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Crime and Safety in Bicester

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Bicester is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is the 25th 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 75th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 909th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bicester was the worst medium-sized town in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bicester residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Bicester recorded 4 reports of robbery during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in Oxfordshire that month.

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

13% 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 13% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bicester Crime Rate Over Time

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Bicester Crime Map

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

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bicester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021882,683
2020692,099
2019782,379
2018762,342
2017812,480
2016702,135

Crime in Bicester Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bicester This Year

 BicesterOxfordshire 
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
Bicester2,68387.62-
Banbury5,518115.1624% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bicester

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Recent Crimes in Bicester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crockwell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near A41Unable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Holm WayUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Ashdene RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Middleton Stoney RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Keble RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Churchill RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hunt CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Harebell WayUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Coach House MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sheep StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Scampton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Crockwell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Market SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Talisman RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near RavencroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bicester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13131310 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.52.21.01.2 Safer
Burglary3.73.12.41.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8877 Safer
Drugs3.13.82.93.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.91.41.21.4 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)2.32.11.31.2 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
Barnet67.0831% safer
Croydon82.486% safer
Bicester87.62-
Sheffield91.103.8% more dangerous
Bristol93.777% more dangerous
Coventry102.3714% more dangerous
Leicester111.7522% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9031% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1736% more dangerous
Bradford145.6040% more dangerous
Leeds153.0643% 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.

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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