Leicester Crime Overview

Leicester is the most dangerous city in Leicestershire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Leicestershire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leicester in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Leicestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Leicestershire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leicester is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 536th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Leicester had the worst crime rate in Leicestershire for bicycle theft, with 40 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Leicester residents, when it was Leicestershire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 168 crimes at a rate of 0.40 per 1,000 residents. Leicester recorded 340 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Leicestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Leicester are violence and sexual offences, with 17,022 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 15,420 offences and a difference of 3.85 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Leicester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 342 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 78% from 2019's figure of 610 crimes.

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Crime in Leicester Compared To Leicestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Leicester This Year

 LeicesterLeicestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,52315.7012,75312.0323% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft7271.751,1541.0938% more dangerous
Burglary2,2495.414,5134.2621% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4,27810.298,5018.0222% more dangerous
Drugs1,5773.802,6452.4934% more dangerous
Other Crime9122.191,8371.7321% more dangerous
Other Theft2,8726.915,9785.6418% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4090.986370.6039% more dangerous
Public Order5,30312.769,3608.8331% more dangerous
Robbery5501.327200.6848% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,3753.312,8482.6919% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3420.825390.5138% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,8736.916,0445.7018% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences17,02240.9631,03229.2729% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leicester

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Recent Crimes in Leicester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Kempson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greenwich CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Delaware RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Portsdown RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warren DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warren DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near NightclubLocal resolution
August 2021Other crimeOn or near NightclubLocal resolution
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chater CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Chater CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chater CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Swanscombe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bowmars LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Maple RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Mervyn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mervyn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mervyn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near George StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near George StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Overing CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Leicester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22181616Safer
Bicycle Theft2.83.22.21.8Safer
Burglary9975Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11121210Safer
Drugs2.32.83.63.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.12.22.2Getting worse
Other Theft121097Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.31.20.98Safer
Public Order691113Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.81.81.3Safer
Shoplifting8863.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.91.50.82Safer
Vehicle Crime1010107Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27353741Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7144% safer
Coventry77.4126% safer
Croydon83.2217% safer
Sheffield85.8114% safer
Bristol86.2113% safer
Leicester97.44-
Birmingham102.875% more dangerous
Liverpool107.289% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% 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 Braunstone Park West 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 Park1,31011614th
Aylestone North & Saffron Fields903137Eighth
Aylestone South87011016th
Belgrave North East5256330th
Belgrave North West7988721st
Belgrave South5355632nd
Braunstone Park East1,05112711th
Braunstone Park West1,042149Third
Clarendon Park & Stoneygate South1,20010218th
Colchester Road6518323rd
Crown Hills5375433rd
Dane Hills & Western Park72210119th
Evington4805831st
Eyres Monsell1,072134Ninth
Highfields South9138125th
Kirby Frith1,075133Tenth
Knighton3204635th
Leicester City Centre3,921339First
Leicester City South1,876138Seventh
Leicester Forest East4096728th
New Parks & Stokeswood1,424177Second
Newfoundpool1,08212612th
North Evington & Rowlatts Hill1,24511515th
Northfields & Merrydale8029520th
Rowley Fields & Faircharm86210717th
Rushey Mead North6178026th
Rushey Mead South4516629th
Saffron Lane1,053140Sixth
Spinney Hill Road7245134th
St Matthews & Highfields North9598224th
Stocking Farm & Mowmacre1,627144Fifth
Stoneygate North8886727th
Thurnby Lodge9208722nd
West End & Westcotes2,129144Fourth
West Knighton1,08312313th

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 BehaviourColchester Road (58)Leicester City Centre (583)
Bicycle TheftRushey Mead South (1)Leicester City Centre (200)
BurglarySpinney Hill Road (30)Leicester City Centre (186)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSpinney Hill Road (58)Braunstone Park West (174)
DrugsBelgrave North East (9)West Knighton (124)
Other CrimeStoneygate North (8)Braunstone Park West (41)
Other TheftBelgrave North East (19)Leicester City Centre (441)
Possession of WeaponsLeicester Forest East (1)Leicester City Centre (45)
Public OrderKnighton (30)Leicester City Centre (632)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Belgrave North East (2)Leicester City Centre (78)
ShopliftingKnighton (1)Leicester City Centre (464)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Northfields & Merrydale (1)Leicester City Centre (106)
Vehicle CrimeSpinney Hill Road (38)Abbey Park (207)
Violence and Sexual OffencesKnighton (107)Leicester City Centre (1,246)

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 62% 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. Rates of bicycle theft and criminal damage and arson both fell year-on-year for every month during Leicester's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+38%+3%-8%-6%-10%+12%-9%+11%+2%
Bicycle Theft-25%-42%-29%-36%-29%-47%-21%+3%-2%-2%
Burglary-11%-36%-38%-39%-38%-31%-31%-23%-14%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-27%-29%-18%-7%-3%-17%-15%+9%-7%
Drugs-13%+26%-20%+33%+23%+21%-+9%+37%-3%
Other Crime-32%+17%-1%+9%+21%+44%-18%-4%-4%+62%
Other Theft-6%-23%-36%-23%-35%-21%-20%-12%-35%-33%
Possession of Weapons-34%-50%-27%-35%+22%+18%---9%-13%
Public Order+13%+12%+17%+42%+20%+40%+16%+11%+16%+19%
Robbery-19%-57%-15%-25%+20%-34%-31%+17%-21%-44%
Shoplifting-46%-62%-55%-53%-56%-52%-31%-24%-33%-46%
Theft From the Person-66%-67%-55%-16%-33%-34%-12%-52%-72%-8%
Vehicle Crime-6%-34%-41%-54%-47%-43%-25%-2%-32%-37%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-10%+8%+19%+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).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021