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Crime and Safety in Scunthorpe

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Scunthorpe is the safest major towns in Lincolnshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 563 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Scunthorpe in 2021 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Scunthorpe is the 29th most dangerous major town, and the 523rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, 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. July 2021 was also a bad month for Scunthorpe residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for other theft, recording 67 crimes at a rate of 0.80 per 1,000 residents. Scunthorpe recorded 32 reports of other crime during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst for other crime in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Scunthorpe are violence and sexual offences, with 3,737 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 3,234 offences and a difference of 6.02 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Scunthorpe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 37 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 5% from 2020's figure of 35 crimes.

Scunthorpe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Lincolnshire

20% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

26% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Scunthorpe is 20% higher than the East Midlands and 26% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Scunthorpe Crime Rate Over Time

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Scunthorpe Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Scunthorpe 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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Historical Crime Rates for Scunthorpe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211048,657
20201018,437
201912510,481
20181199,927
20171078,911
2016927,677

Crime in Scunthorpe Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Scunthorpe This Year

 ScunthorpeLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,90022.7324,31122.24 2.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1091.301,2621.15 12% more dangerous
Burglary5266.294,5784.19 33% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,04112.4510,0089.16 26% more dangerous
Drugs2523.012,1852.00 34% more dangerous
Other Crime2583.092,2772.08 33% more dangerous
Other Theft5937.095,9605.45 23% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons520.626870.63 1.6% safer
Public Order1,07112.818,6617.92 38% more dangerous
Robbery730.875050.46 47% more dangerous
Shoplifting5716.835,7285.24 23% more dangerous
Theft From the Person370.442850.26 41% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3374.033,2722.99 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,73744.7136,82433.69 25% more dangerous

Scunthorpe Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Scunthorpe8,657103.57-
Lincoln12,526117.7112% more dangerous
Grimsby11,686132.3122% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Scunthorpe

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Recent Crimes in Scunthorpe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Reginald RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robinson CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Friars RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Allanby StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Berkeley StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hallgarth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ashby High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Buckingham Street SouthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Normanby RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Aspen GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chatterton CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lambourne RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Powells CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Scunthorpe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22272523 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.13.01.81.3 Safer
Burglary121186 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14151212 Safer
Drugs1.61.72.63.0 Getting worse
Other Crime3.33.33.33.1 Safer
Other Theft111087 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.800.570.62 Safer
Public Order9121213 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.60.970.87 Safer
Shoplifting151587 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.810.650.420.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime8954.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40433945 Getting worse

Changes In Scunthorpe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Scunthorpe to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0854% safer
Croydon82.4826% safer
Sheffield90.0515% safer
Bristol90.5214% safer
Coventry102.241.3% safer
Scunthorpe103.57-
Leicester111.597% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0616% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6420% more dangerous
Bradford132.2822% more dangerous
Leeds150.9431% 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 Ashby713112Fourth
Scunthorpe Berkeley44669Seventh
Scunthorpe Bottesford38142Eighth
Scunthorpe Central & Crosby1,882196First
Scunthorpe Frodingham818130Second
Scunthorpe Lakeside957109Fifth
Scunthorpe Lincoln Gardens65297Sixth
Scunthorpe North975123Third

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 (90)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (418)
Bicycle TheftScunthorpe Bottesford (5)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (33)
BurglaryScunthorpe Bottesford (34)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (103)
Criminal Damage and ArsonScunthorpe Bottesford (55)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (199)
DrugsScunthorpe Bottesford (10)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (80)
Other CrimeScunthorpe Bottesford (11)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (55)
Other TheftScunthorpe Bottesford (21)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (132)
Possession of WeaponsScunthorpe Berkeley (1)Scunthorpe Frodingham (9)
Public OrderScunthorpe Bottesford (41)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (287)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Scunthorpe Berkeley (2)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (31)
ShopliftingScunthorpe Bottesford (3)Scunthorpe Ashby (84)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Scunthorpe Berkeley (1)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (17)
Vehicle CrimeScunthorpe Bottesford (12)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (66)
Violence and Sexual OffencesScunthorpe Bottesford (185)Scunthorpe Central & Crosby (746)

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 650% 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%-8%-6%+13%+20%-25%-11%-19%-5%-
Bicycle Theft+21%-65%-74%-40%-57%-48%-50%-21%+33%-
Burglary-35%-66%-65%-11%--13%-44%+8%+9%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+17%-34%-33%-21%+7%+1%-14%-31%-18%-
Drugs+40%+75%+56%+467%+109%-6%+44%+111%+100%-
Other Crime+32%+26%+4%+33%+43%-33%-13%-32%+14%-
Other Theft-21%-17%-25%-28%+13%+9%-28%-24%-10%-
Possession of Weapons-50%+50%-64%+400%--14%-17%-25%-57%-
Public Order-23%-26%-9%+12%+17%+48%+27%+15%-10%-
Robbery-60%-70%-79%-81%+13%-33%+650%-42%-50%-
Shoplifting-41%-59%-81%-71%-35%+22%-14%-66%-35%-
Theft From the Person-40%+100%--67%-50%-40%-+100%--
Vehicle Crime-31%-14%-35%-70%-88%-60%-34%-45%-45%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-19%-15%-2%+9%+8%+2%-2%-13%-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).

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