Nottingham Crime Overview

Nottingham is the most dangerous major city in the East Midlands, and the second most dangerous overall out of the UK's major cities. The overall crime rate in Nottingham in 2020 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Nottingham had the worst crime rate in the East Midlands for drugs, with 219 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.66 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Nottingham residents, when it was the East Midlands's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 74 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Nottingham recorded 169 reports of burglary during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.51 the worst for burglary in the East Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Nottingham are violence and sexual offences, with 12,539 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 14,736 offences and a difference of 6.60 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Nottingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 437 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 51% from 2019's figure of 660 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Nottingham This Year

 Nottingham
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour18,49355.55
Bicycle Theft6672.00
Burglary1,8595.58
Criminal Damage and Arson3,37610.14
Drugs2,1576.48
Other Crime1,0313.10
Other Theft2,5967.80
Possession of Weapons4371.31
Public Order2,9408.83
Robbery4631.39
Shoplifting2,9478.85
Theft From the Person6762.03
Vehicle Crime1,8715.62
Violence and Sexual Offences12,53937.67

Nottingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour45434356Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.22.93.02.0Safer
Burglary9886Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131310Safer
Drugs4.96106Safer
Other Crime2.23.03.63.1Getting worse
Other Theft1615128Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.62.01.3Safer
Public Order89109Safer
Robbery1.92.11.91.4Safer
Shoplifting1314139Safer
Theft From the Person1.42.94.32.0Safer
Vehicle Crime91186Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36434438Safer

Comparing Nottingham to the UK's Major Cities

Major CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5041% safer
Sheffield73.9936% safer
Kirklees74.2336% safer
Croydon77.1831% safer
Bradford79.1927% safer
London80.7025% safer
Birmingham89.0213% safer
Bristol91.5710% safer
Leeds91.9010% safer
Nottingham100.81-
Leicester102.511.7% more dangerous
Liverpool105.944.8% more dangerous

Crime in Nottingham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Nottingham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Nottingham saw a 82% increase in anti-social behaviour. Nottingham saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 82% compared to November in 2019. Nottingham saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, burglary, drugs, other theft, shoplifting, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+17%+82%+74%+52%+27%+36%+47%+35%+38%
Bicycle Theft-5%-54%-51%-38%-24%-30%-34%-23%-45%
Burglary-8%-18%-26%-17%-30%-3%-45%-46%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-3%-37%-27%-6%-13%-15%-7%-14%+0%
Drugs-25%-22%-38%-19%-32%-47%-28%-40%-8%
Other Crime-14%-17%-13%+23%+14%-6%-13%-8%-9%
Other Theft-25%-54%-36%-34%-30%-35%-32%-39%-31%
Possession of Weapons-25%-55%-53%-28%+2%-33%-21%-28%-16%
Public Order+12%-26%-13%-11%-17%-15%+6%-15%-11%
Robbery-8%-48%-57%-26%-18%-15%+7%-49%-29%
Shoplifting-23%-62%-54%-34%-23%-15%-8%-17%-28%
Theft From the Person-24%-62%-63%-69%-45%-30%-22%-64%-82%
Vehicle Crime+29%-37%-41%-39%-41%-50%-16%-42%-58%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%-29%-16%-2%-9%-1%+6%-13%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Nottingham

What police force serves Nottingham?
Nottingham's local territorial police force is the Nottinghamshire Police.
How dangerous is Nottingham?
Nottingham is the most dangerous major city in the East Midlands.
What is Nottingham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Nottingham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Nottingham?
Nottingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021