Bicester Crime Overview

Bicester is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bicester in 2020 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bicester is the 89th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,497th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2017, Bicester had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for other crime, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Bicester are violence and sexual offences, with 823 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 731 offences and a difference of 3.01 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Bicester's least common crime is robbery, with 16 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 38% from 2019's figure of 22 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bicester This Year

 BicesterOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39512.906,3919.2428% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft311.011,4712.13111% safer
Burglary732.382,1883.1633% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2106.864,2466.1410% more dangerous
Drugs882.871,8222.638% more dangerous
Other Crime361.188731.267% safer
Other Theft1715.583,3904.9012% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons260.854650.6721% more dangerous
Public Order1645.363,2374.6813% more dangerous
Robbery160.522500.3631% more dangerous
Shoplifting32210.522,8664.1461% more dangerous
Theft From the Person401.316730.9726% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime993.232,9084.2030% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences82326.8816,29123.5512% more dangerous

Crime in Bicester Compared To Oxfordshire

Bicester Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,49851.7033% safer
Abingdon2,05959.5915% safer
Didcot1,66060.5313% safer
Bicester2,09968.55-
Banbury4,33490.4524% more dangerous

Bicester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17131313Safer
Bicycle Theft4.42.52.21.0Safer
Burglary63.73.12.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12887Safer
Drugs2.63.13.82.9Safer
Other Crime1.71.91.41.2Safer
Other Theft9886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.690.620.85Getting worse
Public Order2.03.03.25Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.690.520.720.52Safer
Shoplifting17161811Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.12.32.11.3Safer
Vehicle Crime764.03.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15222427Getting worse

Changes In Bicester's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Bicester to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.711.2% safer
Bicester68.55-
Coventry77.4111% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2120% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8733% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Bicester's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bicester East49167Second
Bicester North24137Fourth
Bicester South936118First
Bicester West42849Third

Bicester Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBicester North (47)Bicester South (139)
Bicycle TheftBicester North (1)Bicester South (19)
BurglaryBicester North (8)Bicester South (24)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBicester West (38)Bicester East (68)
DrugsBicester West (17)Bicester South (37)
Other CrimeBicester West (6)Bicester East (13)
Other TheftBicester North (8)Bicester South (92)
Possession of WeaponsBicester North (1)Bicester South (15)
Public OrderBicester North (21)Bicester South (77)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bicester West (1)Bicester South (13)
ShopliftingBicester West (12)Bicester South (254)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bicester West (1)Bicester South (28)
Vehicle CrimeBicester North (10)Bicester East (31)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBicester North (121)Bicester South (263)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+10%-40%+18%+130%+3%+28%+4%-24%-41%-55%
Bicycle Theft-50%--75%-17%-29%-20%--73%-+200%
Burglary-80%-78%+100%-25%+67%-14%+29%-64%-90%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-35%-35%-71%-48%+67%-+41%+27%-42%+24%
Drugs-17%-33%-47%+17%+13%-25%+71%-76%-+57%
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%
Robbery+300%--75%-+200%---67%--
Shoplifting-62%-91%-58%-38%-42%-22%-20%+4%-56%-46%
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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021