Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Crime Overview

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is the second most dangerous city in the South West, and the 36th safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people.

In July 2020, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole had the worst crime rate in the South West for theft from the person, with 30 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents, when it was the South West's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 233 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole recorded 27 reports of possession of weapons during May 2019, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst for possession of weapons in the South West that month.

The most common crimes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are violence and sexual offences, with 10,612 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 11,466 offences and a difference of 2.16 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 182 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 6% from 2019's figure of 193 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole This Year

 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour13,77834.85
Bicycle Theft8942.26
Burglary1,6244.11
Criminal Damage and Arson3,1878.06
Drugs6701.69
Other Crime2180.55
Other Theft2,1605.46
Possession of Weapons1820.46
Public Order1,7124.33
Robbery2730.69
Shoplifting1,6494.17
Theft From the Person2290.58
Vehicle Crime2,3896.04
Violence and Sexual Offences10,61226.84

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42373135Safer
Bicycle Theft2.52.62.32.3Safer
Burglary7664.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8998Safer
Drugs1.92.01.91.7Safer
Other Crime0.540.640.670.55Safer
Other Theft9985Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.440.490.46Getting worse
Public Order2.44.34.34.3Getting worse
Robbery0.460.660.680.69Getting worse
Shoplifting7664.2Safer
Theft From the Person1.10.910.850.58Safer
Vehicle Crime6676Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20262927Getting worse

Comparing Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole65.26-
Coventry71.509% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9912% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2312% more dangerous
Croydon77.1815% more dangerous
Bradford79.1918% more dangerous
London80.7019% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0227% more dangerous
Bristol91.5729% more dangerous
Leeds91.9029% more dangerous
Leicester102.5136% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9438% more dangerous

Crime in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole saw a 189% increase in possession of weapons. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 77% compared to November in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+40%+48%+47%+8%+18%+11%+27%+45%
Bicycle Theft+62%-26%-16%+5%-22%-+32%+64%-32%
Burglary-37%-40%-37%+5%-27%-16%-2%-20%-21%
Criminal Damage and Arson+22%-43%-25%-6%+7%+8%-2%-7%-19%
Drugs-6%+2%+21%+3%-2%-11%-22%-23%+1%
Other Crime-3%+31%-31%-57%+11%-28%+30%-13%-67%
Other Theft-17%-48%-34%-30%-33%-24%-29%-23%-28%
Possession of Weapons+7%+25%-41%+20%-18%+11%+189%--41%
Public Order-6%-7%+23%+26%+29%+43%-6%-9%-
Robbery+41%+85%-41%+20%-13%+4%+44%-16%+40%
Shoplifting-34%-57%-38%-38%-21%-31%+6%+7%-28%
Theft From the Person+4%-50%-63%+23%-9%-33%-35%-32%-77%
Vehicle Crime+20%-8%-38%-15%+4%-3%-39%+4%-8%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-16%-5%+15%+0%+17%+13%-11%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

What police force serves Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.
How dangerous is Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is the second most dangerous city in the South West.
What is Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021