Marlborough Crime Overview

Marlborough is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 79th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Marlborough in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Marlborough is the 252nd safest small town, and the 4,360th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Marlborough was the worst small town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Marlborough residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Marlborough recorded 6 reports of drugs during September 2019, making its crime rate of 0.70 the worst small town for drugs in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Marlborough are violence and sexual offences, with 151 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 138 offences and a difference of 1.53 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Marlborough's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Marlborough This Year

 MarlboroughWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12714.8814,47420.0635% safer
Bicycle Theft101.175260.7338% more dangerous
Burglary141.641,9472.7065% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson343.984,9076.8071% safer
Drugs182.111,5342.130.95% safer
Other Crime80.948311.1522% safer
Other Theft303.522,8303.9211% safer
Possession of Weapons10.122930.41242% safer
Public Order283.283,3624.6642% safer
Shoplifting252.932,4583.4116% safer
Theft From the Person10.122050.28133% safer
Vehicle Crime232.702,1863.0312% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15117.7016,32222.6228% safer

Crime in Marlborough Compared To Wiltshire

Marlborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stratton St Margaret66029.2437% safer
Blunsdon St Andrew53531.5327% safer
Corsham44732.6123% safer
Tidworth48537.049% safer
Bradford-on-Avon39038.963.2% safer
Marlborough34340.20-
Wroughton32840.991.9% more dangerous
Melksham Without38743.187% more dangerous
Calne79543.197% more dangerous
Highworth34743.277% more dangerous
Laverstock39343.979% more dangerous

Marlborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16152015Safer
Bicycle Theft0.350.120.701.2Getting worse
Burglary563.01.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7564.0Safer
Drugs0.822.03.42.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.820.821.00.94Getting worse
Other Theft9883.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.120.350.590.12Safer
Public Order2.63.93.33.3Getting worse
Shoplifting89112.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.701.20.12Safer
Vehicle Crime4.63.33.42.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18161618Getting worse

Changes In Marlborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Marlborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Marlborough40.20-
Barnet67.7141% more dangerous
Coventry77.4148% more dangerous
Croydon83.2252% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8153% more dangerous
Bristol86.2153% more dangerous
Leicester97.4459% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8761% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2863% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Marlborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Marlborough34340First

Crime in Marlborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Marlborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Marlborough saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Marlborough saw a large fall in shoplifting during July, when it fell by 92% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-69%-33%-44%-56%-38%+127%+45%-23%-57%+100%
Bicycle Theft--+300%-------
Burglary-50%---33%---50%---67%
Criminal Damage and Arson--67%-40%+33%-20%-17%--50%-67%-80%
Drugs--75%-+33%-60%----50%-
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-60%-75%-83%-33%-57%-73%-70%-+50%-
Public Order+100%-75%-20%+100%+50%+50%----
Shoplifting-71%--75%-70%-92%-70%-67%-75%-86%-
Vehicle Crime-25%---+400%--+150%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+80%-38%-56%-63%-22%-7%-14%+45%+50%+86%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Marlborough

What police force serves Marlborough?
Marlborough's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Marlborough?
Marlborough is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire.
What is Marlborough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Marlborough are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Marlborough?
Marlborough's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021