Blackbird Leys Crime Overview

Blackbird Leys is the most dangerous small town in Oxfordshire, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blackbird Leys in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blackbird Leys is the 253rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,740th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Blackbird Leys was the worst small town in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.34 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Blackbird Leys residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.67 per 1,000 residents. Blackbird Leys recorded 8 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.67 the worst small town for drugs in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Blackbird Leys are violence and sexual offences, with 300 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 271 offences and a difference of 2.43 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Blackbird Leys's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 150% from 2019's figure of 15 crimes.

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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 Behaviour836.956,3919.2433% safer
Bicycle Theft211.761,4712.1321% safer
Burglary272.262,1883.1640% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson766.374,2466.143.6% more dangerous
Drugs655.441,8222.6352% more dangerous
Other Crime252.098731.2640% more dangerous
Other Theft473.943,3904.9024% safer
Possession of Weapons171.424650.6753% more dangerous
Public Order645.363,2374.6813% more dangerous
Robbery60.502500.3628% more dangerous
Shoplifting736.112,8664.1432% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.926730.975% safer
Vehicle Crime453.772,9084.2011% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30025.1316,29123.556% more dangerous

Blackbird Leys Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wantage58849.1233% safer
Great Faringdon40350.4329% safer
Thame66052.5724% safer
Henley-on-Thames71660.368% safer
Wallingford48562.054.9% safer
Blackbird Leys77765.09-

Crime Over Time in Blackbird Leys

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Blackbird Leys Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour10687Safer
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson7786Safer
Drugs3.61.81.85Getting worse
Other Crime0.841.51.72.1Getting worse
Other Theft653.33.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.670.591.21.4Getting worse
Public Order2.12.83.35Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.920.751.30.50Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime3. worse
Violence and Sexual Offences17242325Getting worse

Changes In Blackbird Leys's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Blackbird Leys to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Blackbird Leys65.09-
Barnet67.713.9% more dangerous
Coventry77.4116% more dangerous
Croydon83.2222% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8737% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1053% 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 500% increase in burglary. Blackbird Leys saw a large fall in shoplifting during September, when it fell by 93% compared to September in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-55%+29%-13%+50%-21%-50%-+57%-55%-17%
Bicycle Theft-----71%+33%--67%-50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-11%-73%-50%+500%-25%-63%+200%+50%-43%
Other Crime-83%-+50%-+100%+200%--+50%-33%
Other Theft+400%+100%+100%-60%-17%-20%+200%+200%-83%-
Possession of Weapons--+100%---+100%---
Public Order+150%+200%+300%+200%-50%+100%+125%-+100%+300%
Theft From the Person-33%------+100%--
Vehicle Crime-43%-+250%-67%-60%+50%+100%-78%+100%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-+29%+24%+67%-30%+70%+50%-32%+60%+53%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021