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Crime and Safety in Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Shaftesbury is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Dorset, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shaftesbury in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 17% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shaftesbury is the 357th safest small town, and the 3,089th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Shaftesbury was the worst small town in Dorset for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Shaftesbury residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Shaftesbury recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Shaftesbury are violence and sexual offences, with 226 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 194 offences and a difference of 3.58 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Shaftesbury's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021.

Shaftesbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Dorset

14% lower, regional crime rate

South West

48% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Shaftesbury is 14% lower than the South West and 48% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Shaftesbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Shaftesbury 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 Shaftesbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202151460
202047418
201955490
201857513
201752465
201639347

Crime in Shaftesbury Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Shaftesbury This Year

 ShaftesburyDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20122.5021,13727.32 21% safer
Bicycle Theft20.221,1311.46 564% safer
Burglary232.572,7573.56 39% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson829.185,9497.69 16% more dangerous
Drugs141.571,0411.35 14% more dangerous
Other Crime30.344280.55 62% safer
Other Theft404.484,2215.46 22% safer
Possession of Weapons30.342510.32 6% more dangerous
Public Order384.253,7884.90 15% safer
Robbery30.343500.45 32% safer
Shoplifting91.012,3913.09 206% safer
Vehicle Crime171.903,5724.62 143% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22625.2920,62126.65 5% safer

Shaftesbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sherborne42542.9620% safer
Blandford Forum49244.7615% safer
Swanage44445.2314% safer
Gillingham54445.2814% safer
Ferndown Town86645.8912% safer
Shaftesbury46051.48-
Dorchester1,11652.061.1% more dangerous
Portland81461.1516% more dangerous
Bridport53964.6720% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Shaftesbury

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Recent Crimes in Shaftesbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tobys CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Greenacre WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mampitts RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mampitts LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lyons WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Great GroundInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coles CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Church LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hawthorn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maple CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Mampitts LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Salisbury StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bleke StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hawkesdene LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mampitts RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blackmore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bleke StreetAction to be taken by another organisation

Shaftesbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25242822 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.220.34-0.22 Safer
Burglary4.563.62.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7879 Getting worse
Drugs1.61.31.21.6 Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.220.670.34 Safer
Other Theft11854.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.45-0.110.34 Getting worse
Public Order3.12.72.64.2 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.110.110.34 Getting worse
Shoplifting63.81.61.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.53.72.61.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18212225 Getting worse

Changes In Shaftesbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Shaftesbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Shaftesbury51.48-
Barnet67.0823% more dangerous
Croydon82.4838% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0543% more dangerous
Bristol90.5243% more dangerous
Coventry102.2450% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6460% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Shaftesbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shaftesbury46051First

Crime in Shaftesbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Shaftesbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Shaftesbury saw a 400% increase in public order. Shaftesbury saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 80% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+18%+20%--16%+75%-11%-+89%+8%+67%
Burglary-75%+100%+25%-80%-80%-75%-33%+100%+100%-78%
Criminal Damage and Arson+67%-50%+75%+40%-42%-30%-50%-14%--57%
Drugs----+100%-----
Other Crime-+100%--------
Other Theft-17%-38%--33%-13%-67%---67%-20%
Public Order-+200%-67%--67%-+400%-+67%-
Shoplifting+50%-----+100%---
Vehicle Crime----------57%
Violence and Sexual Offences+33%-57%-31%-27%+53%+6%-33%+8%-19%+46%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Shaftesbury

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

How dangerous is Shaftesbury?
Shaftesbury is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Dorset.

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

What is the least common crime in Shaftesbury?
Shaftesbury's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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