High Wycombe Crime Overview

High Wycombe is the safest major town in Buckinghamshire, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 220 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in High Wycombe in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.9% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 64 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, High Wycombe is the 24th safest major town, and the 1,908th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, High Wycombe had the worst crime rate in Buckinghamshire for burglary, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for High Wycombe residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 72 crimes at a rate of 0.68 per 1,000 residents. High Wycombe recorded 29 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst for drugs in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in High Wycombe are violence and sexual offences, with 2,723 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 2,403 offences and a difference of 3.02 from 2019's crime rate of 23. High Wycombe's least common crime is robbery, with 53 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 36% from 2019's figure of 72 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in High Wycombe This Year

 High WycombeBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,17211.047,9129.7312% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft650.618431.0470% safer
Burglary2702.542,7283.3532% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6546.165,5836.8611% safer
Drugs3203.012,1102.5914% more dangerous
Other Crime1301.221,2971.5930% safer
Other Theft7517.074,5295.5721% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons870.825750.7113% more dangerous
Public Order5234.934,0314.960.61% safer
Robbery530.504300.536% safer
Shoplifting3082.902,3022.832.4% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1401.327710.9528% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5875.535,2586.4617% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,72325.6521,68226.653.9% safer

Crime in High Wycombe Compared To Buckinghamshire

High Wycombe Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
High Wycombe6,61162.27-
Aylesbury4,94366.817% more dangerous

High Wycombe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14121311Safer
Bicycle Theft0.630.630.890.61Safer
Burglary3.23.33.62.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs3.13.22.63.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.11.21.2Getting worse
Other Theft9897Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.760.970.82Getting worse
Public Order1.83.13.54.9Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.570.550.680.50Safer
Shoplifting874.62.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.21.21.3Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.8676Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14202326Getting worse

Changes In High Wycombe's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing High Wycombe to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
High Wycombe62.27-
Barnet67.718% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in High Wycombe's Neighbourhoods

Town Centre & Marlow Hill is the most dangerous neighbourhood in High Wycombe, followed by Oakridge & Castlefield in second place, and Sands as the third most dangerous area. High Wycombe's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bowerdean, Terriers & Amersham Hill, and Totteridge.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bowerdean31345Sixth
Oakridge & Castlefield94497Second
Ryemead & Wycombe Marsh62565Fourth
Sands49872Third
Terriers & Amersham Hill47657Fifth
Totteridge28942Seventh
Town Centre & Marlow Hill1,655140First

High Wycombe Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of High Wycombe for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBowerdean (57)Oakridge & Castlefield (199)
Bicycle TheftTotteridge (2)Ryemead & Wycombe Marsh (15)
BurglaryBowerdean (15)Sands (42)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBowerdean (36)Oakridge & Castlefield (111)
DrugsTotteridge (16)Oakridge & Castlefield (67)
Other CrimeBowerdean (8)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (31)
Other TheftTotteridge (15)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (152)
Possession of WeaponsTotteridge (2)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (24)
Public OrderTotteridge (18)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (159)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bowerdean (1)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (17)
ShopliftingTerriers & Amersham Hill (1)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (176)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Totteridge (4)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (75)
Vehicle CrimeBowerdean (21)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (122)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTotteridge (146)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (649)

Crime in High Wycombe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in High Wycombe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when High Wycombe saw a 600% increase in possession of weapons. High Wycombe saw a large fall in bicycle theft during November, when it fell by 91% compared to November in 2019. Rates of anti-social behaviour and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during High Wycombe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%-15%-27%-30%-25%-19%-27%-9%-2%+83%
Bicycle Theft--+38%+100%+14%-38%--55%-91%-80%
Burglary-6%-13%-16%-25%+22%-13%+4%-43%-79%-76%
Criminal Damage and Arson+37%-54%+8%-23%+11%-17%-5%-10%-12%-33%
Drugs+106%-19%-13%+33%-4%+17%+48%-9%-4%-3%
Other Crime-13%+20%-56%+44%-6%+67%+86%-18%+56%-17%
Other Theft+2%-47%-30%-20%-36%-30%-12%-21%-15%-25%
Possession of Weapons+50%+40%-44%-+600%-38%-54%-43%-55%-43%
Public Order+48%-17%-10%+14%+41%+48%+20%+69%+122%+24%
Robbery-73%+200%-60%+20%+400%-63%-40%-57%--
Shoplifting-61%-76%-75%-64%-23%-14%-33%+2%+4%-25%
Theft From the Person+9%-10%-50%+17%+88%-17%+129%-20%+60%-6%
Vehicle Crime-17%-44%-19%-48%-44%-8%+34%-18%+24%-51%
Violence and Sexual Offences+7%+11%+10%+9%+8%+13%+11%+5%+27%+13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in High Wycombe

What police force serves High Wycombe?
High Wycombe's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is High Wycombe?
High Wycombe is the safest major town in Buckinghamshire.
What is High Wycombe's most common crime?
The most common crimes in High Wycombe are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in High Wycombe?
High Wycombe's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021