Gloucester Crime Overview

Gloucester is the most dangerous major town in Gloucestershire, and the among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 267 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gloucester in 2020 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% higher than Gloucestershire's rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Gloucester ranks as the the 38th most dangerous major town, and the the 1,221st 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 27 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Gloucester residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 31 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Gloucester recorded 42 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for drugs in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Gloucester are violence and sexual offences, with 3,786 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 4,072 offences and a difference of 2.21 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Gloucester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 57 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 140% from 2019's figure of 137 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Gloucester This Year

 GloucesterGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,67651.7025,80337.3628% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1631.266030.8731% more dangerous
Burglary4703.642,1373.0915% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9317.213,7455.4225% more dangerous
Drugs3883.001,2681.8439% more dangerous
Other Crime1571.225520.8034% more dangerous
Other Theft7015.432,5283.6633% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons920.712350.3452% more dangerous
Public Order8906.892,6543.8444% more dangerous
Robbery1250.972810.4158% more dangerous
Shoplifting6054.691,8852.7342% more dangerous
Theft From the Person570.441440.2152% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4843.752,2013.1915% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,78629.3212,08517.5040% more dangerous

Gloucester Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cheltenham5,92650.9535% safer
Gloucester8,84968.53-

Gloucester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51433852Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.23.12.51.3Safer
Burglary5763.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9997Safer
Drugs2.32.43.43.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.851.11.41.2Getting worse
Other Theft8885Safer
Possession of Weapons0.770.870.870.71Safer
Public Order3.64.187Getting worse
Robbery1.01.31.20.97Safer
Shoplifting10994.7Safer
Theft From the Person0.970.971.10.44Safer
Vehicle Crime81073.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22253229Getting worse

Comparing Gloucester to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Gloucester68.53-
Coventry71.504.2% more dangerous
Sheffield73.997% more dangerous
Kirklees74.238% more dangerous
Croydon77.1811% more dangerous
Bradford79.1913% more dangerous
London80.7015% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0223% more dangerous
Bristol91.5725% more dangerous
Leeds91.9025% more dangerous
Leicester102.5133% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9435% more dangerous

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.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021