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Crime and Safety in Leicester

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Leicester is the most dangerous city in Leicestershire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Leicestershire's 230 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leicester in 2021 was 112 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Leicestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Leicestershire rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leicester is among the top 10 most dangerous cities, and the 457th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Leicester had the worst crime rate in Leicestershire for bicycle theft, with 66 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Leicester residents, when it was Leicestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 170 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Leicester recorded 422 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Leicestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Leicester are violence and sexual offences, with 20,440 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 17,739 offences and a difference of 6.50 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Leicester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 398 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 10% from 2020's figure of 360 crimes.

Leicester 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Leicestershire

26% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

32% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Leicester is 26% higher than the East Midlands and 32% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Leicester Crime Rate Over Time

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Leicester Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Leicester represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Leicester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202111246,436
202010242,349
201910844,766
201811146,102
20179941,264
20168133,634

Crime in Leicester Compared To Leicestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Leicester This Year

 LeicesterLeicestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,96411.959,4108.87 26% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft9332.251,5101.42 37% more dangerous
Burglary1,8574.473,3523.16 29% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4,70411.328,9918.48 25% more dangerous
Drugs1,8774.522,9022.74 39% more dangerous
Other Crime1,0922.632,0331.92 27% more dangerous
Other Theft3,4928.406,7226.34 25% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4781.157460.70 39% more dangerous
Public Order6,67016.0511,24410.60 34% more dangerous
Robbery4821.166410.60 48% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,3543.262,8092.65 19% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3980.965600.53 45% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,6596.404,8514.57 29% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences20,44049.1936,17434.11 31% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leicester

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Recent Crimes in Leicester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Public orderOn or near Brackley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thurlby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022DrugsOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingFurther investigation is not in the public interest
June 2022Other theftOn or near Windermere StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Milnroy RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Charnwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other crimeOn or near Oakwood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glen RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022DrugsOn or near Braunstone GateFormal action is not in the public interest
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tredington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mottisford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near White Hart CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hunters WayLocal resolution
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eastern BoulevardUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thurlby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Conaglen RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Leicester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19161612 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.22.21.82.2 Safer
Burglary10864.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121111 Safer
Drugs2.93.73.94.5 Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.22.32.6 Getting worse
Other Theft11978 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.21.01.2 Safer
Public Order9111316 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.81.31.2 Safer
Shoplifting863.53.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.01.50.870.96 Safer
Vehicle Crime111176 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36394349 Getting worse

Changes In Leicester's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Leicester's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Andrews Football Club1----00.13
Bede Park403104221146
Braunstone Park717-880.45
Craven Recreation Ground3---504.8
Ellis Park2---101.0
Elston Fields Recreation Ground1-1--11.2
Evington Park--11-00.12
Fosse Road Recreation Ground6-1-212.4
Friar Lane and Epworth Football Club----100.60
Humberstone Community Gardens112-652.5
Humberstone Park9-12731.8
Mossdale Meadows41---20.86
Nelson Mandela Park4222213.8
Rushey Fields Recreation Ground10--1211.6
Spinney Hill Park12-41441.8
Victoria Park19442631.4
Western Park60-34761.3
Willowbrook Park2-2-520.77

Comparing Leicester to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0867% safer
Croydon82.4835% safer
Sheffield91.1023% safer
Bristol93.7719% safer
Coventry102.379% safer
Leicester111.75-
Liverpool127.9013% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1719% more dangerous
Bradford145.6023% more dangerous
Leeds153.0627% more dangerous

Crime in Leicester's Neighbourhoods

Leicester City Centre is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Leicester, followed by New Parks & Stokeswood in second place, and West End & Westcotes as the third most dangerous area. Leicester's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Crown Hills, Knighton, and Spinney Hill Road.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Park1,52513512th
Aylestone North & Saffron Fields1,095166Fourth
Aylestone South80610218th
Belgrave North East5316431st
Belgrave North West8048823rd
Belgrave South6446730th
Braunstone Park East1,331161Seventh
Braunstone Park West1,148164Fifth
Clarendon Park & Stoneygate South1,28810916th
Colchester Road6247924th
Crown Hills5185233rd
Dane Hills & Western Park6759421st
Evington4996032nd
Eyres Monsell1,234154Ninth
Highfields South7907028th
Kirby Frith1,316162Sixth
Knighton3595134th
Leicester City Centre5,382465First
Leicester City South2,142157Eighth
Leicester Forest East4407226th
New Parks & Stokeswood1,452180Second
Newfoundpool1,16713611th
North Evington & Rowlatts Hill1,17110817th
Northfields & Merrydale7969422nd
Rowley Fields & Faircharm97012015th
Rushey Mead North5937725th
Rushey Mead South4817127th
Saffron Lane99813213th
Spinney Hill Road7235135th
St Matthews & Highfields North1,1299719th
Stocking Farm & Mowmacre1,49113214th
Stoneygate North9016829th
Thurnby Lodge1,0279720th
West End & Westcotes2,595176Third
West Knighton1,257142Tenth

Leicester Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourKnighton (21)Leicester City Centre (424)
Bicycle TheftEyres Monsell (2)Leicester City Centre (268)
BurglarySt Matthews & Highfields North (17)Leicester City Centre (131)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEvington (29)Leicester City Centre (336)
DrugsBelgrave North East (11)West Knighton (167)
Other CrimeCrown Hills (12)Leicester City Centre (68)
Other TheftKnighton (19)Leicester City Centre (547)
Possession of WeaponsBelgrave North East (2)Leicester City Centre (65)
Public OrderKnighton (31)Leicester City Centre (1,000)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Knighton (1)Leicester City Centre (91)
ShopliftingBraunstone Park West (1)Leicester City Centre (337)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Evington (1)Leicester City Centre (123)
Vehicle CrimeHighfields South (26)Abbey Park (207)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKnighton (140)Leicester City Centre (2,063)

Crime in Leicester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Leicester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Leicester saw a 60% increase in other crime. Leicester saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 72% compared to November in 2019. Leicester saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, criminal damage and arson, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+41%+3%-7%-5%-9%+10%-11%+12%+2%
Bicycle Theft-25%-43%-27%-36%-31%-48%-21%+3%-5%-5%
Burglary-15%-37%-37%-40%-37%-30%-30%-22%-13%-28%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-27%-28%-18%-8%-3%-14%-14%+8%-6%
Drugs-14%+21%-21%+32%+23%+18%+5%+10%+38%-1%
Other Crime-28%+10%+7%+5%+16%+34%-15%--5%+60%
Other Theft-6%-20%-38%-23%-35%-21%-17%-7%-35%-33%
Possession of Weapons-32%-50%-27%-34%+19%+24%+3%+3%-9%-11%
Public Order+14%+12%+20%+45%+20%+40%+19%+14%+14%+19%
Robbery-19%-57%-15%-21%+20%-37%-28%+17%-21%-43%
Shoplifting-47%-62%-55%-54%-58%-50%-33%-25%-35%-42%
Theft From the Person-67%-67%-56%-13%-31%-34%-12%-49%-72%-
Vehicle Crime-16%-34%-41%-54%-47%-42%-26%-4%-32%-37%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-10%+10%+20%+12%+20%+18%+25%+16%+9%

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 Leicestershire.

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 (inc. pickpocketing).

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