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Crime and Safety in Whittlesey

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Whittlesey is the second safest small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 66th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 262 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whittlesey in 2021 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whittlesey is the 381st safest small town, and the 2,885th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Whittlesey was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Whittlesey residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Whittlesey recorded 4 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for other crime in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Whittlesey are violence and sexual offences, with 415 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 8% lower than 2020's figure of 449 offences and a difference of 2.03 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Whittlesey's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 150% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Whittlesey 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Cambridgeshire

32% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

43% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whittlesey is 32% lower than the East of England and 43% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whittlesey Crime Rate Over Time

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Whittlesey Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Whittlesey 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 Whittlesey

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202153897
202054913
201950835
201845749
201748812
201637624

Crime in Whittlesey Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Whittlesey This Year

 WhittleseyCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19911.8614,13016.52 39% safer
Bicycle Theft30.182,6703.12 1633% safer
Burglary432.562,9603.46 35% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1046.206,5027.60 23% safer
Drugs160.951,9272.25 137% safer
Other Crime382.261,5871.86 18% more dangerous
Other Theft754.474,9165.75 29% safer
Possession of Weapons60.366670.78 117% safer
Public Order1146.796,9928.17 20% safer
Robbery40.245890.69 188% safer
Shoplifting181.072,7933.26 205% safer
Theft From the Person20.125670.66 450% safer
Vehicle Crime593.513,9104.57 30% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41524.7226,21330.64 24% safer

Whittlesey Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Soham59845.7217% safer
Whittlesey89753.44-
Cambourne58956.164.8% more dangerous
Ely1,27558.909% more dangerous
Yaxley57160.0711% more dangerous
Ramsey49761.0112% more dangerous
St. Ives1,06862.7615% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whittlesey

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Recent Crimes in Whittlesey

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roman CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Plough RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blackthorn CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Swallow CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King'S DykeUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Briggate CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Linley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oxford GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Swallow CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Duddington GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Jones LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Park/Open SpaceLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Richardson WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kings DelphInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chapel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect

Whittlesey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10131512 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.10.600.240.18 Safer
Burglary54.53.22.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5666 Safer
Drugs0.420.601.20.95 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.11.82.3 Getting worse
Other Theft554.24.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.120.240.180.36 Getting worse
Public Order2.74.167 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.18-0.24 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.60.950.831.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.420.300.300.12 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.63.73.33.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18222725 Getting worse

Changes In Whittlesey's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whittlesey to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whittlesey53.44-
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0541% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2448% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0657% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6459% more dangerous
Bradford132.2860% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Whittlesey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Coates, Benwick & Pondersbridge29649Second
Whittlesey68958First

Crime in Whittlesey During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whittlesey change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Whittlesey saw a 400% increase in drugs. Whittlesey saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+100%+14%+64%+53%-5%+18%+110%-20%-
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+75%-60%+40%-75%-67%-17%-33%-50%-33%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+233%-69%+50%+100%+117%+14%-62%--63%+80%
Drugs--+100%+200%--+200%+400%-50%-
Other Crime+150%--+200%---+100%-75%-50%
Other Theft-43%-60%--50%-13%-14%+200%+20%+25%-38%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+25%+50%+325%-60%-10%-21%+140%--29%-40%
Shoplifting--+100%-50%-+100%-50%---
Theft From the Person--------50%--
Vehicle Crime+33%-89%-71%-+100%-25%--67%+125%+67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%+15%+36%+100%+85%+29%-39%-11%+24%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whittlesey

What police force serves Whittlesey?
Whittlesey's local territorial police force is the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Whittlesey?
Whittlesey is the second safest small town in Cambridgeshire.

What is Whittlesey's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Whittlesey are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Whittlesey?
Whittlesey's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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