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Crime and Safety in Sherborne, Dorset

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Sherborne is among the top 5 safest small towns in Dorset, and is the 53rd most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sherborne in 2021 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 41% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sherborne is the 234th safest small town, and the 4,235th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Sherborne was the worst small town in Dorset for criminal damage and arson, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.7 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Sherborne residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Sherborne recorded 1 report of robbery during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for robbery in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Sherborne are violence and sexual offences, with 215 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 198 offences and a difference of 1.72 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Sherborne's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Sherborne 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Dorset

37% lower, regional crime rate

South West

78% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sherborne is 37% lower than the South West and 78% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sherborne Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Sherborne 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 Sherborne

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202143425
202043427
201938379
201845447
201737364
201636352

Crime in Sherborne Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Sherborne This Year

 SherborneDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17517.6921,13727.32 54% safer
Bicycle Theft50.511,1311.46 186% safer
Burglary191.922,7573.56 85% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson787.885,9497.69 2.4% more dangerous
Drugs50.511,0411.35 165% safer
Other Crime50.514280.55 8% safer
Other Theft424.244,2215.46 29% safer
Public Order272.733,7884.90 79% safer
Robbery10.103500.45 350% safer
Shoplifting212.122,3913.09 46% safer
Vehicle Crime70.713,5724.62 551% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21521.7320,62126.65 23% safer

Sherborne Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Corfe Mullen25124.5675% safer
West Moors22229.1248% safer
Verwood53835.5521% safer
Lytchett Minster and Upton32237.0116% safer
Sherborne42542.96-
Blandford Forum49244.764.0% more dangerous
Swanage44445.235% more dangerous
Gillingham54445.285% more dangerous
Ferndown Town86645.896% more dangerous
Shaftesbury46051.4817% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sherborne

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Recent Crimes in Sherborne

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pageant DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vernalls RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hound StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Knotts PaddockInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Abbey RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vernalls RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Yeovil RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knotts PaddockUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vernalls RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Other theftOn or near Yeovil RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lenthay RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Yeovil RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near WestburyLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yeovil RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Sherborne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20162418 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.510.100.100.51 Getting worse
Burglary3.21.72.21.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5668 Getting worse
Drugs0.610.910.810.51 Safer
Other Crime0.710.710.200.51 Safer
Other Theft54.454.2 Safer
Public Order1.91.73.92.7 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.100.100.10 Safer
Shoplifting4.12.92.62.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.31.01.20.71 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20182022 Getting worse

Changes In Sherborne's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Sherborne to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sherborne42.96-
Barnet67.0836% more dangerous
Croydon82.4848% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0552% more dangerous
Bristol90.5253% more dangerous
Coventry102.2458% more dangerous
Leicester111.5962% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0665% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6467% more dangerous
Bradford132.2868% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in Sherborne's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sherborne42543First

Crime in Sherborne During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sherborne change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Sherborne saw a 260% increase in anti-social behaviour. Sherborne saw a large fall in burglary during August, when it fell by 75% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+150%+200%+43%+107%+14%+15%-47%+260%-+233%
Burglary------75%---50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+29%--+133%--33%-75%--20%-25%
Drugs----50%------
Other Crime----67%------
Other Theft+150%-33%-67%-50%--33%+20%+250%-+100%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--75%-+100%+150%+200%-67%+200%+100%+150%
Shoplifting+200%-33%--+100%---50%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+67%-17%-50%+43%-+8%+89%+109%-18%+75%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sherborne

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

How dangerous is Sherborne?
Sherborne is among the top 5 safest small towns in Dorset.

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

What is the least common crime in Sherborne?
Sherborne's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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