Christchurch Crime Overview

Christchurch is the safest medium-sized town in Dorset, and is the 53rd most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Christchurch in 2020 was 41 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 47% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Christchurch is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,234th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Christchurch was the worst medium-sized town in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Christchurch residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Christchurch recorded 3 reports of other crime during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Christchurch are violence and sexual offences, with 933 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 1.8% lower than 2019's figure of 950 offences and a difference of 0.30 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Christchurch's least common crime is theft from the person, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 144% from 2019's figure of 22 crimes.

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Crime in Christchurch Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Christchurch This Year

 ChristchurchDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,06718.9025,48132.9474% safer
Bicycle Theft891.581,1631.505% more dangerous
Burglary1803.192,9163.7718% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3255.766,2258.0540% safer
Drugs420.741,1991.55109% safer
Other Crime250.445350.6957% safer
Other Theft1933.424,1485.3657% safer
Possession of Weapons130.233080.4074% safer
Public Order1522.693,1584.0852% safer
Robbery130.233600.47104% safer
Shoplifting1933.422,6263.390.88% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.163300.43169% safer
Vehicle Crime1462.593,6634.7383% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences93316.5320,04125.9057% safer

Christchurch Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Christchurch2,31340.97-
Weymouth3,62665.5938% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Christchurch

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Christchurch Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23181519Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.92.11.71.6Safer
Burglary4.84.24.13.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7556Safer
Drugs0.960.740.600.74Safer
Other Crime0.370.410.350.44Getting worse
Other Theft564.63.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.250.180.23Getting worse
Public Order1.32.82.82.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.210.280.230.23Safer
Shoplifting4.464.53.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.250.340.390.16Safer
Vehicle Crime2.32.32.82.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences11151717Getting worse

Changes In Christchurch's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Christchurch to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Christchurch40.97-
Barnet67.7139% more dangerous
Coventry77.4147% more dangerous
Croydon83.2251% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8152% more dangerous
Bristol86.2152% more dangerous
Leicester97.4458% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8760% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2862% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1070% more dangerous

Crime in Christchurch's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Christchurch Town73276Second
Highcliffe & Walkford26035Fourth
Jumpers Common & Fairmile30437Third
Mudeford22034Fifth
Somerford49277First
West Highcliffe20734Sixth

Christchurch Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourJumpers Common & Fairmile (104)Christchurch Town (404)
Bicycle TheftWest Highcliffe (3)Christchurch Town (57)
BurglaryJumpers Common & Fairmile (23)Mudeford (30)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Highcliffe (25)Christchurch Town (122)
DrugsMudeford (3)Christchurch Town (14)
Other CrimeWest Highcliffe (1)Somerford (11)
Other TheftHighcliffe & Walkford (25)Christchurch Town (58)
Possession of WeaponsHighcliffe & Walkford (1)Christchurch Town (5)
Public OrderWest Highcliffe (10)Somerford (41)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Highcliffe & Walkford (1)Mudeford (4)
ShopliftingMudeford (2)Christchurch Town (80)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Jumpers Common & Fairmile (1)Mudeford (4)
Vehicle CrimeJumpers Common & Fairmile (15)Christchurch Town (35)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWest Highcliffe (65)Somerford (246)

Crime in Christchurch During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+57%+19%+40%+2%+13%-9%+14%+69%+197%
Bicycle Theft+20%-80%--+40%-50%+89%+71%-79%-83%
Burglary+47%-50%-73%+40%+56%-45%-6%-48%-70%-52%
Criminal Damage and Arson+13%-29%-52%+55%+56%-25%-21%+57%+39%+9%
Drugs+100%---+200%+300%+167%+67%-25%-86%
Other Crime-67%+100%+150%+50%+200%----75%-
Other Theft-38%-68%-35%+9%-23%-46%-9%-44%-17%+20%
Possession of Weapons--+100%----+200%--
Public Order-59%+17%---29%-8%+91%+18%-30%-38%
Robbery+100%-----67%----
Shoplifting-69%-5%+35%+107%-53%-7%-39%+130%-41%-46%
Theft From the Person--+50%---67%---50%-
Vehicle Crime+122%-69%-67%-20%+15%+70%-62%-23%-6%+15%
Violence and Sexual Offences-29%-10%+14%+9%+18%-2%+16%-16%-35%+14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Christchurch

What police force serves Christchurch?
Christchurch's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.
How dangerous is Christchurch?
Christchurch is the safest medium-sized town in Dorset.
What is Christchurch's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Christchurch are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Christchurch?
Christchurch's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021