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Crime and Safety in Verwood

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Verwood is the third safest small towns in Dorset, and is the 75th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Verwood in 2021 was 36 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 70% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Verwood is the 143rd safest small town, and the 5,525th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Verwood was the worst small town in Dorset for criminal damage and arson, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Verwood residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Verwood recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Verwood are violence and sexual offences, with 241 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 3.7% higher than 2020's figure of 232 offences and a difference of 0.59 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Verwood's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021.

Verwood 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Dorset

65% lower, regional crime rate

South West

115% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Verwood is 65% lower than the South West and 115% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Verwood Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Verwood 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 Verwood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202136538
202034517
201938577
201834521
201732477
201627410

Crime in Verwood Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Verwood This Year

 VerwoodDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26317.3821,13727.32 57% safer
Bicycle Theft50.331,1311.46 342% safer
Burglary332.182,7573.56 63% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1036.815,9497.69 13% safer
Drugs40.261,0411.35 419% safer
Other Crime100.664280.55 17% more dangerous
Other Theft563.704,2215.46 48% safer
Possession of Weapons40.262510.32 23% safer
Public Order372.443,7884.90 101% safer
Robbery20.133500.45 246% safer
Shoplifting70.462,3913.09 572% safer
Vehicle Crime362.383,5724.62 94% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24115.9220,62126.65 67% safer

Verwood Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Corfe Mullen25124.5645% safer
West Moors22229.1222% safer
Verwood53835.55-
Lytchett Minster and Upton32237.013.9% more dangerous
Sherborne42542.9617% more dangerous
Blandford Forum49244.7621% more dangerous
Swanage44445.2321% more dangerous
Gillingham54445.2821% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Verwood

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Recent Crimes in Verwood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Stephens LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Home Farm RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Brunel CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Monmouth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shard CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Redmans ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peel CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brook DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Caradon PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Camellia CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Virginia CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodpecker CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Virginia CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peel CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chiltern DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lake RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Evergreen CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Other theftOn or near Broad Mead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Manor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Verwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12101717 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.400.260.200.33 Safer
Burglary4.03.92.82.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6667 Getting worse
Drugs0.330.330.730.26 Safer
Other Crime0.590.460.260.66 Getting worse
Other Theft3.863.43.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.260.130.26 Getting worse
Public Order2.22.22.22.4 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.070.07-0.13 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.31.10.260.46 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.82.12.32.4 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences13161516 Getting worse

Changes In Verwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Verwood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Verwood35.55-
Barnet67.0847% more dangerous
Croydon82.4857% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0561% more dangerous
Bristol90.5261% more dangerous
Coventry102.2465% more dangerous
Leicester111.5968% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0671% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6473% more dangerous
Bradford132.2873% more dangerous
Leeds150.9476% more dangerous

Crime in Verwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Verwood23231Second
West Verwood30640First

Crime in Verwood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Verwood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Verwood saw a 300% increase in burglary. Verwood saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 92% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+73%+83%+92%+136%+100%+118%+8%+90%+109%+100%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--25%-50%-92%-40%-88%-25%-71%+300%+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson--63%+10%+10%+200%-17%--+33%+25%
Drugs+100%----+200%----
Other Theft-44%-71%-50%+133%-70%-67%-77%-25%-+50%
Public Order+150%-33%+100%-83%-50%+33%-50%-40%+200%+100%
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime-40%-83%-+100%+250%+100%-80%-+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-22%+73%-17%-21%+127%+20%-18%-44%-23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Verwood

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

How dangerous is Verwood?
Verwood is the third safest small town in Dorset.

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

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

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