Banbury Crime Overview

Banbury is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Banbury in 2020 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Banbury is the 58th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 693rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Banbury had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for drugs, with 39 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.81 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Banbury residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Banbury recorded 7 reports of robbery during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst for robbery in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Banbury are violence and sexual offences, with 2,047 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 20% higher than 2019's figure of 1,640 offences and a difference of 8.49 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Banbury's least common crime is robbery, with 32 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 12% from 2019's figure of 28 crimes.

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Crime in Banbury Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Banbury This Year

 BanburyOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour76615.996,3919.2442% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft390.811,4712.13163% safer
Burglary1463.052,1883.163.6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4549.474,2466.1435% more dangerous
Drugs2344.881,8222.6346% more dangerous
Other Crime831.738731.2627% more dangerous
Other Theft3316.913,3904.9029% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons621.294650.6748% more dangerous
Public Order3557.413,2374.6837% more dangerous
Robbery320.672500.3646% more dangerous
Shoplifting2946.142,8664.1433% more dangerous
Theft From the Person801.676730.9742% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1773.692,9084.2014% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,04742.7216,29123.5545% more dangerous

Banbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,49851.7075% safer
Abingdon2,05959.5952% safer
Didcot1,66060.5349% safer
Bicester2,09968.5532% safer
Banbury4,33490.45-

Crime Over Time in Banbury

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Recent Crimes in Banbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Hill View CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The LinkUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The LinkUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Edinburgh CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near WindrushInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near WindrushUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Ellison DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Edmunds RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near West Bar StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near West Bar StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near West Bar StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West Bar StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gillett CloseLocal resolution

Banbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22171616Safer
Bicycle Theft2.41.71.00.81Safer
Burglary65.03.53.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1211109Safer
Drugs3.94.754.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.91.91.7Safer
Other Theft8887Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.10.961.3Getting worse
Public Order3.14.74.47Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.901.20.580.67Safer
Shoplifting181386Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.71.51.21.7Getting worse
Vehicle Crime54.45.03.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25313443Getting worse

Changes In Banbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Banbury's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Banbury that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Browning Road Park1----00.33
Princess Diana Park2-1-401.4
Spiceball Country Park-71-1341.3

Comparing Banbury to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7134% safer
Coventry77.4117% safer
Croydon83.229% safer
Sheffield85.815% safer
Bristol86.214.9% safer
Banbury90.45-
Leicester97.447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8712% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2816% more dangerous
Bradford133.0232% more dangerous
Leeds137.1034% more dangerous

Crime in Banbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Banbury Calthorpe33666Fourth
Banbury Easington52763Fifth
Banbury Grimsbury1,670141First
Banbury Hardwick36544Sixth
Banbury Neithrop675115Second
Banbury Ruscote76190Third

Banbury Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBanbury Hardwick (83)Banbury Grimsbury (289)
Bicycle TheftBanbury Ruscote (1)Banbury Grimsbury (19)
BurglaryBanbury Ruscote (8)Banbury Grimsbury (76)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBanbury Easington (42)Banbury Grimsbury (163)
DrugsBanbury Calthorpe (6)Banbury Grimsbury (106)
Other CrimeBanbury Hardwick (3)Banbury Ruscote (27)
Other TheftBanbury Easington (25)Banbury Grimsbury (173)
Possession of WeaponsBanbury Ruscote (8)Banbury Grimsbury (21)
Public OrderBanbury Hardwick (25)Banbury Grimsbury (131)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Banbury Hardwick (1)Banbury Grimsbury (15)
ShopliftingBanbury Ruscote (6)Banbury Neithrop (71)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Banbury Hardwick (2)Banbury Grimsbury (42)
Vehicle CrimeBanbury Hardwick (13)Banbury Neithrop (39)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBanbury Hardwick (190)Banbury Grimsbury (693)

Crime in Banbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Banbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Banbury saw a 600% increase in possession of weapons. Banbury saw a large fall in bicycle theft during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%-21%+39%-13%-29%-1%-19%+36%+66%-2%
Bicycle Theft--20%-86%-43%-20%-67%+200%-67%+200%-
Burglary-46%+17%-50%+27%-8%+56%-21%-70%-10%+117%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-19%-13%+11%-7%+32%+18%+3%-5%+14%
Drugs-38%-50%-33%-21%+24%-13%+23%-31%-17%+46%
Other Crime+14%-40%+233%--11%+20%-14%-13%-80%-10%
Other Theft+38%-5%-45%-28%-23%-48%-20%+3%-9%-29%
Possession of Weapons--33%-67%+20%-43%+150%-+450%+600%+125%
Public Order+143%-7%+164%+117%+187%+48%+10%+67%+118%+52%
Robbery+250%-75%-50%-+50%-50%-40%+100%+200%+200%
Shoplifting+8%-65%-64%-64%--32%-11%-51%-31%-54%
Theft From the Person--40%+100%-75%-25%+40%+200%+60%+300%+133%
Vehicle Crime-7%-36%-50%--50%-8%+6%-67%-9%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+12%+13%+5%+45%+47%+3%+46%+37%-7%+16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Banbury

What police force serves Banbury?
Banbury's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is Banbury?
Banbury is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire.
What is Banbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Banbury are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Banbury?
Banbury's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021