Bournemouth Crime Overview

Bournemouth is the most dangerous city in Dorset, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bournemouth in 2020 was 91 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 24th most dangerous city, and the 670th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Bournemouth had the worst crime rate in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 33 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Bournemouth residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 80 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Bournemouth recorded 208 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Bournemouth are violence and sexual offences, with 7,333 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 1.6% lower than 2019's figure of 7,450 offences and a difference of 0.59 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Bournemouth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 134 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 3.0% from 2019's figure of 130 crimes.

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Crime in Bournemouth Compared To Dorset

Summary of Crimes in Bournemouth This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9,72549.2725,48132.9433% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6453.271,1631.5054% more dangerous
Burglary1,0675.412,9163.7730% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,25911.446,2258.0530% more dangerous
Drugs5222.641,1991.5541% more dangerous
Other Crime1520.775350.6910% more dangerous
Other Theft1,4937.564,1485.3629% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1340.683080.4041% more dangerous
Public Order1,2096.133,1584.0833% more dangerous
Robbery2261.143600.4759% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0805.472,6263.3938% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1770.903300.4352% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,7178.703,6634.7346% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,33337.1520,04125.9030% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bournemouth

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Bournemouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour57474049Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.
Criminal Damage and Arson11111111Getting worse
Other Crime0.680.750.810.77Getting worse
Other Theft1211108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.470.620.660.68Getting worse
Public Order3.2666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.781.11.11.1Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime79109Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26343837Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7135% safer
Coventry77.4118% safer
Croydon83.2210% safer
Sheffield85.816% safer
Bristol86.216% safer
Leicester97.446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8711% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2815% more dangerous
Bradford133.0231% more dangerous
Leeds137.1033% more dangerous

Crime in Bournemouth's Neighbourhoods

East Cliff is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bournemouth, followed by Central Bournemouth 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 East84690Seventh
Boscombe West1,557146Third
Central Bournemouth2,393184Second
East Cliff2,503195First
East Howe & Ensbury Park6417614th
East Southbourne & Hengistbury Head3314021st
Kinson East4737515th
Kinson West54985Ninth
Queens Park4234918th
Southbourne West4945717th
Springbourne & Queen's Park78585Tenth
Talbot & Branksome Woods3354819th
Throop & Muscliffe3123423rd
Townsend & Strouden696106Sixth
West Cliff1,119141Fourth
West Howe975132Fifth

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 BehaviourMoordown (144)East Cliff (1,507)
Bicycle TheftMoordown (3)Central Bournemouth (170)
BurglaryNorthbourne (10)West Cliff (96)
Criminal Damage and ArsonThroop & Muscliffe (41)West Howe (167)
DrugsEast Southbourne & Hengistbury Head (5)East Cliff (112)
Other CrimeQueens Park (2)East Cliff (22)
Other TheftThroop & Muscliffe (18)Central Bournemouth (265)
Possession of WeaponsQueens Park (1)Central Bournemouth (23)
Public OrderMoordown (10)East Cliff (196)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Moordown (1)East Cliff (43)
ShopliftingTalbot & Branksome Woods (1)Central Bournemouth (238)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Queens Park (1)Central Bournemouth (57)
Vehicle CrimeEast Southbourne & Hengistbury Head (16)West Cliff (183)
Violence and Sexual OffencesThroop & Muscliffe (135)East Cliff (1,102)

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.

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%
Criminal Damage and Arson+40%-37%-22%-8%+7%+21%+3%-3%-13%-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%
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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021