Wilmslow Crime Overview

Wilmslow is the second safest medium-sized town in Cheshire, and is the 64th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wilmslow in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wilmslow is the 61st safest medium-sized town, and the 2,202nd 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 685 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 2.9% lower than 2019's figure of 705 offences and a difference of 0.78 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Wilmslow's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 40% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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

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Crime in Wilmslow Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Wilmslow This Year

 WilmslowCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour65725.4827,84026.102.4% safer
Bicycle Theft200.781,1161.0535% safer
Burglary973.763,3943.1815% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1194.627,6827.2056% safer
Drugs331.281,6241.5219% safer
Other Crime200.781,5201.4383% safer
Other Theft1034.004,7224.4311% safer
Possession of Weapons50.193230.3058% safer
Public Order2389.2312,45111.6726% safer
Robbery80.313770.3513% safer
Shoplifting1064.114,4104.130.49% safer
Theft From the Person90.352200.2140% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime712.752,3322.1920% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences68526.5737,42735.0932% safer

Wilmslow Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Sankey79225.96126% safer
Wilmslow1,51458.73-
Congleton1,99274.7921% more dangerous
Macclesfield4,44379.6426% more dangerous
Winsford2,98994.4038% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wilmslow

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Wilmslow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22181625Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.851.81.60.78Safer
Burglary3.93.83.93.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7674.6Safer
Drugs1.60.810.971.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.930.781.20.78Safer
Other Theft6764.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.190.270.19Safer
Public Order910119Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.970.390.740.31Safer
Shoplifting4.2654.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.310.190.580.35Safer
Vehicle Crime3.83.24.92.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15212727Getting 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 2020.

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
Wilmslow58.73-
Barnet67.7113% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8132% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4440% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Wilmslow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Fulshaw Park & Lindow20228Fourth
Handforth & Dean Row93086First
Lacey Green & Wilmslow Park34652Third
Wilmslow Town55779Second

Wilmslow Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFulshaw Park & Lindow (71)Wilmslow Town (267)
Bicycle TheftLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (3)Wilmslow Town (14)
BurglaryLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (15)Wilmslow Town (33)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (13)Handforth & Dean Row (70)
DrugsFulshaw Park & Lindow (5)Wilmslow Town (19)
Other CrimeLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (2)Wilmslow Town (9)
Other TheftLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (15)Handforth & Dean Row (67)
Possession of WeaponsHandforth & Dean Row (4)Wilmslow Town (3)
Public OrderFulshaw Park & Lindow (35)Wilmslow Town (86)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Fulshaw Park & Lindow (1)Wilmslow Town (5)
ShopliftingLacey Green & Wilmslow Park (2)Wilmslow Town (88)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Fulshaw Park & Lindow (1)Wilmslow Town (7)
Vehicle CrimeFulshaw Park & Lindow (8)Wilmslow Town (29)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFulshaw Park & Lindow (60)Handforth & Dean Row (405)

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021