Portishead Crime Overview

Portishead is the safest medium-sized town in Somerset, and is the 136th most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Portishead in 2020 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 51% lower than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Portishead is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,699th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Portishead was the worst medium-sized town in Somerset for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Portishead residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous medium-sized town for vehicle crime, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 0.83 per 1,000 residents. Portishead recorded 8 reports of drugs during March 2019, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Portishead are violence and sexual offences, with 424 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 351 offences and a difference of 2.75 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Portishead's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 25% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Portishead Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Portishead This Year

 PortisheadSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45617.1817,23917.763.4% safer
Bicycle Theft240.906600.6824% more dangerous
Burglary381.433,2773.38136% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1254.716,5376.7443% safer
Drugs281.061,3331.3729% safer
Other Crime90.349250.95179% safer
Other Theft662.494,5004.6486% safer
Possession of Weapons40.153880.40167% safer
Public Order1606.038,5298.7946% safer
Robbery40.155260.54260% safer
Shoplifting692.603,3153.4232% safer
Theft From the Person50.192520.2637% safer
Vehicle Crime652.453,0463.1428% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42415.9823,22123.9350% safer

Portishead Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portishead1,02138.48-
Frome1,67359.3935% more dangerous
Bridgwater4,185110.8865% more dangerous
Yeovil3,478111.1165% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Portishead

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Portishead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11121117Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.450.490.190.90Getting worse
Burglary2.42.72.01.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.54.04.44.7Getting worse
Drugs0.530.941.21.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.410.340.940.34Safer
Other Theft2.84.13.12.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.040.190.110.15Getting worse
Public Order4.864.86Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.080.190.15Getting worse
Shoplifting6562.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.110.110.19Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.64.42.42.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11131316Getting 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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Lake Grounds143--211.9

Comparing Portishead to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Portishead38.48-
Barnet67.7143% more dangerous
Coventry77.4150% more dangerous
Croydon83.2254% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8155% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4461% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8763% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% more dangerous

Crime in Portishead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Portishead Central57558First
Portishead Redcliffe10617Third
Portishead South29537Second

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021