Blandford Forum Crime Overview

Blandford Forum is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Dorset, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blandford Forum in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 25% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blandford Forum is the 378th safest small town, and the 3,268th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Blandford Forum was the worst small town in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Blandford Forum residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Blandford Forum recorded 1 report of robbery during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for robbery in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Blandford Forum are violence and sexual offences, with 266 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 21% lower than 2019's figure of 321 offences and a difference of 5.00 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Blandford Forum's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Blandford Forum Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Blandford Forum This Year

 Blandford ForumDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31428.5725,48132.9415% safer
Bicycle Theft50.451,1631.50233% safer
Burglary161.462,9163.77158% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson706.376,2258.0526% safer
Drugs232.091,1991.5526% more dangerous
Other Crime40.365350.6992% safer
Other Theft494.464,1485.3620% safer
Possession of Weapons70.643080.4038% more dangerous
Public Order363.283,1584.0824% safer
Robbery20.183600.47161% safer
Shoplifting302.732,6263.3924% safer
Theft From the Person10.093300.43378% safer
Vehicle Crime201.823,6634.73160% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26624.2020,04125.907% safer

Blandford Forum Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Swanage36036.6731% safer
Ferndown Town73739.0523% safer
Sherborne42743.1612% safer
Gillingham52443.6110% safer
Shaftesbury41846.782.9% safer
Blandford Forum52948.13-
Dorchester1,31961.5322% more dangerous
Portland83562.7323% more dangerous
Bridport59070.7932% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Blandford Forum

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Blandford Forum Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25251529Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.450.180.180.45Getting worse
Burglary4.03.22.61.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs1.91.81.82.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.450.450.270.36Safer
Other Theft5564.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.270.640.64Getting worse
Public Order2.33.44.23.3Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.270.180.18Safer
Shoplifting2.73.62.62.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.360.550.550.09Safer
Vehicle Crime3.02.21.51.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20242924Safer

Changes In Blandford Forum's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Blandford Forum to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Blandford Forum48.13-
Barnet67.7129% more dangerous
Coventry77.4138% more dangerous
Croydon83.2242% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8144% more dangerous
Bristol86.2144% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8753% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2855% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Blandford Forum's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blandford Forum Town52050First

Crime in Blandford Forum During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blandford Forum change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Blandford Forum saw a 500% increase in vehicle crime. Blandford Forum saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-29%+110%+113%-12%+245%+108%+19%+244%+260%+100%
Burglary--33%--50%-50%-75%---50%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-40%-80%-63%+120%-29%-30%+75%-45%-
Drugs+100%+300%-67%+50%--50%-33%+400%--
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-17%-71%-60%+67%-14%+60%-71%+100%-25%-
Possession of Weapons--------50%--
Public Order-33%-75%-33%-33%-50%-67%+40%-25%+100%+50%
Shoplifting-33%--50%+100%--+200%-20%-67%-
Vehicle Crime+500%-+100%-+400%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences+26%--41%-39%-21%+39%+6%-6%-4%-43%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blandford Forum

What police force serves Blandford Forum?
Blandford Forum's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.
How dangerous is Blandford Forum?
Blandford Forum is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Dorset.
What is Blandford Forum's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Blandford Forum are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Blandford Forum?
Blandford Forum's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021