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Crime and Safety in Portland

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Portland is the second most dangerous small town in Dorset, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Portland in 2021 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 1.1% higher than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Portland is the 347th most dangerous small town, and the 2,139th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2018, Portland had the worst crime rate in Dorset for other crime, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.83 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Portland are violence and sexual offences, with 466 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 2.4% higher than 2020's figure of 455 offences and a difference of 0.83 from 2020's crime rate of 34. Portland's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Portland 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Dorset

4.0% higher, regional crime rate

South West

25% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Portland is 4.0% higher than the South West and 25% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Portland Crime Rate Over Time

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Portland Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Portland 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 Portland

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202161814
202063835
201962829
201867893
201765864
201663840

Crime in Portland Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Portland This Year

 PortlandDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35026.2921,13727.32 3.9% safer
Bicycle Theft20.151,1311.46 873% safer
Burglary282.102,7573.56 70% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1098.195,9497.69 6% more dangerous
Drugs221.651,0411.35 18% more dangerous
Other Crime211.584280.55 65% more dangerous
Other Theft664.964,2215.46 10% safer
Possession of Weapons20.152510.32 113% safer
Public Order604.513,7884.90 9% safer
Robbery20.153500.45 200% safer
Shoplifting211.582,3913.09 96% safer
Theft From the Person10.082650.34 325% safer
Vehicle Crime141.053,5724.62 340% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46635.0120,62126.65 24% more dangerous

Portland Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Swanage44445.2335% safer
Gillingham54445.2835% safer
Ferndown Town86645.8933% safer
Shaftesbury46051.4819% safer
Dorchester1,11652.0617% safer
Portland81461.15-
Bridport53964.675% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Portland

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Recent Crimes in Portland

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Amelia CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Three Yards CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Easton SquareOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Easton SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Wide StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westcliff RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Amelia CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near FurlandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Easton SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Castle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westcliff RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Withies CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ventnor RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Castle RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westcliff RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yeolands RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Portland Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29213226 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.300.230.300.15 Safer
Burglary3.22.02.02.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10988 Safer
Drugs1.41.22.01.6 Getting worse
Other Crime53.94.21.6 Safer
Other Theft653.15.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.150.380.15 Safer
Public Order3.64.454.5 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.080.150.15 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.11.81.61.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.080.300.450.08 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.82.61.41.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32323435 Getting worse

Changes In Portland's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Portland's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Portland that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
All Saints' Church----208

Comparing Portland to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Portland61.15-
Barnet67.089% more dangerous
Croydon82.4826% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0532% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Coventry102.2440% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6453% more dangerous
Bradford132.2854% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Portland's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Southwell & Weston29340Second
Underhill & The Grove52186First

Crime in Portland During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Portland change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Portland saw a 375% increase in anti-social behaviour. Portland saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-11%+108%+114%+44%+142%+46%+42%-24%-12%+375%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-+25%------+100%+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-67%-38%+40%-19%---81%+17%+20%
Drugs+300%---+100%-+150%---33%
Other Crime-+120%+233%--+133%-33%-50%-67%-
Other Theft-33%-50%-80%-33%-33%-75%-63%+150%-+100%
Public Order+133%-33%+67%+233%+80%-63%+14%+14%-80%+100%
Shoplifting-------67%---67%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime---83%-33%-50%-67%--67%-50%+150%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-22%-3%-12%+39%+18%+28%+8%+6%+46%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Portland

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

How dangerous is Portland?
Portland is the second most dangerous small town in Dorset.

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

What is the least common crime in Portland?
Portland's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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