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Crime and Safety in Didcot

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Didcot is the third most dangerous medium-sized towns in Oxfordshire, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Didcot in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.4% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Didcot is the 89th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,532nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2017, Didcot had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for other crime, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Didcot are violence and sexual offences, with 994 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 22% higher than 2020's figure of 773 offences and a difference of 8.06 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Didcot's least common crime is robbery, with 8 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Didcot 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Oxfordshire

2.4% lower, regional crime rate

South East

9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Didcot is 2.4% lower than the South East and 9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Didcot Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Didcot

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021701,925
2020611,660
2019551,512
2018461,275
2017491,355
2016421,156

Crime in Didcot Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Didcot This Year

 DidcotOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28210.285,6878.22 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.551,7892.59 371% safer
Burglary391.422,2313.23 127% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1876.824,2166.10 11% more dangerous
Drugs562.041,7152.48 22% safer
Other Crime331.208511.23 2.5% safer
Other Theft1144.163,7345.40 30% safer
Possession of Weapons150.553600.52 5% more dangerous
Public Order2649.636,6549.62 0.10% more dangerous
Robbery80.291830.26 10% more dangerous
Shoplifting1104.012,5983.76 6% more dangerous
Theft From the Person291.067241.05 0.94% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime612.222,4723.57 61% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences99436.2419,83828.68 21% more dangerous

Didcot Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,73859.9817% safer
Abingdon2,30166.605% safer
Didcot1,92570.19-
Bicester2,68387.6220% more dangerous
Banbury5,518115.1639% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Didcot

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Recent Crimes in Didcot

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Oriel CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Great Western DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Milton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foxhall RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brunel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Didcot RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Short FurlongAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Churchill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Stonor CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lockinge CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near WheatfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Didcot RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Mansfield GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Didcot Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour7101210 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.82.41.30.55 Safer
Burglary3.22.92.91.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6777 Getting worse
Drugs1.11.92.62.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.51.2 Getting worse
Other Theft4.764.24.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.620.510.55 Getting worse
Public Order2.22.7510 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.440.150.29 Safer
Shoplifting3.43.94.04.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.471.11.11.1 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.72.72.32.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20222836 Getting worse

Changes In Didcot's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Didcot to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.084.6% safer
Didcot70.19-
Croydon82.4815% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0522% more dangerous
Bristol90.5222% more dangerous
Coventry102.2431% more dangerous
Leicester111.5937% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0643% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6446% more dangerous
Bradford132.2847% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in Didcot's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Didcot Ladygrove25432Fourth
Didcot South East50894Second
Didcot South West35357Third
Didcot West83896First

Didcot Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDidcot South East (38)Didcot West (139)
Bicycle TheftDidcot Ladygrove (1)Didcot West (10)
BurglaryDidcot West (8)Didcot South East (14)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDidcot Ladygrove (19)Didcot West (90)
DrugsDidcot West (16)Didcot Ladygrove (18)
Other CrimeDidcot Ladygrove (5)Didcot South East (11)
Other TheftDidcot Ladygrove (15)Didcot West (52)
Possession of WeaponsDidcot West (4)Didcot South East (7)
Public OrderDidcot Ladygrove (39)Didcot West (131)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Didcot South East (1)Didcot West (3)
ShopliftingDidcot Ladygrove (2)Didcot West (85)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Didcot Ladygrove (2)Didcot West (15)
Vehicle CrimeDidcot Ladygrove (6)Didcot West (29)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDidcot Ladygrove (133)Didcot South East (297)

Crime in Didcot During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Didcot change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Didcot saw a 700% increase in drugs. Didcot saw a large fall in vehicle crime during November, when it fell by 82% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+300%+58%-43%+55%+21%-49%-36%+13%+44%+8%
Bicycle Theft-75%--60%--44%-29%-75%-60%+20%-
Burglary-50%-20%+50%+22%+43%+40%+50%-20%-67%-57%
Criminal Damage and Arson+160%-36%-53%+17%-28%-15%+67%-40%-56%+11%
Drugs+500%--40%-50%-33%+10%-+700%+300%+100%
Other Crime-63%-60%+50%+400%+33%--25%-+700%+50%
Other Theft-40%+10%-9%+25%-75%-61%-56%-44%-20%+78%
Possession of Weapons--50%-50%-80%+100%-+200%---
Public Order+50%-67%+100%+217%+220%+100%+50%+143%+40%+133%
Robbery----50%-50%----50%-
Shoplifting-33%--33%-12%-+33%-55%+63%+633%+100%
Theft From the Person---+200%--25%-50%-33%-75%+167%
Vehicle Crime+67%-67%+100%-43%+100%+100%-67%-57%-82%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%+22%+4%+62%+22%-3%+56%+28%+31%+23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Didcot

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

How dangerous is Didcot?
Didcot is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire.

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

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

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