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Crime and Safety in Cirencester

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Cirencester is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire, and is the 38th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 305 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cirencester in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cirencester is the 360th most dangerous small town, and the 2,226th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Cirencester had the worst crime rate in Gloucestershire for burglary, with 53 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.7 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Cirencester residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Cirencester recorded 5 reports of other crime during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst for other crime in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Cirencester are violence and sexual offences, with 534 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 28% higher than 2020's figure of 384 offences and a difference of 7.61 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Cirencester's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 29% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Cirencester 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Gloucestershire

2.4% higher, regional crime rate

South West

27% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cirencester is 2.4% higher than the South West and 27% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cirencester Crime Rate Over Time

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Cirencester Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Cirencester 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 Cirencester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021601,185
202051995
2019581,150
201849958
2017541,071
201644876

Crime in Cirencester Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Cirencester This Year

 CirencesterGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour72937.0123,89225.91 30% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.715800.63 11% more dangerous
Burglary1185.992,7522.98 50% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1356.855,4295.89 14% more dangerous
Drugs331.681,4101.53 9% more dangerous
Other Crime221.121,1551.25 12% safer
Other Theft944.773,7584.08 14% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.363200.35 2.8% more dangerous
Public Order1356.854,9695.39 21% more dangerous
Robbery70.363450.37 2.8% safer
Shoplifting381.932,8243.06 59% safer
Theft From the Person70.362060.22 39% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime412.082,3272.52 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences53427.1122,24024.12 11% more dangerous

Cirencester Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Yate1,19752.8714% safer
Lydney51354.6610% safer
Stonehouse44455.299% safer
Brockworth49955.588% safer
Coleford50855.648% safer
Cirencester1,18560.16-
Cinderford55861.652.4% more dangerous
Quedgeley1,35861.692.5% more dangerous
Tewkesbury73064.186% more dangerous
Patchway1,06775.8021% more dangerous
Filton1,10997.9039% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cirencester

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Recent Crimes in Cirencester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Bathurst RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near North WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stepstairs LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ermin PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chesterton LaneFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Watermoor WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Swindon RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cecily HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Carpenters LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Querns LaneAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Public orderOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Carpenters LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Albion StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Swindon RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Apsley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carpenters LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cricklade RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Purley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gloucester StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Cirencester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31274637 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.811.50.71 Safer
Burglary64.64.66 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson71077 Safer
Drugs1.51.81.81.7 Safer
Other Crime0.460.960.511.1 Getting worse
Other Theft684.14.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.360.460.36 Getting worse
Public Order2.23.63.77 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.560.510.36 Safer
Shoplifting74.43.61.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.710.960.200.36 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.04.62.72.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14172027 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Kingshill Playing Field4--1110.78

Comparing Cirencester to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Cirencester60.16-
Barnet67.0810% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0533% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Coventry102.2441% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Cirencester's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cirencester Central55084First
Cirencester East & Stratton38246Second

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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