Atherstone Crime Overview

Atherstone is the most dangerous small town in Warwickshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Warwickshire's 222 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Atherstone in 2020 was 95 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Warwickshire's overall crime rate, coming in 31% higher than the Warwickshire rate of 66 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Atherstone is the 70th most dangerous small town, and the 585th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Atherstone was the worst small town in Warwickshire for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Atherstone residents, when it was Warwickshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.64 per 1,000 residents. Atherstone recorded 4 reports of drugs during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst small town for drugs in Warwickshire that month.

The most common crimes in Atherstone are violence and sexual offences, with 431 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 5% higher than 2019's figure of 408 offences and a difference of 2.43 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Atherstone's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 1200% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Atherstone Compared To Warwickshire

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Summary of Crimes in Atherstone This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31733.5614,95625.8823% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.324130.71122% safer
Burglary394.132,4314.211.9% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson788.263,5316.1126% more dangerous
Drugs151.591,2772.2139% safer
Other Crime222.338741.5135% more dangerous
Other Theft768.043,2455.6130% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.744840.8414% safer
Public Order737.732,8104.8637% more dangerous
Robbery101.063150.5548% more dangerous
Shoplifting757.942,6244.5443% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.112230.39255% safer
Vehicle Crime707.413,6736.3614% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences43145.6216,00327.6939% more dangerous

Atherstone Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Polesworth31835.79166% safer
Kenilworth88540.94133% safer
Whitnash47955.9070% safer
Kingsbury45057.8965% safer

Crime Over Time in Atherstone

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Atherstone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour38333734Safer
Bicycle Theft0.530.530.320.32Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson109108Safer
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft8998Safer
Possession of Weapons1.
Public Order6758Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.741.50.741.1Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.420.741.40.11Safer
Vehicle Crime6887Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences35394346Getting worse

Changes In Atherstone's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Atherstone to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7141% safer
Coventry77.4123% safer
Croydon83.2214% safer
Sheffield85.8111% safer
Bristol86.2111% safer
Leicester97.442.2% more dangerous
Birmingham102.877% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2811% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1031% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+141%+22%+23%-9%-6%-37%-11%-43%-31%+29%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-71%-64%-38%+43%-64%+150%-75%-43%-
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%-
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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021