Bridgwater Crime Overview

Bridgwater is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Somerset, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bridgwater in 2020 was 111 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 47% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bridgwater is the 26th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 345th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Bridgwater had the worst crime rate in Somerset for other crime, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Bridgwater residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Bridgwater recorded 77 reports of criminal damage and arson during April 2019, making its crime rate of 2.0 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Bridgwater are violence and sexual offences, with 1,887 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 1,777 offences and a difference of 2.92 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Bridgwater's least common crime is theft from the person, with 23 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 35% from 2019's figure of 31 crimes.

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Crime in Bridgwater Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Bridgwater This Year

 BridgwaterSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,38136.5917,23917.7651% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft631.676600.6859% more dangerous
Burglary1774.693,2773.3828% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson43711.586,5376.7442% more dangerous
Drugs1112.941,3331.3753% more dangerous
Other Crime751.999250.9552% more dangerous
Other Theft2626.944,5004.6433% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons411.093880.4063% more dangerous
Public Order66017.498,5298.7950% more dangerous
Robbery621.645260.5467% more dangerous
Shoplifting2817.453,3153.4254% more dangerous
Theft From the Person230.612520.2657% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1062.813,0463.1412% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,88750.0023,22123.9352% more dangerous

Bridgwater Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portishead1,02138.48188% safer
Frome1,67359.3987% safer
Bridgwater4,185110.88-
Yeovil3,478111.110.21% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bridgwater

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Bridgwater Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44374137Safer
Bicycle Theft2.62.43.01.7Safer
Burglary5664.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121412Safer
Drugs1.61.21.62.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.41.22.0Getting worse
Other Theft10997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.580.771.1Getting worse
Public Order17151717Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.691.51.6Getting worse
Shoplifting1210137Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.790.640.820.61Safer
Vehicle Crime3.74.73.42.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43434750Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7164% safer
Coventry77.4143% safer
Croydon83.2233% safer
Sheffield85.8129% safer
Bristol86.2129% safer
Leicester97.4414% safer
Birmingham102.878% safer
Liverpool107.283.4% safer
Bridgwater110.88-
Bradford133.0217% more dangerous
Leeds137.1019% more dangerous

Crime in Bridgwater's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bridgwater North863108Third
Bridgwater South1,164156Second
Bridgwater Town1,676162First

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 second 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021