Crime and Safety in Oxford

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Oxford is the most dangerous major town in Oxfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Oxford in 2021 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oxford is the 38th most dangerous major town, and the 614th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Oxford had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 46 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Oxford residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 53 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Oxford recorded 78 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Oxford are violence and sexual offences, with 6,043 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 4,919 offences and a difference of 6.93 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Oxford's least common crime is robbery, with 83 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 37% from 2020's figure of 114 crimes.

Oxford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Oxfordshire

29% higher, regional crime rate

South East

25% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Oxford is 29% higher than the South East and 25% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Oxford Crime Rate Over Time

South East
England, Wales & NI

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Incidents mapped in Oxford 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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Crime in Oxford Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Oxford This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,63010.045,6878.22 18% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,4779.101,7892.59 72% more dangerous
Burglary8785.412,2313.23 40% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1587.144,2166.10 15% more dangerous
Drugs6213.831,7152.48 35% more dangerous
Other Crime2271.408511.23 12% more dangerous
Other Theft1,1667.183,7345.40 25% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1430.883600.52 41% more dangerous
Public Order2,43114.986,6549.62 36% more dangerous
Robbery830.511830.26 49% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0336.372,5983.76 41% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3462.137241.05 51% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime8335.132,4723.57 30% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,04337.2419,83828.68 23% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oxford

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Recent Crimes in Oxford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Burbush RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Ulfgar RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Quartermain CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wolsey RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Minster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022DrugsOn or near Routh RoadOffender given a caution
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Cowley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Rogers StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Turl StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Banjo RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Westgate Shopping CentreLocal resolution
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The GratesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Oxford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour14131210 Safer
Bicycle Theft111179 Safer
Burglary64.94.75 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9877 Safer
Drugs3. Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft121167 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.761.01.10.88 Safer
Public Order4.46715 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting8886 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime6775 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26273037 Getting worse

Changes In Oxford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Oxford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Oxford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Milham Ford Nature Park-----10.27
Sandy Lane Recreation Ground-3-2613.0

Comparing Oxford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0851% safer
Croydon82.4823% safer
Sheffield91.1011% safer
Bristol93.778% safer
Coventry102.371.1% more dangerous
Leicester111.759% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9021% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1726% more dangerous
Bradford145.6030% more dangerous
Leeds153.0634% more dangerous

Crime in Oxford's Neighbourhoods

Blackbird Leys is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Oxford, followed by Oxford Central in second place, and East Central Oxford as the third most dangerous area. Oxford's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Botley & Kennington, North Central Oxford, and Summertown.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blackbird Leys943165First
Botley & Kennington5035017th
Cowley North1,33499Ninth
Cowley South & Iffley1,121122Fifth
East Central Oxford1,639155Third
Grandpont & New Hinksey4468111th
Greater Leys709114Sixth
Iffley Fields47094Tenth
Littlemore & Rose Hill1,224125Fourth
North Central Oxford3435215th
Oxford Central2,997165Second
Risinghurst & Sandhills5106812th

Oxford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHeadington (49)Churchill (168)
Bicycle TheftGreater Leys (8)Oxford Central (458)
BurglaryGreater Leys (20)Risinghurst & Sandhills (65)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBotley & Kennington (33)Blackbird Leys (78)
DrugsSummertown (7)Blackbird Leys (52)
Other CrimeBotley & Kennington (2)Blackbird Leys (12)
Other TheftMarston (22)Blackbird Leys (73)
Possession of WeaponsSummertown (2)Cowley South & Iffley (14)
Public OrderMarston (28)Oxford Central (549)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Botley & Kennington (1)East Central Oxford (14)
ShopliftingBarton (1)Blackbird Leys (123)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)North Central Oxford (2)Oxford Central (154)
Vehicle CrimeOxford Central (31)Iffley Fields (45)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSummertown (101)Blackbird Leys (362)

Crime in Oxford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Oxford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Oxford saw a 126% increase in drugs. Oxford saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Oxford's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-30%-34%-8%+8%-17%+8%+2%-21%+27%+15%
Bicycle Theft-52%-70%-62%-52%-45%-54%-44%-26%-15%+29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-5%-30%-22%-33%+7%+1%+4%+14%+4%+1%
Other Crime--50%+68%+13%+6%+75%+8%+21%+5%-6%
Other Theft-48%-64%-49%-49%-58%-46%-51%-33%-41%-27%
Possession of Weapons+44%+22%+67%+23%-38%+56%+73%-37%-23%+15%
Public Order+8%-22%+17%+9%+60%+39%+69%+29%+53%+56%
Theft From the Person-37%-88%-88%-44%-44%-73%-57%-67%-68%-6%
Vehicle Crime+24%-42%+14%-21%-20%-27%-11%-45%-25%-1%
Violence and Sexual Offences+16%-9%+4%+9%+28%+15%+22%+3%+9%+15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Oxford

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

How dangerous is Oxford?
Oxford is the most dangerous major town in Oxfordshire.

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

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

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