Coleford Crime Overview

Coleford is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire, and the the 44th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 267 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Coleford in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 0.94% lower than Gloucestershire's rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Coleford ranks as the the 291st safest small town, and the the 3,324th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Coleford was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Coleford residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Coleford recorded 1 report of theft from the person during February 2017, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for theft from the person in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Coleford are violence and sexual offences, with 191 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 169 offences and a difference of 2.41 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Coleford's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Coleford This Year

 ColefordGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36239.6525,80337.366% more dangerous
Burglary283.072,1373.090.65% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson535.813,7455.427% more dangerous
Drugs161.751,2681.845% safer
Other Crime70.775520.803.9% safer
Other Theft374.052,5283.6610% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.222350.3455% safer
Public Order313.402,6543.8413% safer
Robbery10.112810.41273% safer
Shoplifting151.641,8852.7366% safer
Theft From the Person10.111440.2191% safer
Vehicle Crime151.642,2013.1995% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19120.9212,08517.5016% more dangerous

Coleford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Charlton Kings34532.8532% safer
Dursley27435.8221% safer
West Dean38435.9021% safer
Brockworth34838.7612% safer
Lydney39642.193.1% safer
Coleford39743.48-
Quedgeley1,02146.386% more dangerous
Cirencester94848.1310% more dangerous
Tewkesbury54948.2610% more dangerous
Cinderford46050.8214% more dangerous
Stroud1,11880.8546% more dangerous

Coleford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44363540Getting worse
Burglary3.7553.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson77116Safer
Drugs0.881.21.51.8Getting worse
Other Crime2.00.660.770.77Safer
Other Theft53.164.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.440.330.22Safer
Public Order2.61.83.33.4Getting worse
Robbery0.220.440.330.11Safer
Shoplifting651.81.6Safer
Theft From the Person0.660.330.220.11Safer
Vehicle Crime2.23.13.41.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17161921Getting worse

Comparing Coleford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Coleford43.48-
Coventry71.5039% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9941% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2341% more dangerous
Croydon77.1844% more dangerous
Bradford79.1945% more dangerous
London80.7046% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0251% more dangerous
Bristol91.5753% more dangerous
Leeds91.9053% more dangerous
Leicester102.5158% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Coleford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Coleford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Coleford saw a 300% increase in shoplifting. Coleford saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+168%+120%+13%-24%-24%+48%-11%-7%
Burglary-33%--50%-33%-50%-25%-75%--86%
Criminal Damage and Arson-54%-73%-89%-69%-33%+14%---60%
Drugs----+200%----
Other Crime-----50%--50%--
Other Theft--83%-75%-43%+17%-60%-67%--
Possession of Weapons---------
Public Order---50%+100%--64%-38%--
Shoplifting-80%-50%---+200%+300%--
Theft From the Person---------
Vehicle Crime-75%---83%-+50%-75%+200%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+100%+36%-8%+122%+45%-4%-38%-+14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Coleford

What police force serves Coleford?
Coleford's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Coleford?
Coleford is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire.
What is Coleford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Coleford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Coleford?
Coleford's least common crime is robbery.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021