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Crime and Safety in Ross-on-Wye

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Ross-on-Wye is the second most dangerous small towns in Herefordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Herefordshire's 211 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ross-on-Wye in 2021 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Herefordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Herefordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ross-on-Wye is the 219th most dangerous small town, and the 1,347th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Ross-on-Wye had the worst crime rate in Herefordshire for vehicle crime, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Ross-on-Wye residents, when it was Herefordshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Ross-on-Wye recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during January 2019, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst for possession of weapons in Herefordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ross-on-Wye are violence and sexual offences, with 367 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 321 offences and a difference of 4.49 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Ross-on-Wye's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 600% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Ross-on-Wye 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Herefordshire

20% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

3.1% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ross-on-Wye is 20% lower than the West Midlands and 3.1% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ross-on-Wye Crime Rate Over Time

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Ross-on-Wye Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ross-on-Wye 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 Ross-on-Wye

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202174759
202067685
201968692
201859608
201772738
201669704

Crime in Ross-on-Wye Compared To Herefordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ross-on-Wye This Year

 Ross-on-WyeHerefordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour42541.506,04931.42 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.29950.49 69% safer
Burglary222.155502.86 33% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11210.941,1846.15 44% more dangerous
Drugs131.273701.92 51% safer
Other Crime151.462371.23 16% more dangerous
Other Theft565.478794.57 16% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.49970.50 2.0% safer
Public Order747.231,1245.84 19% more dangerous
Robbery30.29270.14 52% more dangerous
Shoplifting535.174122.14 59% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.10350.18 80% safer
Vehicle Crime353.423521.83 46% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences36735.835,83730.31 15% more dangerous

Ross-on-Wye Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ledbury46347.5856% safer
Ross-on-Wye75974.11-
Leominster1,05384.9113% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ross-on-Wye

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Recent Crimes in Ross-on-Wye

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Henry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near CawdorInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gloucester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Homs RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Corpus Christi LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Edde Cross StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Broad StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walford AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Okell DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Springfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Smallbrook GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cawdor Arch RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Corpus Christi LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mary'S StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Palmerston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A40Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walnut Tree CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Ross-on-Wye Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42472742 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.390.390.490.29 Safer
Burglary2.72.93.82.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson69811 Getting worse
Drugs2.02.23.21.3 Safer
Other Crime1.31.61.81.5 Safer
Other Theft874.35 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.30.780.49 Safer
Public Order2.33.54.07 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.20-0.100.29 Getting worse
Shoplifting5.0765 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.880.680.680.10 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.52.72.03.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25293136 Getting worse

Changes In Ross-on-Wye's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ross-on-Wye to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0810% safer
Ross-on-Wye74.11-
Croydon82.4810% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0518% more dangerous
Bristol90.5218% more dangerous
Coventry102.2428% more dangerous
Leicester111.5934% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0640% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6443% more dangerous
Bradford132.2844% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% more dangerous

Crime in Ross-on-Wye's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ross-on-Wye80471First

Crime in Ross-on-Wye During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ross-on-Wye change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Ross-on-Wye saw a 400% increase in burglary. Ross-on-Wye saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+128%+50%+2%------
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-+100%+100%--67%+400%+50%-50%-50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-38%-44%+25%-67%+167%-17%-27%+25%-33%+40%
Drugs--+350%---40%----
Other Crime--67%-----+300%--75%
Other Theft-67%-67%-50%--57%-40%-17%--43%-
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-67%-67%-+100%+100%--33%-+100%+200%
Shoplifting+38%-86%-78%-83%-29%+33%+100%-80%-38%-60%
Theft From the Person---------+100%
Vehicle Crime-50%-60%------75%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-14%-18%+75%-6%+100%+32%+32%-34%-44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ross-on-Wye

What police force serves Ross-on-Wye?
Ross-on-Wye's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.

How dangerous is Ross-on-Wye?
Ross-on-Wye is the second most dangerous small town in Herefordshire.

What is Ross-on-Wye's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ross-on-Wye are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Ross-on-Wye?
Ross-on-Wye's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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