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Crime and Safety in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge

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Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge is the third most dangerous small town in Somerset, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge in 2021 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge is the 215th most dangerous small town, and the 1,332nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge was the worst small town in Somerset for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge recorded 12 reports of criminal damage and arson during April 2021, making its crime rate of 0.61 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 708 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 1.7% higher than 2020's figure of 696 offences and a difference of 0.61 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 20% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Somerset

21% higher, regional crime rate

South West

2.6% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge is 21% higher than the South West and 2.6% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Crime Rate Over Time

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Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge 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 Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021741,470
2020801,581
2019741,458
2018701,382
2017781,537
2016581,150

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

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

 Burnham-on-Sea and HighbridgeSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39319.9114,28614.72 26% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.616530.67 10% safer
Burglary623.142,5982.68 15% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1306.596,5956.80 3.2% safer
Drugs251.271,0651.10 13% more dangerous
Other Crime271.371,0441.08 21% more dangerous
Other Theft944.764,1504.28 10% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.613850.40 34% more dangerous
Public Order25713.028,9899.26 29% more dangerous
Robbery110.564080.42 25% more dangerous
Shoplifting864.363,1043.20 27% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.252720.28 12% safer
Vehicle Crime412.082,7142.80 35% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences70835.8826,60027.41 24% more dangerous

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

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Shepton Mallet55150.9746% safer
Wellington86054.4037% safer
Wells63656.5632% safer
Minehead76563.2918% safer
Keynsham1,26068.629% safer
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,47074.49-
Chard Town1,07377.343.7% more dangerous
Glastonbury949102.3527% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge

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Recent Crimes in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gulliford CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pizey AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ravensworth TerraceFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westfield CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022RobberyOn or near Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Churchill CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Manor RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Bristol RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rectory LawnUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gulliford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Springfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Highbridge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Technical StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ravensworth TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Atlantic CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Highbridge RoadFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A38Unable to prosecute suspect

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25213220 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.961.51.20.61 Safer
Burglary54.73.63.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson78117 Safer
Drugs1.11.21.61.3 Getting worse
Other Crime0.411.10.911.4 Getting worse
Other Theft774.54.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.100.510.61 Getting worse
Public Order10121413 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.510.910.56 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.14.33.44.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.250.460.200.25 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.64.33.42.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29293536 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0811% safer
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge74.49-
Croydon82.4810% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0517% more dangerous
Bristol90.5218% more dangerous
Coventry102.2427% more dangerous
Leicester111.5933% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0639% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6443% more dangerous
Bradford132.2844% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% more dangerous

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Burnham-on-Sea49465Second
Highbridge909103First

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 third 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).

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