Abingdon Crime Overview

Abingdon is the second safest medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is the 41st most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Abingdon in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.3% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Abingdon is the 63rd safest medium-sized town, and the 2,132nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Abingdon was the worst medium-sized town in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Abingdon residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Abingdon recorded 16 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.46 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Abingdon are violence and sexual offences, with 975 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 27% higher than 2019's figure of 709 offences and a difference of 7.70 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Abingdon's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 14% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Abingdon Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Abingdon This Year

 AbingdonOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37610.886,3919.2415% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft571.651,4712.1329% safer
Burglary661.912,1883.1665% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2607.534,2466.1418% more dangerous
Drugs1544.461,8222.6341% more dangerous
Other Crime300.878731.2645% safer
Other Theft1073.103,3904.9058% safer
Possession of Weapons200.584650.6716% safer
Public Order2086.023,2374.6822% more dangerous
Robbery70.202500.3680% safer
Shoplifting902.602,8664.1459% safer
Theft From the Person310.906730.978% safer
Vehicle Crime541.562,9084.20169% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences97528.2216,29123.5517% more dangerous

Abingdon Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,49851.7015% safer
Abingdon2,05959.59-
Didcot1,66060.531.6% more dangerous
Bicester2,09968.5513% more dangerous
Banbury4,33490.4534% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Abingdon

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Recent Crimes in Abingdon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Other theftOn or near Gainsborough GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Gainsborough GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gainsborough GreenLocal resolution
October 2021Other theftOn or near Dunmore RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021DrugsOn or near Drayton RoadLocal resolution
October 2021DrugsOn or near Drayton RoadLocal resolution
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Drayton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Drayton RoadOffender given a caution
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marsh CourtAction to be taken by another organisation
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marsh CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other crimeOn or near Marsh CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The WarrenFurther investigation is not in the public interest
October 2021Public orderOn or near The SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near The SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ferguson PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect

Abingdon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14101211Safer
Bicycle Theft2.61.51.61.6Safer
Burglary2.32.01.81.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8878Getting worse
Drugs2.63.63.14.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.931.30.930.87Safer
Other Theft554.73.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.580.460.58Getting worse
Public Order1.72.83.86Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.260.230.20Safer
Shoplifting64.93.62.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.30.980.720.90Safer
Vehicle Crime1.62.61.91.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14182128Getting worse

Changes In Abingdon's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Abingdon to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Abingdon59.59-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Abingdon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road18932Third
Abingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft17520Fourth
Abingdon South49462Second
Abingdon Town & West1,201103First

Abingdon Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (40)Abingdon Town & West (204)
Bicycle TheftAbingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (1)Abingdon Town & West (40)
BurglaryAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (13)Abingdon Town & West (28)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (18)Abingdon Town & West (152)
DrugsAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (4)Abingdon Town & West (116)
Other CrimeAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (2)Abingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (8)
Other TheftAbingdon Audlett Drive & Farm Road (6)Abingdon Town & West (69)
Possession of WeaponsAbingdon South (3)Abingdon Town & West (10)
Public OrderAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (15)Abingdon Town & West (143)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Abingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (1)Abingdon Town & West (5)
ShopliftingAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (2)Abingdon Town & West (71)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Abingdon South (2)Abingdon Town & West (26)
Vehicle CrimeAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (7)Abingdon South (17)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAbingdon Northcourt & Peachcroft (94)Abingdon Town & West (505)

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).

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021