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Crime and Safety in Westbury, Wiltshire

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Westbury is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 56th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Westbury in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Westbury is the 262nd safest small town, and the 3,918th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Westbury was the worst small town in Wiltshire for criminal damage and arson, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Westbury residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Westbury recorded 5 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.32 the worst small town for drugs in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Westbury are violence and sexual offences, with 341 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 323 offences and a difference of 1.14 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Westbury's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Westbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Wiltshire

31% lower, regional crime rate

South West

70% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Westbury is 31% lower than the South West and 70% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Westbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Westbury 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 Westbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145709
202045702
201953833
201851809
201743681
201643673

Crime in Westbury Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Westbury This Year

 WestburyWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34121.6215,27321.16 2.1% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.196170.85 347% safer
Burglary241.521,5982.21 45% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1157.294,9706.89 5% more dangerous
Drugs181.141,1201.55 36% safer
Other Crime211.337401.03 23% more dangerous
Other Theft412.602,8884.00 54% safer
Possession of Weapons80.513580.50 2.0% more dangerous
Public Order694.383,6655.08 16% safer
Robbery50.322730.38 19% safer
Shoplifting462.922,4873.45 18% safer
Theft From the Person10.061990.28 367% safer
Vehicle Crime171.081,8832.61 142% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34121.6217,72424.56 14% safer

Westbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wootton Bassett55642.306% safer
Highworth34943.523.3% safer
Calne80543.732.8% safer
Melksham Without39944.520.99% safer
Laverstock40044.750.47% safer
Westbury70944.96-
Wroughton37747.124.6% more dangerous
Marlborough45152.8515% more dangerous
Warminster1,01356.8321% more dangerous
Amesbury75160.7926% more dangerous
Melksham1,00767.1133% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Westbury

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Recent Crimes in Westbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gryphon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Willow GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Primmers PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The PaddocksInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Oldfield ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wyvern WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Percheron PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Oldfield ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandalwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oldfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near White Horse WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Eriskay GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Saxon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Percheron PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oldfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Saxon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Slag LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Westbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17171922 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.570.630.510.19 Safer
Burglary2.52.02.21.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9877 Safer
Drugs0.890.891.41.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.700.380.701.3 Getting worse
Other Theft54.72.82.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.380.320.51 Getting worse
Public Order3.82.53.94.4 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.820.250.32 Safer
Shoplifting3.74.12.82.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.25-0.06 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.73.21.91.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22252022 Safer

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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Grassacres Park1---112.8

Comparing Westbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Westbury44.96-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Westbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Westbury69548First

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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