Woodbridge Crime Overview

Woodbridge is among the top 5 safest small towns in Suffolk, and is the 56th most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 477 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Woodbridge in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Woodbridge is the 306th most dangerous small town, and the 2,038th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Woodbridge was the worst small town in Suffolk for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.76 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Woodbridge residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Woodbridge recorded 3 reports of robbery during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst small town for robbery in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Woodbridge are violence and sexual offences, with 209 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 34% higher than 2019's figure of 138 offences and a difference of 8.99 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Woodbridge's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Woodbridge Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Woodbridge This Year

 WoodbridgeSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10112.799,85112.931.1% safer
Bicycle Theft40.516880.9076% safer
Burglary334.182,6343.4617% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson526.595,6207.3812% safer
Drugs101.271,7532.3081% safer
Other Crime131.651,2371.621.8% more dangerous
Other Theft526.593,5894.7129% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.514430.5814% safer
Public Order506.335,4487.1513% safer
Robbery50.633180.4233% more dangerous
Shoplifting283.552,5103.307% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.253490.4684% safer
Vehicle Crime172.152,6173.4460% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20926.4723,77031.2118% safer

Woodbridge Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carlton Colville16818.80223% safer
Kesgrave44229.73104% safer
Hadleigh45550.9319% safer
Woodbridge47960.66-
Felixstowe1,49660.940.46% more dangerous
Brandon62967.3210% more dangerous
Stowmarket1,50268.4711% more dangerous
Great Cornard70572.3016% more dangerous
Mildenhall79974.1318% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Woodbridge

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Recent Crimes in Woodbridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Cumberland StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near The AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Manor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beresford DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Bredfield StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near The ThoroughfareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near The ThoroughfareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Theft from the personOn or near The ThoroughfareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Collett'S WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kingston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Kingston Farm RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Woodbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12141113Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.631.11.00.51Safer
Burglary4.64.82.94.2Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson91067Safer
Drugs1.00.761.01.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.41.31.6Getting worse
Other Theft12777Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.381.40.51Safer
Public Order3.84.84.76Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.51-0.63Getting worse
Shoplifting3.954.73.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.510.630.380.25Safer
Vehicle Crime2.53.32.22.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18201726Getting worse

Changes In Woodbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Woodbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Woodbridge60.66-
Barnet67.7110% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Woodbridge's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Woodbridge49260First

Crime in Woodbridge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Woodbridge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Woodbridge saw a 600% increase in anti-social behaviour. Woodbridge saw a large fall in bicycle theft during August, when it fell by 75% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%-57%-33%+20%-7%+183%+600%-20%+100%+175%
Bicycle Theft------75%----
Burglary-+100%-+150%+200%----+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-38%-67%-25%-20%+400%+150%-20%+100%+500%+50%
Drugs----------
Other Crime--------+50%-
Other Theft+250%-75%+400%+25%-55%-43%-17%+100%+67%-50%
Possession of Weapons-75%---------
Public Order-50%-50%---+250%-+150%+67%+400%
Shoplifting---33%-60%-50%-75%--40%-14%-
Vehicle Crime-60%-50%+100%-+100%--50%--+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-18%+80%+13%+25%+180%+122%+150%+180%+60%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Woodbridge

What police force serves Woodbridge?
Woodbridge's local territorial police force is the Suffolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Woodbridge?
Woodbridge is among the top 5 safest small towns in Suffolk.
What is Woodbridge's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Woodbridge are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Woodbridge?
Woodbridge's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021