Warminster Crime Overview

Warminster is the third most dangerous small town in Wiltshire, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Warminster in 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Warminster is the 344th most dangerous small town, and the 2,243rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Warminster was the worst small town in Wiltshire for criminal damage and arson, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.73 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Warminster residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Warminster recorded 6 reports of other theft during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst small town for other theft in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Warminster are violence and sexual offences, with 483 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 4.6% higher than 2019's figure of 461 offences and a difference of 1.24 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Warminster's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 1000% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Warminster Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Warminster This Year

 WarminsterWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32718.3514,47420.069% safer
Bicycle Theft120.675260.739% safer
Burglary462.581,9472.704.7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1206.734,9076.801.0% safer
Drugs181.011,5342.13111% safer
Other Crime191.078311.157% safer
Other Theft754.212,8303.927% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.392930.415% safer
Public Order1086.063,3624.6623% more dangerous
Robbery10.062530.35483% safer
Shoplifting874.882,4583.4130% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.222050.2827% safer
Vehicle Crime583.252,1863.037% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences48327.1016,32222.6217% more dangerous

Warminster Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Highworth34743.2735% safer
Laverstock39343.9732% safer
Westbury70244.5131% safer
Wootton Bassett60445.9527% safer
Amesbury68955.774.4% safer
Warminster1,03858.24-
Melksham1,06470.9018% more dangerous
Devizes98884.9531% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Warminster

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Warminster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21242718Safer
Bicycle Theft2.02.00.730.67Safer
Burglary3.83.52.52.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011137Safer
Drugs0.900.621.61.0Safer
Other Crime1.40.730.731.1Getting worse
Other Theft6774.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.450.060.500.39Getting worse
Public Order3.65.066Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)--0.620.06Safer
Shoplifting67124.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.340.390.22Safer
Vehicle Crime3.13.83.93.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20212627Getting 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 2020.

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
Warminster58.24-
Barnet67.7114% more dangerous
Coventry77.4125% more dangerous
Croydon83.2230% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8132% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4440% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2846% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1058% more dangerous

Crime in Warminster's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Warminster Central43170First
Warminster East20436Third
Warminster West & North40368Second

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 the third most dangerous small town 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021