Retford Crime Overview

Retford is the third most dangerous small town in Nottinghamshire, and is the 36th most dangerous overall out of Nottinghamshire's 245 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Retford in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Nottinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the Nottinghamshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Retford is the 127th most dangerous small town, and the 1,000th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Retford was the worst small town in Nottinghamshire for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Retford residents, when it was Nottinghamshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.65 per 1,000 residents. Retford recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Nottinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Retford are violence and sexual offences, with 669 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 3.3% lower than 2019's figure of 691 offences and a difference of 0.96 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Retford's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 86% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Retford Compared To Nottinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Retford This Year

 RetfordNottinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour70530.5042,34436.4720% safer
Bicycle Theft160.691,3371.1567% safer
Burglary813.505,3854.6433% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2159.309,8068.459% more dangerous
Drugs381.644,1093.54116% safer
Other Crime492.122,6512.288% safer
Other Theft1375.936,7615.821.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.399910.85118% safer
Public Order1446.236,8495.905% more dangerous
Robbery70.307970.69130% safer
Shoplifting28912.507,7256.6547% more dangerous
Theft From the Person180.781,0720.9218% safer
Vehicle Crime1737.485,9115.0932% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences66928.9431,87527.455% more dangerous

Retford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Balderton60059.4334% safer
Mansfield Woodhouse1,12860.2832% safer
Stapleford1,00563.7425% safer
Ollerton and Boughton77070.2914% safer
Warsop90871.7611% safer
Retford1,84579.82-
Harworth Bircotes71984.536% more dangerous
Eastwood1,131100.4421% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Retford

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Recent Crimes in Retford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near HighfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wesley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near CrosswaysUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Retford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25231630Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.480.690.870.69Getting worse
Burglary9963.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson913129Safer
Drugs1.10.691.21.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.872.02.22.1Getting worse
Other Theft10986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.350.610.39Safer
Public Order4.5766Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.650.560.30Safer
Shoplifting8121612Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.950.610.78Getting worse
Vehicle Crime74.477Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences23293029Getting worse

Changes In Retford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Retford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7118% safer
Coventry77.413.1% safer
Retford79.82-
Croydon83.224.1% more dangerous
Sheffield85.817% more dangerous
Bristol86.217% more dangerous
Leicester97.4418% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8722% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2826% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% more dangerous

Crime in Retford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Retford North35856Second
Retford South83898First

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).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021