Swindon Crime Overview

Swindon is the most dangerous city in Wiltshire, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swindon in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swindon is among the top 5 safest cities, and the 2,111st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Swindon had the worst crime rate in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Swindon residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 55 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Swindon recorded 108 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.56 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Swindon are violence and sexual offences, with 5,006 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 1.0% lower than 2019's figure of 5,058 offences and a difference of 0.27 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Swindon's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 98 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 78% from 2019's figure of 174 crimes.

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Crime in Swindon Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Swindon This Year

 SwindonWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,60523.9314,47420.0616% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2231.165260.7337% more dangerous
Burglary4742.461,9472.7010% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3396.964,9076.802.3% more dangerous
Drugs5072.641,5342.1319% more dangerous
Other Crime2141.118311.153.6% safer
Other Theft7333.812,8303.922.9% safer
Possession of Weapons980.512930.4120% more dangerous
Public Order1,1065.753,3624.6619% more dangerous
Robbery1290.672530.3548% more dangerous
Shoplifting8704.522,4583.4125% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1020.532050.2847% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7023.652,1863.0317% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,00626.0216,32222.6213% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swindon

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Recent Crimes in Swindon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Surrey RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wood StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Kingshill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Percheron CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Penfold GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near B4006Investigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Glenwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lucerne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near The HarriersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Norcliffe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Folkestone RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Penhill DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near John StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near John StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Swindon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32292924Safer
Bicycle Theft2.42.22.21.2Safer
Burglary85.04.52.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10987Safer
Drugs1.52.02.42.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.31.11.1Safer
Other Theft7653.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.720.900.51Safer
Public Order4.84.94.96Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.890.940.750.67Safer
Shoplifting9994.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.750.930.53Safer
Vehicle Crime84.74.13.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25262626Getting worse

Changes In Swindon's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Swindon's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Swindon that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cambria Recreation Ground3----19
King George's Field1-1-204.9
The Park13-21104.3

Comparing Swindon to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Swindon59.78-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Swindon's Neighbourhoods

Central South & Eastcott is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Swindon, followed by Central North in second place, and Walcot East as the third most dangerous area. Swindon's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Haydon Wick, Mouldon Hill & Oakhurst, and Roughmoor.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Park3504319th
Central East & Walcot West62882Eighth
Central North1,288122Second
Central South & Eastcott1,158133First
Covingham3203820th
Eldene & Dorcan55468Tenth
Freshbrook South & Toothill59269Ninth
Gorse Hill59884Fifth
Groundwell & Abbey Meads5255515th
Haydon Wick2513822nd
Kingshill & Okus5536411th
Lawn & East Wichel4655117th
Lower Stratton6296312th
Moredon3274618th
Mouldon Hill & Oakhurst3073223rd
Park North & Park South73484Sixth
Penhill656106Fourth
Pinehurst3906114th
Rodbourne & Cheney Manor87683Seventh
Roughmoor2223821st
Upper Stratton5055516th
Walcot East749112Third
Westlea & Shaw3716213th

Swindon Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Swindon for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCovingham (94)Central South & Eastcott (581)
Bicycle TheftMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (1)Central North (38)
BurglaryCovingham (10)Central North (52)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRoughmoor (21)Penhill (119)
DrugsRoughmoor (3)Walcot East (57)
Other CrimeLawn & East Wichel (2)Central North (29)
Other TheftMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (12)Central South & Eastcott (82)
Possession of WeaponsUpper Stratton (1)Eldene & Dorcan (12)
Public OrderMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (23)Central South & Eastcott (108)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Mouldon Hill & Oakhurst (1)Central North (36)
ShopliftingRoughmoor (1)Central South & Eastcott (147)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Groundwell & Abbey Meads (1)Central South & Eastcott (29)
Vehicle CrimePinehurst (13)Rodbourne & Cheney Manor (74)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (145)Penhill (360)

Crime in Swindon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Swindon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Swindon saw a 111% increase in drugs. Swindon saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 78% compared to March in 2019. Rates of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and arson both fell year-on-year for every month during Swindon's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-29%+22%-13%-28%-28%-5%-7%-33%-22%-16%
Bicycle Theft-78%-68%-58%-35%-45%-39%-21%-52%-33%-29%
Burglary-42%-44%-65%-38%-36%-43%-53%-56%-62%-13%
Criminal Damage and Arson-7%-32%-55%-4%+33%-18%-13%-9%-34%-12%
Drugs-15%+64%+34%+32%+8%-35%-17%-20%+17%+111%
Other Crime+6%-33%-43%-32%+35%+18%+21%+77%-7%-62%
Other Theft-22%-57%-47%-15%-13%-22%-37%-36%-21%-31%
Possession of Weapons-69%-25%-63%-60%+8%-67%+8%-23%-30%-55%
Public Order-5%+5%+7%+22%+48%+32%+21%+24%-10%-14%
Robbery-13%-69%-47%+17%+40%+38%+80%+5%-50%-54%
Shoplifting-36%-70%-66%-60%-50%-55%-50%-63%-54%-47%
Theft From the Person-31%-70%-70%-60%-47%-13%-39%-64%-67%-56%
Vehicle Crime+10%-54%-52%-13%--39%-9%+16%-27%-10%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-21%-6%-2%+1%+1%+6%+1%-12%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Swindon

What police force serves Swindon?
Swindon's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Swindon?
Swindon is the most dangerous city in Wiltshire.
What is Swindon's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Swindon are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Swindon?
Swindon's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021