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Revealed: The most dangerous places to live in Cambridgeshire in 2018

Crime statistics released by local policing teams have revealed the most and least dangerous places ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 15, 2018

Crime statistics released by local policing teams have revealed the most and least dangerous places to live in Cambridgeshire in 2018.

Figures recorded by Cambridgeshire police – available on www.police.uk – show that there were 6,544 crimes reported in the county in January this year.

The statistics highlight a slight increase in crime – as 6,425 crimes were reported to Cambridgeshire police in January 2017.

Those are the latest figures available.

The most crime-hit areas in Cambridgeshire have been unveiled (Image: Keith Jones/Trinity Mirror)

We have narrowed down the crimes to 12 policing areas covered by the News.

Each policing area is ranked in order of the amount of crimes recorded, with a more detailed breakdown for each area.

We have looked at crime figures for January 2018, compared these to January 2017, and also revealed the worst month for crime in each of the areas over the last year.

1. Cambridge South

With a population of 62,000, this area was ranked the most dangerous to live in in Cambridge in January (2018) – with 623 crimes reported in total.

That compares to 573 crimes reported in January 2017.

The area includes Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, Teversham, Romsey and edges of the southern part of the city centre.

Violence and sexual offences were the most common crimes reported to police in January 2018, with 133 crimes in this joint category.

This was followed by reports of anti-social behaviour, with 131 reports to police – and then bicycle theft – with 76 offences reported to police.

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There were 73 offences of burglary reported in the policing area, 53 criminal damage and arson offences, and 38 vehicle crime offences.

On average, about 600 crimes were reported to the Cambridge South policing team each month between January this year and the same month last year.

The highest months for reported crime over the last year were July 2017 (774 crimes recorded), October 2017 (728 crimes recorded) and November 2017 (760 crimes reported).

And what about last year?

Anti-social behaviour was most reported at 157 incidents and bike theft was at 52 offences. There were also 32 reports of public disorder, and 83 violent attacks and one robbery.

Vehicle crime was at 54 and criminal damage and arson at 39, while violence was at 83 reports.

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2. Cambridge North

This area has overtaken Huntingdon with the second highest number of recorded crimes in January 2018.

The Cambridge North policing area includes Arbury, King's Hedges, Chesterton, Castle and part of the city centre.

The area has a population of about 60,000.

There were 510 crimes recorded to police in January 2018 – compared to 429 crimes in January last year.

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Anti-social behaviour was the highest recorded crime in January this year, with 103 incidents reported to police.

There were 93 violence or sexual offences crimes reported, 74 vehicle crime incidents and 41 criminal damage and arson incidents.

There were 49 burglary incidents and 39 bike thefts reported.

Of all the months between January 2017 and January this year – June was the highest for crime, with a total of 600 crimes reported to the local policing team.

The British Transport Police make regular crime checks at Cambridge North Station

How does this compare to last year?

Of the 429 crimes reported in January 2017 – 104 were anti-social behaviour, 41 vehicle crime, 44 criminal damage and arson, 77 violence and 28 for disorder – and 42 bike thefts.

3. Huntingdon

A total of 503 crimes were reported here in January 2018 – with violence and sexual offences the most common.

The area includes Godmanchester, Alconbury, Hamerton, Sawtry, Stilton and Yaxley.

In the Huntingdon policing teams area in just one month, there were 138 reports of violence or sex offences, 82 reports of anti-social behaviour and 49 of arson.

Theft and shoplifting were also high on the list of crimes reported to police in the Huntingdon area – with 67 offences of theft and 42 offences of shoplifting.

Between January 2017 and January this year – July was the most crime filled month, with 635 reports of crime to police in this area.

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How does this compare to last year?

A total of 513 crimes were reported here in January 2017 with violence and anti-social behaviour the most recorded.

There were 114 reports of violence and 131 of anti-social behaviour, 30 incidents of public disorder and 54 incidents of criminal damage and arson.

4. Cambridge city centre

Not surprisingly – given the number of shops, bars and pubs – the city centre saw a high number of crimes reported in January.

However, reported crimes fell slightly – from 400 in January 2017 to 388 in January this year.

While crime is high in this area, the population is just more than 7,000.

Of all the crimes reported in January 2018, anti-social behaviour was top of the list with 71 crimes of this nature reported.

Bicycle theft was next with 67 reports, while violence and sexual offence crimes came in next, with 62 reported.

Theft from a person was next on the list, with the local policing team receiving 45 reports of this nature.

Throughout the last year (January 2017-2018) March saw the highest number of recorded crimes, with 509 incidents.

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How does this compare to last year?

Anti-social behaviour was most reported at 129 and of course bike theft was bad at 52 offences.

There were also 17 reports of disorder, 47 violent attacks and two robberies.

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5. St Neots

The St Neots area of Cambridgeshire saw 326 crimes reported in January 2018.

This is a huge increase from the 220 crimes reported in the same policing area in January last year.

Of the top reported crimes in January 2018, anti-social behaviour instances ranked first, with 62 instances reported.

Violence and sexual offences crimes ranked next, with 57 crimes reported.

Burglary, vehicle crime and criminal damage and arson were the next three top ranking crime categories.

Between January 2017-2018, June was the worst ranking month for crime – with a whopping 344 crimes recorded.

Raiders smashed a door to break into Tackwood Transport, Foundry Way, Eaton Socon

How does this compare to last year?

Of the 220 crimes reported in January last year, the same categories came out top.

Anti-social behaviour, violence and sexual offences, burglary and criminal damage were all once again what local residents had reported most in terms of crime to their local policing team.

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6. Histon area

The Histon policing team covers a wide area and a population of almost 56,000.

Despite this, only 264 crimes were reported in January this year – a fall from 287 crimes for the same month in 2017.

The policing area includes Histon, Cottenham, Longstanton, Rampton, Swavesey, Willingham, Over, Cambourne and surrounding villages.

Violence and sexual offences came top of the list with 59 reports in this joint category reported to the local policing team.

Police outside Co-op in Histon

The next highest recorded crime was burglary, with 49 reports in January 2018 – and vehicle crime, with 42 reports the same month.

There were 29 reports of anti-social behaviour, and 20 reports of criminal damage or arson.

June 2017 was the highest month for crime – with 386 crimes recorded throughout the last year (January 2017-2018).

How does this compare to last year?

In January 2017, there were 28 burglaries reported, 65 acts of anti-social behaviour, 39 vehicle crimes, 14 disorder incidents and 12 bike thefts.

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7. St Ives and Ramsey

With a population of 55,000, this looks like a relatively low crime area with a total of 262 crimes reported in January 2018.

This compares to 265 offences reported in January last year.

Crimes in the violence and sexual offences category were the highest here, with 48 incidents reported.

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Anti-social behaviour was next with 47 crimes, followed by 31 instances of criminal damage or arson in January 2018.

Throughout the last year (January 2017-2018), July 2017 was the worst month of the year for crime, with a total of 415 crimes reported.

How does this compare to last year?

Of the crimes reported last year, 85 were for anti-social behaviour, 39 burglaries, 51 violent incidents, and just two bike thefts.

Police on the bridge on Harrison Way, St Ives in 2017

8. Cambourne

The Cambourne area saw a total of 206 crimes reported in January 2018, compared to 195 in the same month last year.

The violence and sexual offences category had the highest reports of crime – with 49 incidents.

This was followed by 35 instances of anti-social behaviour, and 32 instances of criminal damage and arson.

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Throughout the last year (January 2017-2018), May was the worst month for crime, wit 291 crimes reported in the Cambourne area.

How does this compare to last year?

There were 195 crimes in January 2017.

Anti-social behaviour crimes topped the list last year, followed by violence and sexual offences, then criminal damage and arson.

The children's gym equipment torched by vandals in Great Cambourne (Image: Cambourne Parish Council)

9. Sawston area policing team

It may have a population of 42,000 but this area had just 151 crimes reported in January 2018.

This is a drop in reports compared to the same month last year, which saw 179 crimes reported.

The policing area covers Duxford, Sawston, Linton, Balsham, Fulbourn and Trumpington.

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Throughout the crimes reported in January 2018, violence and sex offences were top of the list – with the local policing team receiving 31 reports.

Theft was next up with 30 reports, followed by vehicle crime with 18 reports and arson/criminal damage with 11 reports.

Throughout the last year (January 2017-2018), November was the worst month for crime, with 263 crimes being reported to the local policing team.

Officers at the scene of the ram-raid (Image: Phil Morley)

How does this compare to last year?

In 2017 anti-social behaviour was the main issue at 38 reports, with violence next at 32 followed by burglary at 26. And bike theft? Just one.

10. Ely south

With a population of 36,600, a total of 125 crimes were reported in January 2018.

This is a slight increase in crimes compared to January last year, which saw 106 crimes reported.

Violence and sex offences were top of the list, with 32 offences recorded in January 2018.

There were also 23 instances of vehicle crime, and 17 of anti-social behaviour.

Throughout the last year (January 2017-2018), May and September both saw 171 crimes recorded, making those the worst ranking months for crime in this area.

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How does this compare to last year?

The crimes in January 2017 included 36 anti-social behaviour incidents, 29 incidents of violence and no bike thefts.

11. Ely city centre

A total of 114 crimes were reported in the Ely city centre area in January 2018.

This is a slight increase from the same month last year (January 2017) in which 109 crimes were reported.

Anti-social behaviour was top of the list with 29 crimes reported, followed by violence and sexual offences, with 23 crimes reported.

Throughout the last year (January 2017-2018), June was the worst month for crimes – with 167 reported offences.

How does this compare to last year?

Of the 109 crimes recorded last year, including one bike theft, 14 burglaries, 14 violent offences and eight disorder reports.

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12. Ely north

With a population of 27,000, the north of the Ely area saw 101 crimes reported in January 2018.

This is a slight drop from the same month last year, which saw 110 crimes reported.

Anti-social behaviour was highest on the list for this area, with 26 crimes of this nature reported to police.

Next up was burglary, with 22 offences reported – followed by violence and sexual offences, with 19 offences reported.

May 2017 was the worth month for crime in this area throughout the last year (January 2017-2018), with 171 crimes reported to police.

Police inside the McDonald's at the Leisure Park in Ely in February.

How does this compare to last year?

The 110 crimes reported in January 2017 included 30 anti-social behaviour incidents, 25 violent crimes, no bike thefts and two robberies.