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Crime and Safety in Marlborough

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Marlborough is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 46th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Marlborough in 2021 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.0% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Marlborough is the 375th safest small town, and the 2,942nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Marlborough was the worst small town in Wiltshire for drugs, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Marlborough residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Marlborough recorded 1 report of theft from the person during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst small town for theft from the person in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Marlborough are violence and sexual offences, with 202 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 25% higher than 2020's figure of 151 offences and a difference of 5.97 from 2020's crime rate of 18. Marlborough's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Marlborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Wiltshire

11% lower, regional crime rate

South West

45% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Marlborough is 11% lower than the South West and 45% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Marlborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Marlborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Marlborough 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 Marlborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202153451
202040343
201959501
201855469
201757490
201645382

Crime in Marlborough Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Marlborough This Year

 MarlboroughWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18021.0915,27321.16 0.33% safer
Bicycle Theft20.236170.85 270% safer
Burglary263.051,5982.21 28% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson465.394,9706.89 28% safer
Drugs283.281,1201.55 53% more dangerous
Other Crime60.707401.03 47% safer
Other Theft283.282,8884.00 22% safer
Possession of Weapons70.823580.50 39% more dangerous
Public Order404.693,6655.08 8% safer
Robbery10.122730.38 217% safer
Shoplifting455.272,4873.45 35% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.231990.28 22% safer
Vehicle Crime182.111,8832.61 24% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20223.6717,72424.56 3.8% safer

Marlborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Calne80543.7321% safer
Melksham Without39944.5219% safer
Laverstock40044.7518% safer
Westbury70944.9618% safer
Wroughton37747.1212% safer
Marlborough45152.85-
Warminster1,01356.837% more dangerous
Amesbury75160.7913% more dangerous
Melksham1,00767.1121% more dangerous
Devizes1,02387.9540% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Marlborough

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Recent Crimes in Marlborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rabley Wood ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Savernake CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hertford RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leaze RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pewsey RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chantry LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Salisbury RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper Church FieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near North View PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oxford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near The ThornsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near North View PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chantry LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Salisbury RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Purlyn AcreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Marlborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15201521 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.120.701.20.23 Safer
Burglary63.01.63.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson564.05 Safer
Drugs2.03.42.13.3 Getting worse
Other Crime0.821.00.940.70 Safer
Other Theft883.53.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.590.120.82 Getting worse
Public Order3.93.33.34.7 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.47-0.12 Safer
Shoplifting9112.95 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.701.20.120.23 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.42.72.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16161824 Getting worse

Changes In Marlborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Marlborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Marlborough52.85-
Barnet67.0821% more dangerous
Croydon82.4836% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0541% more dangerous
Bristol90.5242% more dangerous
Coventry102.2448% more dangerous
Leicester111.5953% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0657% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6459% more dangerous
Bradford132.2860% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Marlborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Marlborough45153First

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 5 most dangerous small town 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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