Scunthorpe Crime Overview

Scunthorpe is the safest 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 Scunthorpe in 2020 was 98 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Scunthorpe is the 33rd most dangerous major town, and the 526th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Scunthorpe had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for burglary, with 73 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.87 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Scunthorpe residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for other theft, recording 73 crimes at a rate of 0.87 per 1,000 residents. Scunthorpe recorded 15 reports of robbery during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst for robbery in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Scunthorpe are violence and sexual offences, with 3,172 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 3,480 offences and a difference of 3.69 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Scunthorpe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 34 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 62% from 2019's figure of 55 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Scunthorpe This Year

 ScunthorpeLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,00624.0026,90124.612.5% safer
Bicycle Theft1461.751,4041.2827% more dangerous
Burglary6287.515,6665.1831% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson98011.7210,0439.1922% more dangerous
Drugs2172.602,3542.1517% more dangerous
Other Crime2703.232,2752.0836% more dangerous
Other Theft6377.625,9095.4129% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons470.567530.6923% safer
Public Order95311.408,4147.7032% more dangerous
Robbery790.954840.4454% more dangerous
Shoplifting6147.356,0145.5025% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.413010.2832% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4144.953,7023.3932% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,17237.9534,66031.7116% more dangerous

Crime in Scunthorpe Compared To Lincolnshire

Scunthorpe Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Scunthorpe8,19198.00-
Lincoln12,672119.0818% more dangerous
Grimsby11,645131.8526% more dangerous

Scunthorpe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24212624Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.82.02.91.8Safer
Burglary1211118Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14131412Safer
Drugs2.01.61.72.6Getting worse
Other Crime2.73.23.23.2Getting worse
Other Theft1010108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.740.630.790.56Safer
Public Order691211Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.41.60.95Safer
Shoplifting1114137Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.890.810.660.41Safer
Vehicle Crime8795.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30394238Getting worse

Changes In Scunthorpe's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Scunthorpe to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7145% safer
Coventry77.4127% safer
Croydon83.2218% safer
Sheffield85.8114% safer
Bristol86.2114% safer
Leicester97.440.57% safer
Scunthorpe98.00-
Birmingham102.874.7% more dangerous
Liverpool107.289% more dangerous
Bradford133.0226% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% more dangerous

Crime in Scunthorpe's Neighbourhoods

Scunthorpe Central & Crosby is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Scunthorpe, followed by Scunthorpe Frodingham in second place, and Scunthorpe North as the third most dangerous area. Scunthorpe's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Scunthorpe Berkeley, Scunthorpe Bottesford, and Scunthorpe Lincoln Gardens.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Scunthorpe Ashby648102Fifth
Scunthorpe Berkeley44669Seventh
Scunthorpe Bottesford40945Eighth
Scunthorpe Central & Crosby2,005208First
Scunthorpe Frodingham817130Second
Scunthorpe Lakeside917104Fourth
Scunthorpe Lincoln Gardens55082Sixth
Scunthorpe North878111Third

Scunthorpe Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourScunthorpe Bottesford (85)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (446)
Bicycle TheftScunthorpe Berkeley (1)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (57)
BurglaryScunthorpe Lakeside (41)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (120)
Criminal Damage and ArsonScunthorpe Berkeley (45)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (221)
DrugsScunthorpe Bottesford (10)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (52)
Other CrimeScunthorpe Bottesford (16)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (63)
Other TheftScunthorpe Bottesford (28)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (144)
Possession of WeaponsScunthorpe Ashby (2)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (16)
Public OrderScunthorpe Bottesford (39)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (262)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Scunthorpe Berkeley (2)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (31)
ShopliftingScunthorpe Lincoln Gardens (1)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (251)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Scunthorpe Lakeside (2)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (13)
Vehicle CrimeScunthorpe Bottesford (18)Scunthorpe Frodingham (61)
Violence and Sexual OffencesScunthorpe Bottesford (170)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (715)

Crime in Scunthorpe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Scunthorpe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Scunthorpe saw a 1,400% increase in robbery. Scunthorpe saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during December, when it fell by 100% compared to December in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Scunthorpe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%-4%-6%+17%+23%-24%-10%-13%-7%-
Bicycle Theft+31%-63%-73%-40%-57%-52%-47%-14%+33%-
Burglary-34%-65%-66%-7%-2%-13%-44%+5%+7%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+15%-34%-33%-20%+10%-1%-15%-31%-17%-
Drugs+40%+75%+56%+580%+109%-6%+44%+100%+100%-
Other Crime+39%+33%+4%+19%+35%-31%-16%-36%+11%-
Other Theft-21%-26%-25%-28%+12%+14%-26%-24%-5%-
Possession of Weapons-50%+25%-64%---14%-17%-25%-57%-
Public Order-24%-27%-4%+10%+15%+42%+26%+13%-11%-
Robbery-63%-70%-79%-81%+13%-33%+1,400%-42%-58%-
Shoplifting-40%-58%-81%-71%-38%+19%-8%-64%-36%-
Theft From the Person-40%+100%--70%-67%-50%-+100%--
Vehicle Crime-30%-12%-36%-70%-90%-67%-31%-40%-44%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-18%-16%-2%+9%+6%+5%-2%-10%-100%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Scunthorpe

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021