Whittlesey Crime Overview

Whittlesey is among the top 5 safest small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 69th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whittlesey in 2020 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 31% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whittlesey is the 389th most dangerous small town, and the 2,579th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Whittlesey was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for criminal damage and arson, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.83 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Whittlesey residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Whittlesey recorded 10 reports of vehicle crime during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.60 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Whittlesey are violence and sexual offences, with 449 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 372 offences and a difference of 4.59 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Whittlesey's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Whittlesey Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Whittlesey This Year

 WhittleseyCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25715.3115,57418.2119% safer
Bicycle Theft40.243,0773.601400% safer
Burglary543.223,8174.4639% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1056.266,9708.1530% safer
Drugs211.252,0212.3689% safer
Other Crime301.791,4141.658% more dangerous
Other Theft704.174,8155.6335% safer
Possession of Weapons30.186150.72300% safer
Public Order1036.146,0327.0515% safer
Shoplifting140.832,6523.10273% safer
Theft From the Person50.305240.61103% safer
Vehicle Crime553.284,2444.9651% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44926.7524,34028.456% safer

Whittlesey Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hampton Hargate and Vale42830.4679% safer
Orton Longueville41038.0443% safer
Yaxley47950.398% safer
Cambourne54451.874.9% safer
Whittlesey91354.39-
Bretton73656.674.0% more dangerous
Orton Waterville57656.724.1% more dangerous
Chatteris64157.485% more dangerous
Ely1,28259.238% more dangerous
St. Ives1,04561.4111% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whittlesey

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Whittlesey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20101315Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.771.10.600.24Safer
Burglary4.154.53.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10566Safer
Drugs0.830.420.601.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.891.11.11.8Getting worse
Other Theft7554.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.240.120.240.18Safer
Public Order4.32.74.16Getting worse
Shoplifting1.41.60.950.83Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.420.300.30No change
Vehicle Crime53.63.73.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13182227Getting worse

Changes In Whittlesey's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whittlesey to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whittlesey54.39-
Barnet67.7120% more dangerous
Coventry77.4130% more dangerous
Croydon83.2235% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8137% more dangerous
Bristol86.2137% more dangerous
Leicester97.4444% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8747% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2849% more dangerous
Bradford133.0259% more dangerous
Leeds137.1060% more dangerous

Crime in Whittlesey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Coates, Benwick & Pondersbridge30050Second
Whittlesey66656First

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 among the top 5 safest small towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021