Glastonbury Crime Overview

Glastonbury is the most dangerous small 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 Glastonbury in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 40% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Glastonbury is the 63rd most dangerous small town, and the 552nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Glastonbury was the worst small town in Somerset for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.54 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Glastonbury residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 1.7 per 1,000 residents. Glastonbury recorded 3 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.32 the worst small town for other crime in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Glastonbury are violence and sexual offences, with 300 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 2.3% higher than 2019's figure of 293 offences and a difference of 0.76 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Glastonbury's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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See how Glastonbury shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Glastonbury and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Glastonbury Compared To Somerset

Summary of Crimes in Glastonbury This Year

 GlastonburySomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38841.8517,23917.7658% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.756600.689% more dangerous
Burglary475.073,2773.3833% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson12213.166,5376.7449% more dangerous
Drugs171.831,3331.3725% more dangerous
Other Crime192.059250.9554% more dangerous
Other Theft919.814,5004.6453% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.753880.4047% more dangerous
Public Order18820.288,5298.7957% more dangerous
Robbery80.865260.5437% more dangerous
Shoplifting576.153,3153.4244% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.322520.2619% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime323.453,0463.149% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences30032.3623,22123.9326% more dangerous

Glastonbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Minehead67455.7674% safer
Shepton Mallet63859.0264% safer
Keynsham1,20265.4648% safer
Chard Town1,04175.0429% safer
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,58180.1121% safer
Glastonbury89896.85-

Crime Over Time in Glastonbury

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Glastonbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41503042Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.430.860.750.75Getting worse
Burglary103.955Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121213Getting worse
Drugs1.52.41.91.8Safer
Other Crime0.860.750.972.0Getting worse
Other Theft10121010Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.110.540.75Getting worse
Public Order15181820Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.110.540.86Getting worse
Shoplifting74.866Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.750.430.32Safer
Vehicle Crime1074.13.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27303232Getting worse

Changes In Glastonbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Glastonbury's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Glastonbury that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Wirrall Park2---321.2

Comparing Glastonbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% safer
Coventry77.4125% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Glastonbury96.85-
Leicester97.440.61% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% more dangerous

Crime in Glastonbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Glastonbury Town74996First

Crime in Glastonbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Glastonbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Glastonbury saw a 300% increase in other crime. Glastonbury saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during October, when it fell by 79% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+121%+47%+20%+136%-3%+14%+24%+107%+30%+68%
Bicycle Theft---+100%------
Burglary-43%--67%+67%+67%-50%-63%-67%-29%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson+200%-10%+75%+22%+50%+100%+60%-79%--78%
Drugs----75%----+200%-
Other Crime-+200%+300%-------
Other Theft+33%-33%+133%+71%-50%-75%-43%+75%--33%
Possession of Weapons--------+100%-
Public Order+54%+55%+67%+125%+50%-30%-42%-22%+45%-71%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+200%-+200%---20%+17%-10%-63%-20%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-25%---50%-33%-67%-50%-70%-+67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-43%-38%+14%+11%+64%-31%+43%+16%+53%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Glastonbury

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021