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Crime and Safety in Sandbach

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Sandbach is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire, and is the 115th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 321 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sandbach in 2021 was 41 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 75% lower than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sandbach is the 206th safest small town, and the 4,565th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Sandbach was the worst small town in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Sandbach residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Sandbach recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Sandbach are violence and sexual offences, with 453 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 27% lower than 2020's figure of 574 offences and a difference of 5.83 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Sandbach's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Sandbach 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Cheshire

25% lower, regional crime rate

North West

87% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sandbach is 25% lower than the North West and 87% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sandbach Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Sandbach

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202141850
2020541,127
2019631,308
2018511,050
2017501,038
201632672

Crime in Sandbach Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Sandbach This Year

 SandbachCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36217.4421,87620.51 18% safer
Bicycle Theft60.297150.67 131% safer
Burglary261.252,7482.58 106% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson733.526,8936.46 84% safer
Drugs130.631,3211.24 97% safer
Other Crime120.581,4011.31 126% safer
Other Theft502.414,6064.32 79% safer
Possession of Weapons20.103000.28 180% safer
Public Order1507.2312,87212.07 67% safer
Shoplifting472.263,3363.13 38% safer
Theft From the Person10.052240.21 320% safer
Vehicle Crime170.822,1342.00 144% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45321.8339,46637.00 69% safer

Sandbach Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Upton-by-Chester384.48814% safer
Birchwood494.78757% safer
Appleton969.43334% safer
Poynton-with-Worth40228.6743% safer
Culcheth and Glazebury33138.796% safer
Sandbach85040.95-
Alsager53643.887% more dangerous
Bollington35044.227% more dangerous
Neston68044.578% more dangerous
Lymm65151.2220% more dangerous
Middlewich76854.3525% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sandbach

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Recent Crimes in Sandbach

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Other theftOn or near Elworth StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near GreenacresUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Fairfield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Etherow CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Langley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newall AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Pickwick CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Platt AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elanor RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coronation CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other crimeOn or near Betchton CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
October 2021Other theftOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near William Foden CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Anvil CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Sandbach Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19172517 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.581.10.480.29 Safer
Burglary3.22.11.81.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6763.5 Safer
Drugs0.920.530.820.63 Safer
Other Crime0.921.11.40.58 Safer
Other Theft3.83.83.62.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.530.100.10 Safer
Public Order91197 Safer
Shoplifting3.452.02.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.530.190.05 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.74.01.20.82 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21272822 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
The Park4-1-4220

Comparing Sandbach to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sandbach40.95-
Barnet67.0839% more dangerous
Croydon82.4850% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0555% more dangerous
Bristol90.5255% more dangerous
Coventry102.2460% more dangerous
Leicester111.5963% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0667% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6468% more dangerous
Bradford132.2869% more dangerous
Leeds150.9473% more dangerous

Crime in Sandbach's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sandbach Ettiley Heath & Wheelock28831Third
Sandbach Heath30256First
Sandbach North26042Second

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 20 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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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