Crime in Dorset

Dorset is the third safest county in England and Wales. The overall crime rate in Dorset in 2020 was 23 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 11 out of 1,000 residents.

Crime Map of Dorset

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Dorset Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour9,24913.54
Bicycle Theft1250.18
Burglary9281.36
Criminal Damage and Arson2,2253.26
Drugs4370.64
Other Crime2700.40
Other Theft1,4712.15
Possession of Weapons930.14
Public Order1,1111.63
Robbery510.07
Shoplifting6520.95
Theft From the Person810.12
Vehicle Crime8931.31
Violence and Sexual Offences7,17810.51

Dorset's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Dorset
Blandford Forum5014650% more dangerous
Bridport5466665% more dangerous
Corfe Mullen2772716% more dangerous
Dorchester1,2195760% more dangerous
Gillingham4884144% more dangerous
Lytchett Minster and Upton3193738% more dangerous
Portland7615760% more dangerous
Shaftesbury3834347% more dangerous
Sherborne3964043% more dangerous
Swanage3353433% more dangerous
West Moors163216% safer

Crime Trends in Dorset

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15131014Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.380.400.260.18Safer
Burglary2.42.21.91.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.04.03.93.3Safer
Drugs0.830.890.770.64Safer
Other Crime0.430.460.400.40Safer
Other Theft3.53.83.02.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.150.180.170.14Safer
Public Order0.911.51.81.6Getting worse
Robbery0.090.140.130.07Safer
Shoplifting1.81.81.20.95Safer
Theft From the Person0.240.160.180.12Safer
Vehicle Crime1.91.61.61.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8111211Getting worse

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021