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Crime and Safety in Wootton Bassett

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Wootton Bassett is among the top 10 safest small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wootton Bassett in 2021 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wootton Bassett is the 223rd safest small town, and the 4,354th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Wootton Bassett was the worst small town in Wiltshire for drugs, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Wootton Bassett residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Wootton Bassett recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst small town for theft from the person in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wootton Bassett are violence and sexual offences, with 294 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 2.7% higher than 2020's figure of 286 offences and a difference of 0.61 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Wootton Bassett's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Wootton Bassett 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Wiltshire

39% lower, regional crime rate

South West

81% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wootton Bassett is 39% lower than the South West and 81% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wootton Bassett Crime Rate Over Time

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Wootton Bassett Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wootton Bassett 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 Wootton Bassett

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202142556
202046604
201946598
201841544
201741539
201642556

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 Behaviour20915.9015,27321.16 33% safer
Bicycle Theft20.156170.85 467% safer
Burglary201.521,5982.21 45% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson604.564,9706.89 51% safer
Drugs151.141,1201.55 36% safer
Other Crime60.467401.03 124% safer
Other Theft584.412,8884.00 9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.303580.50 67% safer
Public Order483.653,6655.08 39% safer
Shoplifting332.512,4873.45 37% safer
Theft From the Person40.301990.28 7% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime120.911,8832.61 187% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29422.3717,72424.56 10% safer

Wootton Bassett Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stratton St Margaret241.063891% safer
Blunsdon St Andrew36021.2299% safer
Corsham46834.1424% safer
Tidworth47436.2017% safer
Bradford-on-Avon38838.769% safer
Wootton Bassett55642.30-
Highworth34943.522.8% more dangerous
Calne80543.733.3% more dangerous
Melksham Without39944.525.0% more dangerous
Laverstock40044.755% more dangerous
Westbury70944.966% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wootton Bassett

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Recent Crimes in Wootton Bassett

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Glenville CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Eveleigh RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gainsborough AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ruskin DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Stoneover LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SherfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near MasefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Lime KilnInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MasefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MasefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cloatley CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MasefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MasefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lime KilnInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MasefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near LongleazeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MasefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Wootton Bassett Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17161416 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.610.230.610.15 Safer
Burglary3.41.31.81.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5664.6 Safer
Drugs0.681.92.71.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.910.910.46 Safer
Other Theft652.64.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.150.680.230.30 Safer
Public Order2.01.83.43.6 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.03.53.22.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.30-0.30 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.42.92.70.91 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17212222 Getting worse

Changes In Wootton Bassett's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wootton Bassett to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wootton Bassett42.30-
Barnet67.0837% more dangerous
Croydon82.4849% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0553% more dangerous
Bristol90.5253% more dangerous
Coventry102.2459% more dangerous
Leicester111.5962% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0666% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6467% more dangerous
Bradford132.2868% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in Wootton Bassett's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Royal Wootton Bassett Outer & Lyneham34727Second
Royal Wootton Bassett Town40854First

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 10 safest small town 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 bicycle theft.

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