Search...
Home
/
Buckinghamshire
/
High Wycombe

Crime and Safety in High Wycombe

Page highlights:

High Wycombe is the safest major town in Buckinghamshire, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 216 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in High Wycombe in 2021 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.5% higher than the Buckinghamshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, High Wycombe is the 34th safest major town, and the 1,387th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, High Wycombe had the worst crime rate in Buckinghamshire for burglary, with 43 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for High Wycombe residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 79 crimes at a rate of 0.74 per 1,000 residents. High Wycombe recorded 69 reports of other theft during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.65 the worst for other theft in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in High Wycombe are violence and sexual offences, with 3,342 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 2,740 offences and a difference of 5.67 from 2020's crime rate of 26. High Wycombe's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 56 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 18% from 2020's figure of 66 crimes.

High Wycombe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Buckinghamshire

2.0% higher, regional crime rate

South East

4.2% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in High Wycombe is 2.0% higher than the South East and 4.2% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

High Wycombe Crime Rate Over Time

>
High Wycombe
South East
England, Wales & NI

High Wycombe Crime Map

Incidents mapped in High Wycombe represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

Use Crime Map

Hover over a point to see a breakdown of crime types recorded at that location. You can also filter by individual crime types, or use a combinations of offences to visualize the data you need.

Tap to view map
Incident key:
 
Low
 
Medium
 
High
Design element, blobs on the top Design element, blobs on the bottom

Monthly
Crime Reports

Set up monthly updates on crime & public safety issues. We never spam.

Area
All of the UK
High Wycombe
Frequency
Monthly
ASAP
Type
Local Resident
Investor
Other

Historical Crime Rates for High Wycombe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021737,791
2020616,526
2019636,645
2018596,265
2017525,565
2016505,312

Crime in High Wycombe Compared To Buckinghamshire

Are you researching this topic for an article or project?

We're available to answer questions about crime data and can supply custom data to support your work.

Questions & Requests

Email us directly

[email protected]

Summary of Crimes in High Wycombe This Year

 High WycombeBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,13710.717,6009.34 13% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft560.537300.90 70% safer
Burglary2762.602,0542.52 3.1% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6866.465,4476.70 3.7% safer
Drugs2962.791,9252.37 15% more dangerous
Other Crime1381.301,0831.33 2.3% safer
Other Theft6976.574,7855.88 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons670.634340.53 16% more dangerous
Public Order1,14810.817,9859.82 9% more dangerous
Robbery570.543500.43 20% more dangerous
Shoplifting3633.422,3092.84 17% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1271.207520.92 23% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5385.074,4725.50 8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,34231.4825,86931.80 1.0% safer

High Wycombe Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
High Wycombe7,79173.39-
Aylesbury5,88379.528% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in High Wycombe

View crime percentage over time for

Recent Crimes in High Wycombe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022DrugsOn or near FrogmoorLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Tavistock MewsLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Booker PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Castle StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grenfell AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Campbell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hicks Farm RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ryemead WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Castle StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near The RoperiesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hylton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

High Wycombe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12121111 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.620.890.620.53 Safer
Burglary3.53.72.52.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6666 Safer
Drugs3.02.63.12.8 Safer
Other Crime1.01.21.31.3 Getting worse
Other Theft8867 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.761.00.800.63 Safer
Public Order3.03.54.811 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.660.520.54 Safer
Shoplifting64.22.83.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.11.31.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime6755 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19232631 Getting worse

Changes In High Wycombe's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in High Wycombe's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in High Wycombe that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Desborough Recreation Ground--1-110.54

Comparing High Wycombe to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.089% safer
High Wycombe73.39-
Croydon82.4811% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0519% more dangerous
Bristol90.5219% more dangerous
Coventry102.2428% more dangerous
Leicester111.5934% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0640% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6443% more dangerous
Bradford132.2845% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% 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
Bowerdean36453Sixth
Oakridge & Castlefield1,033106Second
Ryemead & Wycombe Marsh83586Fourth
Sands62690Third
Terriers & Amersham Hill56467Fifth
Totteridge33549Seventh
Town Centre & Marlow Hill2,109179First

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 BehaviourTotteridge (57)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (233)
Bicycle TheftTotteridge (1)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (26)
BurglaryTotteridge (11)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (65)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBowerdean (27)Oakridge & Castlefield (113)
DrugsTerriers & Amersham Hill (19)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (79)
Other CrimeTerriers & Amersham Hill (9)Oakridge & Castlefield (21)
Other TheftBowerdean (21)Terriers & Amersham Hill (101)
Possession of WeaponsBowerdean (2)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (23)
Public OrderTotteridge (25)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (411)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Terriers & Amersham Hill (1)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (19)
ShopliftingOakridge & Castlefield (3)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (255)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Totteridge (2)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (67)
Vehicle CrimeBowerdean (27)Oakridge & Castlefield (87)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTotteridge (180)Town Centre & Marlow Hill (773)

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 400% increase in robbery. 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 burglary both fell year-on-year for every month during High Wycombe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-20%-10%-26%-34%-28%-18%-31%-16%-8%+59%
Bicycle Theft--+13%+100%+43%-38%--55%-91%-80%
Burglary-6%-25%-30%-33%+4%-16%-13%-43%-84%-76%
Criminal Damage and Arson+41%-50%+12%-16%+22%-11%-3%-3%-6%-28%
Drugs+106%-19%-10%+33%+4%+17%+36%-6%-4%+3%
Other Crime---53%+44%+13%+67%+86%+18%+30%-17%
Other Theft-5%-45%-25%-30%-38%-44%-6%-20%-8%-24%
Possession of Weapons+50%+40%-56%-13%+333%-38%-54%-47%-58%-47%
Public Order+50%-12%-16%+18%+43%+59%+33%+58%+127%+5%
Robbery-64%+200%-60%+60%+400%-67%-25%-57%--
Shoplifting-55%-71%-71%-55%-15%-20%-26%-5%-4%-14%
Theft From the Person+9%-10%-43%+50%+88%-17%+114%-14%+50%-6%
Vehicle Crime-24%-34%-15%-50%-42%-8%+25%-24%+18%-48%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%+15%+12%+9%+14%+10%+16%+6%+26%+12%

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 bicycle theft.

Search icon

Search by area