Cirencester Crime Overview

Cirencester is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 314 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cirencester in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 46 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cirencester is the 405th safest small town, and the 2,991st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Cirencester had the worst crime rate in Gloucestershire for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2019 was also a bad month for Cirencester residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Cirencester are violence and sexual offences, with 384 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 342 offences and a difference of 2.14 from 2019's crime rate of 17. 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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Crime in Cirencester Compared To Gloucestershire

Summary of Crimes in Cirencester This Year

 CirencesterGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour90545.9530,53933.1228% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft301.528520.9239% more dangerous
Burglary914.622,9043.1532% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1467.415,1605.6024% more dangerous
Drugs351.781,6541.790.56% safer
Other Crime100.518370.9178% safer
Other Theft804.063,6423.952.7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.462980.3230% more dangerous
Public Order723.664,1194.4722% safer
Robbery100.513880.4218% more dangerous
Shoplifting713.602,8023.0416% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.201860.200% safer
Vehicle Crime532.693,1973.4729% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38419.5016,82218.246% more dangerous

Cirencester Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stonehouse33741.9620% safer
Thornbury57543.1617% safer
Coleford42146.1110% safer
Stoke Gifford95647.167% safer
Lydney44347.207% safer
Cirencester99550.52-
Yate1,14450.530.02% more dangerous
Tewkesbury60553.195% more dangerous
Cinderford48954.036% more dangerous
Patchway1,07276.1534% more dangerous
Filton90880.1637% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cirencester

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Cirencester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32312746Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.961.10.811.5Getting worse
Burglary564.64.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson87107Safer
Drugs2.61.51.81.8Safer
Other Crime0.910.460.960.51Safer
Other Theft7684.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.250.360.46Getting worse
Public Order1.62.23.63.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.810.460.560.51Safer
Shoplifting1074.43.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.610.710.960.20Safer
Vehicle Crime3.23.04.62.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14141720Getting worse

Changes In Cirencester's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Cirencester's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Cirencester that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Kingshill Playing Field4--1110.78

Comparing Cirencester to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Cirencester50.52-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4135% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8141% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8751% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2853% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Cirencester's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cirencester Central56085First
Cirencester East & Stratton22427Second

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 300% 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. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Cirencester's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+52%+300%+144%+104%+40%+39%+20%+51%+76%+60%
Bicycle Theft+100%-33%+200%+150%+100%-----
Burglary+240%-13%+60%-33%+150%+17%-15%-29%-56%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+10%-71%-52%-41%-56%+15%+27%-58%-53%-14%
Drugs--40%+100%-75%+150%-+50%-+50%+100%
Other Crime-67%----50%-----33%
Other Theft-44%-60%-64%+50%-11%-71%-23%-50%-92%-67%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+33%+133%-+280%-67%-45%-69%--60%-43%
Robbery--50%+100%------+200%
Shoplifting-14%+200%-63%-40%-80%+133%+50%-+50%-75%
Theft From the Person-67%-------67%--
Vehicle Crime--95%-86%+17%-20%+33%-40%-40%-82%-70%
Violence and Sexual Offences+32%-40%+24%+30%+40%-33%-18%-24%-27%+70%

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 10 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 (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021