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Crime and Safety in Gillingham, Dorset

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Gillingham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Dorset, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gillingham 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, Gillingham is the 271st safest small town, and the 3,878th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Gillingham was the worst small town in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Gillingham residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.83 per 1,000 residents. Gillingham recorded 3 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst small town for other crime in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Gillingham are violence and sexual offences, with 251 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 229 offences and a difference of 1.83 from 2020's crime rate of 19. Gillingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Gillingham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Dorset

30% lower, regional crime rate

South West

69% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Gillingham is 30% lower than the South West and 69% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Gillingham Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Gillingham 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 Gillingham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145544
202044524
201952629
201851612
201738458
201635419

Crime in Gillingham Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Gillingham This Year

 GillinghamDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18014.9821,13727.32 82% safer
Bicycle Theft90.751,1311.46 95% safer
Burglary473.912,7573.56 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson725.995,9497.69 28% safer
Drugs100.831,0411.35 63% safer
Other Crime50.424280.55 31% safer
Other Theft544.494,2215.46 22% safer
Possession of Weapons10.082510.32 300% safer
Public Order352.913,7884.90 68% safer
Robbery30.253500.45 80% safer
Shoplifting342.832,3913.09 9% safer
Theft From the Person10.082650.34 325% safer
Vehicle Crime221.833,5724.62 152% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25120.8920,62126.65 28% safer

Gillingham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Verwood53835.5527% safer
Lytchett Minster and Upton32237.0122% safer
Sherborne42542.965% safer
Blandford Forum49244.761.2% safer
Swanage44445.230.11% safer
Gillingham54445.28-
Ferndown Town86645.891.3% more dangerous
Shaftesbury46051.4812% more dangerous
Dorchester1,11652.0613% more dangerous
Portland81461.1526% more dangerous
Bridport53964.6730% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gillingham

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Recent Crimes in Gillingham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hyde RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wren PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Matthews PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Culvers LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HorsefieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paris CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Heather FieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Juniper GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ridgeway RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lockwood TerraceAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak WoodsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Juniper GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Fairey CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Addison CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bay LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Foxglove CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Gillingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24172115 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.330.420.250.75 Getting worse
Burglary2.73.62.83.9 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson8886 Safer
Drugs1.21.20.750.83 Safer
Other Crime0.500.250.250.42 Getting worse
Other Theft7754.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.170.420.250.08 Safer
Public Order2.63.73.02.9 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.25-0.25 Getting worse
Shoplifting62.62.12.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.170.420.250.08 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.22.72.01.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19221921 Getting worse

Changes In Gillingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Gillingham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Gillingham45.28-
Barnet67.0832% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Gillingham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gillingham42355First

Crime in Gillingham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gillingham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Gillingham saw a 400% increase in burglary. Gillingham saw a large fall in burglary during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%+9%-20%+108%+14%+214%-48%-21%+64%+240%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-88%-67%-88%--75%-80%-+400%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-29%+14%-+11%-18%+25%-+44%+167%
Drugs---------67%-
Other Theft-45%-67%-43%-80%-17%-56%--56%--
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-29%-71%-50%+250%-67%-+200%+100%--50%
Shoplifting--80%+50%--50%-50%--25%+200%-67%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-50%-50%-75%-80%-+100%-38%-50%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-31%-52%-15%-5%+47%--55%+31%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gillingham

What police force serves Gillingham?
Gillingham's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.

How dangerous is Gillingham?
Gillingham is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Dorset.

What is Gillingham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Gillingham are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Gillingham?
Gillingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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