Wootton Bassett Crime Overview

Wootton Bassett is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 56th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wootton Bassett in 2020 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wootton Bassett is the 335th safest small town, and the 3,525th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Wootton Bassett was the worst small town in Wiltshire for drugs, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.61 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Wootton Bassett residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Wootton Bassett recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wootton Bassett are violence and sexual offences, with 286 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 270 offences and a difference of 1.22 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Wootton Bassett's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Wootton Bassett Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wootton Bassett This Year

 Wootton BassettWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18814.3014,47420.0640% safer
Bicycle Theft80.615260.7320% safer
Burglary241.831,9472.7048% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson796.014,9076.8013% safer
Drugs352.661,5342.1320% more dangerous
Other Crime120.918311.1526% safer
Other Theft342.592,8303.9251% safer
Possession of Weapons30.232930.4178% safer
Public Order443.353,3624.6639% safer
Robbery10.082530.35338% safer
Shoplifting423.202,4583.417% safer
Vehicle Crime362.742,1863.0311% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28621.7616,32222.624.0% safer

Wootton Bassett Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Melksham Without38743.186% safer
Calne79543.196% safer
Highworth34743.276% safer
Laverstock39343.974.5% safer
Westbury70244.513.2% safer
Wootton Bassett60445.95-
Amesbury68955.7718% more dangerous
Warminster1,03858.2421% more dangerous
Melksham1,06470.9035% more dangerous
Devizes98884.9546% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wootton Bassett

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Wootton Bassett Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15171614Safer
Bicycle Theft0.230.610.230.61Getting worse
Burglary3.03.41.31.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6566Getting worse
Drugs0.300.681.92.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.681.40.910.91Safer
Other Theft5652.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.150.680.23Safer
Public Order2.42.01.83.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.300.300.08Safer
Shoplifting2.63.03.53.2Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.71.42.92.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15172122Getting worse

Changes In Wootton Bassett's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wootton Bassett to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wootton Bassett45.95-
Barnet67.7132% more dangerous
Coventry77.4141% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2147% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Wootton Bassett's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Royal Wootton Bassett Outer & Lyneham38229Second
Royal Wootton Bassett Town42757First

Crime in Wootton Bassett During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wootton Bassett change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Wootton Bassett saw a 400% increase in public order. Wootton Bassett saw a large fall in shoplifting during September, when it fell by 89% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+22%--+6%--22%-24%+13%-50%-14%
Burglary---+100%--80%+200%-50%-+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson+14%+33%-44%+100%+17%+33%+233%-50%-9%+75%
Drugs-33%-+100%+100%-75%--33%-67%+300%-
Other Crime-40%--50%---+100%---
Other Theft-29%---67%-70%-67%-25%-25%-57%-33%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+50%+100%+400%---50%+50%+100%-+200%
Shoplifting-17%--33%+33%+100%+250%-89%+25%-71%-57%
Vehicle Crime+167%--+200%+50%--78%---
Violence and Sexual Offences-42%-63%-32%-13%+65%+76%+63%+256%-10%+67%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wootton Bassett

What police force serves Wootton Bassett?
Wootton Bassett's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Wootton Bassett?
Wootton Bassett is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire.
What is Wootton Bassett's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Wootton Bassett are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Wootton Bassett?
Wootton Bassett's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021