Minehead Crime Overview

Minehead is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Somerset, and is the 50th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Minehead in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 4.4% lower than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Minehead is the 380th most dangerous small town, and the 2,458th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Minehead was the worst small town in Somerset for criminal damage and arson, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Minehead residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. Minehead recorded 3 reports of robbery during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst small town for robbery in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Minehead are violence and sexual offences, with 290 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 341 offences and a difference of 4.22 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Minehead's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 40% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Minehead Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Minehead This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour22418.5317,23917.764.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.506600.6836% safer
Burglary302.483,2773.3836% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson947.786,5376.7413% more dangerous
Drugs60.501,3331.37174% safer
Other Crime90.749250.9528% safer
Other Theft544.474,5004.643.8% safer
Possession of Weapons50.413880.402.4% more dangerous
Public Order1199.858,5298.7911% more dangerous
Robbery50.415260.5432% safer
Shoplifting322.653,3153.4229% safer
Vehicle Crime241.993,0463.1458% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29023.9923,22123.930.25% more dangerous

Minehead Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
North Petherton39842.3032% safer
Yatton34545.2423% safer
Wellington72345.7322% safer
Street61648.4615% safer
Wells61554.701.9% safer
Shepton Mallet63859.026% more dangerous
Keynsham1,20265.4615% more dangerous
Chard Town1,04175.0426% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge1,58180.1130% more dangerous
Glastonbury89896.8542% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Minehead

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Minehead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour16181519Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.910.660.580.50Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6898Getting worse
Other Crime0.660.580.500.74Getting worse
Other Theft6784.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.500.250.41Getting worse
Public Order910910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.500.500.41Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.
Violence and Sexual Offences20252824Safer

Changes In Minehead's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Minehead to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7118% more dangerous
Coventry77.4128% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4443% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8746% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Minehead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Minehead Town45761First

Crime in Minehead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Minehead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Minehead saw a 245% increase in anti-social behaviour. Minehead saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+20%--56%+79%+245%+31%-5%-+8%+22%
Bicycle Theft------+100%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+8%-45%-60%+44%-40%-20%-10%+33%-30%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+50%-77%-57%-56%-85%-14%-27%--33%-60%
Public Order---58%+89%+110%+14%--+30%+17%
Vehicle Crime-86%+200%--------
Violence and Sexual Offences-38%+25%-14%-13%+23%+16%-4%-25%-27%-49%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Minehead

What police force serves Minehead?
Minehead's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
How dangerous is Minehead?
Minehead is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Somerset.
What is Minehead's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Minehead are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Minehead?
Minehead's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021