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Crime and Safety in Devizes

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Devizes is the most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Devizes in 2021 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 39% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Devizes is the 132nd most dangerous small town, and the 847th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Devizes was the worst small town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.86 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Devizes residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.77 per 1,000 residents. Devizes recorded 4 reports of drugs during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst small town for drugs in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Devizes are violence and sexual offences, with 469 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 2.6% higher than 2020's figure of 457 offences and a difference of 1.03 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Devizes's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 67% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Devizes 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Wiltshire

33% higher, regional crime rate

South West

13% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Devizes is 33% higher than the South West and 13% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Devizes Crime Rate Over Time

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Devizes Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Devizes 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 Devizes

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021881,023
202085988
201982959
201878904
201783967
201673851

Crime in Devizes Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Devizes This Year

 DevizesWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour54646.9415,27321.16 55% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft252.156170.85 60% more dangerous
Burglary443.781,5982.21 42% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1089.294,9706.89 26% more dangerous
Drugs282.411,1201.55 36% more dangerous
Other Crime262.247401.03 54% more dangerous
Other Theft494.212,8884.00 5.0% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons141.203580.50 58% more dangerous
Public Order1089.293,6655.08 45% more dangerous
Robbery30.262730.38 46% safer
Shoplifting12110.402,4873.45 67% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.521990.28 46% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime221.891,8832.61 38% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46940.3217,72424.56 39% more dangerous

Devizes Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wroughton37747.1287% safer
Marlborough45152.8566% safer
Warminster1,01356.8355% safer
Amesbury75160.7945% safer
Melksham1,00767.1131% safer
Devizes1,02387.95-

Crime Over Time in Devizes

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Recent Crimes in Devizes

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Broadleas RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eastleigh RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Northgate StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hare And Hounds StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near WaylandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sheep StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Long StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Snuff StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Longcroft AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near WaylandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eastleigh CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near London RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near New Park StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Devizes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43394147 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.50.772.2 Getting worse
Burglary3.13.33.33.8 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1012109 Safer
Drugs3.53.562.4 Safer
Other Crime1.31.42.22.2 Getting worse
Other Theft8654.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.860.600.601.2 Getting worse
Public Order5.0799 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.770.430.26 Safer
Shoplifting1085.010 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.71.00.430.52 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.71.72.91.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31353940 Getting worse

Changes In Devizes's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Devizes's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Devizes that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Avon Road Recreation Ground5-1--010

Comparing Devizes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0831% safer
Croydon82.487% safer
Devizes87.95-
Sheffield90.052.3% more dangerous
Bristol90.522.8% more dangerous
Coventry102.2414% more dangerous
Leicester111.5921% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6432% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9442% more dangerous

Crime in Devizes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Devizes West668107First

Crime in Devizes During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Devizes change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Devizes saw a 700% increase in burglary. Devizes saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+15%+11%-15%-2%+24%+10%+107%-9%+52%+6%
Bicycle Theft-----50%--67%--50%-
Burglary+200%+25%+700%+100%-80%-71%-71%+300%-+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-67%-22%+30%-30%-14%+27%+13%-+144%-79%
Drugs+50%+200%+167%-22%--25%+200%-20%+200%+50%
Other Crime--33%+100%+500%-----33%-33%
Other Theft-71%+33%--17%-+50%+13%-50%-+50%
Possession of Weapons--+100%-+100%-----
Public Order+100%+75%-40%+100%-33%+44%+44%-18%+50%-33%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-13%+17%-86%-33%-81%-63%+160%+50%-78%-80%
Theft From the Person-+100%-50%-------
Vehicle Crime----+33%-+100%-50%+200%-75%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%+44%-13%+36%+53%+54%-22%+16%-17%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Devizes

What police force serves Devizes?
Devizes's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.

How dangerous is Devizes?
Devizes is the most dangerous small town in Wiltshire.

What is Devizes's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Devizes are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Devizes?
Devizes's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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