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Crime and Safety in Boston, Lincolnshire

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Boston is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Lincolnshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 563 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Boston in 2021 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Boston is the 46th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 567th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Boston had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for robbery, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Boston residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Boston recorded 14 reports of possession of weapons during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst for possession of weapons in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Boston are violence and sexual offences, with 1,611 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 1,502 offences and a difference of 2.98 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Boston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 19 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Boston 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Lincolnshire

19% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

27% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Boston is 19% higher than the East Midlands and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Boston Crime Rate Over Time

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Boston Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Boston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211003,661
20201033,781
20191264,639
20181073,925
2017843,098
2016802,936

Crime in Boston Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Boston This Year

 BostonLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,29435.2824,31122.24 37% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft992.701,2621.15 57% more dangerous
Burglary1223.334,5784.19 26% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson39410.7410,0089.16 15% more dangerous
Drugs1905.182,1852.00 61% more dangerous
Other Crime1123.052,2762.08 32% more dangerous
Other Theft2627.145,9605.45 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons451.236870.63 49% more dangerous
Public Order2927.968,6617.92 0.50% more dangerous
Robbery441.205050.46 62% more dangerous
Shoplifting37710.285,7285.24 49% more dangerous
Theft From the Person190.522850.26 50% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime942.563,2722.99 17% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,61143.9336,81933.68 23% more dangerous

Boston Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Spalding2,59272.6937% safer
Cleethorpes3,11981.4623% safer
Grantham3,75284.2219% safer
Boston3,66199.82-

Crime Over Time in Boston

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Recent Crimes in Boston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bradford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elan CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burgess CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Wheeler CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trinity StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Church LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Irby PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sleaford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Revesby CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Orchard StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near KingswayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tower StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Bath GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Hessle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Boston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34294535 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft64.33.02.7 Safer
Burglary773.93.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11121011 Safer
Drugs7765 Safer
Other Crime2.23.62.33.0 Getting worse
Other Theft9977 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.42.11.61.2 Safer
Public Order61088 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.790.791.2 Getting worse
Shoplifting18191610 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.820.520.52 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.03.43.02.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34484144 Getting worse

Changes In Boston's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Boston's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Burgess Pit Playing Field6---104.6
Rosebery Avenue Playing Fields-----10.12

Comparing Boston to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93150% safer
Birmingham49.60101% safer
Barnet67.0849% safer
Croydon82.4821% safer
Sheffield90.0311% safer
Bristol90.5210% safer
Boston99.82-
Leicester111.5911% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0619% more dangerous
Bradford132.2825% more dangerous
Leeds150.9434% more dangerous

Crime in Boston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Boston Central & North1,828201First
Fenside & Lister Way1,01687Second

Crime in Boston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Boston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Boston saw a 500% increase in robbery. Boston saw a large fall in possession of weapons during December, when it fell by 90% compared to December in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Boston's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+8%+150%+140%+103%+43%+44%+27%+33%+69%+23%
Bicycle Theft-43%-30%-67%+100%-29%-67%+11%+50%-41%-43%
Burglary-24%-64%-64%-31%+38%-55%-17%-65%-25%+15%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-50%+16%-24%+45%+2%+31%-20%-50%-32%
Drugs-37%+64%-19%-33%+75%-46%+47%-43%+75%-18%
Other Crime-29%-72%-60%-33%-+250%--60%--81%
Other Theft-33%-52%-7%-16%-43%+8%-26%+17%-38%-15%
Possession of Weapons-50%-73%-17%--22%+75%+133%+100%-20%-90%
Public Order-29%-32%-22%-+3%-6%-23%--24%-8%
Robbery+67%-75%+500%----50%+100%-67%-75%
Shoplifting-3%-6%-30%+31%-6%-33%-18%-6%-18%-43%
Theft From the Person-80%---33%+25%-+50%+100%-50%-
Vehicle Crime-43%-44%+30%-10%-22%-20%-50%+11%+17%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-43%-17%-6%-1%-4%-4%-18%-16%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Boston

What police force serves Boston?
Boston's local territorial police force is the Lincolnshire Police.

How dangerous is Boston?
Boston is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Lincolnshire.

What is Boston's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Boston are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Boston?
Boston's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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