Crime in Dorset

Dorset is among the top 20 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Dorset in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 26 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Dorset's larger towns and cities, Bournemouth is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Weymouth, and Poole comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Dorset, starting with Christchurch which ranks as the safest area in Dorset, followed up by Poole in second place, and Weymouth in third place.

Crime Map of Dorset

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Dorset Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour25,48132.94
Bicycle Theft1,1631.50
Burglary2,9163.77
Criminal Damage and Arson6,2258.05
Drugs1,1991.55
Other Crime5350.69
Other Theft4,1485.36
Possession of Weapons3080.40
Public Order3,1584.08
Robbery3600.47
Shoplifting2,6263.39
Theft From the Person3300.43
Vehicle Crime3,6634.73
Violence and Sexual Offences20,04125.90

Dorset's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Dorset
Blandford Forum5294825% safer
Bournemouth18,0149134% more dangerous
Bridport5907115% more dangerous
Christchurch2,3134147% safer
Corfe Mullen22822170% safer
Dorchester1,319622.0% more dangerous
Ferndown Town7373954% safer
Gillingham5244438% safer
Lytchett Minster and Upton17820195% safer
Poole9,762611.5% more dangerous
Portland835633.8% more dangerous
Shaftesbury4184729% safer
Sherborne4274340% safer
Swanage3603765% safer
Verwood5173477% safer
West Moors17623161% safer
Weymouth3,626668% more dangerous

Crime Trends in Dorset

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36312633Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.81.51.5Safer
Burglary654.73.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8898Safer
Drugs1.71.81.71.6Safer
Other Crime0.680.770.720.69Safer
Other Theft8875Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.390.410.40Getting worse
Public Order2.13.73.94.1Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.480.470.47Getting worse
Shoplifting554.33.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.620.620.43Safer
Vehicle Crime4.94.854.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18242626Getting worse

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021