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Crime and Safety in Congleton

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Congleton is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Cheshire, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 323 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Congleton in 2021 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% lower than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Congleton is the 69th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,357th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Congleton had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Congleton are violence and sexual offences, with 843 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 24% lower than 2020's figure of 1,046 offences and a difference of 7.62 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Congleton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 367% from 2020's figure of 14 crimes.

Congleton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Cheshire

12% higher, regional crime rate

North West

25% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Congleton is 12% higher than the North West and 25% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Congleton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Congleton represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Congleton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021581,552
2020751,992
2019832,203
2018701,871
2017701,856
2016541,432

Crime in Congleton Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Congleton This Year

 CongletonCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour51519.3321,87620.51 6% safer
Bicycle Theft30.117150.67 509% safer
Burglary552.062,7482.58 25% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1485.566,8936.46 16% safer
Drugs190.711,3211.24 75% safer
Other Crime150.561,4011.31 134% safer
Other Theft702.634,6064.32 64% safer
Possession of Weapons60.233000.28 22% safer
Public Order2469.2412,87212.07 31% safer
Robbery50.193560.33 74% safer
Shoplifting1084.053,3363.13 23% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.152240.21 40% safer
Vehicle Crime301.132,1342.00 77% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences84331.6539,46437.00 17% safer

Congleton Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Sankey1,33143.6234% safer
Wilmslow1,42855.395% safer
Congleton1,55258.27-
Macclesfield4,59282.3129% more dangerous
Winsford3,06596.8040% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Congleton

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Recent Crimes in Congleton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whittaker CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whittaker CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Norfolk RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Eaton BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newlyn AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Sandbach RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bradbury GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brooklands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brunswick StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Congleton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22182419 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.450.830.530.11 Safer
Burglary3.93.83.42.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7986 Safer
Drugs1.30.751.10.71 Safer
Other Crime1.41.71.40.56 Safer
Other Theft663.92.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.260.230.380.23 Safer
Public Order1313129 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.110.300.380.19 Safer
Shoplifting4.54.52.84.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.600.680.110.15 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.951.41.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30373932 Getting worse

Changes In Congleton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Congleton's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Astbury Mere Country Park13-31410.68
Timbersbrook Picnic Area3-1-114.1

Comparing Congleton to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9346% safer
Birmingham49.6017% safer
Congleton58.27-
Barnet67.0813% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0335% more dangerous
Bristol90.5236% more dangerous
Leicester111.5948% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0653% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Congleton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Buglawton51071Second
Congleton Town68095First
Congleton West Heath23835Third
Hightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook12423Fourth

Congleton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (60)Congleton Town (188)
Bicycle TheftCongleton Town (3)Congleton Town (3)
BurglaryHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (2)Congleton Town (26)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (11)Buglawton (63)
DrugsCongleton West Heath (2)Congleton Town (7)
Other CrimeCongleton Town (3)Congleton West Heath (5)
Other TheftHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (7)Congleton Town (32)
Possession of WeaponsBuglawton (2)Congleton Town (4)
Public OrderHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (18)Congleton Town (124)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Buglawton (5)Buglawton (5)
ShopliftingHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (2)Congleton Town (78)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Congleton Town (1)Congleton West Heath (3)
Vehicle CrimeHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (5)Congleton Town (9)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (73)Congleton Town (346)

Crime in Congleton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Congleton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Congleton saw a 400% increase in drugs. Congleton saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 96% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+22%+104%+156%+20%+5%-+8%-10%+29%+45%
Bicycle Theft---83%+50%--80%----
Burglary+100%-22%-33%+57%+100%-75%-73%+25%+14%-94%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-38%--14%--5%-5%-10%-25%-21%
Drugs+200%-80%+400%+300%-+50%+100%---
Other Crime--+25%-75%--40%-25%+67%--50%
Other Theft-43%-17%--57%-36%-70%-47%-20%-33%-
Possession of Weapons--+200%-------
Public Order-13%-39%-15%+14%-7%+7%+28%-18%-15%-42%
Robbery------+100%---50%
Shoplifting-50%-67%-75%-76%+11%-50%-62%-50%+80%-31%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+50%-50%-50%-43%-56%--91%-93%-89%-96%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-+5%+5%-+13%+1%-20%--1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Congleton

What police force serves Congleton?
Congleton's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Congleton?
Congleton is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Cheshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Congleton?
Congleton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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