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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 62nd 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 58th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,360th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Witney was the worst medium-sized town in Oxfordshire for bicycle theft, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Witney residents, when it was Oxfordshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Witney recorded 14 reports of vehicle crime during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst medium-sized town for vehicle crime 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

27% 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 27% 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 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 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
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spring CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Ducklington LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Collier CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Corn BarInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Idbury CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Davenport RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sherbourne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Corndell GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Springfield OvalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bibury CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Meadow ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near Marlborough LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Highworth PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Harvest WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Corndell GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Orchard WayInvestigation 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
Witney59.98-
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield91.1034% more dangerous
Bristol93.7736% more dangerous
Coventry102.3741% more dangerous
Leicester111.7546% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9053% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1756% more dangerous
Bradford145.6059% more dangerous
Leeds153.0661% 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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