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Crime and Safety in Nottingham

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Nottingham is the most dangerous major city in Nottinghamshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Nottinghamshire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Nottingham in 2021 was 113 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Nottinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Nottinghamshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Nottingham is the third most dangerous major city, and the 390th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Nottingham had the worst crime rate in Nottinghamshire for bicycle theft, with 52 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Nottingham residents, when it was Nottinghamshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 110 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Nottingham recorded 318 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Nottinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Nottingham are violence and sexual offences, with 14,023 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 12,576 offences and a difference of 4.58 from 2020's crime rate of 40. Nottingham's least common crime is robbery, with 433 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 6% from 2020's figure of 458 crimes.

Nottingham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Cities, Nottinghamshire

28% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

36% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Nottingham is 28% higher than the East Midlands and 36% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Nottingham Crime Rate Over Time

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Nottingham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Nottingham 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 Nottingham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202111335,728
202010733,957
201913241,790
201813241,723
201711937,524
20169529,890

Crime in Nottingham Compared To Nottinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Nottingham This Year

 NottinghamNottinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15,55649.2335,08530.22 39% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6732.131,2821.10 48% more dangerous
Burglary1,4224.504,2773.68 18% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,79112.0010,3408.91 26% more dangerous
Drugs2,2967.273,9863.43 53% more dangerous
Other Crime1,0093.192,5642.21 31% more dangerous
Other Theft2,9179.237,0176.04 35% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons5341.691,0660.92 46% more dangerous
Public Order3,26610.347,6816.62 36% more dangerous
Robbery4331.377610.66 52% more dangerous
Shoplifting3,1109.848,7167.51 24% more dangerous
Theft From the Person5491.748400.72 59% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,7055.405,3034.57 15% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences14,02344.3834,82729.99 32% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Nottingham

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Recent Crimes in Nottingham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022RobberyOn or near Noel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Spondon StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sargent GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burnside GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greetwell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near South RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Broxtowe StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Kilnwood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hamilton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Scotholme AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sherbrooke RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Avalon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodborough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Noel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Carlton StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Byfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Nottingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42435949 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.03.12.22.1 Safer
Burglary8764.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131112 Safer
Drugs61077 Getting worse
Other Crime3.03.53.43.2 Getting worse
Other Theft151289 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.72.01.41.7 Safer
Public Order910910 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.11.91.41.4 Safer
Shoplifting1413910 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.04.42.21.7 Safer
Vehicle Crime10865 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43444044 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93183% safer
Birmingham49.60128% safer
Barnet67.0869% safer
Croydon82.4837% safer
Sheffield90.0326% safer
Bristol90.5225% safer
Leicester111.591.3% safer
Nottingham113.07-
Liverpool123.068% more dangerous
Bradford132.2815% more dangerous
Leeds150.9425% 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 University1,938149Fifth
Aspley8058924th
Bakersfield6948525th
Basford Park Lane7749023rd
Beechdale66410117th
Bestwood7547929th
Bilborough North943137Seventh
Bilborough South5148526th
Bobbers Mill8068327th
Broxtowe & Cinderhill1,07711111th
Bulwell North1,502200Second
Bulwell West89710215th
City Centre & Trent Bridge4,026328First
Forest Fields71710314th
Highbury Vale76910018th
Hyson Green1,549168Fourth
Lenton & Dunkirk1,0579720th
Mapperley Park87610216th
Meadows1,134146Sixth
New Basford8859122nd
North Sherwood90411012th
Old Basford985120Ninth
Radford1,965122Eighth
Rise Park & Top Valley West4578028th
Sherwood Vale7679919th
St Ann's East6989221st
St Ann's West2,768199Third
The Park & Castle90310713th
Thorneywood5286630th
Top Valley East892118Tenth
University Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus6065531st
Wollaton Park3404832nd
Wollaton Vale3634433rd

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 Park (82)City Centre & Trent Bridge (1,413)
Bicycle TheftTop Valley East (1)City Centre & Trent Bridge (99)
BurglaryAspley (16)City Centre & Trent Bridge (148)
Criminal Damage and ArsonUniversity Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus (46)City Centre & Trent Bridge (259)
DrugsUniversity Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus (11)City Centre & Trent Bridge (523)
Other CrimeWollaton Park (7)North Sherwood (55)
Other TheftWollaton Park (17)City Centre & Trent Bridge (371)
Possession of WeaponsRise Park & Top Valley West (2)City Centre & Trent Bridge (73)
Public OrderUniversity Park, Lenton Abbey & Jubilee Campus (34)City Centre & Trent Bridge (450)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wollaton Park (1)City Centre & Trent Bridge (52)
ShopliftingAspley (1)Bulwell North (395)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Highbury Vale (1)City Centre & Trent Bridge (161)
Vehicle CrimeRise Park & Top Valley West (13)The Park & Castle (100)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWollaton Vale (121)City Centre & Trent Bridge (1,317)

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 81% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+18%+81%+69%+55%+29%+35%+50%+35%+40%+19%
Bicycle Theft-5%-62%-52%-36%-21%-35%-34%-23%-45%-45%
Burglary-3%-17%-24%-13%-32%-3%-48%-47%-29%-16%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%-35%-31%-9%-12%-13%-10%-15%+8%-21%
Drugs-27%-23%-39%-16%-33%-48%-31%-38%-10%-19%
Other Crime-9%-10%-12%+29%+8%+1%-14%-4%-13%-1%
Other Theft-23%-54%-36%-36%-31%-34%-34%-40%-33%-40%
Possession of Weapons-22%-51%-54%-33%+3%-29%-15%-31%-20%-34%
Public Order+19%-28%-16%-10%-15%-16%+3%-21%-13%-19%
Robbery+4%-40%-58%-35%-27%-18%--49%-33%-49%
Shoplifting-22%-65%-59%-40%-26%-15%-8%-18%-35%-13%
Theft From the Person-23%-65%-67%-70%-46%-30%-22%-66%-82%-69%
Vehicle Crime+30%-38%-43%-38%-39%-45%-3%-45%-60%-45%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%-28%-19%-5%-8%-1%+9%-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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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