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Wisbech has the unenviable record of the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cambridgeshire.

And it is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire’s 262 towns, villages, and cities.

CrimeRate is an interactive crime map shows criminal offences that took place between July 2019 and June 2022.

It has found that the overall crime rate in Wisbech in 2021 was 124 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cambridgeshire’s overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents.

For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wisbech is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 333rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

CrimeRate says: “In December 2021, Wisbech was the worst medium-sized town in Cambridgeshire for criminal damage and arson, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.97 per 1,000 inhabitants.

“December 2021 was also a bad month for Wisbech residents, when it was Cambridgeshire’s most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.58 per 1,000 residents.”

It adds: “Wisbech recorded 19 reports of drugs during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.74 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.”

CrimeRate says that out of all of Cambridgeshire’s larger towns and cities, Wisbech is the most dangerous.

The next most dangerous is Peterborough, and Cambridge comes in as third most dangerous.

There are safer parts of Cambridgeshire, starting with St. Neots which ranks as the safest area in Cambridgeshire, followed up by Huntingdon in second place, and Cambridge in third place.

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