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Crime and Safety in Warminster

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Warminster is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 41st most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Warminster in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Warminster is the 401st most dangerous small town, and the 2,518th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Warminster was the worst small town in Wiltshire for criminal damage and arson, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.79 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Warminster residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.34 per 1,000 residents. Warminster recorded 4 reports of drugs during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst small town for drugs in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Warminster are violence and sexual offences, with 502 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 3.8% higher than 2020's figure of 483 offences and a difference of 1.06 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Warminster's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Warminster 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Wiltshire

3.3% lower, regional crime rate

South West

35% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Warminster is 3.3% lower than the South West and 35% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Warminster Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Warminster 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 Warminster

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021571,013
2020581,038
2019751,328
2018611,090
2017581,032
2016581,042

Crime in Warminster Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Warminster This Year

 WarminsterWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38121.3815,27321.16 1.0% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.346170.85 150% safer
Burglary341.911,5982.21 16% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1347.524,9706.89 8% more dangerous
Drugs251.401,1201.55 11% safer
Other Crime211.187401.03 13% more dangerous
Other Theft593.312,8884.00 21% safer
Possession of Weapons50.283580.50 79% safer
Public Order1186.623,6655.08 23% more dangerous
Robbery60.342730.38 12% safer
Shoplifting442.472,4873.45 40% safer
Theft From the Person40.221990.28 27% safer
Vehicle Crime553.091,8832.61 16% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences50228.1617,72424.56 13% more dangerous

Warminster Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Melksham Without39944.5228% safer
Laverstock40044.7527% safer
Westbury70944.9626% safer
Wroughton37747.1221% safer
Marlborough45152.858% safer
Warminster1,01356.83-
Amesbury75160.797% more dangerous
Melksham1,00767.1115% more dangerous
Devizes1,02387.9535% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Warminster

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Recent Crimes in Warminster

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Hillbourne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North RowUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cotton House GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Avon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Andrews RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stuart GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Buttons YardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marsh StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Luxfield RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Other theftOn or near A350Further investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Boreham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Robin CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Boreham FieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Buttons YardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodcock RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near QueenswayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rock LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cotton House GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The MeadUnable to prosecute suspect

Warminster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24271821 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.00.730.670.34 Safer
Burglary3.52.52.61.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111378 Safer
Drugs0.621.61.01.4 Getting worse
Other Crime0.730.731.11.2 Getting worse
Other Theft774.23.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.060.500.390.28 Safer
Public Order5.0667 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.620.060.34 Safer
Shoplifting7124.92.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.390.220.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.83.93.23.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21262728 Getting worse

Changes In Warminster's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Warminster's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Warminster Highbury Youth Football Club1-1-204.6

Comparing Warminster to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Warminster56.83-
Barnet67.0815% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0537% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Coventry102.2444% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Warminster's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Warminster Central48779First
Warminster East21638Third
Warminster West & North31052Second

Crime in Warminster During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Warminster change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Warminster saw a 500% increase in burglary. Warminster saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019. Rates of anti-social behaviour and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Warminster's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-38%-44%-43%-42%-48%-34%+5%-31%-27%-12%
Bicycle Theft+100%-67%+200%+100%------
Burglary+500%+67%-50%+150%-20%-80%-25%-67%-+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-28%-92%-42%-88%-67%-53%-8%-62%-52%
Drugs+200%-50%-+200%-67%--40%--75%-50%
Other Crime--+100%--50%+100%----
Other Theft-10%-67%-36%-25%+11%-38%-83%--40%-33%
Possession of Weapons----+100%-----
Public Order+38%+175%+40%+67%+36%-7%-14%-50%--20%
Shoplifting-67%-71%-76%-86%-88%-45%-40%-71%-56%+13%
Theft From the Person-50%---------
Vehicle Crime+50%-86%-17%+33%-77%-86%-25%-67%+350%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-23%-21%+27%-+7%+8%-8%+60%-3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Warminster

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

How dangerous is Warminster?
Warminster is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Warminster?
Warminster's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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