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Crime and Safety in Highworth

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Highworth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 62nd most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Highworth in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Highworth is the 240th safest small town, and the 4,144th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, 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. November 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 183 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 166 offences and a difference of 2.12 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Highworth's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Highworth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Wiltshire

35% lower, regional crime rate

South West

76% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Highworth is 35% lower than the South West and 76% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Highworth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Highworth 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 Highworth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202144349
202043347
201947380
201845364
201742335
201640324

Crime in Highworth Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Highworth This Year

 HighworthWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10613.2215,27321.16 60% safer
Bicycle Theft30.376170.85 130% safer
Burglary141.751,5982.21 26% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson435.364,9706.89 29% safer
Drugs111.371,1201.55 13% safer
Other Crime70.877401.03 18% safer
Other Theft242.992,8884.00 34% safer
Possession of Weapons20.253580.50 100% safer
Public Order344.243,6655.08 20% safer
Robbery10.122730.38 217% safer
Shoplifting121.502,4873.45 130% safer
Theft From the Person30.371990.28 24% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime121.501,8832.61 74% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18322.8217,72424.56 8% safer

Highworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Blunsdon St Andrew36021.22105% safer
Corsham46834.1427% safer
Tidworth47436.2020% safer
Bradford-on-Avon38838.7612% safer
Wootton Bassett55642.302.9% safer
Highworth34943.52-
Calne80543.730.48% more dangerous
Melksham Without39944.522.2% more dangerous
Laverstock40044.752.7% more dangerous
Westbury70944.963.2% more dangerous
Wroughton37747.128% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Highworth

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Recent Crimes in Highworth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022DrugsOn or near The ElmsLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near BrookfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Redlands CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Islay CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vicarage LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Turnpike RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Folly CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Grove HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BrookfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grove HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grove HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Swindon StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Downs ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bellingham LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Downs ViewUnable to prosecute suspect

Highworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17161113 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.25-0.250.37 Getting worse
Burglary62.53.01.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson51065 Safer
Drugs0.751.40.871.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.01.20.87 Safer
Other Theft5.04.02.53.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.620.250.25 Safer
Public Order2.63.13.74.2 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.370.120.12 Safer
Shoplifting1.93.41.61.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.120.250.37 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.13.23.01.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18182123 Getting worse

Changes In Highworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Highworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Highworth43.52-
Barnet67.0835% more dangerous
Croydon82.4847% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0552% more dangerous
Bristol90.5252% more dangerous
Coventry102.2457% more dangerous
Leicester111.5961% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0665% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6466% more dangerous
Bradford132.2867% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Highworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Highworth35143First

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 safest 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).

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