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Crime and Safety in Swanage

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Swanage is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Dorset, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swanage in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swanage is the 268th safest small town, and the 3,885th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Swanage was the worst small town in Dorset for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.51 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Swanage residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Swanage recorded 1 report of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for other crime in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Swanage are violence and sexual offences, with 225 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 177 offences and a difference of 4.89 from 2020's crime rate of 18. Swanage's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Swanage 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Dorset

30% lower, regional crime rate

South West

69% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Swanage is 30% lower than the South West and 69% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Swanage Crime Rate Over Time

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Swanage Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Swanage 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 Swanage

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145444
202037360
201942411
201842408
201739385
201642411

Crime in Swanage Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Swanage This Year

 SwanageDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21622.0021,13727.32 24% safer
Bicycle Theft20.201,1311.46 630% safer
Burglary303.062,7573.56 16% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson636.425,9497.69 20% safer
Drugs30.311,0411.35 335% safer
Other Crime50.514280.55 8% safer
Other Theft393.974,2215.46 38% safer
Possession of Weapons20.202510.32 60% safer
Public Order343.463,7884.90 42% safer
Robbery10.103500.45 350% safer
Shoplifting212.142,3913.09 44% safer
Theft From the Person30.312650.34 10% safer
Vehicle Crime161.633,5724.62 183% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22522.9220,62126.65 16% safer

Swanage Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
West Moors22229.1255% safer
Verwood53835.5527% safer
Lytchett Minster and Upton32237.0122% safer
Sherborne42542.965% safer
Blandford Forum49244.761.1% safer
Swanage44445.23-
Gillingham54445.280.11% more dangerous
Ferndown Town86645.891.4% more dangerous
Shaftesbury46051.4812% more dangerous
Dorchester1,11652.0613% more dangerous
Portland81461.1526% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swanage

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Recent Crimes in Swanage

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mount Pleasant LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eldon TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marsh WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near James Day MeadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near D'Urberville DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Princess RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gordon RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rabling RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Swanage Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21162522 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.100.610.200.20 Safer
Burglary2.11.72.13.1 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs1.00.810.510.31 Safer
Other Crime0.510.200.200.51 Getting worse
Other Theft4.43.33.14.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.200.100.20 Safer
Public Order3.13.32.43.5 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.100.200.310.10 Safer
Shoplifting1.01.51.92.1 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.100.510.310.31 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.61.71.71.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20221823 Getting worse

Changes In Swanage's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Swanage's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Day's Park----120.82
Durlston Country Park4---120.06
King George's Field1----00.20

Comparing Swanage to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Swanage45.23-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Swanage's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swanage44445First

Crime in Swanage During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Swanage change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Swanage saw a 600% increase in other theft. Swanage saw a large fall in public order during November, when it fell by 75% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-42%+131%+75%+60%+94%+117%+13%+42%-+122%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-----50%-+33%--+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson+150%+50%--50%-14%-+100%-56%+67%-57%
Drugs-----+100%----
Other Theft-33%+200%-60%-+67%+300%+600%+100%-67%-
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--67%-33%-50%-----75%+100%
Shoplifting--+200%-+50%---+50%-
Theft From the Person------+100%---
Vehicle Crime-----+100%+100%-33%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-58%-42%-17%-20%+87%+23%+8%-10%-54%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Swanage

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

How dangerous is Swanage?
Swanage is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Dorset.

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

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

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