Highworth Crime Overview

Highworth is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Highworth in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Highworth is the 297th safest small town, and the 3,876th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Highworth was the worst small town in Wiltshire for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2019 was also a bad month for Highworth residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Highworth recorded 3 reports of robbery during June 2019, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst small town for robbery in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Highworth are violence and sexual offences, with 166 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 144 offences and a difference of 2.74 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Highworth's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Highworth Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Highworth This Year

 HighworthWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8510.6014,47420.0689% safer
Bicycle Theft20.255260.73192% safer
Burglary242.991,9472.7010% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson465.744,9076.8018% safer
Drugs70.871,5342.13145% safer
Other Crime101.258311.158% more dangerous
Other Theft202.492,8303.9257% safer
Possession of Weapons20.252930.4164% safer
Public Order303.743,3624.6625% safer
Robbery10.122530.35192% safer
Shoplifting131.622,4583.41110% safer
Theft From the Person20.252050.2812% safer
Vehicle Crime242.992,1863.031.3% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16620.7016,32222.629% safer

Highworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bradford-on-Avon39038.9611% safer
Marlborough34340.208% safer
Wroughton32840.996% safer
Melksham Without38743.180.21% safer
Calne79543.190.19% safer
Highworth34743.27-
Laverstock39343.971.6% more dangerous
Westbury70244.512.8% more dangerous
Wootton Bassett60445.956% more dangerous
Amesbury68955.7722% more dangerous
Warminster1,03858.2426% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Highworth

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Recent Crimes in Highworth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bydemill GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stonefield DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queens AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near EdencroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Orange CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stonefield DriveAction to be taken by another organisation
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SevenfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other crimeOn or near The GreenFurther investigation is not in the public interest
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near WindrushInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crane FurlongUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Other crimeOn or near Brewery StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pentylands CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vicarage LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Turnpike RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stranks CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Highworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12171611Safer
Bicycle Theft-0.25-0.25No change
Burglary662.53.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson75106Safer
Drugs0.500.751.40.87Safer
Other Crime0.751.51.01.2Getting worse
Other Theft4.25.04.02.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.370.620.25Safer
Public Order1.82.63.13.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.120.370.12Safer
Shoplifting51.93.41.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)--0.120.25Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.14.13.23.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13181821Getting worse

Changes In Highworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Highworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Highworth43.27-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8150% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4456% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2860% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Highworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Highworth34843First

Crime in Highworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Highworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Highworth saw a 900% increase in burglary. Highworth saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-44%-58%+29%-63%-53%-65%+67%+13%+17%+83%
Burglary+900%------50%---
Criminal Damage and Arson--73%-78%--20%-54%-50%+250%-60%-40%
Drugs-------50%---
Other Crime+100%---------
Other Theft-33%----60%-+25%-+100%-50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order---75%+200%+100%-71%+100%--50%-
Shoplifting------50%-67%--67%-
Vehicle Crime-20%--80%--+200%+100%---
Violence and Sexual Offences-31%+160%-7%-61%+12%-17%+62%+67%-+25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Highworth

What police force serves Highworth?
Highworth's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Highworth?
Highworth is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire.
What is Highworth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Highworth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Highworth?
Highworth's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021