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Crime and Safety in Marlow

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Marlow is among the top 20 safest small towns in Buckinghamshire, and is the 61st most dangerous overall out of Buckinghamshire's 217 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Marlow in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Buckinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 37% lower than the Buckinghamshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Marlow is the 373rd safest small town, and the 2,987th 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. April 2018 was also a bad month for Marlow residents, when it was Buckinghamshire's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.28 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Marlow are violence and sexual offences, with 282 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 19% lower than 2020's figure of 335 offences and a difference of 3.68 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Marlow's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 133% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Marlow 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Small Towns, Buckinghamshire

38% lower, regional crime rate

South East

40% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Marlow is 38% lower than the South East and 40% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Marlow Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Marlow 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 Marlow

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202152751
202059854
201954783
201860871
201750718
201645650

Crime in Marlow Compared To Buckinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Marlow This Year

 MarlowBuckinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1379.497,6009.34 1.6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.557300.90 64% safer
Burglary271.872,0542.52 35% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson724.995,4476.70 34% safer
Drugs302.081,9252.37 14% safer
Other Crime120.831,0831.33 60% safer
Other Theft825.684,7855.88 3.5% safer
Possession of Weapons40.284340.53 89% safer
Public Order1067.357,9859.82 34% safer
Robbery30.213500.43 105% safer
Shoplifting302.082,3092.84 37% safer
Theft From the Person70.497520.92 88% safer
Vehicle Crime886.104,4725.50 10% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences28219.5425,86631.80 63% safer

Marlow Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chepping Wycombe61343.3520% safer
Wooburn51448.338% safer
Chalfont St. Peter66850.612.8% safer
Amersham78851.750.58% safer
Gerrards Cross43651.820.44% safer
Marlow75152.05-
Newport Pagnell77852.731.3% more dangerous
Buckingham81256.177% more dangerous
Princes Risborough44856.358% more dangerous
Wendover49057.5210% more dangerous
Chesham1,51465.6421% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Marlow

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Recent Crimes in Marlow

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Deanfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near KlondykeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newfield WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cambridge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gossmore CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Prospect RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Fieldhouse LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Jerome CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wing CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Institute RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Jerome CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Prospect RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chiltern RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gunthorpe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen'S RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Foxes PieceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sandygate RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Marlow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1211109 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.830.623.90.55 Safer
Burglary563.31.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8675.0 Safer
Drugs1.50.970.972.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.211.20.83 Getting worse
Other Theft10966 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.350.490.28 Safer
Public Order2.52.74.67 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.900.550.490.21 Safer
Shoplifting652.52.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.71.20.49 Safer
Vehicle Crime764.66 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences16152320 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Marlow to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9330% safer
Birmingham49.604.9% safer
Marlow52.05-
Barnet67.0822% more dangerous
Croydon82.4837% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0342% more dangerous
Bristol90.5242% more dangerous
Leicester111.5953% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Marlow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Marlow East32258First
Marlow West & North42949Second

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 20 safest 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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