Wellington Crime Overview

Wellington is among the top 10 safest small towns in Somerset, and is the 96th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wellington in 2020 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wellington is the 331st safest small town, and the 3,557th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Wellington was the worst small town in Somerset for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2019 was also a bad month for Wellington residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Wellington recorded 13 reports of criminal damage and arson during July 2019, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Wellington are violence and sexual offences, with 389 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 444 offences and a difference of 3.48 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Wellington's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Wellington Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Wellington This Year

 WellingtonSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23114.6117,23917.7622% safer
Bicycle Theft20.136600.68423% safer
Burglary120.763,2773.38345% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson764.816,5376.7440% safer
Drugs181.141,3331.3720% safer
Other Crime130.829250.9516% safer
Other Theft412.594,5004.6479% safer
Possession of Weapons20.133880.40208% safer
Public Order1217.658,5298.7915% safer
Robbery20.135260.54315% safer
Shoplifting251.583,3153.42116% safer
Theft From the Person20.132520.26100% safer
Vehicle Crime201.273,0463.14147% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38924.6023,22123.932.7% more dangerous

Wellington Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Yeovil Without32236.6525% safer
Clevedon87840.9512% safer
Midsomer Norton49341.3011% safer
North Petherton39842.308% safer
Yatton34545.241.1% safer
Wellington72345.73-
Street61648.466% more dangerous
Wells61554.7016% more dangerous
Minehead67455.7618% more dangerous
Shepton Mallet63859.0223% more dangerous
Keynsham1,20265.4630% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wellington

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Wellington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18241915Safer
Bicycle Theft0.190.510.440.13Safer
Burglary2.33.02.20.76Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9774.8Safer
Drugs0.761.51.31.1Safer
Other Crime0.760.950.630.82Getting worse
Other Theft3.64.74.52.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.060.060.250.13Getting worse
Public Order8888Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.190.250.13Safer
Shoplifting53.72.41.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.06-0.250.13Safer
Vehicle Crime1.762.01.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23242825Safer

Changes In Wellington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wellington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wellington45.73-
Barnet67.7132% more dangerous
Coventry77.4141% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8147% more dangerous
Bristol86.2147% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Wellington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wellington North60262First

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 safest small towns 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021