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Crime and Safety in Abingdon

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Abingdon is the second safest medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is the 49th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Abingdon in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.8% lower than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Abingdon is the 89th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,703rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Abingdon had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for possession of weapons, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2017 was also a bad month for Abingdon residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Abingdon are violence and sexual offences, with 975 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is the same as 2020's figure of 975 offences and a difference of 0.00 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Abingdon's least common crime is robbery, with 10 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 30% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Abingdon 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Oxfordshire

8% lower, regional crime rate

South East

9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Abingdon is 8% lower than the South East and 9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Abingdon Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Abingdon 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 Abingdon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021672,301
2020602,059
2019501,720
2018521,796
2017471,608
2016411,400

Crime in Abingdon Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Abingdon This Year

 AbingdonOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3389.785,6878.22 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft381.101,7892.59 135% safer
Burglary641.852,2313.23 75% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2537.324,2166.10 17% more dangerous
Drugs1825.271,7152.48 53% more dangerous
Other Crime431.248511.23 0.81% more dangerous
Other Theft1173.393,7345.40 59% safer
Possession of Weapons220.643600.52 19% more dangerous
Public Order41612.046,6549.62 20% more dangerous
Robbery100.291830.26 10% more dangerous
Shoplifting792.292,5983.76 64% safer
Theft From the Person240.697241.05 52% safer
Vehicle Crime782.262,4723.57 58% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences97528.2219,83828.68 1.6% safer

Abingdon Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,73859.9811% safer
Abingdon2,30166.60-
Didcot1,92570.195% more dangerous
Bicester2,68387.6224% more dangerous
Banbury5,518115.1642% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Abingdon

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Recent Crimes in Abingdon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near John Mason RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Galley FieldAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Edward StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near West Saint Helen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill PaddockUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Brampton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Helen'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Boxhill WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Henor Mill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wesy QuayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Saint Michael'S AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wilsham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Abingdon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10121110 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.61.61.1 Safer
Burglary2.01.81.91.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8787 Safer
Drugs3.63.14.55 Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.930.871.2 Getting worse
Other Theft54.73.13.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.460.580.64 Getting worse
Public Order2.83.8612 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.230.200.29 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.93.62.62.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.980.720.900.69 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.61.91.62.3 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18212828 Getting worse

Changes In Abingdon's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Abingdon to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9367% safer
Birmingham49.6034% safer
Abingdon66.60-
Barnet67.080.72% more dangerous
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0326% more dangerous
Bristol90.5226% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0646% more dangerous
Bradford132.2850% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% more dangerous

Crime in Abingdon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road21035Third
Abingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft18721Fourth
Abingdon South55870Second
Abingdon Town & West1,346116First

Abingdon Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (28)Abingdon Town & West (228)
Bicycle TheftAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (1)Abingdon Town & West (30)
BurglaryAbingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (6)Abingdon Town & West (25)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (23)Abingdon Town & West (156)
DrugsAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (6)Abingdon Town & West (140)
Other CrimeAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (3)Abingdon Town & West (20)
Other TheftAbingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (6)Abingdon Town & West (67)
Possession of WeaponsAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (1)Abingdon Town & West (15)
Public OrderAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (17)Abingdon Town & West (266)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Abingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (1)Abingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (3)
ShopliftingAbingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (2)Abingdon Town & West (63)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Abingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (1)Abingdon Town & West (13)
Vehicle CrimeAbingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (10)Abingdon Town & West (33)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (90)Abingdon Town & West (514)

Crime in Abingdon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Abingdon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Abingdon saw a 600% increase in burglary. Abingdon saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 95% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%-19%+53%-14%+2%+6%-21%-44%-18%-54%
Bicycle Theft+150%--38%+233%+67%-43%-60%-33%+100%-50%
Burglary+600%+250%--67%--67%-50%+120%-64%+25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%+7%+31%+14%+107%+52%-31%+6%-25%+16%
Drugs+450%+114%+55%+57%+10%+57%+90%-44%+60%+57%
Other Crime+50%-83%-75%+50%----25%-67%-33%
Other Theft-64%-95%-53%-62%-31%-30%+17%-30%+160%+18%
Possession of Weapons----+300%+100%-50%-50%-75%+100%
Public Order+233%+50%-8%+14%+93%+130%+83%+47%+89%+80%
Robbery--------50%--
Shoplifting-10%-50%-53%-62%-75%+100%-50%+50%-56%+25%
Theft From the Person----50%--+100%-17%-67%+100%
Vehicle Crime-29%-40%+67%-70%--50%+250%-20%-40%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%+25%+52%+51%+58%+67%+46%+48%+4%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Abingdon

What police force serves Abingdon?
Abingdon's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.

How dangerous is Abingdon?
Abingdon is the second safest medium-sized town in Oxfordshire.

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

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

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