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Crime and Safety in Portishead

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Portishead is the safest medium-sized towns in Somerset, and is the 142nd most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Portishead in 2021 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 58% lower than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Portishead is among the top 10 safest medium-sized town, and the 5,057th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Portishead was the worst medium-sized town in Somerset for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Portishead residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous medium-sized town for vehicle crime, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Portishead recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Portishead are violence and sexual offences, with 417 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 1.7% lower than 2020's figure of 424 offences and a difference of 0.26 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Portishead's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 20% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Portishead 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Somerset

54% lower, regional crime rate

South West

101% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Portishead is 54% lower than the South West and 101% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Portishead Crime Rate Over Time

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Portishead Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Portishead 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 Portishead

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021381,011
2020381,021
2019381,018
2018421,116
201736958
201636947

Crime in Portishead Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Portishead This Year

 PortisheadSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32012.0614,28614.72 22% safer
Bicycle Theft60.236530.67 191% safer
Burglary562.112,5982.68 27% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1013.816,5956.80 78% safer
Drugs271.021,0651.10 8% safer
Other Crime230.871,0441.08 24% safer
Other Theft803.014,1504.28 42% safer
Possession of Weapons50.193850.40 111% safer
Public Order1555.848,9899.26 59% safer
Robbery50.194080.42 121% safer
Shoplifting622.343,1043.20 37% safer
Theft From the Person50.192720.28 47% safer
Vehicle Crime692.602,7142.80 8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41715.7226,60027.41 74% safer

Portishead Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portishead1,01138.10-
Frome1,57255.8132% more dangerous
Yeovil3,706118.3968% more dangerous
Bridgwater4,686124.1669% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Portishead

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Recent Crimes in Portishead

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maysfield CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Glebe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Old Mill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near The Portbury HundredFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The RussetsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Glebe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Merlin ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Capenor CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lower Down RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near The Portbury HundredFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newfoundland WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The DownsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near RipplesideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Finisterre ParadeFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Charlton ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The RussetsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Belton RoadFurther action is not in the public interest

Portishead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12111712 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.490.190.900.23 Safer
Burglary2.72.01.42.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.04.44.73.8 Safer
Drugs0.941.21.11.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.340.940.340.87 Getting worse
Other Theft4.13.12.53.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.190.110.150.19 Getting worse
Public Order64.866 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.190.150.19 Getting worse
Shoplifting562.62.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.110.190.19 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.42.42.42.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13131616 Getting worse

Changes In Portishead's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Portishead's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Portishead that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Lake Grounds143--211.9

Comparing Portishead to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Portishead38.10-
Barnet67.0843% more dangerous
Croydon82.4854% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0558% more dangerous
Bristol90.5258% more dangerous
Coventry102.2463% more dangerous
Leicester111.5966% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0669% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6471% more dangerous
Bradford132.2871% more dangerous
Leeds150.9475% more dangerous

Crime in Portishead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Portishead Central50551First
Portishead Redcliffe13322Third
Portishead South31840Second

Crime in Portishead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Portishead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Portishead saw a 633% increase in vehicle crime. Portishead saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 94% compared to June in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Portishead's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+14%+104%+77%+150%+73%+218%+106%+22%+71%
Bicycle Theft---------+100%
Burglary--33%-33%--86%--+33%-33%-40%
Criminal Damage and Arson+27%-29%-13%-20%+56%+91%-36%-40%-53%+17%
Drugs-50%-50%+200%-+25%+100%--50%--
Other Crime----83%-67%-----
Other Theft-27%-56%+50%-36%-50%---67%-67%+100%
Possession of Weapons---+100%------
Public Order-27%+29%+100%-25%+24%+15%+240%+55%+71%+400%
Robbery---------50%-
Shoplifting-40%-93%-58%-94%-82%+50%-80%-25%-40%-20%
Vehicle Crime-64%-20%-33%--50%-67%-63%+20%+633%+350%
Violence and Sexual Offences-31%+71%+74%+76%-10%+22%+63%+8%-19%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Portishead

What police force serves Portishead?
Portishead's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

How dangerous is Portishead?
Portishead is the safest medium-sized town in Somerset.

What is Portishead's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Portishead are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Portishead?
Portishead's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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