Swanage Crime Overview

Swanage is among the top 5 safest small towns in Dorset, and is the 72nd most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swanage in 2020 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 65% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swanage is the 195th safest small town, and the 5,039th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Swanage was the worst small town in Dorset for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Swanage residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Swanage recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst small town for theft from the person in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Swanage are violence and sexual offences, with 177 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 21% lower than 2019's figure of 215 offences and a difference of 3.87 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Swanage's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Swanage Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Swanage This Year

 SwanageDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24224.6525,48132.9434% safer
Bicycle Theft20.201,1631.50650% safer
Burglary212.142,9163.7776% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson565.706,2258.0541% safer
Drugs50.511,1991.55204% safer
Other Crime20.205350.69245% safer
Other Theft303.064,1485.3675% safer
Possession of Weapons10.103080.40300% safer
Public Order242.443,1584.0867% safer
Robbery30.313600.4752% safer
Shoplifting191.942,6263.3975% safer
Theft From the Person30.313300.4339% safer
Vehicle Crime171.733,6634.73173% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17718.0320,04125.9044% safer

Swanage Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lytchett Minster and Upton17820.4679% safer
Corfe Mullen22822.3164% safer
West Moors17623.0959% safer
Verwood51734.167% safer
Swanage36036.67-
Ferndown Town73739.056% more dangerous
Sherborne42743.1615% more dangerous
Gillingham52443.6116% more dangerous
Shaftesbury41846.7822% more dangerous
Blandford Forum52948.1324% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Swanage

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Swanage Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26211625Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.310.100.610.20Safer
Burglary2.02.11.72.1Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Drugs1.01.00.810.51Safer
Other Crime0.610.510.200.20Safer
Other Theft64.43.33.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.410.200.10Safer
Public Order1.23.13.32.4Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.100.100.200.31Getting worse
Shoplifting1.91.01.51.9Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.200.100.510.31Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.31.61.71.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16202218Safer

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 2020.

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
Swanage36.67-
Barnet67.7146% more dangerous
Coventry77.4153% more dangerous
Croydon83.2256% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8157% more dangerous
Bristol86.2157% more dangerous
Leicester97.4462% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8764% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2866% more dangerous
Bradford133.0272% more dangerous
Leeds137.1073% more dangerous

Crime in Swanage's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swanage36037First

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 5 safest small towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021