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Crime and Safety in Soham

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Soham is the safest small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 100th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 262 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Soham in 2021 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 59% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Soham is the 278th safest small town, and the 3,812nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Soham was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for public order, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.99 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Soham residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Soham recorded 7 reports of burglary during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.54 the worst small town for burglary in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Soham are violence and sexual offences, with 274 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 27% lower than 2020's figure of 347 offences and a difference of 5.58 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Soham's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 400% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Soham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Small Towns, Cambridgeshire

54% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

67% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Soham is 54% lower than the East of England and 67% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Soham Crime Rate Over Time

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Soham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Soham 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

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Historical Crime Rates for Soham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202146598
202062807
201946603
201837486
201738495
201631400

Crime in Soham Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Soham This Year

 SohamCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1078.1814,13016.52 102% safer
Bicycle Theft20.152,6703.12 1980% safer
Burglary332.522,9603.46 37% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson534.056,5027.60 88% safer
Drugs80.611,9272.25 269% safer
Other Crime171.301,5871.86 43% safer
Other Theft493.754,9165.75 53% safer
Possession of Weapons20.156670.78 420% safer
Public Order1088.266,9928.17 1.1% more dangerous
Robbery10.085890.69 762% safer
Shoplifting130.992,7933.26 229% safer
Theft From the Person20.155670.66 340% safer
Vehicle Crime362.753,9104.57 66% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27420.9526,21330.64 46% safer

Soham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Soham59845.72-
Whittlesey89753.4414% more dangerous
Cambourne58956.1619% more dangerous
Ely1,27558.9022% more dangerous
Yaxley57160.0724% more dangerous
Ramsey49761.0125% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Soham

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Recent Crimes in Soham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Herbert Human CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Bushel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Staples LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West Drive GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Goose Fen DroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Churchgate StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brook Dam LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Broad PieceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Great Fen RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Staples LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cornmills RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cherry Tree LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cornmills RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Staples LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mill CornerInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kings ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect

Soham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour711138 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.380.380.690.15 Safer
Burglary3.53.73.12.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.4784.0 Safer
Drugs0.311.20.540.61 Safer
Other Crime0.920.840.921.3 Getting worse
Other Theft54.15.03.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.080.230.310.15 Getting worse
Public Order3.04.498 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.380.380.08 Safer
Shoplifting2.01.53.50.99 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.31-0.080.15 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.13.83.82.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15192721 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Soham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Soham45.72-
Barnet67.0832% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0549% more dangerous
Bristol90.5249% more dangerous
Coventry102.2455% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Soham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Soham64646First

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 the safest small town 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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