Melksham Without Crime Overview

Melksham Without is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 69th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Melksham Without in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Melksham Without is the 293rd safest small town, and the 3,899th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Melksham Without was the worst small town in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Melksham Without residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.67 per 1,000 residents. Melksham Without recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Melksham Without are violence and sexual offences, with 167 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 23% higher than 2019's figure of 128 offences and a difference of 4.35 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Melksham Without's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Melksham Without This Year

 Melksham WithoutWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12113.5014,47420.0649% safer
Bicycle Theft70.785260.736% more dangerous
Burglary212.341,9472.7015% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson606.694,9076.801.6% safer
Drugs374.131,5342.1348% more dangerous
Other Crime91.008311.1515% safer
Other Theft202.232,8303.9276% safer
Possession of Weapons30.332930.4124% safer
Public Order313.463,3624.6635% safer
Robbery30.332530.356% safer
Shoplifting141.562,4583.41119% safer
Vehicle Crime151.672,1863.0381% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16718.6316,32222.6221% safer

Crime in Melksham Without Compared To Wiltshire

Melksham Without Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Corsham44732.6132% safer
Tidworth48537.0417% safer
Bradford-on-Avon39038.9611% safer
Marlborough34340.207% safer
Wroughton32840.995% safer
Melksham Without38743.18-
Calne79543.190.02% more dangerous
Highworth34743.270.21% more dangerous
Laverstock39343.971.8% more dangerous
Westbury70244.513.0% more dangerous
Wootton Bassett60445.956% more dangerous

Melksham Without Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14101214Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.22-1.10.78Getting worse
Burglary2.21.61.22.3Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson9677Safer
Drugs1.81.43.24.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.450.671.0Getting worse
Other Theft4.03.22.72.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.110.220.670.33Safer
Public Order2.22.83.73.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.22-0.33Getting worse
Shoplifting0.892.31.71.6Safer
Vehicle Crime1.41.41.61.7Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences14171419Getting worse

Changes In Melksham Without's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing Melksham Without to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Melksham Without43.18-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8150% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4456% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2860% more dangerous
Bradford133.0268% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% more dangerous

Crime in Melksham Without During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Melksham Without change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Melksham Without saw a 500% increase in burglary. Melksham Without saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 89% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+250%-11%-57%-7%-27%-40%+83%+11%+30%
Bicycle Theft--33%----+200%---
Burglary+500%-----50%+100%--+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-89%-17%+17%+167%-33%+200%-+25%+33%-38%
Drugs-+100%+300%-20%--+200%-67%--67%
Other Crime-----80%-----
Other Theft+100%-50%-50%---67%+200%-+200%+100%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+50%-+100%--80%+20%--60%-25%-
Shoplifting----+100%-----
Vehicle Crime-+400%+300%----50%---
Violence and Sexual Offences--+220%+300%+7%+25%-7%+50%-31%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Melksham Without

What police force serves Melksham Without?
Melksham Without's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Melksham Without?
Melksham Without is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire.
What is Melksham Without's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Melksham Without are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Melksham Without?
Melksham Without's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021