Thame Crime Overview

Thame is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Oxfordshire, and is the 56th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Thame in 2020 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 12% lower than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Thame is the 406th most dangerous small town, and the 2,751st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Thame was the worst small town in Oxfordshire for other theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.80 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Thame residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.56 per 1,000 residents. Thame recorded 4 reports of drugs during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.32 the worst small town for drugs in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Thame are violence and sexual offences, with 248 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 35% higher than 2019's figure of 160 offences and a difference of 7.01 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Thame's least common crime is other crime, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 700% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Thame Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Thame This Year

 ThameOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20516.336,3919.2443% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.321,4712.13566% safer
Burglary332.632,1883.1620% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson635.024,2466.1422% safer
Drugs362.871,8222.638% more dangerous
Other Crime10.088731.261475% safer
Other Theft897.093,3904.9031% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.244650.67179% safer
Public Order433.423,2374.6837% safer
Robbery50.402500.3610% more dangerous
Shoplifting786.212,8664.1433% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.886730.9710% safer
Vehicle Crime463.662,9084.2015% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24819.7516,29123.5519% safer

Thame Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carterton61736.4344% safer
Grove31039.4333% safer
Kidlington57541.1328% safer
Wantage58849.127% safer
Great Faringdon40350.434.2% safer
Thame66052.57-
Henley-on-Thames71660.3613% more dangerous
Wallingford48562.0515% more dangerous
Blackbird Leys77765.0919% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Thame

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Thame Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13121016Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.960.800.480.32Safer
Burglary2.21.72.62.6Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson674.65Safer
Drugs1.00.722.62.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.320.560.640.08Safer
Other Theft109107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.160.080.480.24No change
Public Order0.961.21.53.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.400.080.40Getting worse
Shoplifting12966Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.480.880.88Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.62.93.73.7Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences12111320Getting worse

Changes In Thame's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Thame to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Thame52.57-
Barnet67.7122% more dangerous
Coventry77.4132% more dangerous
Croydon83.2237% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8139% more dangerous
Bristol86.2139% more dangerous
Leicester97.4446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2851% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in Thame's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Thame North27552Second
Thame South38553First

Crime in Thame During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Thame change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Thame saw a 400% increase in burglary. Thame saw a large fall in vehicle crime during September, when it fell by 94% compared to September in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Thame's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+80%-78%+11%-24%+290%+146%+57%-50%+125%+186%
Bicycle Theft---------50%-
Burglary+400%--75%--50%----40%+75%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%--40%-50%-22%+167%+25%+100%+200%-50%
Drugs-67%--33%-75%+133%+33%+100%--71%+200%
Other Crime-----50%-----
Other Theft-57%-67%-71%-25%-25%-27%-60%-9%+11%-56%
Possession of Weapons-67%---------
Public Order---+150%+200%-+400%+150%+400%+300%
Shoplifting+100%+100%--17%+160%-40%-+250%-14%-50%
Theft From the Person---+100%--50%---33%-
Vehicle Crime+350%+11%---+100%-94%--67%-86%
Violence and Sexual Offences+78%-31%+100%+123%+47%+190%+29%+25%+6%+160%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Thame

What police force serves Thame?
Thame's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is Thame?
Thame is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Oxfordshire.
What is Thame's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Thame are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Thame?
Thame's least common crime is other crime.

Last updated: 07 May 2021