Ferndown Town Crime Overview

Ferndown Town is among the top 10 safest small towns in Dorset, and is the 61st most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ferndown Town in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 54% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ferndown Town is the 235th safest small town, and the 4,583rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Ferndown Town was the worst small town in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Ferndown Town residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.58 per 1,000 residents. Ferndown Town recorded 12 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.64 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Ferndown Town are violence and sexual offences, with 339 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 1.2% lower than 2019's figure of 343 offences and a difference of 0.22 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Ferndown Town's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Ferndown Town Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Ferndown Town This Year

 Ferndown TownDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46324.5425,48132.9434% safer
Bicycle Theft100.531,1631.50183% safer
Burglary432.282,9163.7765% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1065.626,2258.0543% safer
Drugs70.371,1991.55319% safer
Other Crime90.485350.6944% safer
Other Theft723.824,1485.3640% safer
Possession of Weapons20.113080.40264% safer
Public Order452.383,1584.0871% safer
Robbery10.053600.47840% safer
Shoplifting341.802,6263.3988% safer
Theft From the Person30.163300.43169% safer
Vehicle Crime663.503,6634.7335% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33917.9620,04125.9044% safer

Ferndown Town Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lytchett Minster and Upton17820.4691% safer
Corfe Mullen22822.3175% safer
West Moors17623.0969% safer
Verwood51734.1614% safer
Swanage36036.676% safer
Ferndown Town73739.05-
Sherborne42743.1610% more dangerous
Gillingham52443.6110% more dangerous
Shaftesbury41846.7817% more dangerous
Blandford Forum52948.1319% more dangerous
Dorchester1,31961.5337% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ferndown Town

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Ferndown Town Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17121325Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.530.530.530.53No change
Burglary63.43.52.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.44.656Getting worse
Drugs0.480.480.740.37Safer
Other Crime0.420.370.790.48Safer
Other Theft4.9663.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.110.320.110.11Safer
Public Order1.01.82.22.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.05-0.160.05Safer
Shoplifting2.22.21.31.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.210.160.260.16Safer
Vehicle Crime2.53.03.73.5Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences11171818Getting worse

Changes In Ferndown Town's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ferndown Town's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George's Playing Field18---343.6

Comparing Ferndown Town to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ferndown Town39.05-
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4150% more dangerous
Croydon83.2253% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8154% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% more dangerous

Crime in Ferndown Town's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ferndown Town40951First
Ferndown West & Canford Bottom21933Second
Parley & Hampreston26027Third

Crime in Ferndown Town During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ferndown Town change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Ferndown Town saw a 500% increase in vehicle crime. Ferndown Town saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+38%+144%+118%+150%+68%+200%+68%+85%-21%+467%
Bicycle Theft+100%-50%--67%-+100%+100%---
Burglary-17%-80%--25%--75%-40%--25%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+120%-82%-55%+86%+100%-+175%-75%-7%+140%
Drugs---------+200%
Other Crime+100%---------50%
Other Theft-73%-43%-63%-69%-22%-21%-14%-55%-10%-80%
Public Order+100%-75%+100%+67%+67%+67%-50%-43%-75%+300%
Shoplifting--25%--33%+150%+100%+100%-33%+100%-
Vehicle Crime+100%--+71%-33%-45%-79%-20%+50%+500%
Violence and Sexual Offences+27%-21%+29%-13%+43%-21%+16%-27%+14%-42%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ferndown Town

What police force serves Ferndown Town?
Ferndown Town's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.
How dangerous is Ferndown Town?
Ferndown Town is among the top 10 safest small towns in Dorset.
What is Ferndown Town's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ferndown Town are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ferndown Town?
Ferndown Town's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021