Crime and Safety in Bristol

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Bristol is the most dangerous major city in Bristol, and is the most dangerous overall out of Bristol's 1 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bristol in 2021 was 94 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Bristol's overall crime rate, coming in 20% lower than the Bristol rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bristol is the second safest major city, and the 761st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bristol had the worst crime rate in Bristol for bicycle theft, with 86 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bristol residents, when it was Bristol's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 264 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Bristol recorded 436 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.76 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Bristol that month.

The most common crimes in Bristol are violence and sexual offences, with 21,324 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 18,098 offences and a difference of 5.59 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Bristol's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 343 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 6% from 2020's figure of 324 crimes.

Bristol 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Major Cities, Bristol

37% higher, regional crime rate

South West

18% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bristol is 37% higher than the South West and 18% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bristol Crime Rate Over Time

South West
England, Wales & NI

Bristol Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bristol represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Summary of Crimes in Bristol This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,55821.7612,09326.10 20% safer
Bicycle Theft1,5072.611,4893.21 23% safer
Burglary2,9265.072,8326.11 21% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5,93110.275,73612.38 21% safer
Drugs1,0891.891,0602.29 21% safer
Other Crime8501.478121.75 19% safer
Other Theft3,7486.493,6227.82 20% safer
Possession of Weapons3430.593350.72 22% safer
Public Order8,07413.997,85516.95 21% safer
Robbery8411.468171.76 21% safer
Shoplifting2,5794.472,3795.13 15% safer
Theft From the Person4540.794480.97 23% safer
Vehicle Crime4,4627.734,3029.28 20% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21,32436.9420,56744.39 20% safer

Crime Over Time in Bristol

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Recent Crimes in Bristol

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Macauley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022DrugsOn or near North StreetFurther action is not in the public interest
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stradling RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St John'S LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Filton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walton AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broad StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Reading CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Priory GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Morse RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near Cricket LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Market StreetOffender given a caution
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sweets RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near St Anne'S TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect

Bristol Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour29262722 Safer
Bicycle Theft3. Safer
Burglary7655 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10101010 Getting worse
Drugs1. Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft9876 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.470.570.560.59 Getting worse
Public Order12131314 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Getting worse
Shoplifting7754.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime8878 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30303137 Getting worse

Changes In Bristol's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bristol's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bristol that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Barton Fields3--1200.92
Broad Plain11-1-104.2
Coronation Park2----21.1
Counterslip Baptist Church411--013
Doncaster Road Park6-2-364.5
Gore's Marsh Park1---243.3
Kingswood Rugby Football Club5-2--21.8
Knowle Cricket Club-----10.55
Lees Hill Playing Field1----00.33
Marksbury Road Open Space14-415412
Mowberry Road Open Space----101.2
Netham Park20-11632.0
Nover's Common8-1-142.0
Oldbury Court Estate2512-420.63
Ridgeway Playing Fields7-2--30.98
Salcombe Road Open Space813-1512
South Street Park1-1-135
Southey Playing Field18-31216
St George's Park28-9613124.5
Walker Playing Field1---100.38

Comparing Bristol to the UK's Major Cities

Major CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0840% safer
Croydon82.4814% safer
Sheffield91.102.9% safer
Coventry102.378% more dangerous
Leicester111.7516% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9027% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1732% more dangerous
Bradford145.6036% more dangerous
Leeds153.0639% more dangerous

Crime in Bristol's Neighbourhoods

Bristol City Centre is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bristol, followed by Temple Meads in second place, and Kingsdown & Stokes Croft as the third most dangerous area. Bristol's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Cadbury Heath North & Bridgeyate, Downend North, and Westbury on Trym.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barton Hill1,13613811th
Bristol City Centre5,805306First
Broom Hill5276937th
Cadbury Heath North & Bridgeyate3793762nd
Cadbury Heath South & North Common4184061st
Clifton East5806439th
Clifton Village3425647th
Crews Hole2514355th
Downend North1742863rd
Downend South2854357th
Emersons Green5464554th
Fishponds North1,19412313th
Fishponds South4657333rd
Headley Park73011915th
Kingsdown & Stokes Croft1,976192Third
Kingswood North East6278127th
Kingswood South6396838th
Knowle Park4605646th
Knowle West1,063141Eighth
Lawrence Weston1,241150Sixth
Longwell Green & Oldland Common4074160th
Lower Easton97111018th
Monks Park938140Ninth
Redland & St Andrew's5535250th
Sea Mills4147035th
Shirehampton & Avonmouth8838924th
St Annes7517630th
St George6117036th
St Paul's1,82113512th
Staple Hill North5077134th
Staple Hill South & Kingswood North West1,02010220th
Stoke Bishop3874159th
Temple Meads2,489256Second
Two Mile Hill4787332nd
Upper Easton1,022141Seventh
Upper Horfield7108625th
Westbury on Trym1472364th
Westbury Park3564258th
Westbury Village3666041st
Whitchurch Park3124653rd
Windmill Hill5697729th

Bristol Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Bristol for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWestbury Park (43)Bristol City Centre (1,719)
Bicycle TheftCadbury Heath North & Bridgeyate (1)Bristol City Centre (446)
BurglaryCadbury Heath South & North Common (15)Temple Meads (132)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLongwell Green & Oldland Common (22)Bristol City Centre (520)
DrugsHotwells (1)Temple Meads (127)
Other CrimeHotwells (1)Bishopston (72)
Other TheftWhitchurch Park (6)Bristol City Centre (496)
Possession of WeaponsSouthville (1)Temple Meads (29)
Public OrderDownend North (10)Bristol City Centre (928)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Westbury Park (1)Bristol City Centre (196)
ShopliftingWestbury on Trym (1)Kingsdown & Stokes Croft (210)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Cadbury Heath North & Bridgeyate (1)Bristol City Centre (105)
Vehicle CrimeCadbury Heath South & North Common (23)Temple Meads (241)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWestbury on Trym (35)Bristol City Centre (2,197)

Crime in Bristol During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bristol change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Bristol saw a 79% increase in drugs. Bristol saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 69% compared to April in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of Bristol's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-3%-11%+1%+13%0%+33%+2%-6%-5%-7%
Bicycle Theft-31%-39%-18%-1%+27%+2%+6%+44%+17%+52%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-20%-27%-12%+0%+11%+8%+30%+4%-9%
Other Crime+38%+40%+18%+27%+27%+35%+27%+46%+20%-24%
Other Theft-24%-38%-40%-35%-13%-18%-16%-21%-15%-24%
Possession of Weapons-32%+19%+32%-21%+74%-34%-6%+35%-31%-
Public Order+2%-10%+7%-5%+0%+24%-1%-1%-7%-5%
Theft From the Person+20%-69%-46%-49%-48%-38%-24%-41%-53%-30%
Vehicle Crime-25%-46%-51%-50%-3%-7%-19%-2%+12%+7%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-9%+3%+2%+7%+31%+2%-1%-5%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bristol

What police force serves Bristol?
Bristol's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

How dangerous is Bristol?
Bristol is the most dangerous major city in Bristol.

What is Bristol's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bristol are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Bristol?
Bristol's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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