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Crime and Safety in Leominster

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Leominster is the most dangerous small towns in Herefordshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Herefordshire's 211 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leominster in 2021 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Herefordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Herefordshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leominster is the 151st most dangerous small town, and the 935th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Leominster had the worst crime rate in Herefordshire for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Leominster residents, when it was Herefordshire's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.89 per 1,000 residents. Leominster recorded 1 report of theft from the person during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for theft from the person in Herefordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Leominster are violence and sexual offences, with 532 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 25% higher than 2020's figure of 401 offences and a difference of 10.56 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Leominster's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 250% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Leominster 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Herefordshire

4.9% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

10% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Leominster is 4.9% lower than the West Midlands and 10% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Leominster Crime Rate Over Time

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Leominster Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Leominster 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 Leominster

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021851,053
202074920
2019901,110
2018871,075
2017841,044
201673906

Crime in Leominster Compared To Herefordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Leominster This Year

 LeominsterHerefordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour48939.436,04931.42 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.48950.49 2.1% safer
Burglary453.635502.86 21% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1169.351,1846.15 34% more dangerous
Drugs393.143701.92 39% more dangerous
Other Crime231.852371.23 34% more dangerous
Other Theft766.138794.57 25% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons131.05970.50 52% more dangerous
Public Order927.421,1245.84 21% more dangerous
Robbery20.16270.14 12% more dangerous
Shoplifting776.214122.14 66% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.56350.18 68% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime252.023521.83 9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences53242.905,83730.31 29% more dangerous

Leominster Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ledbury46347.5878% safer
Ross-on-Wye75974.1115% safer
Leominster1,05384.91-

Crime Over Time in Leominster

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Recent Crimes in Leominster

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hereford TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mortimer StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eaton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rainbow StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Westfield WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Herbert RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Victoria StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oldfields CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hawthorne PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near School RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Portna WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ridgemoor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near South StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect

Leominster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48462939 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.650.970.480.48 Safer
Burglary963.13.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson141199 Safer
Drugs3.12.44.63.1 Getting worse
Other Crime2.01.71.21.8 Safer
Other Theft11976 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.890.480.971.0 Getting worse
Public Order2.9657 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.400.560.16 Safer
Shoplifting71276 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.40.320.56 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.63.92.72.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30343243 Getting worse

Changes In Leominster's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Leominster's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Sydonia Recreation Ground----100.47
The Grange6-3-4110

Comparing Leominster to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0827% safer
Croydon82.482.9% safer
Leominster84.91-
Sheffield90.056% more dangerous
Bristol90.526% more dangerous
Coventry102.2417% more dangerous
Leicester111.5924% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0631% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6435% more dangerous
Bradford132.2836% more dangerous
Leeds150.9444% more dangerous

Crime in Leominster's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leominster North29548Second
Leominster South758120First

Crime in Leominster During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Leominster change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Leominster saw a 300% increase in drugs. Leominster saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 93% compared to July in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Leominster's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+15%+153%+131%+29%------
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-50%-80%--38%-93%-71%-25%+150%-75%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-53%-57%-25%-50%-33%-+63%+50%+44%
Drugs+50%--+100%-+100%+25%+300%+33%-33%
Other Crime----75%+50%-67%-25%-50%--
Other Theft-57%-67%--10%-60%-13%--13%-73%-33%
Possession of Weapons------+100%---
Public Order-44%-78%-14%+25%+33%+100%+200%+200%-67%-
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-29%-56%-68%-71%+33%-17%-23%-78%-91%-80%
Theft From the Person--67%-------67%-
Vehicle Crime+33%-33%+200%+100%--50%--75%-50%-83%
Violence and Sexual Offences-34%-27%+3%+22%-14%-+30%--21%-30%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leominster

What police force serves Leominster?
Leominster's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.

How dangerous is Leominster?
Leominster is the most dangerous small town in Herefordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Leominster?
Leominster's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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