Boston Crime Overview

Boston is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Lincolnshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 599 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Boston in 2020 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Boston is the 33rd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 449th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Boston had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for possession of weapons, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2018 was also a bad month for Boston residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Boston recorded 29 reports of bicycle theft during October 2018, making its crime rate of 0.79 the worst for bicycle theft in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Boston are violence and sexual offences, with 1,502 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 1,767 offences and a difference of 7.23 from 2019's crime rate of 48. Boston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 19 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 58% from 2019's figure of 30 crimes.

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Crime in Boston Compared To Lincolnshire

Summary of Crimes in Boston This Year

 BostonLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,64244.7726,90124.6145% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1103.001,4041.2857% more dangerous
Burglary1433.905,6665.1833% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson37010.0910,0439.199% more dangerous
Drugs2165.892,3542.1563% more dangerous
Other Crime852.322,2752.0810% more dangerous
Other Theft2526.875,9095.4121% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons601.647530.6958% more dangerous
Public Order3078.378,4147.708% more dangerous
Robbery290.794840.4444% more dangerous
Shoplifting57715.736,0145.5065% more dangerous
Theft From the Person190.523010.2846% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1113.033,7023.3912% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,50240.9534,66031.7123% more dangerous

Boston Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Spalding2,62373.5640% safer
Grantham3,59880.7628% safer
Cleethorpes3,16682.6825% safer
Boston3,781103.09-

Crime Over Time in Boston

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Boston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36342945Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.964.33.0Safer
Burglary8773.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9111210Safer
Drugs6776Safer
Other Crime1.62.23.62.3Safer
Other Theft8997Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.42.11.6Getting worse
Public Order2.36108Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.550.790.79Getting worse
Shoplifting16181916Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.521.10.820.52Safer
Vehicle Crime54.03.43.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22344841Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7152% safer
Coventry77.4133% safer
Croydon83.2224% safer
Sheffield85.8120% safer
Bristol86.2120% safer
Leicester97.446% safer
Birmingham102.870.21% safer
Boston103.09-
Liverpool107.283.9% more dangerous
Bradford133.0223% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% more dangerous

Crime in Boston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Boston Central & North1,899209First
Fenside & Lister Way91779Second

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021