Weston-Super-Mare Crime Overview

Weston-Super-Mare is the second most dangerous major town in Somerset, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Somerset's 422 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Weston-Super-Mare in 2020 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Somerset's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Somerset rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Weston-Super-Mare is the 49th most dangerous major town, and the 754th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Weston-Super-Mare had the worst crime rate in Somerset for burglary, with 32 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Weston-Super-Mare residents, when it was Somerset's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 93 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Weston-Super-Mare recorded 14 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst for drugs in Somerset that month.

The most common crimes in Weston-Super-Mare are violence and sexual offences, with 3,405 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 2.5% higher than 2019's figure of 3,321 offences and a difference of 0.95 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Weston-Super-Mare's least common crime is theft from the person, with 28 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 96% from 2019's figure of 55 crimes.

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Crime in Weston-Super-Mare Compared To Somerset

Summary of Crimes in Weston-Super-Mare This Year

 Weston-Super-MareSomerset 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,04623.1217,23917.7623% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1061.206600.6843% more dangerous
Burglary3594.063,2773.3817% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7318.266,5376.7418% more dangerous
Drugs2212.501,3331.3745% more dangerous
Other Crime1261.429250.9533% more dangerous
Other Theft4825.454,5004.6415% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons730.823880.4051% more dangerous
Public Order1,21813.778,5298.7936% more dangerous
Robbery810.925260.5441% more dangerous
Shoplifting5125.793,3153.4241% more dangerous
Theft From the Person280.322520.2619% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4284.843,0463.1435% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,40538.4823,22123.9338% more dangerous

Weston-Super-Mare Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bath6,47062.4441% safer
Weston-Super-Mare7,77087.81-
Taunton5,64589.051.4% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Weston-Super-Mare

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Weston-Super-Mare Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24242423Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.42.01.2Safer
Burglary4.64.964.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson81098Safer
Drugs1.41.31.82.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.961.21.4Getting worse
Other Theft7775Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.640.810.82Getting worse
Public Order10121514Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.701.01.10.92Safer
Shoplifting7786Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.630.620.32Safer
Vehicle Crime64.964.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31363838Getting 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
Barnet67.7130% safer
Coventry77.4113% safer
Croydon83.226% safer
Sheffield85.812.3% safer
Bristol86.211.9% safer
Weston-Super-Mare87.81-
Leicester97.4410% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8715% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2818% more dangerous
Bradford133.0234% more dangerous
Leeds137.1036% more dangerous

Crime in Weston-Super-Mare's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Mid Worle50758Fourth
North Worle41645Sixth
Weston Bournville1,199151Second
Weston Clarence36259Third
Weston Milton47951Fifth
Weston Town2,588243First

Weston-Super-Mare Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Weston-Super-Mare for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWeston Milton (90)Weston Town (609)
Bicycle TheftWeston Milton (3)Weston Town (36)
BurglaryWeston Milton (23)Weston Town (91)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWeston Milton (42)Weston Town (189)
DrugsNorth Worle (4)Weston Town (72)
Other CrimeWeston Milton (6)Weston Town (35)
Other TheftMid Worle (16)Weston Town (152)
Possession of WeaponsWeston Milton (2)Weston Town (34)
Public OrderWeston Milton (55)Weston Town (460)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Weston Clarence (1)Weston Town (39)
ShopliftingNorth Worle (1)Weston Town (389)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Weston Milton (2)Weston Town (18)
Vehicle CrimeNorth Worle (32)Weston Town (76)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorth Worle (178)Weston Town (997)

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+6%+3%-12%-1%+4%+40%-9%-31%-21%+2%
Bicycle Theft-85%-71%+20%-75%-11%-59%-33%-31%-45%-78%
Burglary-+33%-35%-35%-45%-19%-30%-50%-35%-47%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-23%+25%+23%-5%-24%-16%-29%-29%+31%
Drugs-8%+9%+300%+6%+167%+6%+33%+33%-20%-7%
Other Crime+60%+180%+70%+7%-+60%--13%+10%-
Other Theft-13%-53%-53%-47%-10%-27%-20%-19%+14%-23%
Possession of Weapons+133%-50%-+50%+150%-67%+29%+17%-20%-
Public Order--28%-26%+23%-+22%-14%-23%-39%-2%
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-9%-27%-45%-6%-37%-9%-33%-52%--22%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-14%-21%+15%-7%+13%+31%--18%-6%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021