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Crime and Safety in Wells

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Wells is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Somerset, and is the 46th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wells in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wells is the 408th most dangerous small town, and the 2,549th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2015, Wells had the worst crime rate in Somerset for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Wells are violence and sexual offences, with 248 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 207 offences and a difference of 3.65 from 2020's crime rate of 18. Wells's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 20% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Wells 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Somerset

3.8% lower, regional crime rate

South West

35% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wells is 3.8% lower than the South West and 35% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wells Crime Rate Over Time

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Wells Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wells 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 Wells

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202157636
202055615
201975847
201875840
201764725
201654612

Crime in Wells Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Wells This Year

 WellsSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14012.4514,28614.72 18% safer
Bicycle Theft50.446530.67 52% safer
Burglary201.782,5982.68 51% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson554.896,5956.80 39% safer
Drugs100.891,0651.10 24% safer
Other Crime131.161,0441.08 7% more dangerous
Other Theft585.164,1504.28 17% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons60.533850.40 25% more dangerous
Public Order1008.898,9899.26 4.2% safer
Robbery90.804080.42 48% more dangerous
Shoplifting686.053,1043.20 47% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.442720.28 36% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime393.472,7142.80 19% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences24822.0626,60027.41 24% safer

Wells Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Clevedon89741.8335% safer
North Petherton44046.7621% safer
Street63149.6414% safer
Shepton Mallet55150.9711% safer
Wellington86054.404.0% safer
Wells63656.56-
Minehead76563.2911% more dangerous
Keynsham1,26068.6218% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,47074.4924% more dangerous
Chard Town1,07377.3427% more dangerous
Glastonbury949102.3545% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wells

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Recent Crimes in Wells

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lethbridge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vaughan CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tucker StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheldon DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chamberlain StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Broad StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wheeler GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Cuthbert StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near NightclubOffender given a caution
March 2022Public orderOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wood CloseOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glastonbury RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bishopslea CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Cuthbert AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Chamberlain StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Wells Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28172012 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.40.530.530.44 Safer
Burglary3.83.32.01.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101574.9 Safer
Drugs2.01.21.70.89 Safer
Other Crime1.50.980.891.2 Getting worse
Other Theft81085 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.440.710.180.53 Safer
Public Order101089 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.800.440.80 Getting worse
Shoplifting8556 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.800.890.180.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.53.63.13.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25231822 Getting worse

Changes In Wells's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wells to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wells56.56-
Barnet67.0816% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0537% more dangerous
Bristol90.5238% more dangerous
Coventry102.2445% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% more dangerous

Crime in Wells's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wells Town57568First

Crime in Wells During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wells change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Wells saw a 200% increase in drugs. Wells saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during December, when it fell by 86% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-70%-19%+79%+31%+14%+140%+110%+42%-21%-45%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--50%--67%-80%--+100%-67%-75%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-38%--64%-57%+43%-82%-30%-73%-86%
Drugs-----+200%--50%+100%+100%
Other Crime----+100%---+100%-
Other Theft-50%-38%-45%--33%+30%-25%-17%-77%-
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+67%-71%-25%+100%+11%-27%-63%-50%-44%-55%
Robbery--------50%--
Shoplifting-33%+50%-60%-25%-20%+150%+14%+67%-67%+25%
Theft From the Person-----67%-----
Vehicle Crime+67%+33%-33%-50%-33%---20%-75%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%-50%-15%-53%+30%+24%-21%+5%-48%-17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wells

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

How dangerous is Wells?
Wells is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Somerset.

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

What is the least common crime in Wells?
Wells's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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