Louth Crime Overview

Louth is the third most dangerous small town in Lincolnshire, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 599 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Louth in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.2% lower than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Louth is the 166th most dangerous small town, and the 1,225th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Louth was the worst small town in Lincolnshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Louth residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Louth recorded 3 reports of robbery during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst small town for robbery in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Louth are violence and sexual offences, with 644 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 738 offences and a difference of 5.40 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Louth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Louth Compared To Lincolnshire

Summary of Crimes in Louth This Year

 LouthLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour58533.6026,90124.6127% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft130.751,4041.2871% safer
Burglary643.685,6665.1841% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1448.2710,0439.1911% safer
Drugs231.322,3542.1563% safer
Other Crime372.122,2752.081.9% more dangerous
Other Theft854.885,9095.4111% safer
Possession of Weapons120.697530.690% safer
Public Order1347.708,4147.700% safer
Robbery90.524840.4415% more dangerous
Shoplifting814.656,0145.5018% safer
Theft From the Person30.173010.2865% safer
Vehicle Crime412.353,7023.3944% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences64436.9834,66031.7114% more dangerous

Louth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sleaford1,15058.8726% safer
Barton-upon-Humber69259.3025% safer
Stamford1,23459.7624% safer
Immingham67267.929% safer
Mablethorpe and Sutton91572.432.3% safer
Louth1,29074.08-
Gainsborough2,629125.6041% more dangerous
Skegness2,938144.3249% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Louth

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Louth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28332434Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.691.20.920.75Safer
Burglary4.03.64.63.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson812108Safer
Drugs1.50.922.11.3Safer
Other Crime1.11.51.62.1Getting worse
Other Theft4.7684.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.170.400.69Getting worse
Public Order2.33.888Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.170.520.52Getting worse
Shoplifting10874.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.230.520.170.17Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.42.52.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15254237Getting worse

Changes In Louth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Louth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.719% safer
Louth74.08-
Coventry77.414.3% more dangerous
Croydon83.2211% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8114% more dangerous
Bristol86.2114% more dangerous
Leicester97.4424% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8728% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2831% more dangerous
Bradford133.0244% more dangerous
Leeds137.1046% more dangerous

Crime in Louth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Louth Central & South53575First
Louth North & East75573Second

Crime in Louth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Louth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Louth saw a 500% increase in burglary. Louth saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 95% compared to May in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Louth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-19%+66%+22%+15%+15%+69%+49%+121%+109%+111%
Bicycle Theft--50%-33%-+300%-----
Burglary-71%-71%-95%+500%+43%+133%-50%+33%--25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-90%-79%-57%-13%-13%+75%--+89%-42%
Drugs--+33%+150%+100%---67%-83%-
Other Crime-40%-50%+400%+50%+67%-+300%-40%-+500%
Other Theft-33%-47%---44%-25%-63%+83%-67%-13%
Possession of Weapons-50%-------50%--
Public Order-44%-63%--31%-8%+6%+14%+44%-64%+17%
Robbery----+100%-----33%
Shoplifting-73%-60%-60%-45%-90%-43%-75%-30%+100%-67%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+33%-33%--86%+20%--20%-33%-50%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+16%-16%-33%--4%-18%-15%-13%-20%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Louth

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021