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Crime and Safety in West Dean, Gloucestershire

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West Dean is among the top 10 safest small towns in Gloucestershire, and is the 102nd most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 305 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in West Dean in 2021 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 29% lower than the Gloucestershire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, West Dean is the 201st safest small town, and the 4,641st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, West Dean was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for robbery, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for West Dean residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. West Dean recorded 7 reports of bicycle theft during June 2019, making its crime rate of 0.65 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in West Dean are violence and sexual offences, with 258 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 227 offences and a difference of 2.90 from 2020's crime rate of 21. West Dean's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

West Dean 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Gloucestershire

45% lower, regional crime rate

South West

89% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in West Dean is 45% lower than the South West and 89% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

West Dean Crime Rate Over Time

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West Dean Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for West Dean

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202140433
202039421
201931332
201825271
201727290
201620218

Crime in West Dean Compared To Gloucestershire

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Summary of Crimes in West Dean This Year

 West DeanGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27025.2423,89225.91 2.7% safer
Bicycle Theft90.845800.63 25% more dangerous
Burglary111.032,7522.98 189% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson534.965,4295.89 19% safer
Drugs111.031,4101.53 49% safer
Other Crime60.561,1551.25 123% safer
Other Theft242.243,7584.08 82% safer
Possession of Weapons10.093200.35 289% safer
Public Order423.934,9695.39 37% safer
Robbery50.473450.37 21% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime131.222,3272.52 107% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25824.1222,24024.120% safer

West Dean Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cam26931.2230% safer
Downend and Bromley Heath42934.1319% safer
Bishop's Cleeve47334.4518% safer
Churchdown40735.5814% safer
Winterbourne36738.186% safer
West Dean43340.48-
Thornbury57543.166% more dangerous
Mangotsfield Rural69548.2916% more dangerous
Dursley37048.3716% more dangerous
Stoke Gifford98648.6417% more dangerous
Yate1,19752.8723% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in West Dean

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Recent Crimes in West Dean

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Princess Royal RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knockley PatchLocal resolution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Holly LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near High RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Badgers WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brierley WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near OaklandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Badgers WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Trenchard RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Michaels WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hawthorn DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Michaels WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coverham CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Poole CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Park HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kells RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parkend RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Spruce RideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

West Dean Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21173625 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.192.30.840.84 Safer
Burglary1.93.82.91.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.44.255.0 Getting worse
Drugs0.841.30.841.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.470.560.840.56 Getting worse
Other Theft2.72.72.72.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.090.560.09No change
Public Order0.471.02.53.9 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.09--0.47 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.92.31.51.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12122124 Getting worse

Changes In West Dean's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in West Dean's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
New Fancy View11--120.52

Comparing West Dean to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
West Dean40.48-
Barnet67.0840% more dangerous
Croydon82.4851% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0555% more dangerous
Bristol90.5255% more dangerous
Coventry102.2460% more dangerous
Leicester111.5964% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0667% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6469% more dangerous
Bradford132.2869% more dangerous
Leeds150.9473% more dangerous

Crime in West Dean's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bream, Pillowell & Yorkley37544First

Crime in West Dean During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in West Dean change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when West Dean saw a 600% increase in anti-social behaviour. West Dean saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 80% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+31%+306%+600%+140%+30%+189%-46%+119%+267%+94%
Bicycle Theft----------75%
Burglary-----+33%-50%-75%-80%+25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+175%+350%+50%-67%+75%-57%--60%-57%
Drugs--+50%---+100%---
Other Crime------+100%+200%-+100%
Other Theft+33%-+150%+100%----33%-60%+200%
Public Order------50%-25%--67%-
Vehicle Crime---67%-67%-80%-50%-50%---
Violence and Sexual Offences+129%+18%+100%+6%+122%+20%+108%+50%+38%+50%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in West Dean

What police force serves West Dean?
West Dean's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.

How dangerous is West Dean?
West Dean is among the top 10 safest small towns in Gloucestershire.

What is West Dean's most common crime?
The most common crimes in West Dean are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in West Dean?
West Dean's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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