Nottingham Crime Overview

Nottingham is the most dangerous major city in Nottinghamshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Nottinghamshire's 245 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Nottingham in 2020 was 108 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Nottinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Nottinghamshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Nottingham is the second most dangerous major city, and the 387th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Nottingham had the worst crime rate in Nottinghamshire for bicycle theft, with 44 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Nottingham residents, when it was Nottinghamshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 139 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Nottingham recorded 247 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.78 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Nottinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Nottingham are violence and sexual offences, with 12,636 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 13,860 offences and a difference of 3.87 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Nottingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 451 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 41% from 2019's figure of 635 crimes.

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Crime in Nottingham Compared To Nottinghamshire

Summary of Crimes in Nottingham This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18,65359.0342,34436.4738% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6932.191,3371.1547% more dangerous
Burglary1,8976.005,3854.6423% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,41710.819,8068.4522% more dangerous
Drugs2,2867.234,1093.5451% more dangerous
Other Crime1,0593.352,6512.2832% more dangerous
Other Theft2,6748.466,7615.8231% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4511.439910.8541% more dangerous
Public Order2,9609.376,8495.9037% more dangerous
Robbery4571.457970.6952% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,9169.237,7256.6528% more dangerous
Theft From the Person7042.231,0720.9259% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,8915.985,9115.0915% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences12,63639.9931,87527.4531% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Nottingham

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Nottingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour45424359Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson13131311Safer
Drugs4.96107Getting worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft1615128Safer
Possession of Weapons1.
Public Order89109Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime101086Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36434440Safer

Changes In Nottingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Nottingham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Birchover Road Recreation Ground1----00.30
Forest Recreation Ground557201234336
King George V Playing Fields4-2-431.1
Vernon Park913-402.0
Wollaton Park18-3-580.16

Comparing Nottingham to the UK's Major Cities

Major CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7159% safer
Coventry77.4139% safer
Croydon83.2229% safer
Sheffield85.8126% safer
Bristol86.2125% safer
Leicester97.4411% safer
Birmingham102.874.7% safer
Liverpool107.280.42% safer
Bradford133.0219% more dangerous
Leeds137.1021% more dangerous

Crime in Nottingham's Neighbourhoods

City Centre & Trent Bridge is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Nottingham, followed by Bulwell North in second place, and St Ann's West as the third most dangerous area. Nottingham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, University Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Park, and Wollaton Vale.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Arboretum, Forest & Trent University1,703131Sixth
Basford Park Lane7929221st
Bilborough North778113Seventh
Bilborough South4737826th
Bobbers Mill7928125th
Broxtowe & Cinderhill9659916th
Bulwell North1,548206Second
Bulwell West88010015th
City Centre & Trent Bridge3,694301First
Forest Fields73510512th
Highbury Vale80210413th
Hyson Green1,455158Fourth
Lenton & Dunkirk1,11410214th
Mapperley Park8409818th
New Basford8358622nd
North Sherwood8019719th
Old Basford894109Tenth
Rise Park & Top Valley West3776630th
Sherwood Vale6538424th
St Ann's East844111Ninth
St Ann's West2,513181Third
The Park & Castle8279817th
Top Valley East847112Eighth
University Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus5945431st
Wollaton Park3034332nd
Wollaton Vale2953633rd

Nottingham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWollaton Vale (127)City Centre & Trent Bridge (1,711)
Bicycle TheftTop Valley East (1)City Centre & Trent Bridge (89)
BurglaryWollaton Park (22)City Centre & Trent Bridge (166)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWollaton Vale (27)City Centre & Trent Bridge (248)
DrugsWollaton Vale (7)City Centre & Trent Bridge (497)
Other CrimeWollaton Vale (9)Arboretum, Forest & Trent University (85)
Other TheftWollaton Vale (19)City Centre & Trent Bridge (332)
Possession of WeaponsWollaton Vale (2)City Centre & Trent Bridge (59)
Public OrderWollaton Vale (18)City Centre & Trent Bridge (391)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wollaton Park (1)Hyson Green (34)
ShopliftingThorneywood (2)Bulwell North (422)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wollaton Vale (1)City Centre & Trent Bridge (214)
Vehicle CrimeRise Park & Top Valley West (14)The Park & Castle (113)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWollaton Vale (86)City Centre & Trent Bridge (919)

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 criminal damage and arson, possession of weapons, vehicle crime, and violence and sexual offences.

Anti-Social Behaviour+19%+82%+69%+55%+29%+36%+49%+35%+40%+20%
Bicycle Theft-5%-62%-52%-34%-21%-36%-34%-21%-45%-45%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%-36%-31%-10%-12%-14%-10%-15%+8%-21%
Other Crime-10%-10%-12%+28%+8%+1%-14%-5%-14%-3%
Other Theft-23%-54%-36%-37%-31%-33%-34%-41%-32%-40%
Possession of Weapons-22%-51%-54%-31%+3%-27%-17%-32%-19%-34%
Public Order+19%-27%-15%-10%-14%-16%+3%-21%-13%-18%
Theft From the Person-23%-65%-67%-70%-46%-30%-22%-66%-82%-69%
Vehicle Crime+28%-39%-44%-38%-38%-45%-3%-46%-61%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%-27%-18%-5%-8%0%+8%-14%-18%-21%

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 Nottinghamshire.
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: 07 May 2021