Loughborough Crime Overview

Loughborough is the most dangerous major town 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 Loughborough in 2020 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Leicestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Leicestershire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Loughborough is the 54th most dangerous major town, and the 861st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2019, Loughborough had the worst crime rate in Leicestershire for drugs, with 218 crimes reported and a crime rate of 3.2 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Loughborough are violence and sexual offences, with 2,078 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 1,816 offences and a difference of 3.86 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Loughborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 39 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 65 crimes.

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Crime in Loughborough Compared To Leicestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Loughborough This Year

 LoughboroughLeicestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour96814.2412,75312.0316% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2193.221,1541.0966% more dangerous
Burglary3755.524,5134.2623% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6309.278,5018.0213% more dangerous
Drugs1432.102,6452.4919% safer
Other Crime1372.021,8371.7314% more dangerous
Other Theft4206.185,9785.649% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons420.626370.603.2% more dangerous
Public Order68410.079,3608.8312% more dangerous
Robbery570.847200.6819% more dangerous
Shoplifting3985.862,8482.6954% more dangerous
Theft From the Person390.575390.5111% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4797.056,0445.7019% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,07830.5831,03229.274.3% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Loughborough

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Recent Crimes in Loughborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Station AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cordell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Warwick WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Castledine StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Gracedieu RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Goods Yard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Farnham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farnham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farnham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Ashby RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Ashby RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near NightclubLocal resolution
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Byron Street ExtensionInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New Ashby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Howe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Howe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Howe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Goldfinch CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Loughborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18151214Safer
Bicycle Theft4.254.03.2Safer
Burglary121096Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson911109Safer
Drugs1.72.772.1Safer
Other Crime1.52.01.92.0Getting worse
Other Theft10976Safer
Possession of Weapons0.711.00.790.62Safer
Public Order4.17810Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.20.840.870.84Safer
Shoplifting101196Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.871.30.960.57Safer
Vehicle Crime81097Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20262731Getting worse

Changes In Loughborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Loughborough to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7124% safer
Coventry77.418% safer
Croydon83.220.81% safer
Loughborough83.89-
Sheffield85.812.2% more dangerous
Bristol86.212.7% more dangerous
Leicester97.4414% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8718% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2822% more dangerous
Bradford133.0237% more dangerous
Leeds137.1039% more dangerous

Crime in Loughborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Loughborough - University45235Third
Loughborough Lemyngton & Hastings1,846141First
Loughborough Storer & Queen's Park1,551138Second

Crime in Loughborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Loughborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Loughborough saw a 600% increase in robbery. Loughborough saw a large fall in drugs during May, when it fell by 93% compared to May in 2019. Loughborough saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+53%+17%+12%+47%+27%+12%+31%+14%+4%-22%
Bicycle Theft-50%-50%-50%+75%-58%-25%-23%+21%+14%+92%
Burglary-70%-76%-30%+3%-8%+20%--8%-37%-21%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-31%-25%+2%-2%-8%+7%-38%+25%-24%
Drugs-50%-84%-93%-29%-14%-85%-8%-27%+78%+60%
Other Crime+29%-41%-9%+138%+29%+13%+86%+25%--8%
Other Theft-30%-40%-34%-9%+129%-20%-19%-16%-33%-38%
Possession of Weapons-67%+33%+100%-40%-63%-33%+300%--75%-
Public Order-29%+24%-41%+63%+38%+60%+32%-+71%+17%
Robbery+50%-60%-86%-86%+600%-+33%-13%+100%-
Shoplifting-64%-12%-46%-6%+71%-47%-38%-24%-32%-50%
Theft From the Person-80%-20%-89%-50%-86%--33%-25%--50%
Vehicle Crime-17%-21%-31%-15%-21%-39%-6%-44%-37%+43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%+20%-2%+30%+40%+37%+17%+2%+8%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Loughborough

What police force serves Loughborough?
Loughborough's local territorial police force is the Leicestershire Police.
How dangerous is Loughborough?
Loughborough is the most dangerous major town in Leicestershire.
What is Loughborough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Loughborough are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Loughborough?
Loughborough's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021