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Crime and Safety in Shepton Mallet

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Shepton Mallet is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Somerset, and is the 61st most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shepton Mallet in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 18% lower than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shepton Mallet is the 348th safest small town, and the 3,149th 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 260 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 4.6% lower than 2020's figure of 272 offences and a difference of 1.11 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Shepton Mallet's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Shepton Mallet 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Somerset

15% lower, regional crime rate

South West

50% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Shepton Mallet is 15% lower than the South West and 50% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Shepton Mallet Crime Rate Over Time

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Shepton Mallet Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Shepton Mallet 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 Shepton Mallet

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202151551
202059638
201965700
201862669
201761657
201660646

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 Behaviour13712.6714,28614.72 16% safer
Bicycle Theft10.096530.67 644% safer
Burglary262.412,5982.68 11% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson504.636,5956.80 47% safer
Drugs60.561,0651.10 96% safer
Other Crime70.651,0441.08 66% safer
Other Theft322.964,1504.28 45% safer
Possession of Weapons10.093850.40 344% safer
Public Order948.708,9899.26 6% safer
Robbery20.194080.42 121% safer
Shoplifting413.793,1043.20 16% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.282720.280% safer
Vehicle Crime282.592,7142.80 8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26024.0526,60027.41 14% safer

Shepton Mallet Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Yatton30339.7328% safer
Brympton30639.8528% safer
Clevedon89741.8322% safer
North Petherton44046.769% safer
Street63149.642.7% safer
Shepton Mallet55150.97-
Wellington86054.406% more dangerous
Wells63656.5610% more dangerous
Minehead76563.2919% more dangerous
Keynsham1,26068.6226% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,47074.4932% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Shepton Mallet

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Recent Crimes in Shepton Mallet

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fuller CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Compton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A371Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meadow RiseFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Other theftOn or near The BatchUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meadow RiseFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cat'S AshUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Silk CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coombe ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cornwall RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near A37Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Duchy RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near LongbridgeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Kyte RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alfred CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beacon ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Board CrossUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Draycott RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Shepton Mallet Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17221513 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.280.190.280.09 Safer
Burglary3.63.02.52.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10974.6 Safer
Drugs0.741.21.50.56 Safer
Other Crime0.740.651.70.65 Safer
Other Theft3.474.43.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.560.370.09 Safer
Public Order71079 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.370.090.19 Safer
Shoplifting6763.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.190.280.28 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime54.12.62.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25222524 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Collett Park2---120.92

Comparing Shepton Mallet to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Shepton Mallet50.97-
Barnet67.0824% more dangerous
Croydon82.4838% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0543% more dangerous
Bristol90.5244% more dangerous
Coventry102.2450% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0659% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6461% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Shepton Mallet's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shepton Mallet43847First

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 10 most dangerous small town 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 bicycle theft.

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