Shepton Mallet Crime Overview

Shepton Mallet is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Somerset, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shepton Mallet in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 1.3% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shepton Mallet is the 330th most dangerous small town, and the 2,178th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2016, Shepton Mallet had the worst crime rate in Somerset for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.65 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Shepton Mallet are violence and sexual offences, with 272 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 235 offences and a difference of 3.42 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Shepton Mallet's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Shepton Mallet Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Shepton Mallet This Year

 Shepton MalletSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16515.2617,23917.7616% safer
Bicycle Theft30.286600.68143% safer
Burglary272.503,2773.3835% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson777.126,5376.745% more dangerous
Drugs161.481,3331.377% more dangerous
Other Crime181.679250.9543% more dangerous
Other Theft484.444,5004.644.5% safer
Possession of Weapons40.373880.408% safer
Public Order777.128,5298.7923% safer
Robbery10.095260.54500% safer
Shoplifting645.923,3153.4242% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.282520.267% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime282.593,0463.1421% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27225.1623,22123.934.9% more dangerous

Shepton Mallet Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Yatton34545.2430% safer
Wellington72345.7329% safer
Street61648.4622% safer
Wells61554.708% safer
Minehead67455.766% safer
Shepton Mallet63859.02-
Keynsham1,20265.4610% more dangerous
Chard Town1,04175.0421% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,58180.1126% more dangerous
Glastonbury89896.8539% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Shepton Mallet

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Shepton Mallet Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20172215Safer
Bicycle Theft0.280.280.190.28Getting worse
Burglary3.63.63.02.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson81097Safer
Drugs0.740.741.21.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.740.651.7Getting worse
Other Theft53.474.4Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.280.560.37Safer
Public Order87107Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.650.370.09Safer
Shoplifting7676Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.370.190.28Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.654.12.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22252225Getting worse

Changes In Shepton Mallet's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Shepton Mallet's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Shepton Mallet that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Collett Park2---120.92

Comparing Shepton Mallet to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Shepton Mallet59.02-
Barnet67.7113% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Shepton Mallet's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shepton Mallet53658First

Crime in Shepton Mallet During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Shepton Mallet change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Shepton Mallet saw a 500% increase in drugs. Shepton Mallet saw a large fall in other theft during March, when it fell by 83% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-28%--+13%+25%--67%-59%-56%-39%
Burglary---67%--40%--67%-50%-33%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-+100%-46%+350%-71%+33%-20%+67%-50%
Drugs---+50%-+500%----
Other Crime-+50%---+200%----
Other Theft-83%-57%-55%-+75%-50%-44%-17%-82%-50%
Public Order+25%-25%-58%--69%+83%-18%-60%-63%+25%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+17%-71%--+100%-29%+50%+100%-33%+200%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+67%--60%-50%--25%-75%-25%-50%+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+29%-24%+39%-17%+125%+40%+53%+180%-16%+44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Shepton Mallet

What police force serves Shepton Mallet?
Shepton Mallet's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
How dangerous is Shepton Mallet?
Shepton Mallet is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Somerset.
What is Shepton Mallet's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Shepton Mallet are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Shepton Mallet?
Shepton Mallet's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021