Cirencester Crime Overview

Cirencester is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire, and the the 34th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 267 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cirencester in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than Gloucestershire's rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Cirencester ranks as the the 348th safest small town, and the the 2,805th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Cirencester was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Cirencester residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.76 per 1,000 residents. Cirencester recorded 11 reports of other theft during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.56 the worst small town for other theft in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Cirencester are violence and sexual offences, with 352 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 1.4% higher than 2019's figure of 347 offences and a difference of 0.25 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Cirencester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 375% from 2019's figure of 19 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Cirencester This Year

 CirencesterGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour84743.0025,80337.3613% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft301.526030.8743% more dangerous
Burglary914.622,1373.0933% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1346.803,7455.4220% more dangerous
Drugs321.621,2681.8414% safer
Other Crime80.415520.8095% safer
Other Theft864.372,5283.6616% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.252350.3436% safer
Public Order723.662,6543.844.9% safer
Robbery70.362810.4114% safer
Shoplifting773.911,8852.7330% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.201440.215% safer
Vehicle Crime502.542,2013.1926% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35217.8712,08517.502.1% more dangerous

Cirencester Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
West Dean38435.9034% safer
Brockworth34838.7624% safer
Lydney39642.1914% safer
Coleford39743.4811% safer
Quedgeley1,02146.383.8% safer
Cirencester94848.13-
Tewkesbury54948.260.27% more dangerous
Cinderford46050.825% more dangerous
Stroud1,11880.8540% more dangerous

Cirencester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33322743Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.961.10.861.5Getting worse
Burglary564.74.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson87107Safer
Drugs2.61.51.81.6Safer
Other Crime0.910.460.960.41Safer
Other Theft7794.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.250.360.25Safer
Public Order1.72.34.03.7Getting worse
Robbery0.810.460.610.36Safer
Shoplifting11853.9Safer
Theft From the Person0.660.710.960.20Safer
Vehicle Crime3.43.34.82.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14141818Getting worse

Comparing Cirencester to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Cirencester48.13-
Coventry71.5033% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9935% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2335% more dangerous
Croydon77.1838% more dangerous
Bradford79.1939% more dangerous
London80.7040% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0246% more dangerous
Bristol91.5747% more dangerous
Leeds91.9048% more dangerous
Leicester102.5153% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Cirencester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cirencester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Cirencester saw a 303% increase in anti-social behaviour. Cirencester saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 95% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+49%+303%+146%+106%+42%+36%+24%+48%+71%
Bicycle Theft+100%-33%+200%+150%+100%----
Burglary+240%-13%+60%-33%+150%+17%-21%-29%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson+10%-71%-52%-41%-56%+15%+27%-58%-53%
Drugs--40%+100%-75%+150%-+50%-+75%
Other Crime-67%----50%----
Other Theft-50%-45%-69%+45%--62%-21%-53%-93%
Possession of Weapons---------
Public Order-+133%-+280%-50%-45%-69%+17%-67%
Robbery--50%+100%------
Shoplifting-+100%-50%-50%-81%+133%+75%-13%-29%
Theft From the Person-67%-------67%-
Vehicle Crime--95%-87%+17%-20%--40%-40%-83%
Violence and Sexual Offences+28%-42%+24%+33%+35%-35%-15%-24%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cirencester

What police force serves Cirencester?
Cirencester's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Cirencester?
Cirencester is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire.
What is Cirencester's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cirencester are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cirencester?
Cirencester's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021