Wantage Crime Overview

Wantage is among the top 5 safest small towns in Oxfordshire, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 322 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wantage in 2020 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 20% lower than the Oxfordshire rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wantage is the 389th safest small town, and the 3,162nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Wantage was the worst small town in Oxfordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Wantage residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Wantage recorded 7 reports of public order during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.58 the worst small town for public order in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wantage are violence and sexual offences, with 287 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 27% higher than 2019's figure of 209 offences and a difference of 6.51 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Wantage's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 367% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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See how Wantage shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Wantage and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Wantage Compared To Oxfordshire

Summary of Crimes in Wantage This Year

 WantageOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13811.536,3919.2420% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.251,4712.13752% safer
Burglary211.752,1883.1681% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson726.014,2466.142.2% safer
Drugs211.751,8222.6350% safer
Other Crime80.678731.2688% safer
Other Theft262.173,3904.90126% safer
Possession of Weapons100.844650.6720% more dangerous
Public Order635.263,2374.6811% more dangerous
Robbery50.422500.3614% more dangerous
Shoplifting302.512,8664.1465% safer
Theft From the Person110.926730.975% safer
Vehicle Crime312.592,9084.2062% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28723.9716,29123.551.8% more dangerous

Wantage Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carterton61736.4335% safer
Grove31039.4325% safer
Kidlington57541.1319% safer
Wantage58849.12-
Great Faringdon40350.432.6% more dangerous
Thame66052.577% more dangerous
Henley-on-Thames71660.3619% more dangerous
Wallingford48562.0521% more dangerous
Blackbird Leys77765.0925% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wantage

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Wantage Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20111212Safer
Bicycle Theft1.81.01.20.25Safer
Burglary3.82.81.71.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10986Safer
Drugs1.22.01.31.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.330.670.670.67Getting worse
Other Theft673.82.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.500.500.84Getting worse
Public Order1.62.32.55Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.250.170.42Getting worse
Shoplifting753.52.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.671.20.92Safer
Vehicle Crime4.33.33.22.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13211724Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Wantage to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wantage49.12-
Barnet67.7127% more dangerous
Coventry77.4137% more dangerous
Croydon83.2241% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8143% more dangerous
Bristol86.2143% more dangerous
Leicester97.4450% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8752% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2854% more dangerous
Bradford133.0263% more dangerous
Leeds137.1064% more dangerous

Crime in Wantage's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wantage Town46447First

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 among the top 5 safest small towns 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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021