Search...
Home
/
Somerset
/
Bridgwater

Crime and Safety in Bridgwater

Page highlights:

Bridgwater is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Somerset, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bridgwater in 2021 was 124 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 51% higher than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bridgwater is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 304th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Bridgwater had the worst crime rate in Somerset for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Bridgwater residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Bridgwater recorded 11 reports of other crime during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst for other crime in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Bridgwater are violence and sexual offences, with 2,286 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 1,887 offences and a difference of 10.57 from 2020's crime rate of 50. Bridgwater's least common crime is theft from the person, with 23 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 23 crimes.

Bridgwater 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Somerset

53% higher, regional crime rate

South West

38% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bridgwater is 53% higher than the South West and 38% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bridgwater Crime Rate Over Time

>
Bridgwater
South West
England, Wales & NI

Bridgwater Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bridgwater 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

Use Crime Map

Hover over a point to see a breakdown of crime types recorded at that location. You can also filter by individual crime types, or use a combinations of offences to visualize the data you need.

Tap to view map
Incident key:
 
Low
 
Medium
 
High
Design element, blobs on the top Design element, blobs on the bottom

Monthly
Crime Reports

Set up monthly updates on crime & public safety issues. We never spam.

Area
All of the UK
Bridgwater
Frequency
Monthly
ASAP
Type
Local Resident
Investor
Other

Historical Crime Rates for Bridgwater

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211244,686
20201114,185
20191194,477
20181064,007
20171114,199
20161063,989

Crime in Bridgwater Compared To Somerset

Are you researching this topic for an article or project?

We're available to answer questions about crime data and can supply custom data to support your work.

Questions & Requests

Email us directly

[email protected]

Summary of Crimes in Bridgwater This Year

 BridgwaterSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,40737.2814,28614.72 61% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft751.996530.67 66% more dangerous
Burglary1253.312,5982.68 19% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson48812.936,5956.80 47% more dangerous
Drugs1203.181,0651.10 65% more dangerous
Other Crime862.281,0441.08 53% more dangerous
Other Theft2526.684,1504.28 36% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons350.933850.40 57% more dangerous
Public Order81321.548,9899.26 57% more dangerous
Robbery391.034080.42 59% more dangerous
Shoplifting2366.253,1043.20 49% more dangerous
Theft From the Person230.612720.28 54% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1082.862,7142.80 2.1% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,28660.5726,60027.41 55% more dangerous

Bridgwater Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portishead1,01138.10226% safer
Frome1,57255.81122% safer
Yeovil3,706118.394.9% safer
Bridgwater4,686124.16-

Crime Over Time in Bridgwater

View crime percentage over time for

Recent Crimes in Bridgwater

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Southgate AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Queen'S RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brendon RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Willow WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chidgey CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King George AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hawthorn CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Loxleigh AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gooch CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mendip RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near York RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Robins DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near CornhillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Griffin CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bower AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Bridgwater Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37413737 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.43.01.72.0 Safer
Burglary664.73.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12141213 Getting worse
Drugs1.21.62.93.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.22.02.3 Getting worse
Other Theft9977 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.771.10.93 Getting worse
Public Order15171722 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.691.51.61.0 Safer
Shoplifting101376 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.640.820.610.61 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.73.42.82.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43475061 Getting worse

Changes In Bridgwater's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bridgwater's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bristol Road Playing Fields----100.20
St Matthew's Field11--462.1

Comparing Bridgwater to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0885% safer
Croydon82.4851% safer
Sheffield90.0538% safer
Bristol90.5237% safer
Coventry102.2421% safer
Leicester111.5911% safer
Liverpool123.060.89% safer
Bridgwater124.16-
Birmingham129.644.2% more dangerous
Bradford132.286% more dangerous
Leeds150.9418% more dangerous

Crime in Bridgwater's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bridgwater North1,094138Third
Bridgwater South1,277171Second
Bridgwater Town1,875181First

Crime in Bridgwater During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bridgwater change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Bridgwater saw a 400% increase in robbery. Bridgwater saw a large fall in bicycle theft during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Bridgwater's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%-22%-41%+14%+13%-15%-25%-13%-16%+13%
Bicycle Theft-50%-17%-73%-88%-54%+13%-68%-11%+33%-80%
Burglary-59%-36%-41%-36%-29%-33%-14%-45%-5%-10%
Criminal Damage and Arson-67%-65%-41%-11%+15%+27%+13%-12%+15%-
Drugs+33%-22%+275%+100%-+67%+250%+50%+160%+80%
Other Crime+133%+67%+150%+350%+200%+150%+50%+267%-40%-20%
Other Theft-58%-29%-48%-35%-9%-9%+5%-12%+21%-38%
Possession of Weapons+100%+200%+250%---40%-71%+300%-+300%
Public Order+15%-10%-25%-36%+45%+36%+3%-16%-2%-19%
Robbery-50%+400%+133%+33%+50%-33%+167%-40%-56%-
Shoplifting+17%-64%-42%-56%-52%-77%-62%-24%-28%-55%
Theft From the Person--50%-+100%+50%-67%-50%-50%-50%-
Vehicle Crime-21%-50%-57%+129%+80%+80%+44%-43%-67%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-23%-7%+36%+40%+28%+16%+26%+13%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bridgwater

What police force serves Bridgwater?
Bridgwater's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

How dangerous is Bridgwater?
Bridgwater is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Somerset.

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

What is the least common crime in Bridgwater?
Bridgwater's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Search icon

Search by area