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Crime and Safety in Bath

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Bath is the safest major town in Somerset, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bath in 2021 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bath is the 25th safest major town, and the 1,898th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bath had the worst crime rate in Somerset for burglary, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Bath residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Bath recorded 85 reports of criminal damage and arson during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Bath are violence and sexual offences, with 2,471 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 2,135 offences and a difference of 3.24 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Bath's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 22 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 50% from 2020's figure of 33 crimes.

Bath 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Somerset

9% higher, regional crime rate

South West

19% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bath is 9% higher than the South West and 19% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bath Crime Rate Over Time

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Bath Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bath 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 Bath

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021646,652
2020626,474
2019687,036
2018656,748
2017636,519
2016575,924

Crime in Bath Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Bath This Year

 BathSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,85917.9414,28614.72 18% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1161.126530.67 40% more dangerous
Burglary3072.962,5982.68 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7166.916,5956.80 1.6% more dangerous
Drugs760.731,0651.10 51% safer
Other Crime770.741,0441.08 46% safer
Other Theft5595.404,1504.28 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons220.213850.40 90% safer
Public Order9529.198,9899.26 0.76% safer
Robbery760.734080.42 42% more dangerous
Shoplifting7196.943,1043.20 54% more dangerous
Theft From the Person590.572720.28 51% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5024.842,7142.80 42% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,47123.8526,60027.41 15% safer

Bath Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bath6,65264.20-
Weston-Super-Mare7,92989.6128% more dangerous
Taunton5,91093.2331% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bath

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Recent Crimes in Bath

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Northgate StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Saffron CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Monmouth StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cotswold RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sydenham BuildingsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moorfields RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Frankley BuildingsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cranmore PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Drake AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Redland ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Avon CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near How HillUnable to prosecute suspect

Bath Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22212018 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.31.11.1 Safer
Burglary64.63.53.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7677 Getting worse
Drugs0.731.21.30.73 Safer
Other Crime0.690.580.780.74 Getting worse
Other Theft7865 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.360.320.21 Safer
Public Order91099 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.771.10.73 Getting worse
Shoplifting8877 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.801.30.580.57 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.03.24.14.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21232124 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Bath64.20-
Barnet67.084.3% more dangerous
Croydon82.4822% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0529% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Coventry102.2437% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0648% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6450% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% 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
Bloomfield2364211th
Central Bath & Lansdown1,882166First
Combe Down28849Tenth
Kingsmead713106Third
Lambridge & Fairfield Park2183813th
Newbridge34658Fifth
Odd Down32754Seventh
Oldfield Park East29951Eighth
Oldfield Park West38249Ninth
Southdown31556Sixth
Twerton681118Second
Walcot37662Fourth
Weston2253912th
Widcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down4283214th

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 BehaviourBloomfield (40)Central Bath & Lansdown (611)
Bicycle TheftCombe Down (1)Kingsmead (36)
BurglaryWidcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (19)Newbridge (32)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWidcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (45)Twerton (92)
DrugsWalcot (2)Central Bath & Lansdown (21)
Other CrimeWeston (2)Twerton (11)
Other TheftLambridge & Fairfield Park (13)Central Bath & Lansdown (158)
Possession of WeaponsOldfield Park West (1)Central Bath & Lansdown (7)
Public OrderLambridge & Fairfield Park (21)Central Bath & Lansdown (323)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Odd Down (1)Central Bath & Lansdown (28)
ShopliftingWidcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (7)Central Bath & Lansdown (361)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Widcombe, Bathwick Hill & Claverton Down (2)Central Bath & Lansdown (28)
Vehicle CrimeCombe Down (10)Walcot (83)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLambridge & Fairfield Park (68)Twerton (334)

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. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Bath's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%+6%+12%+24%-1%-7%+6%-4%+10%+39%
Bicycle Theft-44%--30%+60%-30%-43%+21%-54%-9%-67%
Burglary-2%-40%-46%-8%-61%-33%-44%-38%-14%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-60%+74%+16%+43%+27%+38%+74%+24%+36%
Drugs-57%+75%-17%+83%+13%-40%+120%+23%-17%-50%
Other Crime+17%-17%+250%+20%-14%+100%+50%-33%-25%+250%
Other Theft-45%-67%-30%-20%-30%-30%-28%-32%-56%-33%
Possession of Weapons-+50%--75%-+150%--60%+33%-40%
Public Order--26%-17%+19%-8%-12%-5%-3%-32%+10%
Robbery+100%-30%+200%-30%+125%+14%+80%-+86%-13%
Shoplifting-4%-37%-25%-21%+6%-42%-29%-33%-27%-22%
Theft From the Person-33%-+400%-50%-62%-25%-72%-60%-63%-87%
Vehicle Crime-39%-8%-10%+38%+133%+96%+29%+32%-3%+49%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-16%-11%+4%+23%-24%+1%-1%-29%-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.

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