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Crime and Safety in Weymouth, Dorset

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Weymouth is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Dorset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Dorset's 250 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Weymouth in 2021 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dorset's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Dorset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Weymouth is the 83rd safest medium-sized town, and the 1,663rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2017, Weymouth had the worst crime rate in Dorset for possession of weapons, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Weymouth are violence and sexual offences, with 1,904 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 1,798 offences and a difference of 1.91 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Weymouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 19 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 53% from 2020's figure of 29 crimes.

Weymouth 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Dorset

14% higher, regional crime rate

South West

12% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Weymouth is 14% higher than the South West and 12% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Weymouth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Weymouth 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 Weymouth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021683,758
2020643,561
2019774,283
2018814,496
2017723,956
2016693,806

Crime in Weymouth Compared To Dorset

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Summary of Crimes in Weymouth This Year

 WeymouthDorset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,14338.7721,13727.32 30% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft450.811,1311.46 80% safer
Burglary1462.642,7573.56 35% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5179.355,9497.69 18% more dangerous
Drugs1452.621,0411.35 48% more dangerous
Other Crime420.764280.55 28% more dangerous
Other Theft2634.764,2215.46 15% safer
Possession of Weapons300.542510.32 41% more dangerous
Public Order4077.363,7884.90 33% more dangerous
Robbery220.403500.45 12% safer
Shoplifting1332.412,3913.09 28% safer
Theft From the Person190.342650.340% safer
Vehicle Crime851.543,5724.62 200% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,90434.4420,62126.65 23% more dangerous

Weymouth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Christchurch2,53844.9551% safer
Weymouth3,75867.98-

Crime Over Time in Weymouth

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Recent Crimes in Weymouth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Khartoum RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Doncaster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Camp RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near South ParadeOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kingfisher CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aynsley CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Primula CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bincombe RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near GreenhillOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nutgrove AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Franklin CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Overcombe DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ryemead LaneAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Abbotsbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wooperton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Khartoum RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rodwell RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dahlia CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Canberra RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Weymouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour50405039 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.01.10.450.81 Safer
Burglary3.52.92.42.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1112109 Safer
Drugs3.93.12.82.6 Safer
Other Crime0.900.810.810.76 Getting worse
Other Theft8754.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.740.630.580.54 Safer
Public Order5.0557 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.830.720.430.40 Safer
Shoplifting74.21.92.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.690.710.520.34 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.82.01.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35373334 Getting worse

Changes In Weymouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Weymouth to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.081.3% safer
Weymouth67.98-
Croydon82.4818% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0525% more dangerous
Bristol90.5225% more dangerous
Coventry102.2434% more dangerous
Leicester111.5939% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0645% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6448% more dangerous
Bradford132.2849% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Weymouth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Broadwey & Littlemoor49366Second
Westham North & Radipole42949Fourth
Westham South49165Third
Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell1,711175First
Weymouth West17634Sixth
Wyke Regis26147Fifth

Weymouth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWeymouth West (69)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (1,194)
Bicycle TheftBroadwey & Littlemoor (2)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (25)
BurglaryWestham North & Radipole (10)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (58)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWeymouth West (23)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (224)
DrugsWeymouth West (3)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (85)
Other CrimeWestham North & Radipole (1)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (16)
Other TheftWeymouth West (8)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (95)
Possession of WeaponsWestham North & Radipole (1)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (20)
Public OrderWeymouth West (13)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (198)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Westham South (1)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (13)
ShopliftingWeymouth West (2)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (65)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Westham South (2)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (16)
Vehicle CrimeWestham South (9)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (23)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWeymouth West (100)Weymouth Town, Melcombe Regis & Rodwell (873)

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 vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+64%+37%+58%+23%+15%+28%-2%+35%+24%
Bicycle Theft--71%-33%-25%-71%-+100%-83%--33%
Burglary-17%+50%-9%-65%-33%-44%+38%-6%-27%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson+17%+10%-15%-6%-32%-21%-41%-32%-54%-18%
Drugs-5%-15%-13%+38%-35%-75%+100%+30%-36%-50%
Other Crime-+100%+200%-50%+20%-89%+500%-80%+100%-50%
Other Theft-30%-26%-32%-46%-26%-40%+39%-21%+8%-7%
Possession of Weapons-33%--25%+400%-33%+50%-25%-57%-50%-40%
Public Order-23%-26%-7%+50%-25%-4%+19%+47%+7%-
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%-90%-50%+20%-33%+25%-67%+40%-82%+47%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%-28%-13%+1%-29%-17%+15%-19%-16%-18%

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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