Wisbech Crime Overview

Wisbech is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cambridgeshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wisbech in 2020 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wisbech is the 34th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 462nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Wisbech was the worst medium-sized town in Cambridgeshire for burglary, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.54 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Wisbech residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 28 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Wisbech recorded 16 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.62 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wisbech are violence and sexual offences, with 1,180 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 19% higher than 2019's figure of 953 offences and a difference of 8.82 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Wisbech's least common crime is theft from the person, with 22 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 18% from 2019's figure of 26 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Wisbech This Year

 WisbechCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour77930.2715,57418.2140% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft522.023,0773.6078% safer
Burglary1254.863,8174.468% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson36114.036,9708.1542% more dangerous
Drugs1034.002,0212.3641% more dangerous
Other Crime441.711,4141.653.5% more dangerous
Other Theft2158.364,8155.6333% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons291.136150.7236% more dangerous
Public Order26810.426,0327.0532% more dangerous
Robbery371.445410.6356% more dangerous
Shoplifting1064.122,6523.1025% more dangerous
Theft From the Person220.855240.6128% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime863.344,2444.9649% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,18045.8624,34028.4538% more dangerous

Crime in Wisbech Compared To Cambridgeshire

Wisbech Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Neots2,06061.0167% safer
Huntingdon2,49496.506% safer
Wisbech2,628102.13-

Wisbech Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42384030Safer
Bicycle Theft3.52.74.12.0Safer
Burglary8684.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19181614Safer
Drugs3.53.22.24.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.02.11.7Safer
Other Theft12988Safer
Possession of Weapons0.971.11.71.1Safer
Public Order87910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.61.61.4Safer
Shoplifting181584.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.21.00.85Safer
Vehicle Crime6763.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42393746Getting worse

Changes In Wisbech's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Wisbech to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7151% safer
Coventry77.4132% safer
Croydon83.2223% safer
Sheffield85.8119% safer
Bristol86.2118% safer
Leicester97.444.8% safer
Wisbech102.13-
Birmingham102.870.72% more dangerous
Liverpool107.284.8% more dangerous
Bradford133.0223% more dangerous
Leeds137.1026% more dangerous

Crime in Wisbech's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wisbech North98687Second
Wisbech South & Peckover1,652115First

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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021