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Crime and Safety in Wellington, Somerset

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Wellington is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Somerset, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wellington in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 11% lower than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wellington is the 391st safest small town, and the 2,795th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Wellington was the worst small town in Somerset for criminal damage and arson, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.89 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Wellington residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Wellington recorded 3 reports of drugs during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst small town for drugs in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Wellington are violence and sexual offences, with 468 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 389 offences and a difference of 5.00 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Wellington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Wellington 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Somerset

8% lower, regional crime rate

South West

41% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wellington is 8% lower than the South West and 41% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wellington Crime Rate Over Time

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Wellington Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wellington 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 Wellington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202154860
202046723
201957907
201861958
201754853
201644697

Crime in Wellington Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Wellington This Year

 WellingtonSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16910.6914,28614.72 38% safer
Bicycle Theft60.386530.67 76% safer
Burglary171.082,5982.68 148% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1338.416,5956.80 19% more dangerous
Drugs181.141,0651.10 3.5% more dangerous
Other Crime100.631,0441.08 71% safer
Other Theft392.474,1504.28 73% safer
Public Order1127.088,9899.26 31% safer
Robbery30.194080.42 121% safer
Shoplifting322.023,1043.20 58% safer
Theft From the Person10.062720.28 367% safer
Vehicle Crime211.332,7142.80 111% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46829.6026,60027.41 7% more dangerous

Wellington Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brympton30639.8537% safer
Clevedon89741.8330% safer
North Petherton44046.7616% safer
Street63149.6410% safer
Shepton Mallet55150.977% safer
Wellington86054.40-
Wells63656.563.8% more dangerous
Minehead76563.2914% more dangerous
Keynsham1,26068.6221% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,47074.4927% more dangerous
Chard Town1,07377.3430% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wellington

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Recent Crimes in Wellington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near WestparkFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Station RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kelway RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parklands RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill Stream GardensFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wardleworth CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Priory GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fore StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Willcocks CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Burchills HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Drakes ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Russet CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gay StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Priory GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Penny CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fore StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parker CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Holyoake StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parklands RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Wellington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24191511 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.510.440.130.38No change
Burglary3.02.20.761.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson774.88 Getting worse
Drugs1.51.31.11.1 Safer
Other Crime0.950.630.820.63 Safer
Other Theft4.74.52.62.5 Safer
Public Order8887 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.250.130.19No change
Shoplifting3.72.41.62.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.250.130.06 Safer
Vehicle Crime62.01.31.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24282530 Getting worse

Changes In Wellington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wellington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wellington54.40-
Barnet67.0819% more dangerous
Croydon82.4834% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5951% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Wellington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wellington North69872First

Crime in Wellington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wellington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Wellington saw a 300% increase in other crime. Wellington saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 91% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%-63%-39%+115%-26%+19%-25%-21%-58%-10%
Burglary-80%-+100%----60%---
Criminal Damage and Arson--29%--33%-15%-33%-75%--50%-75%
Drugs-----+50%-+200%--
Other Crime-------+300%--
Other Theft-56%-50%-57%--50%-63%-67%+33%-75%-
Possession of Weapons--------50%--
Public Order-18%-14%-38%-6%-+40%+43%+33%-57%+133%
Shoplifting-50%---91%-+150%+50%+100%-50%-50%
Vehicle Crime---50%+200%-50%-75%--20%--50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-27%+52%-26%+24%-31%-31%+16%-24%-16%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wellington

What police force serves Wellington?
Wellington's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

How dangerous is Wellington?
Wellington is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Somerset.

What is Wellington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Wellington are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Wellington?
Wellington's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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