Didcot Crime Overview

Didcot is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is the 38th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Didcot in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.8% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Didcot is the 67th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,043rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Didcot was the worst medium-sized town in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Didcot residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Didcot recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Didcot are violence and sexual offences, with 773 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 20% higher than 2019's figure of 617 offences and a difference of 5.68 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Didcot's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Didcot Compared To Oxfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Didcot This Year

 DidcotOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33012.036,3919.2423% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft361.311,4712.1363% safer
Burglary792.882,1883.1610% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1826.644,2466.148% more dangerous
Drugs722.631,8222.630% safer
Other Crime401.468731.2614% more dangerous
Other Theft1154.193,3904.9017% safer
Possession of Weapons140.514650.6731% safer
Public Order1445.253,2374.6811% more dangerous
Robbery40.152500.36140% safer
Shoplifting1093.972,8664.144.3% safer
Theft From the Person291.066730.978% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime632.302,9084.2083% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences77328.1816,29123.5516% more dangerous

Didcot Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,49851.7017% safer
Abingdon2,05959.591.6% safer
Didcot1,66060.53-
Bicester2,09968.5512% more dangerous
Banbury4,33490.4533% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Didcot

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Didcot Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1171012Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.11.82.41.3Safer
Burglary3.53.22.92.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7677Getting worse
Drugs1.51.11.92.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.911.11.21.5Getting worse
Other Theft64.764.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.550.620.51Getting worse
Public Order1.92.22.75Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.260.440.15Safer
Shoplifting63.43.94.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.471.11.1Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.22.72.72.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14202228Getting worse

Changes In Didcot's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Didcot to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Didcot60.53-
Barnet67.7111% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Didcot's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Didcot Ladygrove22829Fourth
Didcot South East36968Second
Didcot South West28546Third
Didcot West80392First

Didcot Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDidcot Ladygrove (43)Didcot South East (106)
Bicycle TheftDidcot South East (2)Didcot West (27)
BurglaryDidcot West (23)Didcot South East (19)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDidcot Ladygrove (22)Didcot West (90)
DrugsDidcot Ladygrove (14)Didcot West (31)
Other CrimeDidcot Ladygrove (5)Didcot West (25)
Other TheftDidcot South West (10)Didcot West (72)
Possession of WeaponsDidcot Ladygrove (2)Didcot West (8)
Public OrderDidcot Ladygrove (21)Didcot West (63)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Didcot West (1)Didcot South East (2)
ShopliftingDidcot Ladygrove (1)Didcot West (91)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Didcot South West (1)Didcot West (15)
Vehicle CrimeDidcot South West (9)Didcot West (29)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDidcot Ladygrove (104)Didcot West (328)

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021