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Crime and Safety in Atherstone

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Atherstone is the most dangerous small towns in Warwickshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Warwickshire's 214 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Atherstone in 2021 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Warwickshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Warwickshire rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Atherstone is the 138th most dangerous small town, and the 894th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Atherstone was the worst small town in Warwickshire for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Atherstone residents, when it was Warwickshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents. Atherstone recorded 1 report of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for drugs in Warwickshire that month.

The most common crimes in Atherstone are violence and sexual offences, with 396 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 9% lower than 2020's figure of 431 offences and a difference of 3.70 from 2020's crime rate of 46. Atherstone's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Atherstone 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Warwickshire

3.4% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

11% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Atherstone is 3.4% lower than the West Midlands and 11% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Atherstone Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Atherstone 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 Atherstone

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202186814
202095900
2019102959
2018100949
201787822
201685799

Crime in Atherstone Compared To Warwickshire

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Summary of Crimes in Atherstone This Year

 AtherstoneWarwickshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29230.9110,59818.34 41% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.113420.59 436% safer
Burglary586.141,7493.03 51% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson838.793,5686.17 30% more dangerous
Drugs171.801,1521.99 11% safer
Other Crime192.018231.42 29% more dangerous
Other Theft535.613,1245.41 3.6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.854620.80 6% more dangerous
Public Order859.003,3775.84 35% more dangerous
Robbery30.322940.51 59% safer
Shoplifting414.341,9783.42 21% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.321760.30 6% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime474.982,9815.16 3.6% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39641.9216,58028.69 32% more dangerous

Atherstone Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kenilworth74434.42150% safer
Polesworth35640.06115% safer
Whitnash34540.26114% safer
Kingsbury37948.7677% safer
Atherstone81486.16-

Crime Over Time in Atherstone

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Recent Crimes in Atherstone

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tannery CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Stratford AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Benedicts CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sanders CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Well Spring CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hollands MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lancaster CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kings AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Friar'S GateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Abeles WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Derby LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Abeles WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fielding CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grove RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Richmond RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Carlyon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queens RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Carlyon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Atherstone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33373431 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.530.320.320.11 Safer
Burglary984.16 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91089 Safer
Drugs2.02.11.61.8 Safer
Other Crime2.01.42.32.0 Getting worse
Other Theft9986 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.60.740.85 Safer
Public Order7589 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.50.741.10.32 Safer
Shoplifting111184.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.741.40.110.32 Safer
Vehicle Crime8875.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39434642 Getting worse

Changes In Atherstone's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Atherstone to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0828% safer
Croydon82.484.5% safer
Atherstone86.16-
Sheffield90.054.3% more dangerous
Bristol90.524.8% more dangerous
Coventry102.2416% more dangerous
Leicester111.5923% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0630% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6434% more dangerous
Bradford132.2835% more dangerous
Leeds150.9443% more dangerous

Crime in Atherstone During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Atherstone change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Atherstone saw a 600% increase in public order. Atherstone saw a large fall in vehicle crime during September, when it fell by 83% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+141%+22%+23%-9%-6%-37%-11%-43%-31%+29%
Burglary-40%+67%-64%-25%+100%-50%-17%-56%-50%-80%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-71%-64%-38%+43%-64%+150%-75%-43%-
Drugs-+100%-50%--50%---+100%-
Other Crime--+200%+100%-50%--+400%-60%-
Other Theft-17%-50%-14%+140%+300%--60%-22%+100%-43%
Possession of Weapons--+100%-------
Public Order+50%+100%-+600%+50%+75%+200%+80%+167%-
Robbery------+100%+50%--
Shoplifting--81%-75%+17%-+60%-22%+86%-40%+133%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+13%+400%-50%-43%-50%-33%-83%--13%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences+61%-29%-13%-11%-+27%+12%+19%-13%-12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Atherstone

What police force serves Atherstone?
Atherstone's local territorial police force is the Warwickshire Police.

How dangerous is Atherstone?
Atherstone is the most dangerous small town in Warwickshire.

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

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

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