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Crime and Safety in Blackbird Leys

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Blackbird Leys is the most dangerous small town in Oxfordshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blackbird Leys in 2021 was 138 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 51% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blackbird Leys is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 207th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2015, Blackbird Leys had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for robbery, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Blackbird Leys are violence and sexual offences, with 742 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 62. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 597 offences and a difference of 12.14 from 2020's crime rate of 50. Blackbird Leys's least common crime is robbery, with 12 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 17% from 2020's figure of 14 crimes.

Blackbird Leys 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Oxfordshire

48% higher, regional crime rate

South East

47% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Blackbird Leys is 48% higher than the South East and 47% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Blackbird Leys Crime Rate Over Time

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Blackbird Leys Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Blackbird Leys 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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Historical Crime Rates for Blackbird Leys

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211381,652
20201151,372
20191101,318
20181121,339
20171111,327
20161101,310

Crime in Blackbird Leys Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Blackbird Leys This Year

 Blackbird LeysOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17414.585,6878.22 44% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft211.761,7892.59 47% safer
Burglary423.522,2313.23 8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson14912.484,2166.10 51% more dangerous
Drugs1028.541,7152.48 71% more dangerous
Other Crime252.098511.23 41% more dangerous
Other Theft1058.803,7345.40 39% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons131.093600.52 52% more dangerous
Public Order24220.276,6549.62 53% more dangerous
Robbery121.011830.26 74% more dangerous
Shoplifting12610.552,5983.76 64% more dangerous
Theft From the Person161.347241.05 22% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime574.772,4723.57 25% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences74262.1519,83828.68 54% more dangerous

Blackbird Leys Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Grove43154.81152% safer
Wallingford45658.34137% safer
Great Faringdon47259.06134% safer
Henley-on-Thames71360.10130% safer
Wantage77164.41115% safer
Blackbird Leys1,652138.38-

Crime Over Time in Blackbird Leys

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Recent Crimes in Blackbird Leys

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022DrugsOn or near Columbine GardensLocal resolution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yarrow CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Druce WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Skylark PlaceLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Violet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Erica CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Blackbird Leys RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Thistle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Yarrow CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Public orderOn or near Tucker RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wingate CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blay CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Erica CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Harrow RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cotton Grass CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Ambassador AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Falcon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Blackbird Leys Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13171415 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.94.23.01.8 Safer
Burglary54.74.93.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15161212 Safer
Drugs3.13.8109 Getting worse
Other Crime2.52.83.22.1 Safer
Other Theft10779 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.32.12.51.1 Safer
Public Order56720 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.32.01.21.0 Safer
Shoplifting1312711 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.31.51.3 Safer
Vehicle Crime7664.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43435062 Getting worse

Changes In Blackbird Leys's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Blackbird Leys to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93247% safer
Birmingham49.60179% safer
Barnet67.08106% safer
Croydon82.4868% safer
Sheffield90.0354% safer
Bristol90.5253% safer
Leicester111.5924% safer
Liverpool123.0612% safer
Bradford132.284.6% safer
Blackbird Leys138.38-
Leeds150.948% more dangerous

Crime in Blackbird Leys During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blackbird Leys change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Blackbird Leys saw a 750% increase in drugs. Blackbird Leys saw a large fall in shoplifting during September, when it fell by 93% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-53%+7%+31%+6%-29%-45%-33%-11%-22%-33%
Bicycle Theft+400%----69%-20%--60%-50%-
Burglary+200%-+500%-83%---57%-+300%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-9%-39%-24%-20%-27%-50%+56%-9%+9%
Drugs+17%+275%+750%+125%-+13%+100%+13%+117%+100%
Other Crime-83%-+100%+100%+100%+50%+200%+200%--
Other Theft+71%+33%--71%+10%-60%-+20%-57%+350%
Possession of Weapons+133%----83%-+300%-86%-+200%
Public Order+133%+17%-17%+200%-54%-+83%-11%-+133%
Robbery--+50%--33%+50%--83%+200%-50%
Shoplifting-56%-75%-25%-19%+20%-69%-93%-64%+17%+14%
Theft From the Person-50%--50%--50%---+100%-
Vehicle Crime-22%-+333%-75%-50%-+100%-55%+40%+133%
Violence and Sexual Offences+18%+3%-5%+66%-11%+50%+62%-29%+59%+41%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blackbird Leys

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

How dangerous is Blackbird Leys?
Blackbird Leys is the most dangerous small town in Oxfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Blackbird Leys?
Blackbird Leys's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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