Crime and Safety in Bicester

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Bicester is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bicester in 2021 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bicester is the 66th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 826th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bicester had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for shoplifting, with 59 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.9 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2017 was also a bad month for Bicester residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Bicester are violence and sexual offences, with 1,010 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 823 offences and a difference of 6.10 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Bicester's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 14 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 86% from 2020's figure of 26 crimes.

Bicester 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Oxfordshire

18% higher, regional crime rate

South East

17% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bicester is 18% higher than the South East and 17% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bicester Crime Rate Over Time

South East
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Bicester Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bicester 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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Crime in Bicester Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bicester This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31810.395,6878.22 21% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft371.211,7892.59 114% safer
Burglary511.672,2313.23 93% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2277.414,2166.10 18% more dangerous
Drugs983.201,7152.48 22% more dangerous
Other Crime421.378511.23 10% more dangerous
Other Theft2096.833,7345.40 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.463600.52 13% safer
Public Order35711.666,6549.62 17% more dangerous
Robbery150.491830.26 47% more dangerous
Shoplifting47515.512,5983.76 76% more dangerous
Theft From the Person371.217241.05 13% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1113.622,4723.57 1.4% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,01032.9819,83828.68 13% more dangerous

Bicester Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,73859.9846% safer
Abingdon2,30166.6032% safer
Didcot1,92570.1925% safer
Banbury5,518115.1624% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bicester

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Recent Crimes in Bicester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Goldfinch CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Oxford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near A41Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Aldergate RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Avonbury Business ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near B4030Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Broadwell CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Shannon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hertford CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaOffender given penalty notice
March 2022Public orderOn or near Harebell WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Coach House MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Keble RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Speedwell CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bicester VillageInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Jay CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Bicester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour13131310 Safer
Bicycle Theft2. Safer
Burglary3. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8877 Safer
Drugs3. Getting worse
Other Crime1. Safer
Other Theft8867 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.620.850.46 Safer
Public Order3.03.2512 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.520.720.520.49 Safer
Shoplifting16181116 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime64.03.23.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22242733 Getting worse

Changes In Bicester's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bicester's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bicester that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Garth Park----110.57
Pingle Recreation Ground-1--100.44

Comparing Bicester to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93119% safer
Birmingham49.6077% safer
Barnet67.0831% safer
Croydon82.486% safer
Sheffield90.032.7% more dangerous
Bristol90.523.2% more dangerous
Leicester111.5921% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9442% more dangerous

Crime in Bicester's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bicester East49567Second
Bicester North31047Fourth
Bicester South1,300165First
Bicester West57665Third

Bicester Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBicester East (47)Bicester West (125)
Bicycle TheftBicester North (1)Bicester South (16)
BurglaryBicester East (11)Bicester West (16)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBicester North (24)Bicester South (90)
DrugsBicester North (13)Bicester South (36)
Other CrimeBicester North (7)Bicester West (16)
Other TheftBicester North (20)Bicester South (117)
Possession of WeaponsBicester North (1)Bicester South (6)
Public OrderBicester North (43)Bicester South (178)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bicester East (1)Bicester South (6)
ShopliftingBicester North (13)Bicester South (401)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bicester West (1)Bicester South (27)
Vehicle CrimeBicester West (21)Bicester South (38)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBicester North (149)Bicester South (361)

Crime in Bicester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bicester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bicester saw a 600% increase in theft from the person. Bicester saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Bicester's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+10%-40%+18%+130%+3%+28%+4%-24%-41%-55%
Bicycle Theft-50%--75%-17%-29%-20%--73%-+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson-35%-35%-71%-48%+67%-+41%+27%-42%+24%
Other Crime--+25%-67%+100%-40%+50%--50%-
Other Theft--69%-20%-75%-64%-50%+25%-6%+14%-46%
Possession of Weapons+200%-+200%---25%-50%-25%--
Public Order+38%-29%+100%+73%-7%+86%+140%+200%+325%+56%
Theft From the Person-56%--+50%-75%-67%+600%-29%-50%-75%
Vehicle Crime-79%-75%+40%+17%-87%-33%-33%-36%-33%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-48%+12%+13%+69%+18%+19%+34%+2%-17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bicester

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

How dangerous is Bicester?
Bicester is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Bicester?
Bicester's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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