Gloucester Crime Overview

Gloucester is the most dangerous major town in Gloucestershire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 314 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gloucester in 2020 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 46 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gloucester is the 38th safest major town, and the 1,409th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Gloucester had the worst crime rate in Gloucestershire for bicycle theft, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Gloucester residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 52 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Gloucester recorded 53 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.36 the worst for drugs in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Gloucester are violence and sexual offences, with 4,430 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 0.99% higher than 2019's figure of 4,386 offences and a difference of 0.30 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Gloucester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 59 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 129% from 2019's figure of 135 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Gloucester This Year

 GloucesterGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,77252.6930,53933.1237% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1861.268520.9227% more dangerous
Burglary5373.642,9043.1513% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0617.195,1605.6022% more dangerous
Drugs5373.641,6541.7951% more dangerous
Other Crime1941.328370.9131% more dangerous
Other Theft8255.593,6423.9529% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1030.702980.3254% more dangerous
Public Order1,0056.814,1194.4734% more dangerous
Robbery1481.003880.4258% more dangerous
Shoplifting7104.812,8023.0437% more dangerous
Theft From the Person590.401860.2050% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5543.763,1973.478% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,43030.0316,82218.2439% more dangerous

Crime in Gloucester Compared To Gloucestershire

Gloucester Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham7,22861.7414% safer
Gloucester10,34970.16-

Gloucester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48403553Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.02.92.31.3Safer
Burglary5653.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8897Safer
Drugs2.72.43.53.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.821.11.31.3Getting worse
Other Theft8776Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.780.840.70Safer
Public Order3.43.777Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.921.21.11.0Safer
Shoplifting9884.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.860.880.920.40Safer
Vehicle Crime7963.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21243030Getting worse

Changes In Gloucester's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Gloucester to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.713.6% safer
Gloucester70.16-
Coventry77.419% more dangerous
Croydon83.2216% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8118% more dangerous
Bristol86.2119% more dangerous
Leicester97.4428% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8732% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2835% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1049% more dangerous

Crime in Gloucester's Neighbourhoods

Central Gloucester & Hempsted is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Gloucester, followed by Kingsholm & Wotton in second place, and Barton as the third most dangerous area. Gloucester's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Abbeymead & Abbeydale, Hucclecote, and Longlevens.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbeymead & Abbeydale2482712th
Barton999121Third
Central Gloucester & Hempsted2,834281First
Coney Hill, Barnwood & Abbeydale78466Seventh
Elmbridge20836Tenth
Hucclecote1652213th
Kingsholm & Wotton1,239136Second
Longlevens2172711th
Lower Tuffley27348Ninth
Matson & Robinswood82492Fourth
Podsmead & Linden65974Sixth
Tredworth69888Fifth
Tuffley38064Eighth

Gloucester Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourElmbridge (114)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (1,913)
Bicycle TheftLonglevens (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (82)
BurglaryLower Tuffley (15)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (106)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHucclecote (12)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (216)
DrugsLonglevens (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (133)
Other CrimeAbbeymead & Abbeydale (2)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (45)
Other TheftAbbeymead & Abbeydale (15)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (260)
Possession of WeaponsAbbeymead & Abbeydale (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (30)
Public OrderHucclecote (14)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (346)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Longlevens (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (53)
ShopliftingElmbridge (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (377)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Abbeymead & Abbeydale (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (26)
Vehicle CrimeHucclecote (11)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (83)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHucclecote (73)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (1,077)

Crime in Gloucester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gloucester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Gloucester saw a 174% increase in anti-social behaviour. Gloucester saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 83% compared to October in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Gloucester's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+174%+108%+24%+14%+34%+45%+72%+90%+52%
Bicycle Theft-57%-58%-58%-68%-36%-46%-19%-38%-48%-63%
Burglary-29%-25%-45%-31%-12%-53%-33%-50%-28%-32%
Criminal Damage and Arson+2%-33%-19%-34%-25%-19%-6%-4%-31%-33%
Drugs-6%+52%+77%-15%-19%-28%-+47%+21%+13%
Other Crime+27%+129%-44%+87%+6%-43%--21%-44%+6%
Other Theft-23%-38%-55%-2%-13%-53%-22%-47%-46%-10%
Possession of Weapons+20%-11%-10%+14%-42%-8%-41%-18%--57%
Public Order+16%+51%+57%+52%+31%-37%-27%-36%-52%-37%
Robbery-38%-13%-52%+44%+5%-58%-5%+75%-77%+8%
Shoplifting-36%-75%-67%-52%-48%-65%-29%-39%-42%-58%
Theft From the Person-45%+40%-55%-82%-79%-80%-76%-83%-56%-71%
Vehicle Crime-40%-59%-51%-34%-25%-42%-28%-17%-43%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-12%-5%+21%+4%-13%-23%-19%-16%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gloucester

What police force serves Gloucester?
Gloucester's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Gloucester?
Gloucester is the most dangerous major town in Gloucestershire.
What is Gloucester's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Gloucester are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Gloucester?
Gloucester's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021