March Crime Overview

March is the most dangerous small town in Cambridgeshire, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in March in 2020 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, March is the 152nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,139th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, March was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for March residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. March recorded 17 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.74 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in March are violence and sexual offences, with 793 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 672 offences and a difference of 5.24 from 2019's crime rate of 29. March's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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See how March shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how March and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in March Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in March This Year

 MarchCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38716.7915,57418.218% safer
Bicycle Theft381.653,0773.60118% safer
Burglary1154.993,8174.4611% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2058.896,9708.158% more dangerous
Drugs351.522,0212.3655% safer
Other Crime934.031,4141.6559% more dangerous
Other Theft1526.594,8155.6315% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons170.746150.722.7% more dangerous
Public Order1596.906,0327.052.2% safer
Robbery120.525410.6321% safer
Shoplifting743.212,6523.103.4% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.305240.61103% safer
Vehicle Crime552.394,2444.96108% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences79334.3924,34028.4517% more dangerous

March Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ely1,28259.2329% safer
St. Ives1,04561.4124% safer
Soham80761.7023% safer
Ramsey50461.8723% safer
Littleport73574.332.4% safer
March1,75576.12-

Crime Over Time in March

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March Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19181617Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.51.81.6Getting worse
Burglary54.165.0No change
Criminal Damage and Arson98109Safer
Drugs0.781.31.31.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.62.32.54.0Getting worse
Other Theft9677Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.480.740.74Getting worse
Public Order4.24.377Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.220.350.52Getting worse
Shoplifting7653.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.520.610.30Safer
Vehicle Crime53.72.72.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19232934Getting worse

Changes In March's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in March's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
March Town Cricket Club1111302.8

Comparing March to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7112% safer
March76.12-
Coventry77.411.7% more dangerous
Croydon83.229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2112% more dangerous
Leicester97.4422% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8726% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in March's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
March East52567Third
March North71392First
March West51769Second

Crime in March During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in March change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when March saw a 1,200% increase in burglary. March saw a large fall in bicycle theft during July, when it fell by 86% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%-7%+8%+29%+4%+15%+24%+48%-23%-7%
Bicycle Theft---+200%-86%-67%-40%-+33%-67%
Burglary+29%+1,200%-31%-70%-31%-13%-36%+11%-39%-57%
Criminal Damage and Arson+12%--19%-67%-26%+24%+13%-19%-60%-32%
Drugs-+400%+100%-50%+300%-+33%+150%-67%-67%
Other Crime-25%+300%+367%+71%-+67%+350%--60%-57%
Other Theft+70%+17%-33%-50%+86%-59%+12%-35%-57%-47%
Possession of Weapons---33%---50%-25%--50%-
Public Order+5%-38%+110%-30%-50%-6%+21%+6%+50%-83%
Robbery---50%-------
Shoplifting-50%-36%-13%-53%-14%-60%-63%+50%+120%-25%
Theft From the Person+200%---------
Vehicle Crime+300%+100%--25%-62%-56%-+133%-60%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+39%-15%-29%+32%+24%+100%+22%-11%-12%+20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in March

What police force serves March?
March's local territorial police force is the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is March?
March is the most dangerous small town in Cambridgeshire.
What is March's most common crime?
The most common crimes in March are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in March?
March's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021