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Dorset Crime Statistics

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Dorset is among the top 20 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Dorset in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 27 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.

Dorset Crime Map

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

Last updated: 09 Apr, 2021

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Dorset Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour21,13727.32
Bicycle Theft1,1311.46
Burglary2,7573.56
Criminal Damage and Arson5,9497.69
Drugs1,0411.35
Other Crime4280.55
Other Theft4,2215.46
Possession of Weapons2510.32
Public Order3,7884.90
Robbery3500.45
Shoplifting2,3913.09
Theft From the Person2650.34
Vehicle Crime3,5724.62
Violence and Sexual Offences20,62126.65

Dorset's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Dorset
Blandford Forum49245 35% safer
Bournemouth18,18692 34% more dangerous
Bridport53965 7% more dangerous
Christchurch2,53845 34% safer
Corfe Mullen25125 146% safer
Dorchester1,11652 16% safer
Ferndown Town86646 32% safer
Gillingham54445 34% safer
Lytchett Minster and Upton32237 63% safer
Poole9,16257 5% safer
Portland81461 1.1% more dangerous
Shaftesbury46051 17% safer
Sherborne42543 41% safer
Swanage44445 34% safer
Verwood53836 70% safer
West Moors22229 108% safer
Weymouth3,75868 11% more dangerous

Crime Trends in Dorset

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31263327 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.81.51.51.5 Safer
Burglary54.73.83.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8988 Safer
Drugs1.81.71.51.4 Safer
Other Crime0.760.710.690.55 Safer
Other Theft8755 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.410.400.32 Safer
Public Order3.73.94.14.9 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.470.470.45 Getting worse
Shoplifting54.33.43.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.620.620.430.34 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.854.74.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24262627 Getting worse
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