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Crime and Safety in Swindon, Wiltshire

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Swindon is the most dangerous city in Wiltshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swindon in 2021 was 66 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, Swindon is among the top 20 safest cities, and the 1,710th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Swindon had the worst crime rate in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Swindon residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 35 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Swindon recorded 99 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.51 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Swindon are violence and sexual offences, with 5,868 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 5,519 offences and a difference of 1.82 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Swindon's least common crime is theft from the person, with 84 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 25% from 2020's figure of 105 crimes.

Swindon 2022 Crime Scorecard

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12% higher, regional crime rate

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10% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Swindon is 12% higher than the South West and 10% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Swindon Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Swindon represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Swindon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20216612,778
20206612,680
20197815,086
20188015,317
20178716,793
20168015,406

Crime in Swindon Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Swindon This Year

 SwindonWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,95925.7715,27321.16 18% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3341.746170.85 51% more dangerous
Burglary4382.281,5982.21 3.1% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4237.404,9706.89 7% more dangerous
Drugs4282.221,1201.55 30% more dangerous
Other Crime2271.187401.03 13% more dangerous
Other Theft8114.222,8884.00 5% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1610.843580.50 40% more dangerous
Public Order1,2276.383,6655.08 20% more dangerous
Robbery1460.762730.38 50% more dangerous
Shoplifting9905.152,4873.45 33% more dangerous
Theft From the Person840.441990.28 36% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6413.331,8832.61 22% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,86830.5017,72424.56 19% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swindon

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Recent Crimes in Swindon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whitbourne AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Public orderOn or near Gable CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tryon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Romsey StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Buckingham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Hatton GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Tydeman StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Colbourne StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near CallendersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moresby CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bothwell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Augusta CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dalton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The MooringsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Swindon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33332726 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.52.41.31.7 Safer
Burglary652.82.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9987 Safer
Drugs2.12.52.82.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.31.21.2 Safer
Other Theft764.24.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.930.550.84 Getting worse
Public Order5566 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.00.820.730.76 Safer
Shoplifting111155 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.770.960.550.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime54.64.03.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28292930 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.9366% safer
Birmingham49.6034% safer
Swindon66.41-
Barnet67.081.00% more dangerous
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0326% more dangerous
Bristol90.5227% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0646% more dangerous
Bradford132.2850% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% 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, Covingham, Haydon Wick, and Mouldon Hill & Oakhurst.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Park3103819th
Central East & Walcot West60579Eighth
Central North1,302123Second
Central South & Eastcott1,216139First
Covingham2743322nd
Eldene & Dorcan3924817th
Freshbrook South & Toothill63774Tenth
Gorse Hill64991Fifth
Groundwell & Abbey Meads5125315th
Haydon Wick2013023rd
Kingshill & Okus4855612th
Lawn & East Wichel6417011th
Lower Stratton5525513th
Moredon3364718th
Mouldon Hill & Oakhurst3193321st
Park North & Park South69079Ninth
Penhill678109Fourth
Pinehurst53584Seventh
Rodbourne & Cheney Manor92087Sixth
Roughmoor2123620th
Upper Stratton4775216th
Walcot East779116Third
Westlea & Shaw3275514th

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 BehaviourMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (100)Central South & Eastcott (565)
Bicycle TheftRoughmoor (1)Central South & Eastcott (45)
BurglaryMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (4)Rodbourne & Cheney Manor (52)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCovingham (19)Penhill (112)
DrugsMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (4)Walcot East (38)
Other CrimeCovingham (2)Penhill (17)
Other TheftRoughmoor (4)Central South & Eastcott (74)
Possession of WeaponsHaydon Wick (1)Walcot East (17)
Public OrderMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (22)Central South & Eastcott (151)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Eldene & Dorcan (1)Central North (33)
ShopliftingMouldon Hill & Oakhurst (1)Central South & Eastcott (185)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Mouldon Hill & Oakhurst (1)Central North (19)
Vehicle CrimeAbbey Park (10)Central East & Walcot West (50)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHaydon Wick (100)Walcot East (395)

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 105% increase in drugs. Swindon saw a large fall in possession of weapons during March, when it fell by 75% compared to March in 2019. Swindon saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and arson, and possession of weapons.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-31%+15%-12%-29%-30%-4%-8%-33%-22%-14%
Bicycle Theft-74%-68%-63%-36%-47%-40%-13%-58%-24%-38%
Burglary-35%-23%-62%-56%-26%-37%-54%-62%-64%-7%
Criminal Damage and Arson-5%-26%-54%-7%+27%-22%-14%-14%-34%-13%
Drugs-27%+59%+37%+32%+17%-38%-14%-20%+23%+105%
Other Crime+28%-11%-31%-30%+9%+21%+18%+80%--46%
Other Theft-28%-57%-49%-18%-13%-29%-38%-36%-29%-35%
Possession of Weapons-75%-36%-65%-57%-7%-71%--21%-27%-53%
Public Order+6%+8%+2%+21%+38%+21%+19%+26%-15%-12%
Robbery-6%-73%-52%+8%+50%+38%+46%+5%-44%-47%
Shoplifting-39%-71%-68%-60%-51%-57%-53%-63%-54%-52%
Theft From the Person-39%-70%-64%-60%-50%-24%-42%-62%-67%-58%
Vehicle Crime+10%-54%-54%-17%+1%-40%-14%+21%-29%-2%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-18%-5%+2%+5%+1%+4%+4%-7%-7%

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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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