Wells Crime Overview

Wells is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Somerset, and is the 57th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wells in 2020 was 55 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wells is the 386th most dangerous small town, and the 2,551st 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 207 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 23% lower than 2019's figure of 254 offences and a difference of 4.18 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Wells's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Wells This Year

 WellsSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour22419.9217,23917.7611% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.536600.6828% safer
Burglary221.963,2773.3872% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson746.586,5376.742.4% safer
Drugs191.691,3331.3719% more dangerous
Other Crime100.899250.957% safer
Other Theft887.834,5004.6441% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.183880.40122% safer
Public Order887.838,5298.7912% safer
Robbery50.445260.5423% safer
Shoplifting575.073,3153.4233% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.182520.2644% safer
Vehicle Crime353.113,0463.140.96% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20718.4123,22123.9330% safer

Crime in Wells Compared To Somerset

Wells Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Midsomer Norton49341.3032% safer
North Petherton39842.3029% safer
Yatton34545.2421% safer
Wellington72345.7320% safer
Street61648.4613% safer
Wells61554.70-
Minehead67455.761.9% more dangerous
Shepton Mallet63859.027% more dangerous
Keynsham1,20265.4616% more dangerous
Chard Town1,04175.0427% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,58180.1132% more dangerous

Wells Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20281720Safer
Bicycle Theft0.531.40.530.53Safer
Burglary63.83.32.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson610157Safer
Drugs0.892.01.21.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.441.50.980.89Safer
Other Theft98108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.440.710.18Safer
Public Order810108Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.090.440.800.44Safer
Shoplifting8855Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.980.800.890.18Safer
Vehicle Crime63.53.63.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19252318Safer

Changes In Wells's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Wells to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wells54.70-
Barnet67.7119% more dangerous
Coventry77.4129% more dangerous
Croydon83.2234% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8136% more dangerous
Bristol86.2137% more dangerous
Leicester97.4444% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8747% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2849% more dangerous
Bradford133.0259% more dangerous
Leeds137.1060% more dangerous

Crime in Wells's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wells Town55366First

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021