Chard Town Crime Overview

Chard Town is the third most dangerous small town in Somerset, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chard Town in 2020 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chard Town is the 158th most dangerous small town, and the 1,180th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Chard Town was the worst small town in Somerset for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Chard Town residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Chard Town recorded 4 reports of other crime during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst small town for other crime in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Chard Town are violence and sexual offences, with 444 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 16% higher than 2019's figure of 373 offences and a difference of 5.11 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Chard Town's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Chard Town Compared To Somerset

Summary of Crimes in Chard Town This Year

 Chard TownSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35525.5917,23917.7631% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.366600.6889% safer
Burglary463.323,2773.381.8% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15711.326,5376.7440% more dangerous
Drugs151.081,3331.3727% safer
Other Crime191.379250.9531% more dangerous
Other Theft674.834,5004.643.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.653880.4038% more dangerous
Public Order15311.038,5298.7920% more dangerous
Robbery90.655260.5417% more dangerous
Shoplifting694.973,3153.4231% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.072520.26271% safer
Vehicle Crime473.393,0463.147% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences44432.0023,22123.9325% more dangerous

Chard Town Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Street61648.4655% safer
Wells61554.7037% safer
Minehead67455.7635% safer
Shepton Mallet63859.0227% safer
Keynsham1,20265.4615% safer
Chard Town1,04175.04-
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,58180.116% more dangerous
Glastonbury89896.8523% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chard Town

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Chard Town Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25302626Safer
Bicycle Theft0.790.430.360.36Safer
Burglary654.73.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10121011Getting worse
Drugs1.21.21.21.1Safer
Other Crime0.360.791.21.4Getting worse
Other Theft4.54.464.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.070.500.430.65Getting worse
Public Order9101111Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.070.580.65Getting worse
Shoplifting4.94.065.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.140.360.430.07Safer
Vehicle Crime3.54.383.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26292732Getting worse

Changes In Chard Town's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Chard Town to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7111% safer
Chard Town75.04-
Coventry77.413.1% more dangerous
Croydon83.2210% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8113% more dangerous
Bristol86.2113% more dangerous
Leicester97.4423% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8727% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2830% more dangerous
Bradford133.0244% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Chard Town's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chard North & East43963Second
Chard West60288First

Crime in Chard Town During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chard Town change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Chard Town saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Chard Town saw a large fall in other theft during September, when it fell by 82% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%-20%+55%-26%-29%+24%-23%-13%+9%-30%
Burglary-42%-55%+100%-64%-50%+67%-50%+50%-20%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson+45%+33%+167%-19%-38%+67%-31%+100%-37%-
Drugs-33%---+100%+33%--67%--
Other Crime---+33%------
Other Theft-70%-43%-44%--55%-44%-82%+140%-25%-60%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+27%-37%+7%-12%-+122%-50%+25%-35%+133%
Robbery--+200%+100%------
Shoplifting-62%--75%-30%-25%+20%+57%+75%+120%+17%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-73%-72%-50%-67%-+100%+25%-20%+400%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%+58%-9%+30%+56%+14%+55%+9%-13%+13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chard Town

What police force serves Chard Town?
Chard Town's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
How dangerous is Chard Town?
Chard Town is the third most dangerous small town in Somerset.
What is Chard Town's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Chard Town are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Chard Town?
Chard Town's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021