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Crime and Safety in Wantage

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Wantage is the second most dangerous small town in Oxfordshire, and is the 53rd most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wantage in 2021 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wantage is the 345th most dangerous small town, and the 1,992nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Wantage was the worst small town in Oxfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Wantage residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Wantage recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wantage are violence and sexual offences, with 359 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 287 offences and a difference of 6.02 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Wantage's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 150% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Wantage 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Oxfordshire

12% lower, regional crime rate

South East

19% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wantage is 12% lower than the South East and 19% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wantage Crime Rate Over Time

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Wantage Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wantage represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Wantage

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202164771
202049588
201945536
201855653
201751611
201647567

Crime in Wantage Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wantage This Year

 WantageOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13811.535,6878.22 29% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.581,7892.59 347% safer
Burglary151.252,2313.23 158% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1099.114,2166.10 33% more dangerous
Drugs272.261,7152.48 10% safer
Other Crime221.848511.23 33% more dangerous
Other Theft413.423,7345.40 58% safer
Possession of Weapons40.333600.52 58% safer
Public Order1058.776,6549.62 10% safer
Robbery90.751830.26 65% more dangerous
Shoplifting413.422,5983.76 10% safer
Theft From the Person70.587241.05 81% safer
Vehicle Crime252.092,4723.57 71% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35929.9919,83828.68 4.4% more dangerous

Wantage Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Thame64050.9826% safer
Grove43154.8118% safer
Wallingford45658.3410% safer
Great Faringdon47259.069% safer
Henley-on-Thames71360.107% safer
Wantage77164.41-
Blackbird Leys1,652138.3853% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wantage

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Recent Crimes in Wantage

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Springfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market PlaceOffender given a caution
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lark HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hallett CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Theft from the personOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The RidgewayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Parsonage CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Post Office LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near LarkdownInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Theft from the personOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022DrugsOn or near Petrol StationLocal resolution
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Mary Whipple CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Theft from the personOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The CloistersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Icknield LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lark HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wantage Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11121212 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.01.20.250.58 Safer
Burglary2.81.71.81.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9869 Getting worse
Drugs2.01.31.82.3 Getting worse
Other Crime0.670.670.671.8 Getting worse
Other Theft73.82.23.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.500.500.840.33 Safer
Public Order2.32.559 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.170.420.75 Getting worse
Shoplifting53.52.53.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.671.20.920.58 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.22.62.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21172430 Getting worse

Changes In Wantage's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wantage's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Wantage that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Memorial Recreation Ground2-1-110.72

Comparing Wantage to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wantage64.41-
Barnet67.084.0% more dangerous
Croydon82.4822% more dangerous
Sheffield91.1029% more dangerous
Bristol93.7731% more dangerous
Coventry102.3737% more dangerous
Leicester111.7542% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9050% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1753% more dangerous
Bradford145.6056% more dangerous
Leeds153.0658% more dangerous

Crime in Wantage's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wantage Town62163First

Crime in Wantage During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wantage change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Wantage saw a 500% increase in public order. Wantage saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 82% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour--23%-23%+80%+75%+7%-75%+40%-36%-63%
Bicycle Theft---80%--50%-----
Burglary----33%+200%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson--80%-25%-50%+55%+20%-+67%-38%-64%
Drugs----67%---+50%-60%-
Other Crime------50%--+200%-
Other Theft---67%---78%-75%+40%-67%-50%
Possession of Weapons-------50%-67%--
Public Order+67%-+500%+250%-+100%+50%+100%+250%+67%
Robbery-----+100%----
Shoplifting-50%--+33%+100%--25%-33%--
Theft From the Person--+100%-------
Vehicle Crime---82%--33%--25%-+200%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+93%+92%-16%-6%+25%+140%+83%-+32%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wantage

What police force serves Wantage?
Wantage's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.

How dangerous is Wantage?
Wantage is the second most dangerous small town in Oxfordshire.

What is Wantage's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Wantage are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Wantage?
Wantage's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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