Leicester Crime Overview

Leicester is the most dangerous city in the East Midlands, and among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Leicester in 2020 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Leicester had the worst crime rate in the East Midlands for bicycle theft, with 60 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Leicester residents, when it was the East Midlands's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 182 crimes at a rate of 0.51 per 1,000 residents. Leicester recorded 399 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for criminal damage and arson in the East Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Leicester are violence and sexual offences, with 15,236 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 1.2% higher than 2019's figure of 15,055 offences and a difference of 0.51 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Leicester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 303 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 607 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Leicester This Year

 Leicester
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,97316.86
Bicycle Theft6901.95
Burglary1,9885.61
Criminal Damage and Arson3,85310.88
Drugs1,4514.10
Other Crime7972.25
Other Theft2,5927.32
Possession of Weapons3771.06
Public Order4,83213.64
Robbery5261.48
Shoplifting1,1733.31
Theft From the Person3030.86
Vehicle Crime2,4937.04
Violence and Sexual Offences15,23643.01

Leicester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25211817Safer
Bicycle Theft3.33.72.52.0Safer
Burglary101186Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13141311Safer
Drugs2.73.44.34.1Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.42.52.2Safer
Other Theft131297Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.51.41.1Safer
Public Order7101214Getting worse
Robbery1.52.12.11.5Safer
Shoplifting9963.3Safer
Theft From the Person1.32.21.70.86Safer
Vehicle Crime1111117Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31404243Getting worse

Comparing Leicester to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5043% safer
Sheffield73.9939% safer
Kirklees74.2338% safer
Croydon77.1833% safer
Bradford79.1929% safer
London80.7027% safer
Birmingham89.0215% safer
Bristol91.5712% safer
Leeds91.9012% safer
Leicester102.51-
Liverpool105.943.2% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leicester

What police force serves Leicester?
Leicester's local territorial police force is the Leicestershire Police.
How dangerous is Leicester?
Leicester is the most dangerous city in the East Midlands.
What is Leicester's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Leicester are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Leicester?
Leicester's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021