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Crime and Safety in Wilmslow

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Wilmslow is the second safest medium-sized town in Cheshire, and is the 72nd most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 323 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wilmslow in 2021 was 55 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 29% lower than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wilmslow is the 58th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,639th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2019, Wilmslow had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for robbery, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Wilmslow are violence and sexual offences, with 655 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 4.6% lower than 2020's figure of 685 offences and a difference of 1.16 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Wilmslow's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 125% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Wilmslow 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Cheshire

7% higher, regional crime rate

North West

31% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wilmslow is 7% higher than the North West and 31% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wilmslow Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Wilmslow 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 Wilmslow

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021551,428
2020591,514
2019701,806
2018611,581
2017541,399
201636936

Crime in Wilmslow Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wilmslow This Year

 WilmslowCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43917.0321,87620.51 20% safer
Bicycle Theft190.747150.67 9% more dangerous
Burglary1305.042,7482.58 49% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1124.346,8936.46 49% safer
Drugs271.051,3211.24 18% safer
Other Crime200.781,4011.31 68% safer
Other Theft1074.154,6064.32 4.1% safer
Possession of Weapons60.233000.28 22% safer
Public Order2168.3812,87212.07 44% safer
Robbery60.233560.33 43% safer
Shoplifting672.603,3363.13 20% safer
Theft From the Person40.162240.21 31% safer
Vehicle Crime592.292,1342.00 13% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences65525.4139,46437.00 46% safer

Wilmslow Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Sankey1,33143.6227% safer
Wilmslow1,42855.39-
Congleton1,55258.274.9% more dangerous
Macclesfield4,59282.3133% more dangerous
Winsford3,06596.8043% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wilmslow

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Recent Crimes in Wilmslow

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Woodacres CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The MeadeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Rossenclough RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wheelock CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hough LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chapel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lacey GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Courtney GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Warham StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hunters CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Mill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near York CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Larchwood DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Egerton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ladyfield StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Wilmslow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18162517 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.81.60.780.74 Safer
Burglary3.83.93.85 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson674.64.3 Safer
Drugs0.810.971.31.0 Safer
Other Crime0.781.20.780.78 Safer
Other Theft764.04.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.190.270.190.23No change
Public Order101198 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.740.310.23 Safer
Shoplifting654.12.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.580.350.16 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.24.92.82.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21272725 Getting worse

Changes In Wilmslow's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wilmslow's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Boddington Playing Fields-----10.04
Lindow Common2-2-130.45

Comparing Wilmslow to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9339% safer
Birmingham49.6012% safer
Wilmslow55.39-
Barnet67.0817% more dangerous
Croydon82.4833% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0338% more dangerous
Bristol90.5239% more dangerous
Leicester111.5950% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0655% more dangerous
Bradford132.2858% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% more dangerous

Crime in Wilmslow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Fulshaw Park & Lindow21129Fourth
Handforth & Dean Row97790First
Lacey Green & Wilmslow Park27041Third
Wilmslow Town57181Second

Wilmslow Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFulshaw Park & Lindow (50)Wilmslow Town (182)
Bicycle TheftFulshaw Park & Lindow (1)Wilmslow Town (12)
BurglaryLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (26)Fulshaw Park & Lindow (40)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFulshaw Park & Lindow (8)Handforth & Dean Row (82)
DrugsFulshaw Park & Lindow (3)Wilmslow Town (13)
Other CrimeWilmslow Town (6)Handforth & Dean Row (18)
Other TheftLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (10)Wilmslow Town (48)
Possession of WeaponsFulshaw Park & Lindow (1)Wilmslow Town (3)
Public OrderFulshaw Park & Lindow (27)Handforth & Dean Row (154)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Fulshaw Park & Lindow (1)Wilmslow Town (5)
ShopliftingLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (2)Handforth & Dean Row (120)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Fulshaw Park & Lindow (1)Wilmslow Town (3)
Vehicle CrimeFulshaw Park & Lindow (11)Handforth & Dean Row (46)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFulshaw Park & Lindow (82)Handforth & Dean Row (413)

Crime in Wilmslow During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wilmslow change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Wilmslow saw a 800% increase in other theft. Wilmslow saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 93% compared to May in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and public order both fell year-on-year for every month during Wilmslow's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+67%+254%+12%+76%+37%+47%+6%-24%+145%+162%
Bicycle Theft-60%----57%-40%--75%+100%-
Burglary-13%-38%-22%-50%+56%-33%-33%+44%+17%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-29%-61%--21%-24%-65%-46%-71%-8%
Drugs+100%+400%---25%-67%--+100%+200%
Other Crime-50%--50%---60%----
Other Theft-56%-67%-56%-33%-10%-30%+42%-38%+800%-43%
Public Order-48%-15%+43%-8%-14%-25%-4%-5%-15%-27%
Robbery----------75%
Shoplifting-47%-90%-10%-40%-29%-62%-75%+100%+167%-27%
Theft From the Person-67%---------50%
Vehicle Crime--14%-93%-82%-75%-63%+20%+60%-29%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+34%-36%+46%+28%+5%-14%-25%-35%+50%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wilmslow

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

How dangerous is Wilmslow?
Wilmslow is the second safest medium-sized town in Cheshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Wilmslow?
Wilmslow's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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