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Crime and Safety in Wisbech

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Wisbech is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cambridgeshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 262 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wisbech in 2021 was 124 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wisbech is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 307th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Wisbech was the worst medium-sized town in Cambridgeshire for criminal damage and arson, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.97 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Wisbech residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.58 per 1,000 residents. Wisbech recorded 19 reports of drugs during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.74 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wisbech are violence and sexual offences, with 1,346 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 1,180 offences and a difference of 6.45 from 2020's crime rate of 46. Wisbech's least common crime is theft from the person, with 22 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 22 crimes.

Wisbech 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Cambridgeshire

43% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

38% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wisbech is 43% higher than the East of England and 38% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wisbech Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Wisbech 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 Wisbech

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211243,181
20201022,628
20191042,689
20181112,860
20171253,204
2016962,478

Crime in Wisbech Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wisbech This Year

 WisbechCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour69226.8914,13016.52 39% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft993.852,6703.12 19% more dangerous
Burglary1545.982,9603.46 42% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson37514.576,5027.60 48% more dangerous
Drugs963.731,9272.25 40% more dangerous
Other Crime772.991,5871.86 38% more dangerous
Other Theft2308.944,9165.75 36% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons501.946670.78 60% more dangerous
Public Order35213.686,9928.17 40% more dangerous
Robbery301.175890.69 41% more dangerous
Shoplifting2278.822,7933.26 63% more dangerous
Theft From the Person220.855670.66 22% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1234.783,9104.57 4.4% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,34652.3126,21330.64 41% more dangerous

Wisbech Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Neots1,81453.73130% safer
Huntingdon2,32790.0437% safer
Wisbech3,181123.63-

Crime Over Time in Wisbech

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Recent Crimes in Wisbech

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Henry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blackfriars RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Albany RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Savory RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Prince StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near LarksfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stermyn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hillburn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kenlan RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near South BrinkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Hawkins DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eastfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clayton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near St Augustines RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Musticott PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albany RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Boleness RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wisbech Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38403027 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.74.12.03.8 Getting worse
Burglary684.96 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18161415 Safer
Drugs3.22.24.03.7 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.11.73.0 Getting worse
Other Theft9889 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.71.11.9 Getting worse
Public Order791014 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.61.41.2 Safer
Shoplifting1584.19 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.00.850.85 Safer
Vehicle Crime763.34.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39374652 Getting worse

Changes In Wisbech's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wisbech's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Wisbech that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Wisbech Park14211323.3

Comparing Wisbech to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0884% safer
Croydon82.4850% safer
Sheffield90.0537% safer
Bristol90.5237% safer
Coventry102.2421% safer
Leicester111.5911% safer
Liverpool123.060.46% safer
Wisbech123.63-
Birmingham129.644.6% more dangerous
Bradford132.287% more dangerous
Leeds150.9418% more dangerous

Crime in Wisbech's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wisbech North1,151101Second
Wisbech South & Peckover2,036142First

Crime in Wisbech During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wisbech change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Wisbech saw a 700% increase in drugs. Wisbech saw a large fall in burglary during October, when it fell by 96% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-19%-46%-34%-31%+8%-11%-31%-21%-45%+33%
Bicycle Theft+150%-25%--80%-50%-33%-43%-75%-57%-77%
Burglary+55%+25%+70%-63%-53%-50%-76%-96%--43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-7%-20%-26%+3%-5%+16%-9%-18%-30%-62%
Drugs-17%+700%+138%+43%+50%+14%-14%+200%+60%+200%
Other Crime+20%-75%+100%--50%+100%--75%-40%-67%
Other Theft+191%-48%-37%+25%+75%-17%-21%+6%-35%+25%
Possession of Weapons-33%-75%--50%-+100%+67%-50%-+33%
Public Order+100%-14%+120%-5%-29%+65%+23%+29%-8%+10%
Robbery---50%-80%-33%+100%+40%-+50%-20%
Shoplifting-18%-96%-71%-78%-53%--45%-82%+88%-18%
Theft From the Person----67%-67%-33%+100%-+50%-
Vehicle Crime-50%-69%-31%-43%-57%-37%-70%+125%-33%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%+13%+35%+21%+32%+24%+26%+13%+16%+48%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wisbech

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

How dangerous is Wisbech?
Wisbech is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cambridgeshire.

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

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

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