Search...
Home
/
Dorset
/
Blandford Forum

Crime and Safety in Blandford Forum

Page highlights:

Blandford Forum is among the top 10 safest small towns in Dorset, and is the 46th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blandford Forum in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 35% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blandford Forum is the 261st safest small town, and the 3,952nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, 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. February 2021 was also a bad month for Blandford Forum residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Blandford Forum recorded 9 reports of public order during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst small town for public order in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Blandford Forum are violence and sexual offences, with 258 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 3.1% lower than 2020's figure of 266 offences and a difference of 0.73 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Blandford Forum's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Blandford Forum 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Dorset

31% lower, regional crime rate

South West

71% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Blandford Forum is 31% lower than the South West and 71% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Blandford Forum Crime Rate Over Time

>
Blandford Forum
South West
England, Wales & NI

Blandford Forum Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

Use Crime Map

Hover over a point to see a breakdown of crime types recorded at that location. You can also filter by individual crime types, or use a combinations of offences to visualize the data you need.

Tap to view map
Incident key:
 
Low
 
Medium
 
High
Design element, blobs on the top Design element, blobs on the bottom

Monthly
Crime Reports

Set up monthly updates on crime & public safety issues. We never spam.

Area
All of the UK
Blandford Forum
Frequency
Monthly
ASAP
Type
Local Resident
Investor
Other

Historical Crime Rates for Blandford Forum

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145492
202048529
201956620
201853584
201750545
201646506

Crime in Blandford Forum Compared To Dorset

Are you researching this topic for an article or project?

We're available to answer questions about crime data and can supply custom data to support your work.

Questions & Requests

Email us directly

[email protected]

Summary of Crimes in Blandford Forum This Year

 Blandford ForumDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24021.8321,13727.32 25% safer
Bicycle Theft20.181,1311.46 711% safer
Burglary232.092,7573.56 70% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson575.195,9497.69 48% safer
Drugs100.911,0411.35 48% safer
Other Crime90.824280.55 33% more dangerous
Other Theft302.734,2215.46 100% safer
Possession of Weapons20.182510.32 78% safer
Public Order585.283,7884.90 7% more dangerous
Robbery20.183500.45 150% safer
Shoplifting242.182,3913.09 42% safer
Theft From the Person10.092650.34 278% safer
Vehicle Crime161.463,5724.62 216% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25823.4720,62126.65 14% safer

Blandford Forum Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Corfe Mullen25124.5682% safer
West Moors22229.1254% safer
Verwood53835.5526% safer
Lytchett Minster and Upton32237.0121% safer
Sherborne42542.964.2% safer
Blandford Forum49244.76-
Swanage44445.231.0% more dangerous
Gillingham54445.281.1% more dangerous
Ferndown Town86645.892.5% more dangerous
Shaftesbury46051.4813% more dangerous
Dorchester1,11652.0614% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Blandford Forum

View crime percentage over time for

Recent Crimes in Blandford Forum

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Common LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Richmond RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Downside CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Davis GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Oakfield StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gurkha RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near A350Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near SupermarketFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Field View RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Charles StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Shaftesbury LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Blandford Forum Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25152922 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.180.180.450.18 Safer
Burglary3.22.61.52.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7765 Safer
Drugs1.81.82.10.91 Safer
Other Crime0.450.270.360.82 Getting worse
Other Theft564.52.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.640.640.18 Safer
Public Order3.44.23.35 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.180.180.18 Safer
Shoplifting3.62.62.72.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.550.090.09 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.21.51.81.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24292423 Safer

Changes In Blandford Forum's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Blandford Forum to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Blandford Forum44.76-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4846% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5251% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Blandford Forum's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blandford Forum Town48847First

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 10 safest 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).

Search icon

Search by area