

35% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wellingborough is 28% higher than the East Midlands and 35% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wellingborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Wellingborough 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 Wellingborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211125,932
20201226,453
20191156,070
20181075,650
2017975,120
2016975,133

Crime in Wellingborough Compared To Northamptonshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wellingborough This Year

 WellingboroughNorthamptonshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,48128.0416,09721.39 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft621.176130.81 31% more dangerous
Burglary2033.842,8113.74 2.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson57610.906,0188.00 27% more dangerous
Drugs2564.851,9592.60 46% more dangerous
Other Crime1532.901,4281.90 34% more dangerous
Other Theft3887.354,5666.07 17% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1021.937491.00 48% more dangerous
Public Order4979.415,3847.15 24% more dangerous
Robbery1001.896980.93 51% more dangerous
Shoplifting3246.132,8213.75 39% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.473010.40 15% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2564.853,4494.58 6% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,99056.6129,96639.82 30% more dangerous

Wellingborough Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rushden2,43775.8848% safer
Daventry2,12077.5145% safer
Kettering6,001108.313.7% safer
Wellingborough5,932112.30-

Crime Over Time in Wellingborough

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Recent Crimes in Wellingborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Meadow CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Melton Road NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Commercial WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Shelley RoadLocal resolution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Covington GroveLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Nest Farm CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Conway CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Midland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Knights CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Midland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cambridge StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chace RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chepstow DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Steele RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Church WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ultra CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Stream Bank CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Wellingborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42344028 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.11.21.71.2 Safer
Burglary9873.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141211 Safer
Drugs3.22.83.84.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.63.12.9 Getting worse
Other Theft9987 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.71.21.91.9 Getting worse
Public Order66119 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.82.41.9 Safer
Shoplifting1012106 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.890.660.47 Safer
Vehicle Crime101084.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38465457 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93181% safer
Birmingham49.60126% safer
Barnet67.0867% safer
Croydon82.4836% safer
Sheffield90.0325% safer
Bristol90.5224% safer
Leicester111.590.64% safer
Wellingborough112.30-
Liverpool123.069% more dangerous
Bradford132.2815% more dangerous
Leeds150.9426% more dangerous

Crime in Wellingborough's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brickhill591100Fourth
Central Wellingborough1,960275First
Croyland836100Third
Queensway653104Second
Redwell28639Seventh
Rixon80492Fifth
Victoria & Isebrook82991Sixth

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 (117)Central Wellingborough (435)
Bicycle TheftRedwell (1)Central Wellingborough (22)
BurglaryRedwell (9)Central Wellingborough (74)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRedwell (31)Central Wellingborough (173)
DrugsRedwell (12)Central Wellingborough (94)
Other CrimeRedwell (8)Central Wellingborough (43)
Other TheftBrickhill (21)Central Wellingborough (143)
Possession of WeaponsQueensway (6)Central Wellingborough (42)
Public OrderRedwell (31)Central Wellingborough (190)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Redwell (3)Central Wellingborough (46)
ShopliftingRixon (14)Central Wellingborough (190)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Rixon (1)Central Wellingborough (14)
Vehicle CrimeRedwell (13)Central Wellingborough (60)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRedwell (142)Central Wellingborough (869)

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).

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