Chippenham Crime Overview

Chippenham is the safest medium-sized town in Wiltshire, and is the 45th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chippenham in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.6% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chippenham is the 39th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,957th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Chippenham was the worst medium-sized town in Wiltshire for other crime, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Chippenham residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.31 per 1,000 residents. Chippenham recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Chippenham are violence and sexual offences, with 777 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 12% lower than 2019's figure of 870 offences and a difference of 2.62 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Chippenham's least common crime is robbery, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 30% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Chippenham Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Chippenham This Year

 ChippenhamWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,05829.8314,47420.0633% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft170.485260.7352% safer
Burglary531.491,9472.7081% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2286.434,9076.806% safer
Drugs792.231,5342.134.5% more dangerous
Other Crime330.938311.1524% safer
Other Theft1524.292,8303.929% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons200.562930.4127% more dangerous
Public Order1825.133,3624.669% more dangerous
Robbery100.282530.3525% safer
Shoplifting1584.452,4583.4123% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.422050.2833% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime792.232,1863.0336% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences77721.9116,32222.623.2% safer

Chippenham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chippenham1,80350.83-
Trowbridge2,69275.3333% more dangerous
Salisbury3,11776.6634% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chippenham

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Chippenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25283130Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.730.622.10.48Safer
Burglary3.32.11.91.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7786Safer
Drugs1.71.81.72.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.680.960.93Getting worse
Other Theft5674.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.370.650.56Getting worse
Public Order3.13.54.55Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.200.370.28Safer
Shoplifting7794.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.650.700.42Safer
Vehicle Crime3.22.32.42.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20202522Getting worse

Changes In Chippenham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chippenham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Chippenham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Monkton Park6-113202.7
Westmead Open Space4----00.90

Comparing Chippenham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Chippenham50.83-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8141% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8751% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2853% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Chippenham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chippenham North35537Third
Chippenham Pewsham16725Fourth
Chippenham South & East89395First
Chippenham West38240Second

Chippenham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Chippenham for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChippenham Pewsham (67)Chippenham South & East (611)
Bicycle TheftChippenham Pewsham (2)Chippenham South & East (12)
BurglaryChippenham Pewsham (4)Chippenham South & East (24)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChippenham Pewsham (14)Chippenham South & East (112)
DrugsChippenham Pewsham (10)Chippenham South & East (38)
Other CrimeChippenham Pewsham (3)Chippenham South & East (10)
Other TheftChippenham Pewsham (9)Chippenham West (64)
Possession of WeaponsChippenham West (1)Chippenham South & East (10)
Public OrderChippenham North (24)Chippenham South & East (103)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Chippenham North (1)Chippenham South & East (6)
ShopliftingChippenham Pewsham (1)Chippenham South & East (75)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chippenham West (2)Chippenham South & East (11)
Vehicle CrimeChippenham Pewsham (5)Chippenham South & East (36)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChippenham West (126)Chippenham South & East (405)

Crime in Chippenham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chippenham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Chippenham saw a 700% increase in drugs. Chippenham saw a large fall in bicycle theft during August, when it fell by 92% compared to August in 2019. Chippenham saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, other theft, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%-27%-14%+9%-2%+2%+33%+17%-26%+12%
Bicycle Theft-33%-75%-63%-86%--92%-80%-63%-80%-67%
Burglary+57%+50%-33%+17%--67%--43%-63%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson+38%-60%-52%-23%-34%-29%+9%-28%-43%-25%
Drugs+700%+450%+140%-25%-33%+33%+25%+25%+20%-67%
Other Crime--67%+200%-67%-14%-+400%+50%--
Other Theft-35%-64%-65%-30%-61%-7%-26%+6%-68%-39%
Possession of Weapons-50%-75%+100%--+100%---25%-50%
Public Order-14%-24%-38%+117%+40%+33%+21%+8%-20%+8%
Robbery----50%------
Shoplifting-36%-15%-68%-60%-75%-52%-65%-73%-84%+89%
Theft From the Person---75%--50%--50%---
Vehicle Crime+86%-89%+50%-56%+50%-25%-67%-14%-67%-60%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-17%-26%+26%-4%-25%-11%+35%-24%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chippenham

What police force serves Chippenham?
Chippenham's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Chippenham?
Chippenham is the safest medium-sized town in Wiltshire.
What is Chippenham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Chippenham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Chippenham?
Chippenham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021