Lincoln Crime Overview

Lincoln is the second most dangerous major 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 Lincoln in 2020 was 119 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 37% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lincoln is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns, and the 280th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Lincoln had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Lincoln residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 41 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Lincoln recorded 25 reports of other crime during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst for other crime in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Lincoln are violence and sexual offences, with 5,024 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 5,500 offences and a difference of 4.47 from 2019's crime rate of 52. Lincoln's least common crime is theft from the person, with 46 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 109% from 2019's figure of 96 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Lincoln This Year

 LincolnLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,07347.6726,90124.6148% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3863.631,4041.2865% more dangerous
Burglary7306.865,6665.1824% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,54914.5610,0439.1937% more dangerous
Drugs5224.912,3542.1556% more dangerous
Other Crime3012.832,2752.0827% more dangerous
Other Theft7947.465,9095.4127% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1341.267530.6945% more dangerous
Public Order1,40013.168,4147.7041% more dangerous
Robbery910.864840.4449% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,30812.296,0145.5055% more dangerous
Theft From the Person460.433010.2835% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3873.643,7023.397% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,02447.2134,66031.7133% more dangerous

Crime in Lincoln Compared To Lincolnshire

Lincoln Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Scunthorpe8,19198.0022% safer
Lincoln12,672119.08-
Grimsby11,645131.8510% more dangerous

Lincoln Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour49453148Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.13.53.53.6Safer
Burglary9667Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11121415Getting worse
Drugs4.1564.9Safer
Other Crime1.92.52.52.8Getting worse
Other Theft99107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.931.41.41.3Getting worse
Public Order4.081413Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.680.961.20.86Safer
Shoplifting17151612Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.860.840.900.43Safer
Vehicle Crime8773.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20335247Getting worse

Changes In Lincoln's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Lincoln to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7176% safer
Coventry77.4154% safer
Croydon83.2243% safer
Sheffield85.8139% safer
Bristol86.2138% safer
Leicester97.4422% safer
Birmingham102.8716% safer
Liverpool107.2811% safer
Lincoln119.08-
Bradford133.0210% more dangerous
Leeds137.1013% more dangerous

Crime in Lincoln's Neighbourhoods

Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Lincoln, followed by Wharf & University in second place, and Ermine as the third most dangerous area. Lincoln's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bracebridge Heath & Waddington, Bracebridge South & Swallow Beck, and Hartsholme & Birchwood East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Birchwood West712100Fifth
Bracebridge Heath & Waddington38837Ninth
Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor1,260163First
Bracebridge South & Swallow Beck63358Seventh
Cathedral & West Common1,572128Fourth
Ermine855140Third
Glebe Park62886Sixth
Hartsholme & Birchwood East40751Eighth
Wharf & University1,621148Second

Lincoln Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBracebridge Heath & Waddington (191)Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor (524)
Bicycle TheftBracebridge Heath & Waddington (1)Wharf & University (102)
BurglaryBracebridge Heath & Waddington (14)Wharf & University (134)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBracebridge Heath & Waddington (35)Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor (192)
DrugsBracebridge South & Swallow Beck (9)Wharf & University (91)
Other CrimeBracebridge Heath & Waddington (12)Cathedral & West Common (41)
Other TheftBracebridge Heath & Waddington (22)Wharf & University (111)
Possession of WeaponsBracebridge South & Swallow Beck (5)Ermine (9)
Public OrderBracebridge Heath & Waddington (26)Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor (143)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bracebridge Heath & Waddington (2)Wharf & University (26)
ShopliftingHartsholme & Birchwood East (4)Wharf & University (238)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hartsholme & Birchwood East (1)Wharf & University (12)
Vehicle CrimeBracebridge Heath & Waddington (12)Cathedral & West Common (58)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBracebridge Heath & Waddington (186)Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor (552)

Crime in Lincoln During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lincoln change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Lincoln saw a 154% increase in anti-social behaviour. Lincoln saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Lincoln saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including shoplifting, theft from the person, vehicle crime, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+10%+128%+154%+80%+65%+57%+55%+49%+38%+15%
Bicycle Theft+14%-43%-57%--42%+50%+63%-18%+8%-47%
Burglary+100%+134%-22%-22%-31%-25%-25%-25%-14%-26%
Criminal Damage and Arson+26%-33%-16%-9%--28%+7%+6%-3%-1%
Drugs-36%-22%-13%-22%-11%-6%-39%-21%-16%-5%
Other Crime+40%+17%+40%+53%-16%+24%-17%-4%-26%+9%
Other Theft-37%-53%-16%-17%-38%-20%-16%-17%-30%-19%
Possession of Weapons-12%+17%-60%-36%+36%-18%+50%-55%-24%-11%
Public Order+28%-20%-11%-11%-16%-18%+3%-8%-34%-12%
Robbery+120%-29%-67%-56%-57%-45%-44%-17%-57%+100%
Shoplifting+48%-54%-50%-46%-13%-19%-25%-38%-28%-49%
Theft From the Person+75%-88%-60%-67%-67%-29%-33%-56%-17%-78%
Vehicle Crime+33%-52%-64%-46%-63%-48%-85%-48%-33%-76%
Violence and Sexual Offences0%-35%-13%-4%-14%-12%-19%-8%+2%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lincoln

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021