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Crime and Safety in Melksham

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Melksham is the second most dangerous small town in Wiltshire, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Melksham in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 20% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Melksham is the 280th most dangerous small town, and the 1,718th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Melksham was the worst small town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Melksham residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Melksham recorded 4 reports of burglary during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst small town for burglary in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Melksham are violence and sexual offences, with 497 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 0.60% higher than 2020's figure of 494 offences and a difference of 0.20 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Melksham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 33% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Melksham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Wiltshire

13% higher, regional crime rate

South West

14% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Melksham is 13% higher than the South West and 14% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Melksham Crime Rate Over Time

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Melksham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Melksham 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 Melksham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021671,007
2020711,064
2019731,100
2018731,089
2017681,017
201666987

Crime in Melksham Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Melksham This Year

 MelkshamWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43028.6615,27321.16 26% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft161.076170.85 21% more dangerous
Burglary201.331,5982.21 66% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15110.064,9706.89 32% more dangerous
Drugs201.331,1201.55 17% safer
Other Crime181.207401.03 14% more dangerous
Other Theft593.932,8884.00 1.8% safer
Possession of Weapons60.403580.50 25% safer
Public Order815.403,6655.08 6% more dangerous
Robbery70.472730.38 19% more dangerous
Shoplifting996.602,4873.45 48% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.401990.28 30% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime271.801,8832.61 45% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences49733.1217,72424.56 26% more dangerous

Melksham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Westbury70944.9649% safer
Wroughton37747.1242% safer
Marlborough45152.8527% safer
Warminster1,01356.8318% safer
Amesbury75160.7910% safer
Melksham1,00767.11-
Devizes1,02387.9524% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Melksham

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Recent Crimes in Melksham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wessex CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Burniston CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beanacre RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Craybourne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Quantock CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Talbot CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Beanacre RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Quantock CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Watson'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Melksham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26292929 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.800.870.801.1 Safer
Burglary2.82.93.11.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1310910 Safer
Drugs0.931.52.31.3 Getting worse
Other Crime0.870.871.21.2 Getting worse
Other Theft753.73.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.400.270.40 Getting worse
Public Order4.364.35 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.270.670.47 Getting worse
Shoplifting101297 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.800.270.40 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.81.93.41.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30303333 Getting worse

Changes In Melksham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Melksham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Melksham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George Field34-1-19613

Comparing Melksham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.080.04% safer
Melksham67.11-
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0525% more dangerous
Bristol90.5226% more dangerous
Coventry102.2434% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0645% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6448% more dangerous
Bradford132.2849% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% more dangerous

Crime in Melksham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Melksham North31541Second
Melksham South69293First

Crime in Melksham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Melksham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Melksham saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Melksham saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+41%+31%+10%-35%-15%+10%+40%+33%+54%+21%
Bicycle Theft-75%------50%---
Burglary-50%+33%---25%-25%--14%+75%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%+14%+23%-36%-10%+9%-72%+38%-35%-54%
Drugs-+100%--+300%----75%+33%
Other Crime--+100%+100%+67%--+100%--
Other Theft-50%-90%+40%-63%-29%-+33%-86%-33%-67%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+50%-50%-77%-22%-+14%+40%+29%-78%-40%
Robbery---50%--+100%----
Shoplifting-61%-82%-68%-18%-50%+31%--44%-25%+43%
Theft From the Person------50%----
Vehicle Crime+133%-20%+400%-+200%-50%-33%+300%-67%+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%-47%-9%+5%+11%+15%+29%+37%+24%+74%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Melksham

What police force serves Melksham?
Melksham's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.

How dangerous is Melksham?
Melksham is the second most dangerous small town in Wiltshire.

What is Melksham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Melksham are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Melksham?
Melksham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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