Melksham Crime Overview

Melksham is the second most dangerous small town in Wiltshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Melksham in 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Melksham is the 189th most dangerous small town, and the 1,370th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Melksham was the worst small town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Melksham residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.47 per 1,000 residents. Melksham recorded 16 reports of criminal damage and arson during May 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Melksham are violence and sexual offences, with 494 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 450 offences and a difference of 2.93 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Melksham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Melksham This Year

 MelkshamWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43428.9214,47420.0631% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.805260.739% more dangerous
Burglary473.131,9472.7014% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1298.604,9076.8021% more dangerous
Drugs342.271,5342.136% more dangerous
Other Crime181.208311.154.2% more dangerous
Other Theft553.672,8303.927% safer
Possession of Weapons40.272930.4152% safer
Public Order644.263,3624.669% safer
Robbery100.672530.3548% more dangerous
Shoplifting1429.462,4583.4164% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.272050.283.7% safer
Vehicle Crime513.402,1863.0311% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences49432.9216,32222.6231% more dangerous

Crime in Melksham Compared To Wiltshire

Melksham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Laverstock39343.9761% safer
Westbury70244.5159% safer
Wootton Bassett60445.9554% safer
Amesbury68955.7727% safer
Warminster1,03858.2422% safer
Melksham1,06470.90-
Devizes98884.9517% more dangerous

Melksham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29262929Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.60.800.870.80Safer
Burglary3.82.82.93.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1113109Safer
Drugs1.10.931.52.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.870.870.871.2Getting worse
Other Theft6753.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.330.400.27Safer
Public Order3.74.364.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.330.270.67Getting worse
Shoplifting710129Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.730.800.27Safer
Vehicle Crime4.31.81.93.4Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences28303033Getting worse

Changes In Melksham's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing Melksham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.714.7% safer
Melksham70.90-
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2215% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2118% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Melksham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Melksham North33844Second
Melksham South72698First

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.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021