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Crime and Safety in Chesham

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Chesham is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 217 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chesham in 2021 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chesham is the 283rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,756th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Chesham had the worst crime rate in Buckinghamshire for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Chesham are violence and sexual offences, with 686 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 1.9% higher than 2020's figure of 673 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Chesham's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 233% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Chesham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Buckinghamshire

10% lower, regional crime rate

South East

11% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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

Chesham Crime Rate Over Time

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Chesham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Chesham 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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Historical Crime Rates for Chesham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021661,514
2020681,574
2019641,470
2018621,428
2017471,088
201643983

Crime in Chesham Compared To Buckinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Chesham This Year

 CheshamBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27511.927,6009.34 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.397300.90 131% safer
Burglary602.602,0542.52 3.1% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1365.905,4476.70 14% safer
Drugs632.731,9252.37 13% more dangerous
Other Crime401.731,0831.33 23% more dangerous
Other Theft1134.904,7855.88 20% safer
Possession of Weapons100.434340.53 23% safer
Public Order23410.157,9859.82 3.3% more dangerous
Robbery30.133500.43 231% safer
Shoplifting492.122,3092.84 34% safer
Theft From the Person311.347520.92 31% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime803.474,4725.50 59% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences68629.7425,86631.80 7% safer

Chesham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Marlow75152.0526% safer
Newport Pagnell77852.7324% safer
Buckingham81256.1717% safer
Princes Risborough44856.3516% safer
Wendover49057.5214% safer
Chesham1,51465.64-
Walton80467.272.4% more dangerous
Beaconsfield89269.956% more dangerous
West Bletchley1,59870.627% more dangerous
Shenley Church End1,17673.6711% more dangerous
Kents Hill, Monkston and Brinklow72285.0623% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chesham

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Recent Crimes in Chesham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Warrender RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Turners WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Nightingale RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Wallington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Broad StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Eunice GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bellingdon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Essex RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pheasant RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Little GreencroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near The ChaseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Chesham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17131412 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.650.430.780.39 Safer
Burglary63.83.82.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8896 Safer
Drugs1.72.92.62.7 Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.31.71.7 Getting worse
Other Theft7754.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.560.910.43 Safer
Public Order2.63.1610 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.870.780.430.13 Safer
Shoplifting4.471.82.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.10.821.3 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime8663.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20232930 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Chesham Moor-11-540.77

Comparing Chesham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9364% safer
Birmingham49.6032% safer
Chesham65.64-
Barnet67.082.1% more dangerous
Croydon82.4820% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0327% more dangerous
Bristol90.5227% more dangerous
Leicester111.5941% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Bradford132.2850% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Chesham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chesham East31154Third
Chesham South60085First
Chesham West60359Second

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 20 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).

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