Bath Crime Overview

Bath is the safest major town in Somerset, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bath in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bath is the 25th safest major town, and the 1,895th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Bath had the worst crime rate in Somerset for burglary, with 38 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Bath residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Bath recorded 69 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.67 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Bath are violence and sexual offences, with 2,133 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 2,344 offences and a difference of 2.03 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Bath's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 32 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 16% from 2019's figure of 37 crimes.

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Crime in Bath Compared To Somerset

Summary of Crimes in Bath This Year

 BathSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,05019.7817,23917.7610% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1171.136600.6840% more dangerous
Burglary3633.503,2773.383.4% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7206.956,5376.743.0% more dangerous
Drugs1381.331,3331.373.0% safer
Other Crime800.779250.9523% safer
Other Theft5845.644,5004.6418% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons320.313880.4029% safer
Public Order9559.228,5298.794.7% more dangerous
Robbery1121.085260.5450% more dangerous
Shoplifting7527.263,3153.4253% more dangerous
Theft From the Person600.582520.2655% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4244.093,0463.1423% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,13320.5923,22123.9316% safer

Bath Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bath6,47062.44-
Weston-Super-Mare7,77087.8129% more dangerous
Taunton5,64589.0530% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bath

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Bath Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25222120Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.71.31.1Safer
Burglary564.63.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6767Getting worse
Drugs0.930.731.21.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.570.690.560.77Getting worse
Other Theft7786Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.270.360.31Getting worse
Public Order99109Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.750.650.771.1Getting worse
Shoplifting7887Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.801.30.58Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.03.24.1Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21212321Safer

Changes In Bath's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bath's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bath that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Alexandra Park61--112.0
Backstones Open Space2-3-5624
Beacon Hill Common1----01.8
Beacon Hill Play Area1----023
Combe Down Rugby Football Club----212.0
Hedgemead Park72---04.4
Lansdown Cricket Club4-21258
Parade Gardens71---08
Royal Victoria Park12----30.70
Sydney Gardens7-2--12.6

Comparing Bath to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bath62.44-
Barnet67.718% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Bath's Neighbourhoods

Central Bath & Lansdown is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bath, followed by Twerton in second place, and Kingsmead as the third most dangerous area. Bath's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Lambridge & Fairfield Park, Weston, and Widcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bloomfield28952Ninth
Central Bath & Lansdown1,630144First
Combe Down32054Seventh
Kingsmead783117Third
Lambridge & Fairfield Park1963412th
Newbridge38164Fourth
Odd Down33055Sixth
Oldfield Park East27847Tenth
Oldfield Park West3294211th
Southdown34362Fifth
Twerton718124Second
Walcot32854Eighth
Weston1642914th
Widcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down3922913th

Bath Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWeston (40)Central Bath & Lansdown (577)
Bicycle TheftWeston (1)Central Bath & Lansdown (48)
BurglarySouthdown (9)Central Bath & Lansdown (83)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWidcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (50)Twerton (109)
DrugsBloomfield (1)Central Bath & Lansdown (39)
Other CrimeWidcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (4)Twerton (12)
Other TheftWeston (6)Central Bath & Lansdown (166)
Possession of WeaponsCombe Down (1)Kingsmead (6)
Public OrderWeston (12)Central Bath & Lansdown (280)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Southdown (1)Kingsmead (21)
ShopliftingWeston (5)Central Bath & Lansdown (294)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Combe Down (1)Central Bath & Lansdown (33)
Vehicle CrimeWidcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (27)Odd Down (47)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWidcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (106)Twerton (257)

Crime in Bath During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bath change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Bath saw a 400% increase in theft from the person. Bath saw a large fall in theft from the person during December, when it fell by 87% compared to December in 2019. Rates of burglary and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Bath's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%+5%+12%+23%-2%-6%+7%-5%+10%+37%
Bicycle Theft-44%--40%+60%-19%-43%+21%-54%-9%-67%
Burglary--40%-44%-8%-52%-35%-44%-39%-14%-27%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-59%+74%+20%+46%+31%+36%+82%+27%+36%
Drugs-57%+63%-17%+57%+13%-40%+120%+23%-21%-50%
Other Crime+17%-17%+200%+100%-14%+100%+50%-33%-25%+250%
Other Theft-44%-68%-28%-22%-30%-30%-27%-31%-55%-33%
Possession of Weapons-+50%--75%-+100%--60%+33%-40%
Public Order+1%-24%-18%+14%-10%-14%-5%-5%-34%+10%
Robbery+100%-30%+200%-50%+125%+14%+80%-+86%-13%
Shoplifting-3%-37%-25%-21%+6%-42%-29%-33%-27%-22%
Theft From the Person-33%-+400%-50%-62%-14%-72%-60%-63%-87%
Vehicle Crime-39%-8%-10%+46%+114%+96%+29%+29%-3%+51%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-17%-11%+5%+24%-23%+1%--30%-24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bath

What police force serves Bath?
Bath's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
How dangerous is Bath?
Bath is the safest major town in Somerset.
What is Bath's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bath are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bath?
Bath's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021