Leominster Crime Overview

Leominster is the most dangerous small town in Herefordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Herefordshire's 238 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leominster in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Herefordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 31% higher than the Herefordshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leominster is the 164th most dangerous small town, and the 1,221st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Leominster had the worst crime rate in Herefordshire for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Leominster residents, when it was Herefordshire's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Leominster recorded 1 report of theft from the person during November 2020, 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 401 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 4.0% lower than 2019's figure of 417 offences and a difference of 1.29 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Leominster's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 325% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

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Crime in Leominster Compared To Herefordshire

Summary of Crimes in Leominster This Year

 LeominsterHerefordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36529.433,88920.2031% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.481310.6842% safer
Burglary383.065813.021.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1159.271,0705.5640% more dangerous
Drugs574.604852.5245% more dangerous
Other Crime151.211850.9621% more dangerous
Other Theft816.538544.4432% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.971130.5939% more dangerous
Public Order675.406983.6333% more dangerous
Robbery70.56600.3145% more dangerous
Shoplifting846.774882.5363% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.32460.2425% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime332.663341.7335% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences40132.344,87325.3122% more dangerous

Leominster Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ledbury37338.3394% safer
Ross-on-Wye68566.8811% safer
Leominster92074.19-

Crime Over Time in Leominster

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Leominster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour55484629Safer
Bicycle Theft0.400.650.970.48Safer
Burglary5963.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1314119Safer
Drugs2.43.12.44.6Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.01.71.2Safer
Other Theft101197Safer
Possession of Weapons0.560.890.480.97Getting worse
Public Order62.965Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.400.400.56Getting worse
Shoplifting4.67127Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.731.61.40.32Safer
Vehicle Crime3.54.63.92.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36303432Safer

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7110% safer
Leominster74.19-
Coventry77.414.2% more dangerous
Croydon83.2211% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8114% more dangerous
Bristol86.2114% more dangerous
Leicester97.4424% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8728% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2831% more dangerous
Bradford133.0244% more dangerous
Leeds137.1046% more dangerous

Crime in Leominster's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leominster North27144Second
Leominster South649103First

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021