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Crime and Safety in Witney

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Witney is the safest medium-sized town in Oxfordshire, and is the 61st most dangerous overall out of Oxfordshire's 312 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Witney in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Oxfordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% lower than the Oxfordshire rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Witney is the 75th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,200th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Witney was the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Witney residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous MediumTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents. Witney recorded 3 reports of robbery during November 2019, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() for robbery in Oxfordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Witney are violence and sexual offences, with 773 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 671 offences and a difference of 3.52 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Witney's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Witney 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Oxfordshire

20% lower, regional crime rate

South East

21% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Witney is 20% lower than the South East and 21% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Witney Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Witney

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021601,738
2020521,498
2019511,472
2018461,339
2017451,292
2016401,166

Crime in Witney Compared To Oxfordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Witney This Year

 WitneyOxfordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29910.325,6878.22 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft491.691,7892.59 53% safer
Burglary571.972,2313.23 64% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1575.424,2166.10 13% safer
Drugs722.481,7152.480% safer
Other Crime331.148511.23 8% safer
Other Theft1565.383,7345.40 0.37% safer
Possession of Weapons190.663600.52 21% more dangerous
Public Order2558.806,6549.62 9% safer
Robbery60.211830.26 24% safer
Shoplifting792.732,5983.76 38% safer
Theft From the Person260.907241.05 17% safer
Vehicle Crime561.932,4723.57 85% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences77326.6819,83828.68 7% safer

Witney Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Witney1,73859.98-
Abingdon2,30166.6010% more dangerous
Didcot1,92570.1915% more dangerous
Bicester2,68387.6232% more dangerous
Banbury5,518115.1648% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Witney

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Recent Crimes in Witney

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Swan CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodlands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hollis CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cotswold MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elm CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Swingburn PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near WoodgreenLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Colwell DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Campden CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield OvalUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Langdale GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Apley WayAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Woolgate Shopping CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near New Mill MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Harvest GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Judd'S CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Farm Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Witney Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12141410 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.10.971.01.7 Getting worse
Burglary2.52.11.82.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7775 Safer
Drugs1.92.42.52.5 Getting worse
Other Crime0.760.930.901.1 Getting worse
Other Theft553.55 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.350.660.66 Getting worse
Public Order1.72.13.99 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.590.410.210.21 Safer
Shoplifting4.454.42.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.11.00.90 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.82.81.81.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17202327 Getting worse

Changes In Witney's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Witney's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Burwell Fields2---100.66
King George's Field-----20.78

Comparing Witney to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9350% safer
Birmingham49.6021% safer
Witney59.98-
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0333% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Witney's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Witney Central96890First
Witney East42435Third
Witney West34656Second

Crime in Witney During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Witney change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Witney saw a 700% increase in public order. Witney saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 93% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-49%-51%-20%-6%-43%+2%-18%-9%+57%-9%
Bicycle Theft--50%--+50%-25%-33%-43%--
Burglary--+25%+200%+67%-43%-50%-38%+67%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%+13%-29%-18%+29%+5%-14%+43%+8%-36%
Drugs+25%-36%+50%-38%+25%-40%+167%-60%+14%+43%
Other Crime--25%--50%+50%-50%-67%--+250%
Other Theft-78%-11%-67%-73%-20%+83%-19%-9%+14%-20%
Possession of Weapons-50%---+100%---+100%+100%
Public Order+100%-+50%+325%+140%+700%-25%+133%+10%+50%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-30%-67%-67%-21%-43%--45%+233%-27%+120%
Theft From the Person-50%-67%-50%-+200%-+100%+150%-20%-80%
Vehicle Crime-14%-93%-73%+67%+20%-22%--33%-13%+17%
Violence and Sexual Offences-31%-23%+33%+63%-12%+74%+9%-+23%+14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Witney

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

How dangerous is Witney?
Witney is the safest medium-sized town in Oxfordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Witney?
Witney's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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