Gillingham Crime Overview

Gillingham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Dorset, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gillingham in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 38% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gillingham is the 302nd safest small town, and the 3,822nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Gillingham was the worst small town in Dorset for burglary, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.92 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Gillingham residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Gillingham recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Gillingham are violence and sexual offences, with 229 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 262 offences and a difference of 2.75 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Gillingham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Gillingham Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Gillingham This Year

 GillinghamDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25621.3125,48132.9455% safer
Bicycle Theft30.251,1631.50500% safer
Burglary342.832,9163.7733% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson947.826,2258.052.9% safer
Drugs90.751,1991.55107% safer
Other Crime30.255350.69176% safer
Other Theft615.084,1485.366% safer
Possession of Weapons30.253080.4060% safer
Public Order363.003,1584.0836% safer
Shoplifting252.082,6263.3963% safer
Theft From the Person30.253300.4372% safer
Vehicle Crime242.003,6634.73136% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22919.0620,04125.9036% safer

Gillingham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
West Moors17623.0989% safer
Verwood51734.1628% safer
Swanage36036.6719% safer
Ferndown Town73739.0512% safer
Sherborne42743.161.0% safer
Gillingham52443.61-
Shaftesbury41846.787% more dangerous
Blandford Forum52948.139% more dangerous
Dorchester1,31961.5329% more dangerous
Portland83562.7330% more dangerous
Bridport59070.7938% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gillingham

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Gillingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26241721Safer
Bicycle Theft0.500.330.420.25Safer
Burglary3.02.73.62.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6888Getting worse
Drugs0.751.21.20.75Safer
Other Crime0.170.500.250.25Safer
Other Theft6775Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.170.420.25Safer
Public Order0.752.63.73.0Getting worse
Shoplifting4.162.62.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.330.170.420.25Safer
Vehicle Crime2.32.22.72.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13192219Getting worse

Changes In Gillingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Gillingham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Gillingham43.61-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Gillingham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gillingham42956First

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 towns 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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021