Bristol Crime Overview

Bristol is the most dangerous major city in the South West, and among the top 5 safest overall out of the UK's major cities. The overall crime rate in Bristol in 2020 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Bristol had the worst crime rate in the South West for bicycle theft, with 146 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Bristol residents, when it was the South West's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 245 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Bristol recorded 503 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for criminal damage and arson in the South West that month.

The most common crimes in Bristol are violence and sexual offences, with 14,765 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 15,546 offences and a difference of 1.69 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Bristol's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 282 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 11% from 2019's figure of 312 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bristol This Year

 Bristol
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour13,03228.12
Bicycle Theft1,5693.39
Burglary2,4385.26
Criminal Damage and Arson4,76710.29
Drugs1,0952.36
Other Crime6861.48
Other Theft3,2807.08
Possession of Weapons2820.61
Public Order6,49014.01
Robbery7691.66
Shoplifting2,3275.02
Theft From the Person4230.91
Vehicle Crime3,5417.64
Violence and Sexual Offences14,76531.86

Bristol Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32323028Safer
Bicycle Theft3.43.83.43.4Safer
Burglary10865Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11111110Safer
Drugs1.71.82.22.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.31.31.5Getting worse
Other Theft101097Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.560.670.61Getting worse
Public Order13131414Getting worse
Robbery1.41.51.81.7Getting worse
Shoplifting9875Safer
Theft From the Person1.21.21.30.91Safer
Vehicle Crime12998Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32333432Safer

Comparing Bristol to the UK's Major Cities

Major CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5028% safer
Sheffield73.9924% safer
Kirklees74.2323% safer
Croydon77.1819% safer
Bradford79.1916% safer
London80.7013% safer
Birmingham89.022.9% safer
Bristol91.57-
Leeds91.900.36% more dangerous
Leicester102.5111% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9414% more dangerous

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 the South West.
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.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021