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Crime and Safety in Cheltenham

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Cheltenham is the safest major towns in Gloucestershire, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 305 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cheltenham in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cheltenham is among the top 20 safest major town, and the 2,025th 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 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Cheltenham residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 66 crimes at a rate of 0.56 per 1,000 residents. Cheltenham recorded 92 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.79 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Cheltenham are violence and sexual offences, with 3,317 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 29% higher than 2020's figure of 2,344 offences and a difference of 8.31 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Cheltenham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 38 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 11% from 2020's figure of 42 crimes.

Cheltenham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Gloucestershire

6% higher, regional crime rate

South West

22% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cheltenham is 6% higher than the South West and 22% 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 May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Cheltenham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021637,326
2020566,553
2019657,646
2018627,303
2017617,087
2016546,305

Crime in Cheltenham Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Cheltenham This Year

 CheltenhamGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,09634.9923,89225.91 26% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1411.205800.63 48% more dangerous
Burglary4383.742,7522.98 20% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8917.615,4295.89 23% more dangerous
Drugs1611.381,4101.53 11% safer
Other Crime1661.421,1551.25 12% more dangerous
Other Theft5094.353,7584.08 6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons520.443200.35 20% more dangerous
Public Order7656.534,9695.39 17% more dangerous
Robbery560.483450.37 23% more dangerous
Shoplifting3933.362,8243.06 9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person380.322060.22 31% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3993.412,3272.52 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,31728.3322,24024.12 15% more dangerous

Cheltenham Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham7,32662.58-
Gloucester10,97474.4016% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cheltenham

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Recent Crimes in Cheltenham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheldons CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vernon PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheepscombe CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Jessop AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Henrietta StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ambrose PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Charlton LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Queen'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Monks CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bouncer'S LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Brandon PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near A40Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hubble RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Quebec DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Queen'S CircusInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ellison RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheldons CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Montpellier StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Gloucester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Reddings CloseAction to be taken by another organisation

Cheltenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36314335 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.02.42.41.2 Safer
Burglary854.03.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8878 Safer
Drugs1.51.92.01.4 Safer
Other Crime0.691.11.11.4 Getting worse
Other Theft664.14.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.450.360.44 Getting worse
Public Order2.554.97 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.720.450.510.48 Safer
Shoplifting663.83.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.650.360.32 Safer
Vehicle Crime8653.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17222028 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
Cheltenham62.58-
Barnet67.087% more dangerous
Croydon82.4824% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0531% more dangerous
Bristol90.5231% more dangerous
Coventry102.2439% more dangerous
Leicester111.5944% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6452% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% 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 June, when Cheltenham saw a 300% increase in other crime. Cheltenham saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 83% compared to June in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Cheltenham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+104%+120%+49%+5%+32%+10%+37%+34%+80%
Bicycle Theft-58%-14%-8%+80%+52%-30%+28%-21%-43%+63%
Burglary-25%+24%-56%+9%-8%+3%-12%-19%-23%-40%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-35%-51%+13%+21%-26%-1%-13%+6%-33%
Drugs+6%+65%+43%-19%-26%-22%+44%-42%-20%+26%
Other Crime+67%-42%-43%+300%+67%-57%+88%-41%+100%+11%
Other Theft-31%-28%-38%-41%-20%-71%-20%+18%-82%-42%
Possession of Weapons-20%-+100%-80%-67%-50%-60%-57%-40%+100%
Public Order+52%+19%+83%+91%+31%-65%-37%-57%-42%-52%
Robbery-75%+50%-80%+50%+133%+100%+29%+200%-25%-50%
Shoplifting-28%-68%-66%-78%-40%-45%-12%-37%-66%-56%
Theft From the Person-13%-33%-71%-83%-50%-43%-75%-80%-73%-83%
Vehicle Crime-23%+7%-76%+18%--7%-14%-31%+13%+6%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%-18%-27%-1%+13%-15%-21%-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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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