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Crime and Safety in West Moors

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West Moors is the second safest small town in Dorset, and is the 95th most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in West Moors in 2021 was 29 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 108% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, West Moors is the 104th safest small town, and the 4,357th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, West Moors was the worst small town in Dorset for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for West Moors residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. West Moors recorded 1 report of robbery during November 2018, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for robbery in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in West Moors are violence and sexual offences, with 91 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 79 offences and a difference of 1.58 from 2020's crime rate of 10. West Moors's least common crime is other crime, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

West Moors 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Dorset

102% lower, regional crime rate

South West

162% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in West Moors is 102% lower than the South West and 162% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

West Moors Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in West Moors 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 West Moors

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202129222
202023176
201924181
201827204
201725187
201625190

Crime in West Moors Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in West Moors This Year

 West MoorsDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11114.5621,13727.32 88% safer
Bicycle Theft40.521,1311.46 181% safer
Burglary243.152,7573.56 13% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson314.075,9497.69 89% safer
Drugs50.661,0411.35 105% safer
Other Crime10.134280.55 323% safer
Other Theft172.234,2215.46 145% safer
Public Order212.753,7884.90 78% safer
Shoplifting60.792,3913.09 291% safer
Vehicle Crime222.893,5724.62 60% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9111.9420,62126.65 123% safer

West Moors Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Corfe Mullen25124.5619% safer
West Moors22229.12-
Verwood53835.5518% more dangerous
Lytchett Minster and Upton32237.0121% more dangerous
Sherborne42542.9632% more dangerous
Blandford Forum49244.7635% more dangerous
Swanage44445.2336% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in West Moors

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Recent Crimes in West Moors

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ringwood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ringwood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hardy CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Knightstone GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Kings CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bond AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mary LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hardy CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Compton CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hardy CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Merino WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near The AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shaftesbury CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bramble CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Pennington CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ringwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

West Moors Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1171715 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.13-0.260.52 Getting worse
Burglary2.12.12.03.2 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson4.52.82.94.1 Getting worse
Drugs0.130.130.920.66 Getting worse
Other Crime0.260.790.260.13 Safer
Other Theft3.02.92.82.2 Safer
Public Order1.61.21.72.8 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.39-0.660.79 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.01.21.02.9 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences13121012 Getting worse

Changes In West Moors's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing West Moors to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
West Moors29.12-
Barnet67.0857% more dangerous
Croydon82.4865% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0568% more dangerous
Bristol90.5268% more dangerous
Coventry102.2472% more dangerous
Leicester111.5974% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0676% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6478% more dangerous
Bradford132.2878% more dangerous
Leeds150.9481% more dangerous

Crime in West Moors's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
West Moors22229First

Crime in West Moors During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in West Moors change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when West Moors saw a 200% increase in anti-social behaviour. West Moors saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during December, when it fell by 81% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+40%+200%-+150%+100%+67%+114%+100%+117%+200%
Burglary+33%-75%-----50%-+100%-
Criminal Damage and Arson---50%+100%-63%--67%+100%+100%-
Drugs----------
Other Theft-40%-+100%+100%-50%---+100%-
Public Order------+50%---
Vehicle Crime-50%------+50%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+33%+25%+57%-33%-43%+38%+71%-60%-80%-81%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in West Moors

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

How dangerous is West Moors?
West Moors is the second safest small town in Dorset.

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

What is the least common crime in West Moors?
West Moors's least common crime is other crime.

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