In a national context, crime in Dorset is consistently very low, well below the average in England.

Total recorded crime has fallen by 3% in this fiscal year compared to last year2, anti-social behaviour incidents are also down from last year. The number of domestic abuse incidents have increased since 2018/19 however.

Data relates to the fiscal year 2019/20 unless stated otherwise

All data relates to statistics that pre-date Covid unless stated otherwise

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Dorset Community Safety Partnership Priorities1

  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • County Lines
  • Serious Sexual Offences
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Rural Crime
  • Fraud
  • Public Place Violence
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • In 2019-20 there were 7,297 incidents of anti-social behaviour in the Dorset Council area
  • 77% of these were classified as nuisance, 14% personal and 9% environmental.
  • Weymouth has the highest rate of anti-social behaviour across the Dorset Council area.
  • The Melcombe Regis area accounts for 14% of all anti-social behaviour incidents in the Dorset Council area.
  • There were 613 serious sexual offences in the Dorset Council area last year.
  • There were 2,422 domestic abuse incidents in the Dorset Council area last year.

Other Crime1

  • Total crimes were slightly lower this year than in the previous year.
  • East Dorset is the former district with the lowest crime rate in Dorset...and Weymouth and Portland has the highest.
  • The summer usually sees the most crime each year.1 This could be because of the better weather over summer, the holidays and the longer daylight hours.
  • In 2018 84% of residents surveyed across Dorset said that they felt safe walking alone after dark.
  • Compared to other areas, crime in the Dorset Council area is consistently low. Last year, Dorset had a lower crime rate than most council areas.

In the last year:2

  • Violent crime rose by 5%
  • Theft fell by 26%
  • Drug offences fell by 17%
  • Dwelling crime fell by 18%
Crimes in the Dorset Council Area
Crimes in the Dorset Council Area

What are we doing about it?

The Dorset Community Safety Partnership (CSP) brings together local authorities, the police and other key partners to tackle crime and community safety issues. The CSP aims to reduce crime and the fear of crime; address risk, threat and harm to victims and local communities; and facilitate the strengthening of Dorset's communities in the delivery of local initiatives.

Crime and the fear of crime have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of residents. The CSP undertakes annual assessments of local community safety issues and puts in place plans to address them.

Headline Figures

613

Serious sexual offences in Dorset last year

81%

Of sexual assaults are committed against women

7,297

Anti-social behaviour incidents

1 in 7

Of all anti-social behaviour incidents in Dorset occur in Melcombe Regis in Weymouth

2,422

Domestic abuse incidents

Headline Figures

613

Serious sexual offences in Dorset last year

81%

Of sexual assaults are committed against women

7,297

Anti-social behaviour incidents

1 in 7

Of all anti-social behaviour incidents in Dorset occur in Melcombe Regis in Weymouth

2,422

Domestic abuse incidents


Sources

  • 1 Dorset Police statistics for the Dorset Council area
  • 2 Comparing 2018/19 to 2019/20

10 Reports

Order by: Newest first

  • State of Dorset 2020 – Crime

    10 March 2021

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. This report contains the Crime topic and covers the Dorset Council area.

    Downloads: 696

  • State of Dorset 2020

    10 March 2021

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. It covers 10 key areas: Population, Children, Crime, Deprivation, Diversity, Economy, Health and Care, Leisure and Culture, Natural and Historic Environment, and Older People, covering the Dorset Council area.

    Downloads: 1115

  • The Indices of Deprivation 2019 - a summary report for Dorset Council

    28 November 2019

    The English Indices of Deprivation helps identify and prioritise areas to assist the government and other agencies (both nationally and locally) in narrowing the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country.

    Downloads: 3447

  • Our Communities Bulletin -The Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2019

    07 October 2019

    Our latest Our Communities bitesize bulletin looks at the latest release of the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in England. It focuses on Dorset Council, what’s changed since the last release in 2015 and how the data can be used. The index is measured at a small area level (called Lower-layer Super Output Areas – LSOAs) in England with an average of 1,500 residents in each. In a national context, Dorset as a whole does not score highly in relation to deprivation. However, we still have pockets of deprivation. Read the report to get the overall picture for Dorset.

    Downloads: 1111

  • State of Dorset 2018 - Crime

    03 April 2018

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. This report contains just the Crime topic.

    Downloads: 807

  • State of Dorset 2018

    03 April 2018

    This is the key annual document bringing together the "picture" of Dorset based on the statistical evidence. It covers 10 key areas: Economy, Deprivation, Older People, Children, Health and Care, Natural and Historic Environment, Leisure and Culture, Population, Crime, and Diversity.

    Downloads: 1551

  • Our Communities Topic Report - Dorset's Coastal Communities

    06 October 2017

    According to a report written by the Social Market Foundation, on average, coastal communities are less productive economically than non-coastal communities. They often have lower levels of pay, higher rates of unemployment and have populations with lower skill levels and poorer health. Four of Dorset's district councils are coastal communities, along with Bournemouth and Poole. The socioeconomic picture across Dorset's coastal communities varies considerably. This bulletin looks at why this matters for Dorset.

    Downloads: 1279

  • Our Communities Topic Report - Anxiety Bulletin

    23 August 2017

    Surveys have shown that feelings of anxiety and well-being can change considerably through a person's life. This bulletin looks at anxiety levels across Dorset, including how certain factors can affect levels of anxiety and other measures of well-being.

    Downloads: 1140

  • Preparing for the 2021 Census - Testing the next Census in West Dorset, 2017

    15 March 2017

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be carrying out a census test in West Dorset this year. This is an important part of their preparations for the 2021 Census. The attached document explains in more detail, or go to www.dorsetforyou.com/census-test-2017 for more information.

    Downloads: 1005

  • Our Communities Topic Report - Crime Bulletin

    05 October 2016

    This edition will include a local perspective on a national issue using data to build a picture of crime across the County and identify priority areas. Last year there were 2,321 domestic abuse incidents in Dorset and 9,071 anti-social behavioural incidents across Dorset in 2015/16.

    Downloads: 1032

12 Related Datasets

Order by: Newest first

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019- National and Dorset Council Ranks

    Published: 03 January 2020

    The English Indices of Deprivation helps identify and prioritise areas to assist the government and other agencies both national and local in narrowing the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country.

    Downloads: 799

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019 - Dorset East Sub Unitary Geography (SUG) Maps

    Published: 11 December 2019

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Dorset East SUG area for 2019. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 809

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019 - Dorset West Sub Unitary Geography (SUG) Maps

    Published: 11 December 2019

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Dorset West SUG area for 2019. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 1195

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019 - Mid Dorset Sub Unitary Geography (SUG) Maps

    Published: 11 December 2019

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Mid Dorset SUG area for 2019. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 1033

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019 - South East Dorset Sub Unitary Geography (SUG) Maps

    Published: 11 December 2019

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across South East Dorset SUG area for 2019. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 1091

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019 - Dorset North Sub Unitary Geography (SUG) Maps

    Published: 11 December 2019

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Dorset North SUG area for 2019. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 1029

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019 - Dorset South Sub Unitary Geography (SUG) Maps

    Published: 11 December 2019

    This pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Dorset South SUG area for 2019. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 722

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019 - Dorset Council Maps

    Published: 25 November 2019

    The combined map base pdf illustrates national deprivation levels at a small geography across Dorset for 2019. There are sixteen maps which look at a range of components of deprivation including health, income, employment, education and skills, living environment, crime and barriers to housing and services. There is also a multiple deprivation (IMD) map that combines all these aspects of deprivation to give us an overall picture for Dorset. The document also has a number of maps that look at specific aspects (sub domains) such as deprivation affecting children and outdoor living environment.

    Downloads: 668

  • Crime and Anti-social Behaviour types by district 2011-2016

    Published: 12 December 2016

    Summary crime data at Local Authority level.

    Downloads: 750

  • Crime Data by Main Crime Groups - 2015/2016, Dorset Local Authorities

    Published: 08 December 2016

    2015/2016 crime numbers and crime per 1,000 population by Main Crime Groups (by district).

    Downloads: 796

  • Domestic Abuse Statistics - Data Tool

    Published: 08 December 2016

    An overview of available statistics and data relating to domestic abuse, for individual Police Force Areas (plus regional and national figures). Raw data available for independent analysis.

    Downloads: 1378

  • English Indices of Deprivation 2015

    Published: 30 September 2015

    This English Indices of Deprivation helps identify and prioritise areas to assist the government and other agencies both national and local in narrowing the gap between deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of the country.

    Downloads: 1930

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