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Crime and Safety in Woodbridge

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Woodbridge is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Suffolk, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 461 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Woodbridge in 2021 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 0.78% higher than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Woodbridge is the 306th most dangerous small town, and the 1,882nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Woodbridge was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Woodbridge residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Woodbridge recorded 3 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Woodbridge are violence and sexual offences, with 207 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 0.97% lower than 2020's figure of 209 offences and a difference of 0.25 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Woodbridge's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Woodbridge 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Suffolk

10% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

14% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Woodbridge is 10% lower than the East of England and 14% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Woodbridge Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Woodbridge represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Woodbridge

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202164504
202061479
201951401
201860472
201757448
201648382

Crime in Woodbridge Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Woodbridge This Year

 WoodbridgeSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13717.358,79211.54 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft81.015570.73 28% more dangerous
Burglary263.291,9802.60 21% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson658.235,1486.76 18% more dangerous
Drugs70.891,4841.95 119% safer
Other Crime70.891,1371.49 67% safer
Other Theft567.093,5134.61 35% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.254450.58 132% safer
Public Order698.745,4367.14 18% more dangerous
Robbery40.512610.34 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting354.432,3693.11 30% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.513210.42 18% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.772,1612.84 60% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20726.2223,42330.75 17% safer

Woodbridge Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carlton Colville36741.0755% safer
Hadleigh40345.1141% safer
Stowmarket1,29258.908% safer
Felixstowe1,49160.735% safer
Great Cornard61563.071.2% safer
Woodbridge50463.83-
Brandon61465.722.9% more dangerous
Mildenhall73668.287% more dangerous
Beccles83880.7721% more dangerous
Newmarket1,61096.9934% more dangerous
Sudbury1,34797.2834% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Woodbridge

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Recent Crimes in Woodbridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Drybridge HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Edwin AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newnham AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Christchurch DriveAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Quay StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cumberland StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gladstone RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queen'S Head LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Mistley WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near The ThoroughfareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ransom RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near The ThoroughfareUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ransom RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Theft from the personOn or near Little St John'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Woodbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14111317 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.11.00.511.0 Getting worse
Burglary4.82.94.23.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10678 Safer
Drugs0.761.01.30.89 Safer
Other Crime1.41.31.60.89 Safer
Other Theft7777 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.381.40.510.25 Safer
Public Order4.84.769 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.51-0.630.51No change
Shoplifting54.73.64.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.380.250.51 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.32.22.21.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20172626 Getting worse

Changes In Woodbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Woodbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9360% safer
Birmingham49.6029% safer
Woodbridge63.83-
Barnet67.084.8% more dangerous
Croydon82.4823% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0329% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Leicester111.5943% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0648% more dangerous
Bradford132.2852% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% more dangerous

Crime in Woodbridge's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Woodbridge52263First

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 10 most dangerous 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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