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Crime and Safety in Christchurch, Dorset

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Christchurch is the safest medium-sized towns in Dorset, and is the 45th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Christchurch in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 34% 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 town, and the 3,919th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Christchurch was the worst medium-sized town in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Christchurch residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 31 crimes at a rate of 0.55 per 1,000 residents. Christchurch recorded 2 reports of other crime during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Christchurch are violence and sexual offences, with 994 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 926 offences and a difference of 1.21 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Christchurch's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 225% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Christchurch 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Dorset

31% lower, regional crime rate

South West

70% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Christchurch is 31% lower than the South West and 70% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Christchurch Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Christchurch 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

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Historical Crime Rates for Christchurch

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021452,538
2020402,261
2019432,455
2018442,512
2017392,204
2016341,942

Crime in Christchurch Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Christchurch This Year

 ChristchurchDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,02518.1521,13727.32 51% safer
Bicycle Theft1061.881,1311.46 22% more dangerous
Burglary2103.722,7573.56 4.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3155.585,9497.69 38% safer
Drugs340.601,0411.35 125% safer
Other Crime150.274280.55 104% safer
Other Theft2043.614,2215.46 51% safer
Possession of Weapons40.072510.32 357% safer
Public Order1783.153,7884.90 56% safer
Robbery80.143500.45 221% safer
Shoplifting2243.972,3913.09 22% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.272650.34 26% safer
Vehicle Crime2314.093,5724.62 13% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences99417.6120,62126.65 51% safer

Christchurch Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Christchurch2,53844.95-
Weymouth3,75867.9834% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Christchurch

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Recent Crimes in Christchurch

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near De Havilland WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meredith CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lights CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Acorn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Druitt RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Somerford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knapp Mill AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Knightwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Airfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Grange RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Smugglers Lane SouthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chestnut WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Regency CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakleigh WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Marryat CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Christchurch Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18151918 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.11.61.61.9No change
Burglary3.84.03.13.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5566 Safer
Drugs0.740.600.600.60 Safer
Other Crime0.410.300.430.27 Safer
Other Theft64.53.33.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.180.230.07 Safer
Public Order2.82.72.63.2 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.230.230.14 Safer
Shoplifting64.53.44.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.390.140.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.22.82.54.1 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15171618 Getting worse

Changes In Christchurch's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Christchurch to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Christchurch44.95-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4846% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Christchurch's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Christchurch Town93396First
Highcliffe & Walkford27637Third
Jumpers Common & Fairmile26232Sixth
Mudeford21934Fifth
Somerford55086Second
West Highcliffe21936Fourth

Christchurch Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourJumpers Common & Fairmile (92)Christchurch Town (418)
Bicycle TheftJumpers Common & Fairmile (1)Christchurch Town (91)
BurglaryJumpers Common & Fairmile (21)Highcliffe & Walkford (64)
Criminal Damage and ArsonJumpers Common & Fairmile (19)Somerford (68)
DrugsWest Highcliffe (1)Christchurch Town (17)
Other CrimeHighcliffe & Walkford (1)Christchurch Town (6)
Other TheftHighcliffe & Walkford (10)Christchurch Town (69)
Possession of WeaponsJumpers Common & Fairmile (2)Christchurch Town (3)
Public OrderJumpers Common & Fairmile (9)Christchurch Town (77)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Highcliffe & Walkford (1)Christchurch Town (7)
ShopliftingHighcliffe & Walkford (3)Christchurch Town (144)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Highcliffe & Walkford (1)Christchurch Town (7)
Vehicle CrimeJumpers Common & Fairmile (16)Christchurch Town (61)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWest Highcliffe (68)Somerford (283)

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 May, when Christchurch saw a 400% increase in other crime. Christchurch saw a large fall in bicycle theft during December, when it fell by 83% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+2%+47%+22%+41%-5%+13%-7%+13%+68%+200%
Bicycle Theft+20%-80%--+40%-43%+89%+83%-79%-83%
Burglary+64%-47%-73%+33%+31%-41%-11%-55%-70%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-26%-46%+42%+29%-26%-23%+57%+43%+4%
Drugs----+200%+300%+167%+100%-25%-
Other Crime-67%+100%+400%+100%+200%----75%-67%
Other Theft-38%-69%-59%+19%-23%-43%-5%-44%-18%+20%
Possession of Weapons--+100%----+200%--
Public Order-56%+30%-+33%-29%-15%+82%+44%-30%-47%
Robbery+100%-----67%----
Shoplifting-69%-5%+35%+107%-53%-7%-39%+130%-41%-46%
Theft From the Person--+50%---67%---50%-
Vehicle Crime+70%-69%-73%-30%+36%+78%-60%-23%-11%+8%
Violence and Sexual Offences-28%-5%+9%+1%+24%-3%+17%-15%-33%+11%

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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