Sandbach Crime Overview

Sandbach is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire, and is the 74th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sandbach in 2020 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sandbach is the 390th most dangerous small town, and the 2,586th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Sandbach was the worst small town in Cheshire for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Sandbach residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Sandbach recorded 4 reports of other crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst small town for other crime in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Sandbach are violence and sexual offences, with 574 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 3.7% higher than 2019's figure of 553 offences and a difference of 1.02 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Sandbach's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 450% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Sandbach Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Sandbach This Year

 SandbachCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour52125.1027,84026.104.0% safer
Bicycle Theft100.481,1161.05119% safer
Burglary371.783,3943.1879% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1205.787,6827.2025% safer
Drugs170.821,6241.5285% safer
Other Crime281.351,5201.436% safer
Other Theft743.574,7224.4324% safer
Possession of Weapons20.103230.30200% safer
Public Order1929.2512,45111.6726% safer
Robbery20.103770.35250% safer
Shoplifting411.984,4104.13109% safer
Theft From the Person40.192200.2111% safer
Vehicle Crime261.252,3322.1975% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57427.6637,42735.0927% safer

Sandbach Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Neston69945.8119% safer
Culcheth and Glazebury39846.6416% safer
Lymm59346.6616% safer
Frodsham43547.4314% safer
Alsager58948.2213% safer
Sandbach1,12754.30-
Knutsford75357.506% more dangerous
Middlewich95167.3019% more dangerous
Nantwich1,06876.2529% more dangerous
Northwich2,237101.9647% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sandbach

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Sandbach Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21191725Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.480.581.10.48Safer
Burglary2.33.22.11.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6676Safer
Drugs0.770.920.530.82Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.921.11.4Getting worse
Other Theft4.13.83.83.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.140.100.530.10Safer
Public Order109119Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.050.140.100.10Getting worse
Shoplifting4.73.452.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.190.530.19Safer
Vehicle Crime3.31.74.01.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16212728Getting worse

Changes In Sandbach's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sandbach's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Sandbach that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
The Park4-1-4220

Comparing Sandbach to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sandbach54.30-
Barnet67.7120% more dangerous
Coventry77.4130% more dangerous
Croydon83.2235% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8137% more dangerous
Bristol86.2137% more dangerous
Leicester97.4444% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8747% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2849% more dangerous
Bradford133.0259% more dangerous
Leeds137.1060% more dangerous

Crime in Sandbach's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sandbach Ettiley Heath & Wheelock42246Second
Sandbach Heath42779First
Sandbach North27845Third

Crime in Sandbach During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sandbach change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Sandbach saw a 400% increase in drugs. Sandbach saw a large fall in shoplifting during September, when it fell by 94% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+125%+93%+180%-23%+27%-12%+63%+40%+105%
Bicycle Theft-+100%-50%--67%-----
Burglary+33%+33%-29%+200%----75%+100%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-17%-38%+300%+17%-27%+43%-31%-46%-42%
Drugs-----50%+100%-+400%--
Other Crime-75%+133%---67%--+100%-33%+100%
Other Theft+200%-57%-43%-+14%+100%-44%-45%+29%-25%
Public Order-12%-57%+46%+100%-17%-7%--17%-6%-32%
Shoplifting---50%-22%-92%-83%-94%-86%-33%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--50%-55%-92%--33%-71%-33%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%+4%+40%-8%-16%+11%+16%-23%+57%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sandbach

What police force serves Sandbach?
Sandbach's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Sandbach?
Sandbach is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire.
What is Sandbach's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sandbach are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sandbach?
Sandbach's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021