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Crime and Safety in Retford, Nottinghamshire

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Retford is the third most dangerous small town in Nottinghamshire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Nottinghamshire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Retford in 2021 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Nottinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 3.9% higher than the Nottinghamshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Retford is the 172nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,087th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Retford was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Nottinghamshire for burglary, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.52 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Retford residents, when it was Nottinghamshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.74 per 1,000 residents. Retford recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Nottinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Retford are violence and sexual offences, with 656 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 2.0% lower than 2020's figure of 669 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Retford's least common crime is robbery, with 9 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 22% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Retford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Nottinghamshire

2.1% lower, regional crime rate

East Midlands

8% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Retford is 2.1% lower than the East Midlands and 8% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Retford Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Retford 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 Retford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021791,837
2020801,845
2019912,111
2018882,038
2017741,715
2016621,437

Crime in Retford Compared To Nottinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Retford This Year

 RetfordNottinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour64327.8235,08530.22 9% safer
Bicycle Theft140.611,2821.10 80% safer
Burglary743.204,2773.68 15% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1948.3910,3408.91 6% safer
Drugs391.693,9863.43 103% safer
Other Crime582.512,5642.21 12% more dangerous
Other Theft1616.977,0176.04 13% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.481,0660.92 92% safer
Public Order1868.057,6816.62 18% more dangerous
Robbery90.397610.66 69% safer
Shoplifting33614.548,7167.51 48% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.438400.72 67% safer
Vehicle Crime893.855,3034.57 19% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences65628.3834,82729.99 6% safer

Retford Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Selston67053.6648% safer
Mansfield Woodhouse1,11459.5334% safer
Warsop83766.1520% safer
Stapleford1,06467.4918% safer
Ollerton and Boughton76970.2013% safer
Retford1,83779.48-
Harworth Bircotes70582.884.1% more dangerous
Eastwood1,02090.5812% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Retford

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Recent Crimes in Retford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eagle PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodhall GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Earles CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Trent StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West Park PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cobwell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Holmes RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nelson StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rose LeaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Amelia CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Northfield WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beehive StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Swales CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Retford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23163028 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.690.870.690.61 Safer
Burglary963.53.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131298 Safer
Drugs0.691.21.61.7 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.22.12.5 Getting worse
Other Theft9867 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.610.390.48No change
Public Order7668 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.560.300.39 Safer
Shoplifting12161215 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.950.610.780.43 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.4773.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29302928 Getting worse

Changes In Retford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Retford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9399% safer
Birmingham49.6060% safer
Barnet67.0818% safer
Retford79.48-
Croydon82.483.6% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0312% more dangerous
Bristol90.5212% more dangerous
Leicester111.5929% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0635% more dangerous
Bradford132.2840% more dangerous
Leeds150.9447% more dangerous

Crime in Retford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Retford North39362Second
Retford South80594First

Crime in Retford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Retford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Retford saw a 300% increase in bicycle theft. Retford saw a large fall in burglary during October, when it fell by 88% compared to October in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Retford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+48%+191%+98%+133%+178%+66%+107%+31%+76%+36%
Bicycle Theft--80%-50%+100%-67%+300%--+200%-
Burglary-38%-64%-33%-54%-57%-18%-75%-88%--74%
Criminal Damage and Arson+52%-81%-39%+22%+13%+14%+38%-74%-17%-25%
Drugs-75%+300%-33%-25%-43%+150%+100%+200%+300%+100%
Other Crime+150%-25%+100%+50%-17%-73%+200%+100%-50%-33%
Other Theft-11%-59%-7%-69%+38%-40%-39%-42%-59%-10%
Possession of Weapons-----+50%--50%--
Public Order-19%+38%+11%+80%-26%+111%-27%+120%-47%-
Robbery-+200%-----50%---
Shoplifting-28%-63%-37%-46%-11%--23%+32%-15%-4%
Theft From the Person+150%--------50%-50%
Vehicle Crime+19%-55%+9%+44%+29%-46%-10%-27%-7%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-7%-20%-17%+34%-3%+2%-19%-28%-31%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Retford

What police force serves Retford?
Retford's local territorial police force is the Nottinghamshire Police.

How dangerous is Retford?
Retford is the third most dangerous small town in Nottinghamshire.

What is Retford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Retford are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Retford?
Retford's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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