West Moors Crime Overview

West Moors is the third safest small town in Dorset, and is the 115th safest overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in West Moors in 2020 was 23 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 161% lower than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, West Moors is the 59th safest small town, and the 3,360th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, West Moors was the worst small town in Dorset for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2017 was also a bad month for West Moors residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. West Moors recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during October 2016, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in West Moors are violence and sexual offences, with 79 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 20% lower than 2019's figure of 95 offences and a difference of 2.10 from 2019's crime rate of 12. West Moors's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020.

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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 Behaviour12916.9225,48132.9495% safer
Bicycle Theft20.261,1631.50477% safer
Burglary151.972,9163.7791% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson222.896,2258.05179% safer
Drugs70.921,1991.5568% safer
Other Crime20.265350.69165% safer
Other Theft212.754,1485.3695% safer
Public Order131.713,1584.08139% safer
Robbery20.263600.4781% safer
Shoplifting50.662,6263.39414% safer
Vehicle Crime81.053,6634.73350% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7910.3620,04125.90150% safer

West Moors Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lytchett Minster and Upton17820.4613% safer
Corfe Mullen22822.313.5% safer
West Moors17623.09-
Verwood51734.1632% more dangerous
Swanage36036.6737% more dangerous
Ferndown Town73739.0541% more dangerous
Sherborne42743.1647% more dangerous
Gillingham52443.6147% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in West Moors

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West Moors Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1311717Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.13-0.26No change
Burglary2.12.12.12.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.54.52.82.9Safer
Drugs0.390.130.130.92Getting worse
Other Crime0.390.260.790.26Safer
Other Theft4.13.02.92.8Safer
Public Order2.01.61.21.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.130.130.26Getting worse
Shoplifting1.60.39-0.66Safer
Vehicle Crime2.01.01.21.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7131210Safer

Changes In West Moors's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing West Moors to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
West Moors23.09-
Barnet67.7166% more dangerous
Coventry77.4170% more dangerous
Croydon83.2272% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8173% more dangerous
Bristol86.2173% more dangerous
Leicester97.4476% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8778% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2878% more dangerous
Bradford133.0283% more dangerous
Leeds137.1083% more dangerous

Crime in West Moors's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
West Moors17623First

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 third 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021