Bradford-on-Avon Crime Overview

Bradford-on-Avon is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 84th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bradford-on-Avon in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bradford-on-Avon is the 234th safest small town, and the 4,603rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Bradford-on-Avon was the worst small town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Bradford-on-Avon residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.70 per 1,000 residents. Bradford-on-Avon recorded 4 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.40 the worst small town for other crime in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bradford-on-Avon are violence and sexual offences, with 133 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 2.3% higher than 2019's figure of 130 offences and a difference of 0.30 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Bradford-on-Avon's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bradford-on-Avon This Year

 Bradford-on-AvonWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14814.7914,47420.0636% safer
Bicycle Theft111.105260.7334% more dangerous
Burglary262.601,9472.703.8% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson777.694,9076.8012% more dangerous
Drugs101.001,5342.13113% safer
Other Crime101.008311.1515% safer
Other Theft232.302,8303.9270% safer
Possession of Weapons20.202930.41105% safer
Public Order373.703,3624.6626% safer
Shoplifting424.202,4583.4119% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.202050.2840% safer
Vehicle Crime171.702,1863.0378% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13313.2916,32222.6270% safer

Crime in Bradford-on-Avon Compared To Wiltshire

Bradford-on-Avon Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haydon Wick50824.0862% safer
Stratton St Margaret66029.2433% safer
Blunsdon St Andrew53531.5324% safer
Corsham44732.6119% safer
Tidworth48537.045% safer
Bradford-on-Avon39038.96-
Marlborough34340.203.1% more dangerous
Wroughton32840.995.0% more dangerous
Melksham Without38743.1810% more dangerous
Calne79543.1910% more dangerous
Highworth34743.2710% more dangerous

Bradford-on-Avon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16181915Safer
Bicycle Theft1.81.31.31.1Safer
Burglary64.94.62.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7878Getting worse
Drugs0.600.401.61.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.900.600.601.0Getting worse
Other Theft564.52.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.600.700.20Safer
Public Order2.63.53.13.7Getting worse
Shoplifting54.44.44.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.100.300.400.20Safer
Vehicle Crime4.23.53.61.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11141313Getting worse

Changes In Bradford-on-Avon's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing Bradford-on-Avon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bradford-on-Avon38.96-
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4150% more dangerous
Croydon83.2253% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8155% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% more dangerous

Crime in Bradford-on-Avon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bradford-on-Avon39039First

Crime in Bradford-on-Avon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bradford-on-Avon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Bradford-on-Avon saw a 400% increase in shoplifting. Bradford-on-Avon saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-35%-44%+8%-7%-6%+121%-11%-41%-50%-50%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%+100%---
Burglary--75%-50%-75%--63%-50%+150%--71%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-83%-63%+33%--17%--27%-38%+200%
Drugs-50%--------+100%
Other Crime-------+100%--
Other Theft-40%----50%-75%---25%-
Possession of Weapons---75%-------
Public Order+300%+200%--33%-33%-33%-17%+33%-+100%
Shoplifting-38%--+50%+50%-+100%-+400%-
Vehicle Crime----67%+150%---+50%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences--21%+36%+57%-17%+100%-27%+50%-18%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bradford-on-Avon

What police force serves Bradford-on-Avon?
Bradford-on-Avon's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Bradford-on-Avon?
Bradford-on-Avon is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire.
What is Bradford-on-Avon's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bradford-on-Avon are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bradford-on-Avon?
Bradford-on-Avon's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021