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Crime and Safety in Poole, Dorset

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Poole is the most dangerous major towns in Dorset, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Poole in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 5% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Poole is among the top 10 safest major town, and the 2,457th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Poole had the worst crime rate in Dorset for other crime, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Poole residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 73 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Poole recorded 11 reports of robbery during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst for robbery in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Poole are violence and sexual offences, with 3,885 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 3.5% lower than 2020's figure of 4,022 offences and a difference of 0.85 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Poole's least common crime is theft from the person, with 43 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 35% from 2020's figure of 58 crimes.

Poole 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Dorset

2.2% lower, regional crime rate

South West

33% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Poole is 2.2% lower than the South West and 33% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Poole Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Poole 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 Poole

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021579,162
2020609,518
20196410,190
2018599,478
2017548,676
2016477,544

Crime in Poole Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Poole This Year

 PooleDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,14425.9921,13727.32 5% safer
Bicycle Theft2381.491,1311.46 2.0% more dangerous
Burglary6133.842,7573.56 7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1887.455,9497.69 3.2% safer
Drugs1661.041,0411.35 30% safer
Other Crime680.434280.55 28% safer
Other Theft8815.534,2215.46 1.3% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons460.292510.32 10% safer
Public Order7294.573,7884.90 7% safer
Robbery550.343500.45 32% safer
Shoplifting5143.222,3913.09 4.0% more dangerous
Theft From the Person430.272650.34 26% safer
Vehicle Crime7364.623,5724.620% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,88524.3720,62126.65 9% safer

Crime Over Time in Poole

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Recent Crimes in Poole

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jersey CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Apollo CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kiwi CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shillingstone GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hythe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bindon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Chandos AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belben CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Peel CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lyell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near White Cliff RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Franks WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Mount RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hobbs RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kiwi CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parkstone RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Poole Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31262926 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.81.91.5 Safer
Burglary4.84.84.13.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8977 Safer
Drugs1.11.21.11.0 Safer
Other Crime0.630.660.500.43 Safer
Other Theft7656 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.370.390.29 Safer
Public Order3.53.63.84.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.340.410.34 Getting worse
Shoplifting664.23.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.480.360.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.8554.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21242524 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Poole to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Poole57.46-
Barnet67.0814% more dangerous
Croydon82.4830% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0536% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Coventry102.2444% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0653% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Poole's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Branksome East40164Seventh
Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks58766Sixth
Branksome West57376Second
Broadstone2792714th
Canford Heath East3084213th
Canford Heath West34051Ninth
Corfe Mullen2512515th
Creekmoor45750Tenth
Hamworthy West48167Fifth
Newtown95788First
Oakdale East64972Fourth
Oakdale West3614312th
Parkstone4334511th
Penn Hill57858Eighth
Rossmore76575Third

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 BehaviourCorfe Mullen (62)Hamworthy West (241)
Bicycle TheftCreekmoor (1)Branksome East (26)
BurglaryCanford Heath East (9)Penn Hill (70)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCorfe Mullen (27)Rossmore (145)
DrugsCanford Heath East (1)Penn Hill (18)
Other CrimeBranksome West (1)Rossmore (11)
Other TheftCanford Heath East (17)Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks (97)
Possession of WeaponsBroadstone (1)Oakdale East (6)
Public OrderCorfe Mullen (18)Branksome West (55)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Broadstone (1)Rossmore (7)
ShopliftingRossmore (1)Branksome West (75)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Rossmore (1)Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks (7)
Vehicle CrimeCorfe Mullen (13)Branksome West (68)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCorfe Mullen (105)Newtown (446)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+23%+30%+69%+20%+3%-8%-2%+57%+49%
Bicycle Theft+44%-10%-22%+15%-12%+14%+28%+46%-48%+17%
Burglary-45%-50%-30%--15%-22%-4%+7%-7%-5%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%-51%-34%-2%+16%-15%-12%-18%-29%+4%
Drugs+13%+42%+11%--32%+6%-40%-35%+10%-30%
Other Crime+900%-17%-71%-67%-14%-25%-20%-54%-56%+40%
Other Theft+4%-35%-36%-23%-11%-24%-45%-14%+3%+20%
Possession of Weapons+67%-43%+25%+50%-57%+67%+175%+150%-20%-38%
Public Order-43%+14%+46%+43%+23%+39%-9%-9%+25%+2%
Robbery+25%+400%-+100%-50%--20%-20%+267%-67%
Shoplifting-51%-65%-48%-44%-7%-29%+4%-38%-47%-14%
Theft From the Person+167%-88%-91%+43%+225%-43%-29%-67%-67%-50%
Vehicle Crime+27%+7%-56%-7%+63%-3%-28%-25%-20%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-2%-14%+29%+1%+15%+14%-13%+21%+8%

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).

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