Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Crime Overview

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge is the second most dangerous small town in Somerset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge is the 126th most dangerous small town, and the 989th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge was the worst small town in Somerset for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge recorded 15 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.76 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge are violence and sexual offences, with 696 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 577 offences and a difference of 6.03 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 125% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Compared To Somerset

Summary of Crimes in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge This Year

 Burnham-on-Sea and HighbridgeSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour62731.7717,23917.7644% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft231.176600.6842% more dangerous
Burglary703.553,2773.384.8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson20810.546,5376.7436% more dangerous
Drugs311.571,3331.3713% more dangerous
Other Crime180.919250.954.4% safer
Other Theft884.464,5004.644.0% safer
Possession of Weapons100.513880.4022% more dangerous
Public Order28014.198,5298.7938% more dangerous
Robbery180.915260.5441% more dangerous
Shoplifting673.393,3153.420.88% safer
Theft From the Person40.202520.2630% safer
Vehicle Crime683.453,0463.149% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences69635.2723,22123.9332% more dangerous

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wells61554.7046% safer
Minehead67455.7644% safer
Shepton Mallet63859.0236% safer
Keynsham1,20265.4622% safer
Chard Town1,04175.047% safer
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,58180.11-
Glastonbury89896.8517% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge

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Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22252132Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.910.961.51.2Getting worse
Burglary954.73.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson87811Getting worse
Drugs0.961.11.21.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.411.10.91Getting worse
Other Theft7774.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.350.100.51Getting worse
Public Order9101214Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.460.510.91Getting worse
Shoplifting114.14.33.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.250.250.460.20Safer
Vehicle Crime3.53.64.33.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25292935Getting worse

Changes In Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Burnham Road Playing Fields9--2653.3

Comparing Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7118% safer
Coventry77.413.5% safer
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge80.11-
Croydon83.223.7% more dangerous
Sheffield85.817% more dangerous
Bristol86.217% more dangerous
Leicester97.4418% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8722% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2825% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% more dangerous

Crime in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Burnham-on-Sea49164Second
Highbridge1,009114First

Crime in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge saw a 400% increase in bicycle theft. Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge saw a large fall in vehicle crime during October, when it fell by 90% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+163%+16%+43%+118%+63%+91%+79%-23%+32%-16%
Bicycle Theft--+50%-67%-80%+20%+50%-60%+400%-
Burglary+40%+100%+33%-67%-86%+11%-56%+40%+33%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+123%-8%+15%+67%+58%+183%-38%+6%-18%+15%
Drugs--80%--60%+200%---50%--20%
Other Crime-50%+100%-67%---50%-+100%--50%
Other Theft-33%-70%-38%-23%-57%-54%-50%-+36%-23%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+60%-35%-27%+157%-21%-+13%+11%-24%+178%
Robbery----+200%-+50%---
Shoplifting-56%-50%+150%+100%+17%+125%-33%-60%-75%-50%
Theft From the Person-----+200%----
Vehicle Crime-40%-80%-13%+67%-45%+50%+100%-90%-40%+20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-7%+69%+67%+25%+51%+17%-4%+8%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge

What police force serves Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge?
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
How dangerous is Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge?
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge is the second most dangerous small town in Somerset.
What is Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge?
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021