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Crime and Safety in Bradford-on-Avon

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Bradford-on-Avon is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 81st most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bradford-on-Avon in 2021 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 38% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bradford-on-Avon is the 175th safest small town, and the 4,939th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Bradford-on-Avon was the worst small town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Bradford-on-Avon residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Bradford-on-Avon recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst small town for theft from the person in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bradford-on-Avon are violence and sexual offences, with 186 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 28% higher than 2020's figure of 133 offences and a difference of 5.29 from 2020's crime rate of 13. Bradford-on-Avon's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Bradford-on-Avon 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Wiltshire

51% lower, regional crime rate

South West

97% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bradford-on-Avon is 51% lower than the South West and 97% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bradford-on-Avon Crime Rate Over Time

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Bradford-on-Avon Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bradford-on-Avon 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 Bradford-on-Avon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202139388
202039390
201946457
201847470
201746457
201643431

Crime in Bradford-on-Avon Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bradford-on-Avon This Year

 Bradford-on-AvonWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16516.4815,27321.16 28% safer
Bicycle Theft50.506170.85 70% safer
Burglary141.401,5982.21 58% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson555.494,9706.89 26% safer
Drugs111.101,1201.55 41% safer
Other Crime70.707401.03 47% safer
Other Theft292.902,8884.00 38% safer
Possession of Weapons10.103580.50 400% safer
Public Order373.703,6655.08 37% safer
Robbery50.502730.38 24% more dangerous
Shoplifting181.802,4873.45 92% safer
Theft From the Person30.301990.28 7% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime171.701,8832.61 54% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18618.5817,72424.56 32% safer

Bradford-on-Avon Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haydon Wick90.438914% safer
Stratton St Margaret241.063557% safer
Blunsdon St Andrew36021.2283% safer
Corsham46834.1414% safer
Tidworth47436.207% safer
Bradford-on-Avon38838.76-
Wootton Bassett55642.308% more dangerous
Highworth34943.5211% more dangerous
Calne80543.7311% more dangerous
Melksham Without39944.5213% more dangerous
Laverstock40044.7513% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bradford-on-Avon

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Recent Crimes in Bradford-on-Avon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greenland MillsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Bridge StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Berryfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cemetery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woolley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Elms Cross DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chanterelle ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Margaret'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Mythern MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Huntingdon PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Widbrook ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Spencers OrchardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Laurence RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near New RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper Regents ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Baileys BarnInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Silver StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bradford-on-Avon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18191516 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.31.10.50 Safer
Burglary4.94.62.61.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8785 Safer
Drugs0.401.61.01.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.600.601.00.70No change
Other Theft64.52.32.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.600.700.200.10 Safer
Public Order3.53.13.73.7 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.501.0-0.50 Safer
Shoplifting4.44.44.21.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.400.200.30 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.53.61.71.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14131319 Getting worse

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

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

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bradford-on-Avon38.76-
Barnet67.0842% more dangerous
Croydon82.4853% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0557% more dangerous
Bristol90.5257% more dangerous
Coventry102.2462% more dangerous
Leicester111.5965% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0669% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6470% more dangerous
Bradford132.2871% more dangerous
Leeds150.9474% more dangerous

Crime in Bradford-on-Avon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bradford-on-Avon38839First

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 town 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.

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