Poole Crime Overview

Poole is the most dangerous major town in Dorset, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Poole in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 1.5% higher than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Poole is the 22nd safest major town, and the 1,992nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Poole had the worst crime rate in Dorset for burglary, with 73 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Poole residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Poole recorded 109 reports of shoplifting during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.68 the worst for shoplifting in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Poole are violence and sexual offences, with 4,137 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 3.8% higher than 2019's figure of 3,981 offences and a difference of 0.98 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Poole's least common crime is theft from the person, with 59 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 31% from 2019's figure of 77 crimes.

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Crime in Poole Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Poole This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,85430.4425,48132.948% safer
Bicycle Theft2981.871,1631.5020% more dangerous
Burglary6744.232,9163.7711% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,2257.686,2258.054.8% safer
Drugs1801.131,1991.5537% safer
Other Crime850.535350.6930% safer
Other Theft8535.354,1485.360.19% safer
Possession of Weapons640.403080.400% safer
Public Order6183.883,1584.085% safer
Robbery660.413600.4715% safer
Shoplifting6844.292,6263.3921% more dangerous
Theft From the Person590.373300.4316% safer
Vehicle Crime8195.143,6634.738% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,13725.9520,04125.900.19% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Poole

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Poole Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour33322630Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7998Safer
Other Crime0.490.650.680.53Safer
Other Theft7765Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.300.370.40Getting worse
Public Order1. worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.320.340.41Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.390.480.37Safer
Vehicle Crime53.855Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences16222526Getting worse

Changes In Poole's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Poole's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Oakdale Community Park5-1--312

Comparing Poole to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7110% more dangerous
Coventry77.4121% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Poole's Neighbourhoods

Newtown is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Poole, followed by Branksome West in second place, and Hamworthy West as the third most dangerous area. Poole's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Broadstone, Corfe Mullen, and Oakdale West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Branksome East44972Fourth
Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks58065Seventh
Branksome West58878Second
Canford Heath East3084212th
Canford Heath West36654Ninth
Corfe Mullen3093014th
Hamworthy West53975Third
Oakdale East64871Fifth
Oakdale West3464213th
Penn Hill58058Eighth

Poole Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBroadstone (131)Hamworthy West (281)
Bicycle TheftCanford Heath East (4)Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks (35)
BurglaryCanford Heath West (14)Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks (78)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBroadstone (42)Hamworthy West (86)
DrugsCanford Heath East (1)Penn Hill (16)
Other CrimeBroadstone (2)Hamworthy West (10)
Other TheftCanford Heath East (18)Branksome East (75)
Possession of WeaponsBroadstone (1)Hamworthy West (8)
Public OrderParkstone (11)Newtown (69)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Canford Heath East (1)Newtown (6)
ShopliftingHamworthy West (6)Branksome West (106)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Corfe Mullen (1)Branksome East (5)
Vehicle CrimeCorfe Mullen (14)Penn Hill (92)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBroadstone (110)Newtown (433)

Crime in Poole During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Poole change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Poole saw a 900% increase in other crime. Poole saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Poole's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+23%+30%+71%+19%+4%-9%-2%+57%+45%
Bicycle Theft+44%-10%-22%+15%-12%+14%+23%+36%-50%+17%
Criminal Damage and Arson--50%-37%-3%+11%-17%-10%-15%-26%+2%
Other Crime+900%+17%-59%-69%-14%-33%-20%-38%-56%+17%
Other Theft-1%-33%-36%-23%-11%-26%-46%-14%+2%+20%
Possession of Weapons+100%-29%+25%+50%-57%+67%+175%+150%-20%-38%
Public Order-43%+14%+45%+43%+23%+35%-9%-9%+19%+4%
Theft From the Person+167%-88%-91%+57%+225%-43%-29%-67%-67%-50%
Vehicle Crime+28%+4%-56%-7%+67%-5%-28%-24%-20%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-4%-14%+25%+1%+19%+11%-10%+20%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Poole

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021