Nantwich Crime Overview

Nantwich is the second most dangerous small town in Cheshire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Nantwich in 2020 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.6% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Nantwich is the 150th most dangerous small town, and the 1,134th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Nantwich was the worst small town in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Nantwich residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.64 per 1,000 residents. Nantwich recorded 13 reports of other theft during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.93 the worst small town for other theft in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Nantwich are violence and sexual offences, with 491 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 24% lower than 2019's figure of 610 offences and a difference of 8.49 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Nantwich's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 133% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Nantwich Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Nantwich This Year

 NantwichCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45432.4127,84026.1019% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft201.431,1161.0527% more dangerous
Burglary392.783,3943.1814% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson916.507,6827.2011% safer
Drugs141.001,6241.5252% safer
Other Crime191.361,5201.435% safer
Other Theft906.434,7224.4331% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.213230.3043% safer
Public Order19714.0712,45111.6717% more dangerous
Robbery30.213770.3567% safer
Shoplifting574.074,4104.131.5% safer
Theft From the Person100.712200.2170% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime342.432,3322.1910% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences49135.0637,42735.090.09% safer

Nantwich Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Frodsham43547.4361% safer
Alsager58948.2258% safer
Sandbach1,12754.3040% safer
Knutsford75357.5033% safer
Middlewich95167.3013% safer
Nantwich1,06876.25-
Northwich2,237101.9625% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Nantwich

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Recent Crimes in Nantwich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Heathfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Dog LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near St Mary'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Welsh RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Welsh RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Welshmen'S LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Cartlake CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A51Investigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Josephs WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Wych House BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wych House BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wych House BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near The CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near The CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Sycamore CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Pratchitts RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Nantwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36262632Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.860.861.4Getting worse
Burglary2.93.23.02.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson109106Safer
Drugs1.21.10.711.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.571.31.61.4Getting worse
Other Theft8786Safer
Possession of Weapons0.070.360.500.21Safer
Public Order15151714Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.140.210.21Getting worse
Shoplifting8864.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.931.11.40.71Safer
Vehicle Crime2.01.32.82.4Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences28404435Safer

Changes In Nantwich's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Nantwich to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7113% safer
Nantwich76.25-
Coventry77.411.5% more dangerous
Croydon83.228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2112% more dangerous
Leicester97.4422% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8726% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in Nantwich's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Nantwich North East47968Second
Nantwich South West58984First

Crime in Nantwich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Nantwich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Nantwich saw a 300% increase in vehicle crime. Nantwich saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during November, when it fell by 92% compared to November in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Nantwich's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+41%+60%+136%+19%+42%-3%+33%-7%+37%
Bicycle Theft-+100%--+100%+150%--67%--
Burglary-+75%-17%-67%-50%-50%-+100%-50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+200%-40%-18%-44%+33%-40%-76%-83%-92%-29%
Drugs--50%---50%-+200%-+100%-
Other Crime-50%---75%+50%-+200%---
Other Theft--44%-13%-69%+71%+8%-10%+18%+33%-42%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-20%-55%-15%+43%+24%+14%-36%-54%+18%-30%
Robbery----+100%-----
Shoplifting+67%+50%-50%-73%-8%-13%-86%-86%-67%-29%
Theft From the Person-33%--33%-50%---75%---
Vehicle Crime+67%---67%+300%+40%--50%--82%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-57%-23%-3%+20%-31%-25%-11%-54%-35%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Nantwich

What police force serves Nantwich?
Nantwich's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Nantwich?
Nantwich is the second most dangerous small town in Cheshire.
What is Nantwich's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Nantwich are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Nantwich?
Nantwich's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021