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Crime and Safety in Weston-Super-Mare

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Weston-Super-Mare is the second most dangerous major towns in Somerset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 414 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Weston-Super-Mare in 2021 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the Somerset rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Weston-Super-Mare is the 52nd most dangerous major town, and the 810th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Weston-Super-Mare had the worst crime rate in Somerset for burglary, with 37 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Weston-Super-Mare residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 85 crimes at a rate of 0.96 per 1,000 residents. Weston-Super-Mare recorded 12 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst for drugs in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Weston-Super-Mare are violence and sexual offences, with 3,779 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 3,348 offences and a difference of 4.87 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Weston-Super-Mare's least common crime is theft from the person, with 52 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 46% from 2020's figure of 28 crimes.

Weston-Super-Mare 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Somerset

34% higher, regional crime rate

South West

15% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Weston-Super-Mare is 34% higher than the South West and 15% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Weston-Super-Mare Crime Rate Over Time

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Weston-Super-Mare Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Weston-Super-Mare 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 Weston-Super-Mare

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021907,929
2020877,657
2019958,403
2018887,758
2017796,960
2016877,707

Crime in Weston-Super-Mare Compared To Somerset

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Summary of Crimes in Weston-Super-Mare This Year

 Weston-Super-MareSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,51217.0914,28614.72 14% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1041.186530.67 43% more dangerous
Burglary2442.762,5982.68 2.9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7979.016,5956.80 25% more dangerous
Drugs1611.821,0651.10 40% more dangerous
Other Crime1261.421,0441.08 24% more dangerous
Other Theft4855.484,1504.28 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons700.793850.40 49% more dangerous
Public Order1,31814.908,9899.26 38% more dangerous
Robbery740.844080.42 50% more dangerous
Shoplifting3704.183,1043.20 23% more dangerous
Theft From the Person520.592720.28 53% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3493.942,7142.80 29% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,77942.7126,60027.41 36% more dangerous

Weston-Super-Mare Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bath6,65264.2040% safer
Weston-Super-Mare7,92989.61-
Taunton5,91093.233.9% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Weston-Super-Mare

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Recent Crimes in Weston-Super-Mare

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bishop AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Martindale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shrubbery WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Palmer RowUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Abbot'S CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Swift CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lonsdale AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Taverna CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Selwood CloseFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lypstone CloseFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketOffender given a caution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Walliscote RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Downside RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Royal SandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Hopkins StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Weston-Super-Mare Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24242317 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.91.21.2 Safer
Burglary4.864.02.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9989 Getting worse
Drugs1.31.82.51.8 Getting worse
Other Crime0.951.11.41.4 Getting worse
Other Theft7755 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.790.810.79 Getting worse
Public Order12141415 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.991.10.920.84 Safer
Shoplifting7864.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.620.320.59 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.864.73.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36373843 Getting worse

Changes In Weston-Super-Mare's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Weston-Super-Mare to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0834% safer
Croydon82.489% safer
Weston-Super-Mare89.61-
Sheffield90.050.49% more dangerous
Bristol90.521.0% more dangerous
Coventry102.2412% more dangerous
Leicester111.5920% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0627% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6431% more dangerous
Bradford132.2832% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Weston-Super-Mare's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Mid Worle48255Fifth
North Worle49653Sixth
Weston Bournville1,292163Second
Weston Clarence39664Third
Weston Milton53356Fourth
Weston Town2,694253First

Weston-Super-Mare Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWeston Milton (74)Weston Town (508)
Bicycle TheftNorth Worle (3)Weston Town (40)
BurglaryNorth Worle (12)Weston Town (78)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWeston Clarence (30)Weston Town (226)
DrugsMid Worle (6)Weston Town (60)
Other CrimeWeston Clarence (3)Weston Town (39)
Other TheftWeston Milton (23)Weston Town (139)
Possession of WeaponsMid Worle (3)Weston Town (26)
Public OrderWeston Milton (73)Weston Town (520)
Robbery (inc. mugging)North Worle (1)Weston Town (33)
ShopliftingWeston Milton (6)Weston Town (215)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)North Worle (1)Weston Town (29)
Vehicle CrimeWeston Milton (21)Weston Town (78)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorth Worle (256)Weston Town (1,211)

Crime in Weston-Super-Mare During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Weston-Super-Mare change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Weston-Super-Mare saw a 300% increase in drugs. Weston-Super-Mare saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Weston-Super-Mare saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+3%-11%-1%+5%+39%-11%-27%-23%-
Bicycle Theft-85%-71%+33%-75%-11%-59%-33%-31%-45%-78%
Burglary-+42%-35%-34%-43%-19%-33%-48%-35%-49%
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%-22%+32%+23%-10%-26%-12%-30%-30%+36%
Drugs-8%+20%+300%+6%+167%+6%+27%+33%-20%-7%
Other Crime+60%+250%+60%+7%-+60%+9%-+10%-
Other Theft-16%-53%-55%-49%-11%-27%-14%-19%+11%-25%
Possession of Weapons+100%-50%-+50%+150%-67%+29%+17%-20%-
Public Order--26%-27%+25%-+22%-13%-21%-38%-1%
Robbery-20%-33%-20%+40%-71%+33%+17%-56%-11%-79%
Shoplifting+25%-43%-73%-52%-68%-34%-2%-23%-68%-64%
Theft From the Person-50%-88%-33%-67%--57%----50%
Vehicle Crime-12%-31%-46%-6%-31%-10%-36%-53%--18%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-14%-21%+15%-9%+14%+29%-1%-18%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Weston-Super-Mare

What police force serves Weston-Super-Mare?
Weston-Super-Mare's local territorial police force is the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

How dangerous is Weston-Super-Mare?
Weston-Super-Mare is the second most dangerous major town in Somerset.

What is Weston-Super-Mare's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Weston-Super-Mare are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Weston-Super-Mare?
Weston-Super-Mare's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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