Devizes Crime Overview

Devizes is the most dangerous small town in Wiltshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Devizes in 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 39% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Devizes is the 100th most dangerous small town, and the 834th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Devizes was the worst small town in Wiltshire for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.52 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Devizes residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. Devizes recorded 8 reports of burglary during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.69 the worst small town for burglary in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Devizes are violence and sexual offences, with 457 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 411 offences and a difference of 3.95 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Devizes's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 80% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Devizes This Year

 DevizesWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47440.7514,47420.0651% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.775260.735% more dangerous
Burglary383.271,9472.7017% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1119.544,9076.8029% more dangerous
Drugs726.191,5342.1366% more dangerous
Other Crime252.158311.1547% more dangerous
Other Theft605.162,8303.9224% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.602930.4132% more dangerous
Public Order1079.203,3624.6649% more dangerous
Robbery50.432530.3519% more dangerous
Shoplifting584.992,4583.4132% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.432050.2835% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime342.922,1863.033.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45739.2916,32222.6242% more dangerous

Crime in Devizes Compared To Wiltshire

Devizes Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Westbury70244.5191% safer
Wootton Bassett60445.9585% safer
Amesbury68955.7752% safer
Warminster1,03858.2446% safer
Melksham1,06470.9020% safer
Devizes98884.95-

Devizes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46433941Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.51.50.77Safer
Burglary3.63.13.33.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101210Safer
Drugs2.43.53.56Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.31.42.2Getting worse
Other Theft7865Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.860.600.60Safer
Public Order75.079Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.260.770.43Getting worse
Shoplifting81085.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.951.71.00.43Safer
Vehicle Crime3.41.71.72.9Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences36313539Getting worse

Changes In Devizes's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Devizes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7125% safer
Coventry77.4110% safer
Croydon83.222.1% safer
Devizes84.95-
Sheffield85.811.0% more dangerous
Bristol86.211.5% more dangerous
Leicester97.4413% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8717% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2821% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% more dangerous

Crime in Devizes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Devizes West669107First

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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021