Dursley Crime Overview

Dursley is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire, and is the 95th most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 314 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dursley in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than the Gloucestershire rate of 46 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dursley is the 233rd safest small town, and the 4,605th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Dursley was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for other crime, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Dursley residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Dursley recorded 3 reports of robbery during December 2017, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst small town for robbery in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Dursley are violence and sexual offences, with 114 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 4.4% lower than 2019's figure of 119 offences and a difference of 0.66 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Dursley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Dursley Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Dursley This Year

 DursleyGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31741.4430,53933.1220% more dangerous
Burglary222.882,9043.159% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson547.065,1605.6021% more dangerous
Drugs101.311,6541.7937% safer
Other Crime101.318370.9131% more dangerous
Other Theft121.573,6423.95152% safer
Possession of Weapons40.522980.3238% more dangerous
Public Order364.714,1194.475% more dangerous
Robbery30.393880.428% safer
Shoplifting212.752,8023.0411% safer
Theft From the Person10.131860.2054% safer
Vehicle Crime111.443,1973.47141% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11414.9016,82218.2422% safer

Dursley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Downend and Bromley Heath31725.2254% safer
Cam22926.5847% safer
Bradley Stoke65230.1929% safer
Winterbourne35737.144.9% safer
Dodington30637.753.2% safer
Dursley29838.95-
West Dean42139.361.0% more dangerous
Stonehouse33741.967% more dangerous
Thornbury57543.1610% more dangerous
Coleford42146.1116% more dangerous
Stoke Gifford95647.1617% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dursley

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Recent Crimes in Dursley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Castle StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bull PitchUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021RobberyOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near School RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Kings DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harrolds CloseOffender given a caution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harrolds CloseOffender given a caution
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Second AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Second AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other theftOn or near Rosebery MountUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oak DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rowan GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near Rowan GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Long StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021BurglaryOn or near Welling CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Other theftOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bull PitchUnable to prosecute suspect

Dursley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33382241Getting worse
Burglary2.82.61.62.9Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson91077Safer
Drugs1.60.520.781.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.780.261.3Getting worse
Other Theft4.350.921.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.260.520.390.52Getting worse
Public Order1.61.81.84.7Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.520.390.390.39Safer
Shoplifting3.073.02.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.390.260.13Safer
Vehicle Crime2.12.12.41.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11131615Getting worse

Changes In Dursley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Dursley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Dursley38.95-
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4150% more dangerous
Croydon83.2253% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8155% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% more dangerous

Crime in Dursley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dursley29839First

Crime in Dursley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dursley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Dursley saw a 744% increase in anti-social behaviour. Dursley saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-55%+744%+147%+11%+76%+20%+20%+229%+92%+525%
Burglary----+400%---75%-33%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-86%+100%-67%-+40%-25%+133%-57%-20%-67%
Drugs---+100%---50%---
Other Crime----------
Other Theft----+200%--50%---
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-+100%-+300%+33%--33%---33%
Shoplifting---83%---50%+200%-+200%-50%
Vehicle Crime--+100%--50%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences--43%-10%-39%+156%-46%---25%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dursley

What police force serves Dursley?
Dursley's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Dursley?
Dursley is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Gloucestershire.
What is Dursley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dursley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Dursley?
Dursley's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021