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Crime and Safety in Gloucester

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Gloucester is the most dangerous major town in Gloucestershire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 306 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gloucester in 2021 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gloucester is the 41st safest major town, and the 1,300th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Gloucester had the worst crime rate in Gloucestershire for bicycle theft, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Gloucester residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 48 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Gloucester recorded 31 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst for drugs in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Gloucester are violence and sexual offences, with 5,461 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 25% higher than 2020's figure of 4,122 offences and a difference of 9.08 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Gloucester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 65 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 9% from 2020's figure of 59 crimes.

Gloucester 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Gloucestershire

21% higher, regional crime rate

South West

2.1% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Gloucester is 21% higher than the South West and 2.1% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Gloucester Crime Rate Over Time

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Gloucester Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Gloucester represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Gloucester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20217410,974
2020659,602
20197711,337
20187110,465
2017649,514
2016598,649

Crime in Gloucester Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Gloucester This Year

 GloucesterGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,74238.9323,89225.91 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1761.195800.63 47% more dangerous
Burglary5063.432,7522.98 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0647.215,4295.89 18% more dangerous
Drugs3942.671,4101.53 43% more dangerous
Other Crime2331.581,1551.25 21% more dangerous
Other Theft7725.233,7584.08 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons910.623200.35 44% more dangerous
Public Order1,0797.314,9695.39 26% more dangerous
Robbery1180.803450.37 54% more dangerous
Shoplifting6604.472,8243.06 32% more dangerous
Theft From the Person650.442060.22 50% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3552.412,3272.52 4.6% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,46137.0222,24024.12 35% more dangerous

Gloucester Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham7,32662.5819% safer
Gloucester10,97474.40-

Crime Over Time in Gloucester

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Recent Crimes in Gloucester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Weston RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holmleigh RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tarrington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near All Saints' RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chatcombe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robinhood StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wentworth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hazelton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BarnfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Birchall AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pearwood WayAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Public orderOn or near Bristol RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Horseshoe WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Berry LawnUnable to prosecute suspect

Gloucester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37334939 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.82.21.21.2 Safer
Burglary64.83.43.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8877 Safer
Drugs2.03.02.92.7 Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.21.21.6 Getting worse
Other Theft7755 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.760.760.650.62 Safer
Public Order3.6767 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.10.940.80 Safer
Shoplifting884.44.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.850.920.400.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime963.62.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22282837 Getting worse

Changes In Gloucester's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Gloucester's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Gloucester that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy Family13-1-31114
Gloucester Park----300.24
King George V Playing Field--11-00.34

Comparing Gloucester to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9386% safer
Birmingham49.6050% safer
Barnet67.0811% safer
Gloucester74.40-
Croydon82.4810% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0317% more dangerous
Bristol90.5218% more dangerous
Leicester111.5933% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0640% more dangerous
Bradford132.2844% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% 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, Elmbridge, and Hucclecote.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbeymead & Abbeydale2703013th
Barton1,102134Third
Central Gloucester & Hempsted3,195317First
Coney Hill, Barnwood & Abbeydale94279Seventh
Elmbridge1833211th
Hucclecote2303112th
Kingsholm & Wotton1,411154Second
Longlevens26834Tenth
Lower Tuffley34560Ninth
Matson & Robinswood1,051118Fourth
Podsmead & Linden77387Sixth
Tredworth806101Fifth
Tuffley36862Eighth

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 (95)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (1,755)
Bicycle TheftTuffley (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (71)
BurglaryHucclecote (11)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (121)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAbbeymead & Abbeydale (25)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (216)
DrugsAbbeymead & Abbeydale (3)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (120)
Other CrimeAbbeymead & Abbeydale (6)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (45)
Other TheftHucclecote (12)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (238)
Possession of WeaponsHucclecote (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (37)
Public OrderAbbeymead & Abbeydale (16)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (396)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Abbeymead & Abbeydale (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (47)
ShopliftingTredworth (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (357)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Abbeymead & Abbeydale (1)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (34)
Vehicle CrimeAbbeymead & Abbeydale (7)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (69)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHucclecote (97)Central Gloucester & Hempsted (1,444)

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 161% 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-8%+161%+104%+19%+16%+34%+48%+72%+82%+52%
Bicycle Theft-57%-61%-61%-66%-37%-46%-24%-38%-48%-63%
Burglary-27%-27%-44%-30%-19%-54%-29%-52%-24%-30%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-33%-12%-31%-24%-17%-7%-1%-30%-33%
Drugs-10%+50%+68%-22%-28%-33%-3%+71%+23%-5%
Other Crime+10%+117%-41%+108%+13%-56%--19%-67%-
Other Theft-28%-35%-57%-5%-14%-57%-27%-46%-47%-4%
Possession of Weapons+57%-11%--33%-27%-8%-50%-20%+13%-50%
Public Order+23%+55%+72%+65%+32%-38%-25%-36%-54%-39%
Robbery-38%-13%-52%+44%-21%-61%-16%+75%-77%+8%
Shoplifting-40%-74%-70%-54%-53%-67%-29%-34%-45%-56%
Theft From the Person-45%+40%-55%-82%-79%-80%-76%-83%-56%-71%
Vehicle Crime-39%-59%-44%-29%-34%-40%-39%-12%-41%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+14%-14%-4%+22%+7%-12%-22%-16%-21%-19%

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).

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