Peterborough Crime Overview

Peterborough is the third safest city in the East of England, and the 43rd safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Peterborough in 2020 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people.

In July 2020, Peterborough had the worst crime rate in the East of England for criminal damage and arson, with 177 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.88 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Peterborough residents, when it was the East of England's most dangerous area for other theft, recording 123 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Peterborough recorded 41 reports of other crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst for other crime in the East of England that month.

The most common crimes in Peterborough are violence and sexual offences, with 5,876 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 2.3% higher than 2019's figure of 5,743 offences and a difference of 0.66 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Peterborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 132 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 101% from 2019's figure of 265 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Peterborough This Year

 Peterborough
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour3,67618.17
Bicycle Theft4662.30
Burglary7323.62
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5977.90
Drugs5702.82
Other Crime3461.71
Other Theft1,0125.00
Possession of Weapons1930.95
Public Order1,4427.13
Robbery2091.03
Shoplifting7323.62
Theft From the Person1320.65
Vehicle Crime8874.39
Violence and Sexual Offences5,87629.05

Peterborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27191918Safer
Bicycle Theft3.63.63.32.3Safer
Burglary64.74.43.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson119108Safer
Drugs2.12.22.62.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.62.11.7Safer
Other Theft10885Safer
Possession of Weapons0.861.01.10.95Safer
Public Order6677Getting worse
Robbery1.21.41.51.0Safer
Shoplifting8853.6Safer
Theft From the Person1.21.61.30.65Safer
Vehicle Crime8894.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25242829Getting worse

Comparing Peterborough to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Peterborough70.18-
Coventry71.501.8% more dangerous
Sheffield73.995% more dangerous
Kirklees74.235% more dangerous
Croydon77.189% more dangerous
Bradford79.1911% more dangerous
London80.7013% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0221% more dangerous
Bristol91.5723% more dangerous
Leeds91.9024% more dangerous
Leicester102.5132% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9434% more dangerous

Crime in Peterborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Peterborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Peterborough saw a 172% increase in drugs. Peterborough saw a large fall in robbery during September, when it fell by 69% compared to September in 2019. Peterborough saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-+10%-12%+5%-2%+0%+22%+35%+2%
Bicycle Theft-51%-28%-25%-22%-52%-40%+14%-11%-
Burglary-15%-30%-7%-19%+22%-23%-16%-18%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson-27%-42%-14%-17%-3%-6%+9%+2%-
Drugs-28%-9%+50%+47%+172%-16%+46%+21%+23%
Other Crime-32%-28%-31%+62%--9%--14%-34%
Other Theft-5%-54%-52%-43%-27%-32%-19%-14%-14%
Possession of Weapons+41%+29%+40%-21%+25%+17%-60%-24%-
Public Order+19%+7%-18%-7%+11%+23%-3%+17%-12%
Robbery-54%-36%-17%-38%-32%-12%-69%+53%-34%
Shoplifting-48%-45%-55%-13%+1%-33%-45%-8%-43%
Theft From the Person-54%-48%-60%-61%-36%-62%-37%-57%-33%
Vehicle Crime-58%-66%-41%-62%-14%-48%-40%-8%-27%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%-4%+18%+5%+32%+23%+29%+6%-3%

Peterborough's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Peterborough
Bretton1,2739828% more dangerous
Hampton Hargate and Vale8015723% safer
Orton Longueville758700.21% more dangerous
Orton Waterville9509425% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Peterborough

What police force serves Peterborough?
Peterborough's local territorial police force is the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Peterborough?
Peterborough is the third safest city in the East of England.
What is Peterborough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Peterborough are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Peterborough?
Peterborough's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021