Bridport Crime Overview

Bridport is the most dangerous small town in Dorset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bridport in 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bridport is the 192nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,379th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Bridport was the worst small town in Dorset for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.60 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Bridport residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for public order, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Bridport recorded 2 reports of robbery during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for robbery in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Bridport are violence and sexual offences, with 311 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 285 offences and a difference of 3.12 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Bridport's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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See how Bridport shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Bridport and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Bridport Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Bridport This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34641.5125,48132.9421% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.721,1631.50108% safer
Burglary212.522,9163.7750% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson759.006,2258.0511% more dangerous
Drugs50.601,1991.55158% safer
Other Crime111.325350.6948% more dangerous
Other Theft546.484,1485.3617% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.483080.4017% more dangerous
Public Order556.603,1584.0838% more dangerous
Robbery30.363600.4731% safer
Shoplifting283.362,6263.390.89% safer
Theft From the Person30.363300.4319% safer
Vehicle Crime141.683,6634.73182% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31137.3120,04125.9031% more dangerous

Bridport Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Gillingham52443.6162% safer
Shaftesbury41846.7851% safer
Blandford Forum52948.1347% safer
Dorchester1,31961.5315% safer
Portland83562.7313% safer

Crime Over Time in Bridport

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Bridport Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour43373842Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.80.600.72Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1111109Safer
Other Crime0.841.10.601.3Getting worse
Other Theft8976Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.360.960.48Safer
Public Order3.74.177Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.720.480.840.36Safer
Vehicle Crime4.2551.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25273437Getting worse

Changes In Bridport's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bridport's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bridport that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
St Marys Playing Field1---201.4

Comparing Bridport to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.714.5% safer
Coventry77.419% more dangerous
Croydon83.2215% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8118% more dangerous
Bristol86.2118% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Bridport During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bridport change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Bridport saw a 300% increase in burglary. Bridport saw a large fall in drugs during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+136%+126%+9%-12%+8%-26%+4%-8%+23%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%----
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-80%-64%+20%--+167%+13%-56%-79%
Other Crime-50%---------
Other Theft+50%-+50%-40%-43%-33%-29%+20%-+40%
Public Order-40%+300%-67%-+50%+29%+200%+100%-77%+80%
Theft From the Person---67%-------
Vehicle Crime-40%-50%-50%---33%-75%---25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+32%+15%+24%-29%-28%-3%+177%+22%-18%-45%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bridport

What police force serves Bridport?
Bridport's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.
How dangerous is Bridport?
Bridport is the most dangerous small town in Dorset.
What is Bridport's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bridport are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bridport?
Bridport's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021