Weymouth Crime Overview

Weymouth is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Dorset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Weymouth in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Weymouth is the 81st safest medium-sized town, and the 1,700th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Weymouth was the worst medium-sized town in Dorset for criminal damage and arson, with 42 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.76 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Weymouth residents, when it was Dorset's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Weymouth recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in Dorset that month.

The most common crimes in Weymouth are violence and sexual offences, with 1,836 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 2,069 offences and a difference of 4.22 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Weymouth's least common crime is robbery, with 24 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 40 crimes.

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Crime in Weymouth Compared To Dorset

Summary of Crimes in Weymouth This Year

 WeymouthDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,79750.6025,48132.9435% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft250.451,1631.50233% safer
Burglary1362.462,9163.7753% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5359.686,2258.0517% more dangerous
Drugs1602.891,1991.5546% more dangerous
Other Crime460.835350.6917% more dangerous
Other Theft2985.394,1485.360.56% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons330.603080.4033% more dangerous
Public Order2865.173,1584.0821% more dangerous
Robbery240.433600.479% safer
Shoplifting1031.862,6263.3982% safer
Theft From the Person290.523300.4317% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1152.083,6634.73127% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,83633.2120,04125.9022% more dangerous

Weymouth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Christchurch2,31340.9760% safer
Weymouth3,62665.59-

Crime Over Time in Weymouth

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Weymouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour56504151Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.82.01.10.45Safer
Burglary3.53.63.02.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11111210Safer
Drugs3.64.03.12.9Safer
Other Crime0.450.900.810.83Getting worse
Other Theft9975Safer
Possession of Weapons0.830.760.690.60Safer
Public Order3.0555Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.850.720.43Safer
Shoplifting674.21.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.690.710.52Safer
Vehicle Crime4.72.72.92.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27363733Safer

Changes In Weymouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Weymouth to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Weymouth65.59-
Barnet67.713.1% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Weymouth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Broadwey & Littlemoor44259Fourth
Westham North & Radipole57466Second
Westham South48164Third
Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell1,411144First
Weymouth West21742Sixth
Wyke Regis28050Fifth

Weymouth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Weymouth for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWeymouth West (111)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (1,456)
Bicycle TheftBroadwey & Littlemoor (1)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (13)
BurglaryWyke Regis (4)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (51)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWestham North & Radipole (57)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (233)
DrugsWeymouth West (4)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (68)
Other CrimeWeymouth West (3)Broadwey & Littlemoor (11)
Other TheftWeymouth West (11)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (114)
Possession of WeaponsWyke Regis (1)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (21)
Public OrderWeymouth West (17)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (116)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wyke Regis (1)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (10)
ShopliftingWestham North & Radipole (7)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (54)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wyke Regis (1)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (17)
Vehicle CrimeWeymouth West (6)Broadwey & Littlemoor (22)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWeymouth West (128)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (682)

Crime in Weymouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Weymouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Weymouth saw a 500% increase in other crime. Weymouth saw a large fall in other crime during August, when it fell by 89% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+65%+37%+58%+21%+16%+30%-1%+33%+26%
Bicycle Theft--71%-33%-25%-71%-+100%-83%--33%
Burglary-17%+33%-9%-65%-38%-44%+63%-6%-25%-21%
Criminal Damage and Arson+15%+10%-19%-8%-32%-21%-42%-29%-52%-18%
Drugs--15%-7%+22%-35%-75%+125%+30%-42%-43%
Other Crime+50%+100%+200%-50%+20%-89%+500%-80%+100%-50%
Other Theft-30%-30%-35%-46%-26%-41%+39%-21%+8%-10%
Possession of Weapons-33%+100%-25%+400%-17%+50%-25%-63%-67%-40%
Public Order-18%-26%-10%+50%-25%-4%+22%+47%+7%+6%
Robbery+50%-83%+100%-----50%-33%+67%
Shoplifting-56%-61%-71%-74%-60%-33%-63%-36%-56%-69%
Theft From the Person--50%-67%+150%-40%+100%-+25%--67%
Vehicle Crime-25%-80%-44%+20%-33%+25%-67%+27%-82%+47%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-30%-15%+3%-28%-17%+17%-21%-16%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Weymouth

What police force serves Weymouth?
Weymouth's local territorial police force is the Dorset Police.
How dangerous is Weymouth?
Weymouth is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Dorset.
What is Weymouth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Weymouth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Weymouth?
Weymouth's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021