Grimsby Crime Overview

Grimsby is the most dangerous major town in Lincolnshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 599 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Grimsby in 2020 was 132 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 43% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Grimsby is the second most dangerous major town, and the 196th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Grimsby had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for criminal damage and arson, with 202 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Grimsby residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 61 crimes at a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 residents. Grimsby recorded 61 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.69 the worst for other crime in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Grimsby are violence and sexual offences, with 4,853 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 55. This is 4.0% lower than 2019's figure of 5,048 offences and a difference of 2.20 from 2019's crime rate of 57. Grimsby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 44 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 43% from 2019's figure of 63 crimes.

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Crime in Grimsby Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Grimsby This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,05123.2226,90124.616% safer
Bicycle Theft2222.511,4041.2849% more dangerous
Burglary7188.135,6665.1836% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,75819.9010,0439.1954% more dangerous
Drugs1882.132,3542.150.94% safer
Other Crime4174.722,2752.0856% more dangerous
Other Theft6597.465,9095.4127% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons740.847530.6918% more dangerous
Public Order1,52017.218,4147.7055% more dangerous
Robbery770.874840.4449% more dangerous
Shoplifting7438.416,0145.5035% more dangerous
Theft From the Person440.503010.2844% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3724.213,7023.3919% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,85354.9534,66031.7142% more dangerous

Grimsby Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Scunthorpe8,19198.0035% safer
Lincoln12,672119.0811% safer

Crime Over Time in Grimsby

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Grimsby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour30262323Safer
Bicycle Theft3.
Criminal Damage and Arson26242220Safer
Other Crime3. worse
Other Theft1110107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.971.00.960.84Safer
Public Order7131617Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.860.710.50Safer
Vehicle Crime12884.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43535755Getting worse

Changes In Grimsby's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Grimsby's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Grimsby that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Duke of York Gardens2-11222.1
Hardy Recreation Ground--2--00.53

Comparing Grimsby to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7195% safer
Coventry77.4170% safer
Croydon83.2258% safer
Sheffield85.8154% safer
Bristol86.2153% safer
Leicester97.4435% safer
Birmingham102.8728% safer
Liverpool107.2823% safer
Bradford133.020.88% more dangerous
Leeds137.103.8% more dangerous

Crime in Grimsby's Neighbourhoods

Grimsby East Marsh & Port is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Grimsby, followed by Grimsby West Marsh in second place, and New Clee as the third most dangerous area. Grimsby's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Great Coates & The Willows, Scartho, and Yarborough.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Great Coates & The Willows4117111th
Grimsby East Marsh & Port2,019366First
Grimsby West Marsh2,320302Second
Holme Hill926154Fourth
Littlefield North634110Sixth
Littlefield South & Grange50090Ninth
New Clee1,061175Third
Weelsby & Old Clee714100Eighth

Grimsby Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Grimsby for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourScartho (112)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (333)
Bicycle TheftScartho (1)Grimsby West Marsh (64)
BurglaryScartho (21)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (112)
Criminal Damage and ArsonScartho (69)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (275)
DrugsScartho (1)Grimsby West Marsh (58)
Other CrimeScartho (13)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (76)
Other TheftScartho (21)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (143)
Possession of WeaponsHolme Hill (2)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (18)
Public OrderGreat Coates & The Willows (32)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (282)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Nunsthorpe (5)Grimsby West Marsh (24)
ShopliftingWeelsby & Old Clee (7)Grimsby West Marsh (247)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Scartho (1)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (15)
Vehicle CrimeScartho (15)Grimsby West Marsh (76)
Violence and Sexual OffencesScartho (195)Grimsby East Marsh & Port (815)

Crime in Grimsby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Grimsby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Grimsby saw a 400% increase in theft from the person. Grimsby saw a large fall in bicycle theft during December, when it fell by 94% compared to December in 2019. Rates of robbery and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Grimsby's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+2%+24%+41%-4%-2%+26%+2%+23%-
Bicycle Theft+67%-10%-10%-30%+74%-56%-27%-4%+14%-94%
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%+8%-3%-14%-15%-17%-12%+22%+54%-
Other Crime+21%+58%+50%+30%+25%+12%-5%+22%+110%-
Other Theft+12%-53%-9%-33%-9%+5%+2%-45%-4%-
Possession of Weapons+57%-17%+75%-55%-13%--13%-25%-50%-
Public Order-1%+7%-11%-8%-2%+48%+23%+35%+35%-
Theft From the Person+400%-67%-50%+50%-42%-71%+75%-80%--
Vehicle Crime-19%+11%-9%-18%-71%-68%-62%-29%-43%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-3%-15%+7%+6%+25%+1%+12%+72%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Grimsby

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021