Cheltenham Crime Overview

Cheltenham is the safest major town in Gloucestershire, and the the 29th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 267 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cheltenham in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than Gloucestershire's rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Cheltenham ranks as the the 60th most dangerous major town, and the the 2,491st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Cheltenham had the worst crime rate in Gloucestershire for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Cheltenham residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 37 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Cheltenham recorded 86 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.74 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Cheltenham are violence and sexual offences, with 2,095 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 20% lower than 2019's figure of 2,520 offences and a difference of 3.66 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Cheltenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 40 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 28% from 2019's figure of 51 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Cheltenham This Year

 CheltenhamGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,51738.8425,80337.363.8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2612.246030.8761% more dangerous
Burglary4113.532,1373.0912% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7416.373,7455.4215% more dangerous
Drugs2131.831,2681.840.55% safer
Other Crime1181.015520.8021% more dangerous
Other Theft4373.762,5283.662.7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons400.342350.340% safer
Public Order5284.542,6543.8415% more dangerous
Robbery560.482810.4115% more dangerous
Shoplifting4183.591,8852.7324% more dangerous
Theft From the Person410.351440.2140% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5674.882,2013.1935% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,09518.0112,08517.502.8% more dangerous

Cheltenham Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham5,92650.95-
Gloucester8,84968.5326% more dangerous

Cheltenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42353039Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.42.92.32.2Safer
Burglary684.93.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8786Safer
Drugs1.91.51.91.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.790.681.11.0Getting worse
Other Theft6663.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.280.440.34Safer
Public Order2.22.554.5Getting worse
Robbery0.600.720.460.48Safer
Shoplifting6663.6Safer
Theft From the Person0.891.00.640.35Safer
Vehicle Crime9764.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15172218Getting worse

Comparing Cheltenham to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham50.95-
Coventry71.5029% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9931% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2331% more dangerous
Croydon77.1834% more dangerous
Bradford79.1936% more dangerous
London80.7037% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0243% more dangerous
Bristol91.5744% more dangerous
Leeds91.9045% more dangerous
Leicester102.5150% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9452% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cheltenham

What police force serves Cheltenham?
Cheltenham's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Cheltenham?
Cheltenham is the safest major town in Gloucestershire.
What is Cheltenham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cheltenham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cheltenham?
Cheltenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021