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Crime and Safety in Cheltenham

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Cheltenham is the safest major town in Gloucestershire, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 305 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cheltenham in 2021 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cheltenham is the 29th safest major town, and the 1,492nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Cheltenham had the worst crime rate in Gloucestershire for bicycle theft, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Cheltenham residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 53 crimes at a rate of 0.45 per 1,000 residents. Cheltenham recorded 16 reports of other crime during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst for other crime in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Cheltenham are violence and sexual offences, with 3,738 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 27% higher than 2020's figure of 2,739 offences and a difference of 8.53 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Cheltenham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 44 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 20% from 2020's figure of 53 crimes.

Cheltenham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Gloucestershire

19% higher, regional crime rate

South West

5% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cheltenham is 19% higher than the South West and 5% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cheltenham Crime Rate Over Time

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Cheltenham Crime Map

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

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Cheltenham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021738,515
2020677,877
2019778,973
2018748,679
2017748,689
2016657,608

Crime in Cheltenham Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Cheltenham This Year

 CheltenhamGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,76540.7023,89225.91 36% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1461.255800.63 50% more dangerous
Burglary5334.552,7522.98 35% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0418.895,4295.89 34% more dangerous
Drugs2001.711,4101.53 11% more dangerous
Other Crime1901.621,1551.25 23% more dangerous
Other Theft6585.623,7584.08 27% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons550.473200.35 26% more dangerous
Public Order8627.364,9695.39 27% more dangerous
Robbery590.503450.37 26% more dangerous
Shoplifting5374.592,8243.06 33% more dangerous
Theft From the Person440.382060.22 42% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4523.862,3272.52 35% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,73831.9322,24024.12 24% more dangerous

Cheltenham Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham8,51572.73-
Gloucester12,84187.0516% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cheltenham

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Recent Crimes in Cheltenham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Libertus RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brooklyn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moorend Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Merriville RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howell RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pinewood DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sir Charles Irving CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Baynham WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Byron RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022DrugsOn or near St Anne'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Imperial LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Alstone CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Larput PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Overton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hester'S Way RoadAction to be taken by another organisation

Cheltenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40365141 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.32.62.61.2 Safer
Burglary1064.94.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9999 Safer
Drugs1.72.32.41.7 Safer
Other Crime0.871.31.21.6 Getting worse
Other Theft8856 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.510.380.47 Getting worse
Public Order2.9667 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.810.580.570.50 Safer
Shoplifting8754.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.790.450.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime10763.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19252332 Getting worse

Changes In Cheltenham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Cheltenham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Agg Gardner Recreation Ground5----01.0
Approach Golf Course-----10.10
Cheltenham Town Ladies Football Club-----10.95
Clyde Crescent24---2210
Pittville Park104-3-346
Sandy Lane Playing Field8----01.7
Springfields Park13-1-512.7
St Mark's Recreation Ground4123-1286

Comparing Cheltenham to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.088% safer
Cheltenham72.73-
Croydon82.4812% more dangerous
Sheffield91.1020% more dangerous
Bristol93.7722% more dangerous
Coventry102.3729% more dangerous
Leicester111.7535% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9043% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1747% more dangerous
Bradford145.6050% more dangerous
Leeds153.0652% more dangerous

Crime in Cheltenham's Neighbourhoods

Lansdown & Montpellier is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Cheltenham, followed by Arle & Hesters Way in second place, and St Paul's as the third most dangerous area. Cheltenham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Benhall & The Reddings, Hatherley, and The Park & Warden Hill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alstone & St Mark's92892Fifth
Arle & Hesters Way1,005124Second
Benhall & The Reddings37553Eighth
Hatherley26329Tenth
Lansdown & Montpellier1,362132First
Oakley46583Sixth
Pittville & Fairview88794Fourth
Springbank45070Seventh
St Paul's989120Third
The Park & Warden Hill33844Ninth

Cheltenham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHatherley (145)Lansdown & Montpellier (789)
Bicycle TheftHatherley (1)Alstone & St Mark's (30)
BurglaryHatherley (23)Lansdown & Montpellier (76)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHatherley (28)Arle & Hesters Way (145)
DrugsThe Park & Warden Hill (2)Lansdown & Montpellier (49)
Other CrimeThe Park & Warden Hill (3)Arle & Hesters Way (24)
Other TheftHatherley (20)Lansdown & Montpellier (104)
Possession of WeaponsHatherley (2)Lansdown & Montpellier (13)
Public OrderHatherley (19)Lansdown & Montpellier (163)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hatherley (1)Arle & Hesters Way (15)
ShopliftingSpringbank (1)Pittville & Fairview (164)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hatherley (1)Lansdown & Montpellier (20)
Vehicle CrimeSpringbank (10)St Paul's (54)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHatherley (130)Lansdown & Montpellier (625)

Crime in Cheltenham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cheltenham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Cheltenham saw a 200% increase in robbery. Cheltenham saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of Cheltenham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+112%+134%+70%+13%+37%+16%+36%+31%+95%
Bicycle Theft-50%-21%+4%+50%+58%-26%+17%-28%-46%+75%
Burglary-24%+9%-52%+2%-11%-16%-15%-14%-27%-31%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-28%-43%+23%+19%-12%+7%-6%-4%-32%
Drugs-9%+45%+50%-9%-33%-21%+15%-43%-22%+35%
Other Crime--46%-40%+186%+23%-57%+78%-35%+160%-
Other Theft-29%-24%-34%-34%-27%-65%-24%-11%-78%-43%
Possession of Weapons-43%-+75%-83%-67%-17%-67%-57%-50%+100%
Public Order+82%+27%+63%+123%+33%-62%-31%-48%-39%-46%
Robbery-70%+100%-86%-+133%+67%-+200%-40%-50%
Shoplifting-23%-58%-61%-57%-29%-44%-22%-31%-59%-58%
Theft From the Person--33%-78%-67%-50%-50%-67%-75%-73%-83%
Vehicle Crime-31%-3%-74%+28%-9%-19%-1%-26%+30%-5%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-10%-18%+4%+17%-5%-19%-24%-25%-14%

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

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