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Crime and Safety in Bournemouth

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Bournemouth is the most dangerous city in Dorset, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bournemouth in 2021 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bournemouth is the 22nd most dangerous city, and the 717th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bournemouth had the worst crime rate in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bournemouth residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 63 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Bournemouth recorded 135 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.68 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Bournemouth are violence and sexual offences, with 7,846 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 7,333 offences and a difference of 2.60 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Bournemouth's least common crime is other crime, with 110 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 38% from 2020's figure of 152 crimes.

Bournemouth 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Dorset

36% higher, regional crime rate

South West

21% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bournemouth is 36% higher than the South West and 21% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bournemouth Crime Rate Over Time

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Bournemouth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bournemouth 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: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bournemouth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219218,186
20209118,014
20199919,467
20189719,240
20178717,189
20168115,899

Crime in Bournemouth Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Bournemouth This Year

 BournemouthDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,06240.8421,13727.32 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6373.231,1311.46 55% more dangerous
Burglary9804.962,7573.56 28% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,11210.705,9497.69 28% more dangerous
Drugs4352.201,0411.35 39% more dangerous
Other Crime1100.564280.55 1.8% more dangerous
Other Theft1,5207.704,2215.46 29% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1190.602510.32 47% more dangerous
Public Order1,4117.153,7884.90 31% more dangerous
Robbery2271.153500.45 61% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0005.072,3913.09 39% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1510.772650.34 56% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,6388.303,5724.62 44% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,84639.7520,62126.65 33% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bournemouth

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Recent Crimes in Bournemouth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ibbertson CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Southwood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burtley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sedgley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Campbell RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Endfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Exeter RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lechlade GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carbery LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheshire DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Earle RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Leonard'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sea RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Endfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Belvedere RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bath RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near St James'S SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Tregonwell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bournemouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour47404941 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.63.13.33.2 Safer
Burglary8755.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11111111 Safer
Drugs3.02.82.62.2 Safer
Other Crime0.750.810.770.56 Safer
Other Theft111088 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.660.680.60 Getting worse
Public Order6667 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.11.11.2 Getting worse
Shoplifting7755 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.30.900.77 Safer
Vehicle Crime91098 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34383740 Getting worse

Changes In Bournemouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bournemouth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bournemouth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Churchill Gardens131-15216
Dean Park Cricket Ground-----20.75
King's Park1111-520.70
Kinson Common20--1311.4
Redhill Park17-1-211.2

Comparing Bournemouth to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93131% safer
Birmingham49.6086% safer
Barnet67.0837% safer
Croydon82.4812% safer
Sheffield90.032.3% safer
Bristol90.521.8% safer
Bournemouth92.14-
Leicester111.5917% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0625% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% more dangerous

Crime in Bournemouth's Neighbourhoods

Central Bournemouth is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bournemouth, followed by East Cliff in second place, and Boscombe West as the third most dangerous area. Bournemouth's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, East Southbourne & Hengistbury Head, Moordown, and Throop & Muscliffe.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Boscombe East79985Tenth
Boscombe West1,477139Third
Central Bournemouth2,753212First
Charminster6778511th
East Cliff2,635205Second
East Howe & Ensbury Park5336315th
East Southbourne & Hengistbury Head3484221st
Iford3564718th
Kinson East4407013th
Kinson West59993Eighth
Littledown5228012th
Moordown3043822nd
Northbourne3594519th
Queens Park4985717th
Southbourne West5015816th
Springbourne & Queen's Park939102Seventh
Talbot & Branksome Woods3014320th
Throop & Muscliffe3293623rd
Townsend & Strouden875133Fourth
West Cliff834105Sixth
West Howe888120Fifth
Westbourne4086914th
Winton86591Ninth

Bournemouth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Bournemouth for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourThroop & Muscliffe (121)Central Bournemouth (1,446)
Bicycle TheftMoordown (1)Central Bournemouth (190)
BurglaryNorthbourne (12)Kinson West (94)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMoordown (31)East Cliff (254)
DrugsWestbourne (2)East Cliff (95)
Other CrimeMoordown (1)West Howe (14)
Other TheftMoordown (14)East Cliff (294)
Possession of WeaponsQueens Park (1)Central Bournemouth (25)
Public OrderIford (19)East Cliff (205)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Northbourne (2)Central Bournemouth (58)
ShopliftingNorthbourne (3)Townsend & Strouden (183)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Boscombe East (1)Central Bournemouth (54)
Vehicle CrimeEast Southbourne & Hengistbury Head (23)West Cliff (142)
Violence and Sexual OffencesThroop & Muscliffe (147)East Cliff (1,173)

Crime in Bournemouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bournemouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bournemouth saw a 200% increase in possession of weapons. Bournemouth saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 82% compared to November in 2019. Rates of burglary and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Bournemouth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+51%+51%+31%+1%+24%+21%+41%+40%+48%
Bicycle Theft+88%-32%-14%-2%-23%-5%+30%+71%-27%-31%
Burglary-32%-36%-39%+7%-33%-13%-3%-33%-32%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson+40%-37%-22%-8%+7%+21%+3%-3%-13%-13%
Drugs-14%-10%+38%-2%+11%-20%-9%-16%-6%+13%
Other Crime-31%+60%+44%-46%+27%-25%+80%+40%-73%-42%
Other Theft-27%-54%-34%-36%-44%-22%-20%-29%-39%-20%
Possession of Weapons-+150%-48%+9%-7%-+200%-21%-50%-
Public Order+16%-16%+19%+27%+31%+45%-5%-11%-17%+12%
Robbery+44%+58%-48%--10%-+55%-15%-17%-22%
Shoplifting-21%-54%-31%-38%-29%-30%+12%+51%-10%-20%
Theft From the Person-18%-31%-33%+13%-45%-30%-34%-24%-82%-65%
Vehicle Crime+20%-13%-31%-17%-15%-6%-44%+23%+4%-35%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-22%+2%+7%+1%+17%+12%-11%-19%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bournemouth

What police force serves Bournemouth?
Bournemouth's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.

How dangerous is Bournemouth?
Bournemouth is the most dangerous city in Dorset.

What is Bournemouth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bournemouth are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Bournemouth?
Bournemouth's least common crime is other crime.

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