Marlow Crime Overview

Marlow is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 220 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Marlow in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 64 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Marlow is the 328th most dangerous small town, and the 2,164th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Marlow had the worst crime rate in Buckinghamshire for bicycle theft, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Marlow residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.42 per 1,000 residents. Marlow recorded 4 reports of robbery during April 2018, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst for robbery in Buckinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Marlow are violence and sexual offences, with 335 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 34% higher than 2019's figure of 222 offences and a difference of 7.83 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Marlow's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 29% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Marlow Compared To Buckinghamshire

Summary of Crimes in Marlow This Year

 MarlowBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14910.337,9129.736% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft563.888431.0473% more dangerous
Burglary473.262,7283.352.8% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1017.005,5836.862.0% more dangerous
Drugs140.972,1102.59167% safer
Other Crime171.181,2971.5935% safer
Other Theft845.824,5295.574.3% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.495750.7145% safer
Public Order664.574,0314.969% safer
Robbery70.494300.538% safer
Shoplifting362.492,3022.8314% safer
Theft From the Person181.257710.9524% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime664.575,2586.4641% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33523.2221,68226.6515% safer

Marlow Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Linford97750.0218% safer
Amersham80252.6712% safer
Newport Pagnell79453.8110% safer
Shenley Church End91957.572.8% safer
Campbell Park97758.800.66% safer
Marlow85459.19-
Beaconsfield81063.527% more dangerous
West Bletchley1,44563.867% more dangerous
Chesham1,57468.2413% more dangerous
Iver96979.5026% more dangerous
Woughton on the Green1,16183.0029% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Marlow

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Marlow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14121110Safer
Bicycle Theft1.20.830.623.9Getting worse
Burglary4.7563.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6867Getting worse
Drugs1.21.50.970.97Safer
Other Crime0.491.00.211.2Getting worse
Other Theft111096Safer
Possession of Weapons0.140.420.350.49Getting worse
Public Order0.972.52.74.6Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.900.550.49Safer
Shoplifting6652.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.01.71.2Safer
Vehicle Crime4.8764.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11161523Getting worse

Changes In Marlow's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Marlow's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Riley Recreation Ground1----00.48

Comparing Marlow to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Marlow59.19-
Barnet67.7113% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Marlow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Marlow East34562First
Marlow West & North50958Second

Crime in Marlow During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Marlow change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Marlow saw a 1,600% increase in bicycle theft. Marlow saw a large fall in shoplifting during March, when it fell by 83% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+64%-47%-26%--29%+47%-30%-31%+23%+9%
Bicycle Theft--+100%--+1,600%+900%+67%--
Burglary+100%--36%-40%-71%+150%-+200%-78%-80%
Criminal Damage and Arson+86%-67%-63%+80%+180%+400%-44%-36%-29%-53%
Drugs-----50%----+100%
Other Crime------+100%---
Other Theft-23%-+50%-60%+8%+33%--30%--50%
Possession of Weapons---50%-------
Public Order+200%-33%+75%+50%+150%-50%+17%+33%+900%+150%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-83%--75%--43%-75%-75%-50%-38%+50%
Theft From the Person----83%------
Vehicle Crime-50%-58%-71%+40%-56%--+200%+150%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences+106%+43%+33%+20%+29%+167%+107%-+14%+88%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Marlow

What police force serves Marlow?
Marlow's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is Marlow?
Marlow is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Buckinghamshire.
What is Marlow's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Marlow are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Marlow?
Marlow's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021