Chesham Crime Overview

Chesham is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 220 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chesham in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Buckinghamshire rate of 64 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chesham is the 214th most dangerous small town, and the 1,524th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Chesham was the worst small town in Buckinghamshire for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Chesham residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 29 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Chesham recorded 7 reports of other crime during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst small town for other crime in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Chesham are violence and sexual offences, with 673 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 22% higher than 2019's figure of 523 offences and a difference of 6.50 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Chesham's least common crime is robbery, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 80% from 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

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Crime in Chesham Compared To Buckinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Chesham This Year

 CheshamBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32314.007,9129.7330% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft180.788431.0433% safer
Burglary883.822,7283.3512% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2149.285,5836.8626% more dangerous
Drugs612.642,1102.591.9% more dangerous
Other Crime401.731,2971.598% more dangerous
Other Theft1185.124,5295.579% safer
Possession of Weapons210.915750.7122% more dangerous
Public Order1285.554,0314.9611% more dangerous
Robbery100.434300.5323% safer
Shoplifting421.822,3022.8355% safer
Theft From the Person190.827710.9516% safer
Vehicle Crime1426.165,2586.464.9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences67329.1821,68226.659% more dangerous

Chesham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Shenley Church End91957.5719% safer
Campbell Park97758.8016% safer
Marlow85459.1915% safer
Beaconsfield81063.527% safer
West Bletchley1,44563.867% safer
Chesham1,57468.24-
Iver96979.5014% more dangerous
Woughton on the Green1,16183.0018% more dangerous
Denham824108.4837% more dangerous
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford2,714143.9653% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chesham

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Recent Crimes in Chesham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationLocal resolution
August 2021Public orderOn or near Wallington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wallington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brushmakers CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Little GreencroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ShortwayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Gladstone RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upper George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Larks RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hivings ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hivings ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pearce RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harries CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Manor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Chesham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14171314Safer
Bicycle Theft0.480.650.430.78Getting worse
Burglary3.963.83.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8889Getting worse
Drugs0.871.72.92.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.821.01.31.7Getting worse
Other Theft6775Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.430.560.91Getting worse
Public Order0.952.63.16Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.870.780.43Safer
Shoplifting4.24.471.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.21.10.82Safer
Vehicle Crime6866Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13202329Getting worse

Changes In Chesham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chesham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Chesham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Chesham Moor-11-540.77

Comparing Chesham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.710.78% safer
Chesham68.24-
Coventry77.4112% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Chesham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chesham East33858Third
Chesham South59885First
Chesham West63863Second

Crime in Chesham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chesham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Chesham saw a 600% increase in burglary. Chesham saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 95% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+47%+111%+19%+3%-43%+31%-8%-16%+32%-9%
Bicycle Theft-+300%--50%+300%--67%+100%--
Burglary+20%+600%+50%-73%-+150%-60%+25%-14%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-53%-21%-15%+8%+20%+15%-33%+175%+107%
Drugs-25%-+125%+50%-57%-20%+25%-56%-33%-40%
Other Crime+75%-50%-+100%-33%-75%+100%-80%-50%-
Other Theft-29%-23%-25%-76%-33%-38%+36%-58%-20%-
Possession of Weapons-50%+100%--+50%-+100%--50%-
Public Order+75%-29%-9%+11%+33%+500%+220%+120%+300%+113%
Robbery-67%-50%-------33%-
Shoplifting-68%-95%-89%-78%--40%+14%-85%-91%-64%
Theft From the Person+300%-+150%-----+100%-
Vehicle Crime+18%+60%-9%+57%+78%-56%-13%-47%-18%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-17%+71%+10%+63%+44%+2%+41%+22%+51%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chesham

What police force serves Chesham?
Chesham's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is Chesham?
Chesham is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire.
What is Chesham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Chesham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Chesham?
Chesham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021