Crime and Safety in Oxford

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Oxford is the most dangerous major town in Oxfordshire, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Oxford in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oxford is the 51st safest major town, and the 1,023rd 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 42 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 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 41 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Oxford recorded 56 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Oxford are violence and sexual offences, with 4,627 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 3,747 offences and a difference of 5.42 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Oxford's least common crime is robbery, with 68 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 29% from 2020's figure of 88 crimes.

Oxford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Oxfordshire

11% higher, regional crime rate

South East

10% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Oxford is 11% higher than the South East and 10% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Oxford Crime Rate Over Time

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Oxford Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 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 Behaviour1,3268.175,6878.22 0.61% safer
Bicycle Theft1,3578.361,7892.59 69% more dangerous
Burglary7154.412,2313.23 27% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8925.504,2166.10 11% safer
Drugs4732.911,7152.48 15% more dangerous
Other Crime1831.138511.23 9% safer
Other Theft9615.923,7345.40 9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1170.723600.52 28% more dangerous
Public Order1,99012.266,6549.62 22% more dangerous
Robbery680.421830.26 38% more dangerous
Shoplifting8094.982,5983.76 24% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3101.917241.05 45% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6744.152,4723.57 14% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,62728.5119,83828.68 0.60% safer

Crime Over Time in Oxford

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Recent Crimes in Oxford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Swinburne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cornwallis CloseLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Weyman TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Iffley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Peterley RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leys PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fairlie RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Randolph StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Cowley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bartlemas RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Osney MeadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Salter CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Banjo RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Pedestrian SubwayOffender given a caution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Warwick StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Bennett CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Rowney PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Oxford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1211108 Safer
Bicycle Theft101168 Safer
Burglary4. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs3. Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft111056 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.650.800.850.72 Getting worse
Public Order3.74.7612 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.830.940.540.42 Safer
Shoplifting6785.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime4.5664.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20212329 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
Coventry39.93103% safer
Birmingham49.6064% safer
Barnet67.0821% safer
Croydon82.481.6% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0310% more dangerous
Bristol90.5210% more dangerous
Leicester111.5927% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% 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 159% increase in drugs. Oxford saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 95% compared to April in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Oxford's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-33%-40%-14%+9%-14%+6%+3%-24%+29%+36%
Bicycle Theft-51%-70%-68%-55%-44%-51%-42%-26%-11%+23%
Criminal Damage and Arson+15%-53%-25%-29%+11%+2%+14%+1%+3%+9%
Other Crime+31%-53%+37%--12%+75%-9%+12%+60%-18%
Other Theft-58%-69%-51%-49%-62%-51%-53%-41%-36%-32%
Possession of Weapons+15%+29%+113%+9%-37%+71%+56%-27%-36%-8%
Public Order+2%-25%+17%-3%+88%+47%+78%+36%+51%+37%
Theft From the Person-40%-95%-90%-50%-43%-74%-61%-71%-79%-9%
Vehicle Crime+30%-33%-1%-13%-14%-32%-11%-37%-30%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+20%-15%+1%-5%+42%+5%+11%+7%+2%+19%

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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