Ringwood Crime Overview

Ringwood is the third most dangerous small town in Hampshire, and is the 49th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ringwood in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ringwood is the 270th most dangerous small town, and the 1,840th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Ringwood was the worst small town in Hampshire for burglary, with 21 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Ringwood residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Ringwood recorded 13 reports of vehicle crime during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.89 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ringwood are violence and sexual offences, with 312 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 287 offences and a difference of 1.72 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Ringwood's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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See how Ringwood shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Ringwood and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Ringwood Compared To Hampshire

Summary of Crimes in Ringwood This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21214.5133,04017.8623% safer
Bicycle Theft80.552,4151.31138% safer
Burglary1429.728,2094.4454% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson15810.8113,5517.3332% more dangerous
Drugs211.444,8442.6282% safer
Other Crime110.752,3661.2871% safer
Other Theft664.528,1904.432.0% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons60.411,7250.93127% safer
Public Order684.6515,5268.3980% safer
Robbery20.141,1700.63350% safer
Shoplifting322.197,9204.2895% safer
Theft From the Person40.277910.4359% safer
Vehicle Crime976.647,4604.0339% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences31221.3655,48129.9940% safer

Ringwood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Alton1,07655.9213% safer
Romsey82856.6312% safer
Whitehill75858.608% safer
Petersfield90658.648% safer
Fawley86061.223.6% safer
Lymington and Pennington1,04463.760.49% more dangerous
Hound53470.5710% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ringwood

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Ringwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1891315Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.960.620.680.55Safer
Burglary99810Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1011911Getting worse
Drugs0.620.550.681.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.820.960.750.75Safer
Other Theft7764.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.620.550.41Safer
Public Order6664.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.340.270.14Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.340.550.27Safer
Vehicle Crime6577Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15172021Getting worse

Changes In Ringwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ringwood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.716% more dangerous
Coventry77.4118% more dangerous
Croydon83.2224% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8126% more dangerous
Bristol86.2126% more dangerous
Leicester97.4435% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8738% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0252% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Ringwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ringwood South66782First

Crime in Ringwood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ringwood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Ringwood saw a 300% increase in drugs. Ringwood saw a large fall in public order during April, when it fell by 93% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+25%-79%+33%+26%+42%+100%+20%-10%+14%-53%
Bicycle Theft----50%-50%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%+14%-75%+143%+90%-27%+44%+150%-33%-47%
Other Crime-33%--50%--+50%----
Other Theft+67%-50%-38%+17%-29%--14%-33%-67%-70%
Possession of Weapons---50%-------
Public Order-63%-93%-50%-27%+20%+73%+167%+100%--67%
Theft From the Person-50%---------
Vehicle Crime-75%-50%-38%-40%+250%-28%-+267%+29%-76%
Violence and Sexual Offences--24%+63%+35%+61%+7%+23%-10%+19%-67%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ringwood

What police force serves Ringwood?
Ringwood's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Ringwood?
Ringwood is the third most dangerous small town in Hampshire.
What is Ringwood's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ringwood are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ringwood?
Ringwood's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021