Oxford Crime Overview

Oxford is the most dangerous major town in Oxfordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Oxford in 2020 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oxford is the 49th safest major town, and the 1,044th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Oxford had the worst crime rate in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 58 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Oxford residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 56 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Oxford recorded 71 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.44 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Oxford are violence and sexual offences, with 4,272 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 3,780 offences and a difference of 3.03 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Oxford's least common crime is robbery, with 101 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 169 crimes.

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Crime in Oxford Compared To Oxfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Oxford This Year

 OxfordOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,80011.096,3919.2417% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,0426.421,4712.1367% more dangerous
Burglary6804.192,1883.1625% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0356.384,2466.143.8% more dangerous
Drugs6063.731,8222.6329% more dangerous
Other Crime2291.418731.2611% more dangerous
Other Theft9415.803,3904.9016% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1570.974650.6731% more dangerous
Public Order1,0756.623,2374.6829% more dangerous
Robbery1010.622500.3642% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,2947.972,8664.1448% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2871.776730.9745% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,0256.322,9084.2034% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,27226.3216,29123.5511% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oxford

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Oxford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15131211Safer
Bicycle Theft1510116Safer
Burglary754.34.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7876Safer
Drugs2.53.42.63.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.971.31.31.4Getting worse
Other Theft1112116Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.710.910.97Getting worse
Public Order2.64.057Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.670.911.00.62Safer
Shoplifting10778Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.73.53.71.8Safer
Vehicle Crime5566Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences16232326Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7116% safer
Coventry77.411.4% safer
Oxford78.53-
Croydon83.226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.818% more dangerous
Bristol86.219% more dangerous
Leicester97.4419% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8724% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2827% more dangerous
Bradford133.0241% more dangerous
Leeds137.1043% more dangerous

Crime in Oxford's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barton63992Eighth
Blackbird Leys793139Second
Botley & Kennington3883817th
Churchill68796Sixth
Cowley North1,15986Tenth
Cowley South & Iffley1,012110Fifth
East Central Oxford1,644155First
Grandpont & New Hinksey50591Ninth
Greater Leys58494Seventh
Headington8055414th
Iffley Fields4108211th
Littlemore & Rose Hill1,112114Fourth
Marston2974816th
North Central Oxford3595513th
Oxford Central2,378131Third
Risinghurst & Sandhills4075512th
Summertown3444915th

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 BehaviourNorth Central Oxford (24)Barton (221)
Bicycle TheftBotley & Kennington (9)Oxford Central (323)
BurglarySummertown (16)Cowley South & Iffley (74)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNorth Central Oxford (13)Barton (88)
DrugsNorth Central Oxford (10)Blackbird Leys (71)
Other CrimeSummertown (2)Greater Leys (27)
Other TheftBotley & Kennington (31)Oxford Central (222)
Possession of WeaponsChurchill (3)Greater Leys (16)
Public OrderMarston (17)Oxford Central (281)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Botley & Kennington (1)East Central Oxford (16)
ShopliftingBarton (2)East Central Oxford (464)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Marston (1)Oxford Central (131)
Vehicle CrimeOxford Central (46)Grandpont & New Hinksey (61)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorth Central Oxford (78)Blackbird Leys (319)

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 July, when Oxford saw a 130% increase in burglary. Oxford saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 90% compared to May in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Oxford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-28%-36%-14%+3%-19%+8%-1%-23%+28%+19%
Bicycle Theft-52%-70%-65%-53%-44%-55%-45%-26%-13%+14%
Burglary-30%-36%-25%+4%+130%-4%-28%-25%+3%+30%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%-44%-17%-30%+5%-+19%+8%-+4%
Drugs+43%+20%+88%+109%+72%+114%+42%-+69%+34%
Other Crime+31%-50%+45%-7%-+47%-+11%+27%-8%
Other Theft-54%-66%-51%-51%-60%-49%-55%-37%-34%-30%
Possession of Weapons+6%+11%+70%+36%-26%+63%+78%-33%-38%-
Public Order+7%-24%+10%+1%+71%+36%+79%+34%+45%+44%
Robbery-33%-79%-6%-42%-+8%-36%-80%-47%-36%
Shoplifting-20%-62%-19%-26%+57%+37%+32%+56%-5%-34%
Theft From the Person-35%-88%-90%-47%-43%-74%-61%-69%-75%-6%
Vehicle Crime+41%-38%+6%-22%-14%-31%-18%-36%-27%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+18%-13%-+10%+35%+9%+19%+6%+9%+18%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021