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.
Small Towns, Wiltshire
33% higher, regional crime rate
13% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
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.
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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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Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||546||46.94||15,273||21.16||55% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||25||2.15||617||0.85||60% more dangerous|
|Burglary||44||3.78||1,598||2.21||42% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||108||9.29||4,970||6.89||26% more dangerous|
|Drugs||28||2.41||1,120||1.55||36% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||26||2.24||740||1.03||54% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||49||4.21||2,888||4.00||5.0% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||14||1.20||358||0.50||58% more dangerous|
|Public Order||108||9.29||3,665||5.08||45% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||121||10.40||2,487||3.45||67% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||6||0.52||199||0.28||46% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||22||1.89||1,883||2.61||38% safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||469||40.32||17,724||24.56||39% more dangerous|
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|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Petrol Station||Further investigation is not in the public interest|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Broadleas Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Eastleigh Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Northgate Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Hare And Hounds Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Waylands||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Hospital||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Church Walk||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Sheep Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Bicycle theft||On or near Long Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Burglary||On or near Snuff Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Longcroft Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Waylands||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Eastleigh Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near London Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Bicycle theft||On or near New Park Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Hospital||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||43||39||41||47||Getting worse|
|Bicycle Theft||1.5||1.5||0.77||2.2||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||10||12||10||9||Safer|
|Other Crime||1.3||1.4||2.2||2.2||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.86||0.60||0.60||1.2||Getting worse|
|Public Order||5.0||7||9||9||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.26||0.77||0.43||0.26||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||1.7||1.0||0.43||0.52||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||31||35||39||40||Getting worse|
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|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Avon Road Recreation Ground||5||-||1||-||-||0||10|
|Small Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Sheffield||90.05||2.3% more dangerous|
|Bristol||90.52||2.8% more dangerous|
|Coventry||102.24||14% more dangerous|
|Leicester||111.59||21% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||29% more dangerous|
|Birmingham||129.64||32% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||34% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||42% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
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.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-67%||-22%||+30%||-30%||-14%||+27%||+13%||-||+144%||-79%|
|Possession of Weapons||-||-||+100%||-||+100%||-||-||-||-||-|
|Theft From the Person||-||+100%||-50%||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||+22%||+44%||-13%||+36%||+53%||+54%||-22%||+16%||-17%||-26%|