Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Crime: How at risk are you?

People worry about being a victim of crime but should you be worried?

The Office for National Statistics have produced a toolkit to help you assess your risk of being a victim of crime.


Crime Statistics for Whittlesey and District



Cambridgeshire Police forces statistics are shown on the left.

The local crime figures  come from the Police.UK site and are provided monthly. These give some idea of the true levels of crime in our area but relies on residents reporting crimes via 101 or online. Analysis of these numbers will guide how the police deploy resources so if crimes are not reported our area will not receive the resouces it deserves.

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch has produced a brief report to show an analysis of the figures from October 2015 up to September 2018. The results show that overall crime in our area is the same as the average for similar areas and remains at a low level. 

You can download our report below.




Comparing Crime

Here are two graphs showing the total of recorded crimes in two one mile circles. One shows the crimes recorded in a one circle drawn around a random post code in Whittlesey. The second is the same  sized circle drawn around a random post code in Peterborough.  

Crimes Whittlesey April 2018

Crimes in a similar area of Peterborough April 2018


Crime Statistics for Whittlesey May 2017 - April 2018

Crime in Whittlesey shows a downward trend during the period from May 2017 to April 2018.


All Crime Graph


Burglary is at a relatively low level, much of the year seeing a steady fall with occasional spikes.

Burglary May 2017 - April 2018

Vehicle Crime for April has reached a very low figure at one reported for April 2018, a big difference to April 2016 when there were twenty-seven incidents reported.

vehicle crime

More statistics are available on the Home Office Site at Police.uk





Perceptions about Crime

According to surveys, people generally have a pretty good idea about how much crime is happening in their neighbourhood. Although people seem to have a failry accurate picture of the crme in their surroundings 60% of those surveyed also thought that crime is rising across the country as a whole - even though the long-term trend is down. These perceptions are influenced by what we see around us - and how we hear about crime. 

When interviewees were asked to choose from a list of what most influenced their perceptions of national crime levels, people talked about television, radio, newspapers (tabloid and broadsheet), the internet and word of mouth. It seems the more we read or watch about crime, the more we think about it.

If you are an elderly person then the survey found you were more likely to be worried about crime even though the older you become generally the safer you become.

If you would like to try the BBC crime risk calculator and assess your risk of being a victime of crime click here.

What is really happening to trends in crime?

Excluding fraud and computer misuse offences, in the year ending March 2017 there was a decrease of 7% from the 6.3 million incidents estimated in the previous year’s survey.

Estimates derived from the new fraud and computer misuse offence questions show there were an additional 5.2 million incidents of these offences in the latest survey. 

The likelihood of being a victim of crime (excluding fraud and computer misuse) has fallen considerably over time; around 14 in 100 adults were victims of crime in the latest survey year compared with around 25 in 100 adults a decade ago (When fraud and computer misuse offences are included in the CSEW estimates, the victimisation rate in the latest survey year increases to around 21 in 100 adults, but this is still significantly lower than the victimisation rate seen a decade ago.