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Crime and Safety in Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Chippenham is the safest medium-sized town in Wiltshire, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chippenham in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chippenham is the 53rd safest medium-sized town, and the 2,523rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Chippenham was the worst medium-sized town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Chippenham residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.34 per 1,000 residents. Chippenham recorded 17 reports of other theft during April 2021, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst medium-sized town for other theft in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Chippenham are violence and sexual offences, with 925 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 777 offences and a difference of 4.17 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Chippenham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 15 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 20 crimes.

Chippenham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Wiltshire

3.3% lower, regional crime rate

South West

35% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chippenham is 3.3% lower than the South West and 35% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chippenham Crime Rate Over Time

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Chippenham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Chippenham 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 Chippenham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021572,015
2020511,803
2019642,258
2018531,883
2017531,867
2016491,743

Crime in Chippenham Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Chippenham This Year

 ChippenhamWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,03929.2915,27321.16 28% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft361.016170.85 16% more dangerous
Burglary481.351,5982.21 64% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2486.994,9706.89 1.4% more dangerous
Drugs601.691,1201.55 8% more dangerous
Other Crime290.827401.03 26% safer
Other Theft1554.372,8884.00 8% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons150.423580.50 19% safer
Public Order2045.753,6655.08 12% more dangerous
Robbery180.512730.38 25% more dangerous
Shoplifting2095.892,4873.45 41% more dangerous
Theft From the Person180.511990.28 45% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime501.411,8832.61 85% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences92526.0817,72424.56 6% more dangerous

Chippenham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chippenham2,01556.81-
Trowbridge2,78277.8527% more dangerous
Salisbury3,31281.4630% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chippenham

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Recent Crimes in Chippenham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cheltenham DriveFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hungerdown LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Common SlipUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beale CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Tugela RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak Lodge CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lysley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Devon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Danvers MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Exeter CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near OaklandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Laines HeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Honeysuckle CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Argyle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chepstow CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sutherland CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Audley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Hill RiseFurther investigation is not in the public interest

Chippenham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28313029 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.622.10.481.0 Safer
Burglary2.11.91.51.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7867 Safer
Drugs1.81.72.21.7 Safer
Other Crime0.680.960.930.82 Safer
Other Theft674.34.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.650.560.42 Getting worse
Public Order3.54.556 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.370.280.51 Getting worse
Shoplifting794.46 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.700.420.51 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.32.42.21.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20252226 Getting 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 2021.

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
Chippenham56.81-
Barnet67.0815% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0537% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Coventry102.2444% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Chippenham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chippenham North37639Third
Chippenham Pewsham13420Fourth
Chippenham South & East1,048112First
Chippenham West44446Second

Chippenham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChippenham Pewsham (58)Chippenham South & East (557)
Bicycle TheftChippenham West (2)Chippenham South & East (31)
BurglaryChippenham Pewsham (4)Chippenham South & East (24)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChippenham Pewsham (18)Chippenham South & East (136)
DrugsChippenham North (6)Chippenham South & East (37)
Other CrimeChippenham Pewsham (4)Chippenham North (10)
Other TheftChippenham Pewsham (9)Chippenham South & East (65)
Possession of WeaponsChippenham West (2)Chippenham South & East (11)
Public OrderChippenham North (29)Chippenham South & East (106)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Chippenham Pewsham (1)Chippenham South & East (15)
ShopliftingChippenham Pewsham (2)Chippenham West (103)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chippenham Pewsham (1)Chippenham South & East (13)
Vehicle CrimeChippenham Pewsham (3)Chippenham South & East (26)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChippenham Pewsham (62)Chippenham South & East (487)

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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