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Crime and Safety in Chard Town

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Chard Town is the second most dangerous small towns in Somerset, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chard Town in 2021 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chard Town is the 193rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,209th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Chard Town was the worst small town in Somerset for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Chard Town residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.72 per 1,000 residents. Chard Town recorded 4 reports of other crime during August 2021, 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 576 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 23% higher than 2020's figure of 444 offences and a difference of 9.52 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Chard Town's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 80% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Chard Town 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Somerset

24% higher, regional crime rate

South West

1.2% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chard Town is 24% higher than the South West and 1.2% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chard Town Crime Rate Over Time

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Chard Town Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Chard Town

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021771,073
2020751,041
2019761,059
201871990
201766915
201671988

Crime in Chard Town Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Chard Town This Year

 Chard TownSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29821.4814,28614.72 31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.586530.67 16% safer
Burglary352.522,5982.68 6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1248.946,5956.80 24% more dangerous
Drugs171.231,0651.10 11% more dangerous
Other Crime181.301,0441.08 17% more dangerous
Other Theft513.684,1504.28 16% safer
Possession of Weapons50.363850.40 11% safer
Public Order15911.468,9899.26 19% more dangerous
Robbery60.434080.42 2.3% more dangerous
Shoplifting362.593,1043.20 24% safer
Theft From the Person60.432720.28 35% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime322.312,7142.80 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57641.5226,60027.41 34% more dangerous

Chard Town Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wellington86054.4042% safer
Wells63656.5637% safer
Minehead76563.2922% safer
Keynsham1,26068.6213% safer
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,47074.493.8% safer
Chard Town1,07377.34-
Glastonbury949102.3524% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chard Town

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Recent Crimes in Chard Town

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Henson ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Leach RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Silver StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beckington CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near FurzehillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windsor CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cambridge StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Henson ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holyrood StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mary'S CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Henson ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Marys CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Dwelly CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Henson ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Crewkerne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Chard Town Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30262621 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.430.360.360.58 Getting worse
Burglary54.73.32.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1210119 Safer
Drugs1.21.21.11.2 Getting worse
Other Crime0.791.21.41.3 Getting worse
Other Theft4.464.83.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.500.430.650.36 Getting worse
Public Order10111111 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.070.580.650.43 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.065.02.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.360.430.070.43 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.383.42.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29273242 Getting worse

Changes In Chard Town's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Chard Town to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0815% safer
Chard Town77.34-
Croydon82.486% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0514% more dangerous
Bristol90.5215% more dangerous
Coventry102.2424% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0637% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6440% more dangerous
Bradford132.2842% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% more dangerous

Crime in Chard Town's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chard North & East45064Second
Chard West62391First

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 second 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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