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Crime and Safety in Banbury

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Banbury is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in Oxfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Banbury in 2021 was 115 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Banbury is the 29th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 390th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Banbury had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for other crime, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 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 4 reports of robbery during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for robbery in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Banbury are violence and sexual offences, with 2,692 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 24% higher than 2020's figure of 2,047 offences and a difference of 13.46 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Banbury's least common crime is robbery, with 18 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 78% from 2020's figure of 32 crimes.

Banbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Oxfordshire

38% higher, regional crime rate

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34% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Banbury is 38% higher than the South East and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Banbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Banbury represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Banbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211155,518
2020904,334
2019844,031
2018894,256
2017894,269
2016884,201

Crime in Banbury Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Banbury This Year

 BanburyOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour75715.805,6878.22 48% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft470.981,7892.59 164% safer
Burglary1663.462,2313.23 7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4619.624,2166.10 37% more dangerous
Drugs2144.471,7152.48 45% more dangerous
Other Crime1122.348511.23 47% more dangerous
Other Theft3777.873,7345.40 31% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons501.043600.52 50% more dangerous
Public Order81917.096,6549.62 44% more dangerous
Robbery180.381830.26 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting3256.782,5983.76 45% more dangerous
Theft From the Person811.697241.05 38% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1563.262,4723.57 10% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,69256.1819,83828.68 49% more dangerous

Banbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,73859.9892% safer
Abingdon2,30166.6073% safer
Didcot1,92570.1964% safer
Bicester2,68387.6231% safer
Banbury5,518115.16-

Crime Over Time in Banbury

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Recent Crimes in Banbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Kenilworth WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Noral WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ForgewayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waller DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waltham GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Edinburgh WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warkworth CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Goodrington CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Canada RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parsley PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hardwick ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mckeevor PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edinburgh CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Daventry RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parson'S StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High FurlongInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Marley WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Banbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17161616 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.00.810.98 Safer
Burglary5.03.53.03.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1110910 Safer
Drugs4.754.94.5 Safer
Other Crime1.91.91.72.3 Getting worse
Other Theft8878 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.10.961.31.0 Safer
Public Order4.74.4717 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.20.580.670.38 Safer
Shoplifting13867 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.21.71.7 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.45.03.73.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31344356 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0872% safer
Croydon82.4840% safer
Sheffield90.0528% safer
Bristol90.5227% safer
Coventry102.2413% safer
Leicester111.593.2% safer
Banbury115.16-
Liverpool123.066% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6411% more dangerous
Bradford132.2813% more dangerous
Leeds150.9424% more dangerous

Crime in Banbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Banbury Calthorpe46491Fourth
Banbury Easington74589Fifth
Banbury Grimsbury1,982167First
Banbury Hardwick60674Sixth
Banbury Neithrop827141Second
Banbury Ruscote894106Third

Banbury Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBanbury Calthorpe (43)Banbury Grimsbury (272)
Bicycle TheftBanbury Hardwick (1)Banbury Grimsbury (27)
BurglaryBanbury Hardwick (17)Banbury Neithrop (29)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBanbury Hardwick (51)Banbury Neithrop (85)
DrugsBanbury Hardwick (14)Banbury Grimsbury (86)
Other CrimeBanbury Easington (13)Banbury Ruscote (28)
Other TheftBanbury Hardwick (27)Banbury Grimsbury (197)
Possession of WeaponsBanbury Hardwick (2)Banbury Grimsbury (24)
Public OrderBanbury Hardwick (81)Banbury Grimsbury (340)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Banbury Hardwick (1)Banbury Grimsbury (7)
ShopliftingBanbury Ruscote (11)Banbury Neithrop (97)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Banbury Hardwick (4)Banbury Grimsbury (52)
Vehicle CrimeBanbury Ruscote (19)Banbury Neithrop (28)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBanbury Hardwick (325)Banbury Grimsbury (883)

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).

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