Soham Crime Overview

Soham is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Soham in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Soham is the 293rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,952nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Soham was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for public order, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Soham residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Soham recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Soham are violence and sexual offences, with 347 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 29% higher than 2019's figure of 247 offences and a difference of 7.64 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Soham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Soham Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Soham This Year

 SohamCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17013.0015,57418.2140% safer
Bicycle Theft90.693,0773.60422% safer
Burglary413.133,8174.4642% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1047.956,9708.152.5% safer
Drugs70.542,0212.36337% safer
Other Crime120.921,4141.6579% safer
Other Theft654.974,8155.6313% safer
Possession of Weapons40.316150.72132% safer
Public Order1178.956,0327.0521% more dangerous
Robbery50.385410.6366% safer
Shoplifting463.522,6523.1012% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.085240.61662% safer
Vehicle Crime493.754,2444.9632% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34726.5324,34028.457% safer

Soham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bretton73656.679% safer
Orton Waterville57656.729% safer
Chatteris64157.487% safer
Ely1,28259.234.2% safer
St. Ives1,04561.410.47% safer
Soham80761.70-
Ramsey50461.870.27% more dangerous
Littleport73574.3317% more dangerous
March1,75576.1219% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Soham

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Soham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1371113Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.230.380.380.69Getting worse
Burglary4.23.53.73.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.33.478Getting worse
Drugs0.540.311.20.54Safer
Other Crime0.690.920.840.92Getting worse
Other Theft554.15.0Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.080.080.230.31Getting worse
Public Order2.23.04.49Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.150.380.38Getting worse
Shoplifting2.22.01.53.5Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.150.31-0.08Safer
Vehicle Crime4.73.13.83.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13151927Getting worse

Changes In Soham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Soham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Qua Fen Common2-1--20.23

Comparing Soham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Soham61.70-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Soham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Soham85661First

Crime in Soham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Soham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Soham saw a 600% increase in public order. Soham saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+80%+18%-8%-+163%+82%-13%+50%-20%-23%
Bicycle Theft----+100%-----
Burglary---50%-25%-83%+100%+25%+150%+67%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+250%-55%-13%-29%+60%+160%-67%+100%-28%-25%
Drugs----+200%-----67%
Other Crime--+100%-+100%--50%---
Other Theft+133%-67%+100%-30%+67%+150%-50%--60%-20%
Public Order+600%-14%+125%+300%+57%+175%+225%+300%+33%-17%
Shoplifting-50%+300%+350%+167%-+33%+100%-+100%+100%
Vehicle Crime+20%+100%+100%+14%-25%-50%+100%-50%--25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+243%+67%+89%+59%+64%+119%+42%-47%-29%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Soham

What police force serves Soham?
Soham's local territorial police force is the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Soham?
Soham is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cambridgeshire.
What is Soham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Soham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Soham?
Soham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021