Cheltenham Crime Overview

Cheltenham is the safest major town in Gloucestershire, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 314 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cheltenham in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 46 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cheltenham is the 23rd safest major town, and the 1,950th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Cheltenham had the worst crime rate in Gloucestershire for bicycle theft, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 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 39 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Cheltenham recorded 94 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.80 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Cheltenham are violence and sexual offences, with 2,563 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 2,745 offences and a difference of 1.56 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Cheltenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 42 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 38% from 2019's figure of 58 crimes.

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Crime in Cheltenham Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Cheltenham This Year

 CheltenhamGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,58347.6930,53933.1231% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2922.498520.9263% more dangerous
Burglary5184.422,9043.1529% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8937.635,1605.6027% more dangerous
Drugs2562.191,6541.7918% more dangerous
Other Crime1321.138370.9119% more dangerous
Other Theft5664.833,6423.9518% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons420.362980.3211% more dangerous
Public Order6175.274,1194.4715% more dangerous
Robbery640.553880.4224% more dangerous
Shoplifting5334.552,8023.0433% more dangerous
Theft From the Person500.431860.2053% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7026.003,1973.4742% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,56321.8916,82218.2417% more dangerous

Cheltenham Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham7,22861.74-
Gloucester10,34970.1612% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cheltenham

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Recent Crimes in Cheltenham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Monks CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Monks CroftFormal action is not in the public interest
October 2021Other theftOn or near Monks CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Wellesley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bouncer'S LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceFormal action is not in the public interest
October 2021Public orderOn or near Pitman RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaFormal action is not in the public interest
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cowper RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cowper RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Winton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bloomsbury StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bloomsbury StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Inkerman LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Inkerman LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021RobberyOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Moorend StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clarence StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hope StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Cheltenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46383448Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.63.22.52.5Safer
Burglary8964.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8898Safer
Drugs2.01.62.12.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.910.751.21.1Getting worse
Other Theft7774.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.300.500.36Safer
Public Order2.42.765Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.630.790.520.55Safer
Shoplifting8774.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.10.730.43Safer
Vehicle Crime11976Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16192322Getting 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 2020.

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
Cheltenham61.74-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Cheltenham's Neighbourhoods

Arle & Hesters Way is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Cheltenham, followed by St Paul's in second place, and Lansdown & Montpellier 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's79479Fifth
Arle & Hesters Way922114First
Benhall & The Reddings30143Eighth
Hatherley37441Ninth
Lansdown & Montpellier1,124109Third
Oakley37767Seventh
Pittville & Fairview85490Fourth
Springbank45471Sixth
St Paul's908110Second
The Park & Warden Hill28837Tenth

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 BehaviourThe Park & Warden Hill (187)Lansdown & Montpellier (1,000)
Bicycle TheftHatherley (9)Lansdown & Montpellier (85)
BurglaryHatherley (18)Lansdown & Montpellier (104)
Criminal Damage and ArsonThe Park & Warden Hill (23)Arle & Hesters Way (143)
DrugsHatherley (7)Arle & Hesters Way (56)
Other CrimeThe Park & Warden Hill (4)Arle & Hesters Way (18)
Other TheftOakley (18)Lansdown & Montpellier (136)
Possession of WeaponsHatherley (1)Arle & Hesters Way (9)
Public OrderThe Park & Warden Hill (26)St Paul's (120)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Oakley (1)St Paul's (16)
ShopliftingBenhall & The Reddings (13)Pittville & Fairview (156)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hatherley (1)Lansdown & Montpellier (14)
Vehicle CrimeHatherley (20)Lansdown & Montpellier (104)
Violence and Sexual OffencesThe Park & Warden Hill (81)Arle & Hesters Way (388)

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 June, when Cheltenham saw a 233% increase in other crime. Cheltenham saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019. Cheltenham saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+113%+133%+65%+9%+32%+12%+38%+35%+88%
Bicycle Theft-54%-17%-4%+80%+59%-26%+21%-26%-43%+75%
Burglary-25%+8%-53%-5%-12%-17%-18%-14%-29%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-33%-50%+13%+16%-22%-1%-10%+2%-33%
Drugs-+76%+50%-18%-31%-26%+27%-48%-23%+37%
Other Crime+38%-46%-47%+233%+45%-59%+88%-41%+100%-
Other Theft-28%-15%-45%-39%-18%-64%-13%+18%-78%-43%
Possession of Weapons-33%-+50%-83%-67%-50%-67%-57%-40%+100%
Public Order+72%+18%+51%+112%+34%-64%-37%-53%-44%-48%
Robbery-67%+50%-86%+20%+133%+100%+29%+200%-40%-50%
Shoplifting-23%-64%-62%-69%-36%-43%-12%-29%-67%-54%
Theft From the Person+25%-33%-71%-83%-50%-50%-75%-86%-73%-83%
Vehicle Crime-32%+5%-76%+27%-4%-11%-13%-28%+26%+3%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-14%-21%+3%+18%-9%-19%-25%-29%-18%

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: 26 Nov 2021