Westbury Crime Overview

Westbury is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 61st most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Westbury in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Westbury is the 316th safest small town, and the 3,701st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Westbury was the worst small town in Wiltshire for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Westbury residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Westbury recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Westbury are violence and sexual offences, with 323 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 22% lower than 2019's figure of 394 offences and a difference of 4.50 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Westbury's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 225% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Westbury Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Westbury This Year

 WestburyWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29318.5814,47420.068% safer
Bicycle Theft80.515260.7343% safer
Burglary342.161,9472.7025% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1137.174,9076.805% more dangerous
Drugs221.391,5342.1353% safer
Other Crime110.708311.1564% safer
Other Theft452.852,8303.9238% safer
Possession of Weapons50.322930.4128% safer
Public Order623.933,3624.6619% safer
Robbery40.252530.3540% safer
Shoplifting452.852,4583.4120% safer
Vehicle Crime301.902,1863.0359% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32320.4816,32222.6210% safer

Westbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wroughton32840.999% safer
Melksham Without38743.183.1% safer
Calne79543.193.1% safer
Highworth34743.272.9% safer
Laverstock39343.971.2% safer
Westbury70244.51-
Wootton Bassett60445.953.1% more dangerous
Amesbury68955.7720% more dangerous
Warminster1,03858.2424% more dangerous
Melksham1,06470.9037% more dangerous
Devizes98884.9548% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Westbury

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Westbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23171719Safer
Bicycle Theft0.380.570.630.51Safer
Burglary3.22.52.02.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7987Safer
Drugs0.630.890.891.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.820.700.380.70Getting worse
Other Theft3.754.72.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.320.380.32Safer
Public Order2.23.82.53.9Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.190.820.25Safer
Shoplifting2.13.74.12.8Safer
Vehicle Crime2.92.73.21.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19222520Safer

Changes In Westbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Westbury's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Grassacres Park1---112.8

Comparing Westbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Westbury44.51-
Barnet67.7134% more dangerous
Coventry77.4143% more dangerous
Croydon83.2247% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8148% more dangerous
Bristol86.2148% more dangerous
Leicester97.4454% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8757% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Westbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Westbury68047First

Crime in Westbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Westbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Westbury saw a 500% increase in public order. Westbury saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 88% compared to August in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Westbury's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+14%+44%-28%+50%-24%+20%-5%-11%-16%
Bicycle Theft-------+200%--
Burglary+140%--50%-+100%--50%+33%-67%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-14%-36%+7%-33%-7%+167%+25%-42%-50%
Drugs+200%-+50%--67%+400%----
Other Crime-+100%----+100%-50%--
Other Theft--25%-14%-33%-44%-29%-67%-75%-29%-67%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+14%+500%+50%+120%+200%+33%+150%+50%--
Shoplifting-40%-67%-17%-67%-25%-88%-+100%-63%-71%
Vehicle Crime-33%--+33%-71%-+33%-50%-25%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-+70%-18%-18%-48%-41%-9%--15%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Westbury

What police force serves Westbury?
Westbury's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Westbury?
Westbury is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire.
What is Westbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Westbury are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Westbury?
Westbury's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021