Coleford Crime Overview

Coleford is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire, and is the 60th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 314 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Coleford in 2020 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 0.80% lower than the Gloucestershire rate of 46 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Coleford is the 338th safest small town, and the 3,502nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2018, Coleford was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2017 was also a bad month for Coleford residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Coleford recorded 3 reports of other crime during November 2017, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst small town for other crime in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Coleford are violence and sexual offences, with 204 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 169 offences and a difference of 3.83 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Coleford's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Coleford Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Coleford This Year

 ColefordGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38642.2830,53933.1222% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.118520.92736% safer
Burglary283.072,9043.152.6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson545.915,1605.605% more dangerous
Drugs171.861,6541.793.8% more dangerous
Other Crime80.888370.913.4% safer
Other Theft384.163,6423.955% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.222980.3245% safer
Public Order343.724,1194.4720% safer
Robbery30.333880.4227% safer
Shoplifting151.642,8023.0485% safer
Theft From the Person10.111860.2082% safer
Vehicle Crime161.753,1973.4798% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20422.3416,82218.2418% more dangerous

Coleford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Dodington30637.7522% safer
Dursley29838.9518% safer
West Dean42139.3617% safer
Stonehouse33741.9610% safer
Thornbury57543.167% safer
Coleford42146.11-
Stoke Gifford95647.162.2% more dangerous
Lydney44347.202.3% more dangerous
Cirencester99550.529% more dangerous
Yate1,14450.539% more dangerous
Tewkesbury60553.1913% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Coleford

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Recent Crimes in Coleford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Domby CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near QueenswayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Baynham'S WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near ParksideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near EdenwallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near EdenwallUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near EdenwallUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near EdenwallUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OakfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OakfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OakfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OakfieldsAction to be taken by another organisation
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OakfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Meads CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Vicarage CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021BurglaryOn or near Vicarage CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Other theftOn or near EdenwallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021BurglaryOn or near Kings MeadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Coleford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44363542Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.330.660.330.11Safer
Burglary3.7553.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson77116Safer
Drugs0.881.21.51.9Getting worse
Other Crime2.00.660.770.88Safer
Other Theft53.164.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.440.330.22Safer
Public Order2.61.83.33.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.440.330.33No change
Shoplifting651.81.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.660.330.220.11Safer
Vehicle Crime2.23.13.41.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17161922Getting worse

Changes In Coleford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Coleford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Coleford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bells Field1----10.57
Buchanan's Recreation Ground31--201.4
King George's Field2---111.3

Comparing Coleford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coleford46.11-
Barnet67.7132% more dangerous
Coventry77.4140% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2147% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Coleford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Coleford48044First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+168%+120%+13%-24%-24%+48%-11%-7%+71%
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%---50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order---50%+100%--64%-38%--+200%
Robbery---------+100%
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%+18%

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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021