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Crime and Safety in Gainsborough

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Gainsborough is the second most dangerous small towns in Lincolnshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 563 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gainsborough in 2021 was 138 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gainsborough is among the top 20 most dangerous small town, and the 216th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2019, Gainsborough had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for possession of weapons, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Gainsborough are violence and sexual offences, with 1,181 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 1,062 offences and a difference of 5.68 from 2020's crime rate of 51. Gainsborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 17% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Gainsborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lincolnshire

40% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

45% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Gainsborough is 40% higher than the East Midlands and 45% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Gainsborough Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Gainsborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211382,884
20201262,629
20191493,113
20181352,819
20171282,673
20161052,189

Crime in Gainsborough Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Gainsborough This Year

 GainsboroughLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour98847.2024,31122.24 53% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft231.101,2621.15 4.5% safer
Burglary1798.554,5784.19 51% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson50123.9410,0089.16 62% more dangerous
Drugs432.052,1852.00 2.4% more dangerous
Other Crime622.962,2772.08 30% more dangerous
Other Theft2029.655,9605.45 44% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons301.436870.63 56% more dangerous
Public Order24711.808,6617.92 33% more dangerous
Robbery180.865050.46 47% more dangerous
Shoplifting28413.575,7285.24 61% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.292850.26 10% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1085.163,2722.99 42% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,18156.4236,82433.69 40% more dangerous

Gainsborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Barton-upon-Humber69959.90130% safer
Sleaford1,20961.89123% safer
Louth1,25872.2491% safer
Immingham72573.2888% safer
Mablethorpe and Sutton95975.9182% safer
Gainsborough2,884137.79-
Skegness3,186156.5012% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gainsborough

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Recent Crimes in Gainsborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brewster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Front StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brocklesby CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Love LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Forster StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Spital HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Spital TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodland AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Campbell StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near QueenswayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Malpas AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brewster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heron DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brocklesby CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Gainsborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51294947 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.21.21.1 Safer
Burglary131399 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson24212024 Getting worse
Drugs3.13.11.82.0 Safer
Other Crime2.53.33.13.0 Getting worse
Other Theft17111010 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.81.41.4 Getting worse
Public Order8111212 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.00.910.810.86 Safer
Shoplifting1516914 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.620.190.240.29 Safer
Vehicle Crime7775 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40595156 Getting worse

Changes In Gainsborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Gainsborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08105% safer
Croydon82.4867% safer
Sheffield90.0553% safer
Bristol90.5252% safer
Coventry102.2435% safer
Leicester111.5923% safer
Liverpool123.0612% safer
Birmingham129.646% safer
Bradford132.284.2% safer
Gainsborough137.79-
Leeds150.949% more dangerous

Crime in Gainsborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gainsborough East805102Second
Gainsborough West1,966184First

Crime in Gainsborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gainsborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Gainsborough saw a 300% increase in possession of weapons. Gainsborough saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 98% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+24%+221%+190%+81%+54%+10%+15%+80%+42%+85%
Bicycle Theft----33%--50%+25%---
Burglary-72%-52%-89%+7%+35%--52%+5%+8%-64%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-36%-20%-11%-15%-23%-5%+70%+59%-19%
Drugs-56%-83%+25%-67%-83%+67%+200%-50%-71%+100%
Other Crime+200%-20%-33%-67%-45%+17%-+80%-67%-
Other Theft-31%-11%-50%-26%+5%+81%+58%-+55%-13%
Possession of Weapons--25%-33%--80%+300%+50%--67%-
Public Order+118%-15%+50%+12%-27%-33%-18%+67%-6%-10%
Robbery-60%---+50%----67%+200%
Shoplifting-66%-80%-98%-74%-13%+10%-47%+213%+64%+110%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-58%+64%-50%+50%+73%-+17%+13%+23%-5%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-42%-31%+3%-33%+13%+18%-25%-13%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gainsborough

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

How dangerous is Gainsborough?
Gainsborough is the second most dangerous small town in Lincolnshire.

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

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

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