Congleton Crime Overview

Congleton is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Cheshire, and is the 37th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Congleton in 2020 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.7% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Congleton is the 96th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,193rd 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 1,046 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 980 offences and a difference of 2.48 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Congleton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

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See how Congleton shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Congleton and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Congleton Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Congleton This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour63923.9927,84026.109% safer
Bicycle Theft140.531,1161.0598% safer
Burglary913.423,3943.187% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2268.487,6827.2015% more dangerous
Drugs301.131,6241.5235% safer
Other Crime381.431,5201.430% safer
Other Theft1043.904,7224.4314% safer
Possession of Weapons100.383230.3021% more dangerous
Public Order30911.6012,45111.670.60% safer
Robbery100.383770.358% more dangerous
Shoplifting742.784,4104.1349% safer
Theft From the Person30.112200.2191% safer
Vehicle Crime371.392,3322.1958% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,04639.2737,42735.0911% more dangerous

Congleton Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Sankey79225.96188% safer
Wilmslow1,51458.7327% safer
Macclesfield4,44379.646% more dangerous
Winsford2,98994.4021% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Congleton

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Congleton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour25221824Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.600.450.830.53Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6798Getting worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft6663.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.260.230.38Getting worse
Public Order12131312Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.450.600.680.11Safer
Vehicle Crime51.951.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23303739Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7110% safer
Coventry77.413.4% more dangerous
Croydon83.2210% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8113% more dangerous
Bristol86.2113% more dangerous
Leicester97.4423% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8727% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2830% more dangerous
Bradford133.0244% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Congleton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Congleton Town801112First
Congleton West Heath27340Third
Hightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook16931Fourth

Congleton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Congleton for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (46)Buglawton (265)
Bicycle TheftCongleton West Heath (1)Buglawton (9)
BurglaryHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (8)Congleton Town (44)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (24)Congleton Town (96)
DrugsHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (1)Congleton Town (14)
Other CrimeCongleton West Heath (4)Buglawton (19)
Other TheftHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (9)Congleton Town (39)
Possession of WeaponsCongleton Town (3)Buglawton (4)
Public OrderHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (16)Buglawton (135)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Buglawton (1)Congleton Town (4)
ShopliftingBuglawton (10)Congleton Town (52)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Congleton West Heath (1)Congleton Town (2)
Vehicle CrimeCongleton West Heath (6)Congleton Town (19)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHightown, Mossley & Timbersbrook (99)Buglawton (425)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+22%+104%+156%+20%+5%-+8%-10%+29%+45%
Bicycle Theft---83%+50%--80%----
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-38%--14%--5%-5%-10%-25%-21%
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%
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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021