Crime and Safety in Lincoln

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Lincoln is the second most dangerous major town 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 Lincoln in 2021 was 118 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% 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 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 365th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Lincoln had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for drugs, with 39 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Lincoln residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 31 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Lincoln recorded 69 reports of other theft during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.65 the worst for other theft in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Lincoln are violence and sexual offences, with 5,384 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 4,990 offences and a difference of 3.70 from 2020's crime rate of 47. Lincoln's least common crime is theft from the person, with 40 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 15% from 2020's figure of 46 crimes.

Lincoln 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Lincolnshire

30% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

35% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lincoln is 30% higher than the East Midlands and 35% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lincoln Crime Rate Over Time

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Lincoln Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Lincoln 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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Summary of Crimes in Lincoln This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,51742.4524,31122.24 48% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3913.671,2621.15 69% more dangerous
Burglary4974.674,5784.19 10% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,47713.8810,0089.16 34% more dangerous
Drugs4163.912,1852.00 49% more dangerous
Other Crime2342.202,2772.08 5% more dangerous
Other Theft7627.165,9605.45 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1491.406870.63 55% more dangerous
Public Order1,49714.078,6617.92 44% more dangerous
Robbery1050.995050.46 54% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,21411.415,7285.24 54% more dangerous
Theft From the Person400.382850.26 32% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3603.383,2722.99 12% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,38450.5936,82433.69 33% more dangerous

Lincoln Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Scunthorpe8,657103.5714% safer
Grimsby11,686132.3111% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lincoln

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Recent Crimes in Lincoln

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Burton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cranwell StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Henry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Outer Circle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kenneth StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shannon AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Doddington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Laceby StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakwood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near NewlandInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Paul'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Kilburn CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old WoodUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brayford StreetOffender given a caution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chelsea CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cabourne AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lincoln Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour44314742 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3. Safer
Burglary6674.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12141414 Getting worse
Drugs564.93.9 Safer
Other Crime2. Safer
Other Theft91077 Safer
Possession of Weapons1. Getting worse
Public Order8141314 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.961.20.850.99 Getting worse
Shoplifting15161211 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.900.430.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime773.63.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33524751 Getting worse

Changes In Lincoln's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lincoln's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Monks' Abbey Recreation Ground6-1-7317

Comparing Lincoln to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0875% safer
Croydon82.4843% safer
Sheffield90.0531% safer
Bristol90.5230% safer
Coventry102.2415% safer
Leicester111.595% safer
Liverpool123.064.3% more dangerous
Birmingham129.649% more dangerous
Bradford132.2811% more dangerous
Leeds150.9422% more dangerous

Crime in Lincoln's Neighbourhoods

Wharf & University is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Lincoln, followed by Ermine in second place, and Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor 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 West64090Fifth
Bracebridge Heath & Waddington36334Ninth
Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor1,166151Third
Bracebridge South & Swallow Beck66761Seventh
Cathedral & West Common1,420116Fourth
Glebe Park58781Sixth
Hartsholme & Birchwood East38248Eighth
Wharf & University1,757160First

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 (163)Wharf & University (656)
Bicycle TheftBracebridge Heath & Waddington (2)Wharf & University (114)
BurglaryBracebridge Heath & Waddington (11)Wharf & University (80)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBracebridge Heath & Waddington (39)Ermine (135)
DrugsBracebridge South & Swallow Beck (7)Wharf & University (65)
Other CrimeBracebridge Heath & Waddington (9)Ermine (21)
Other TheftHartsholme & Birchwood East (18)Wharf & University (105)
Possession of WeaponsBracebridge Heath & Waddington (1)Ermine (12)
Public OrderBracebridge Heath & Waddington (39)Wharf & University (225)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bracebridge Heath & Waddington (2)Wharf & University (20)
ShopliftingHartsholme & Birchwood East (11)Wharf & University (240)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bracebridge South & Swallow Beck (1)Wharf & University (10)
Vehicle CrimeBracebridge Heath & Waddington (11)Bracebridge North & Boultham Moor (36)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBracebridge Heath & Waddington (184)Ermine (440)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+9%+127%+154%+80%+66%+56%+53%+50%+37%+13%
Bicycle Theft+14%-43%-57%-4%-39%+50%+65%-18%+8%-47%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-32%-16%-9%--28%+5%+6%-3%-3%
Other Crime+42%+13%+40%+44%-16%+24%-17%-4%-30%+9%
Other Theft-41%-53%-17%-16%-38%-18%-16%-17%-31%-19%
Possession of Weapons-13%+25%-60%-36%+36%-18%+50%-55%-24%-11%
Public Order+28%-20%-12%-9%-16%-18%+4%-6%-34%-11%
Theft From the Person+75%-88%-60%-67%-67%-29%-33%-56%-17%-78%
Vehicle Crime+33%-52%-63%-46%-63%-50%-86%-52%-38%-76%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%-36%-15%-4%-15%-12%-20%-7%+1%-18%

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).

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