Skegness Crime Overview

Skegness is the most dangerous small town in Lincolnshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 599 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Skegness in 2020 was 144 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 48% higher than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Skegness is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns, and the 157th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Skegness had the worst crime rate in Lincolnshire for robbery, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Skegness residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Skegness are violence and sexual offences, with 1,344 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 66. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 1,532 offences and a difference of 9.23 from 2019's crime rate of 75. Skegness's least common crime is theft from the person, with 15 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 20 crimes.

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Crime in Skegness Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Skegness This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour93746.0326,90124.6147% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft281.381,4041.287% more dangerous
Burglary21410.515,6665.1851% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson28313.9010,0439.1934% more dangerous
Drugs1246.092,3542.1565% more dangerous
Other Crime733.592,2752.0842% more dangerous
Other Theft24912.235,9095.4156% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons301.477530.6953% more dangerous
Public Order27413.468,4147.7043% more dangerous
Robbery251.234840.4464% more dangerous
Shoplifting20810.226,0145.5046% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.743010.2862% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime713.493,7023.392.9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,34466.0234,66031.7152% more dangerous

Skegness Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stamford1,23459.76141% safer
Immingham67267.92112% safer
Mablethorpe and Sutton91572.4399% safer
Louth1,29074.0895% safer
Gainsborough2,629125.6015% safer

Crime Over Time in Skegness

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Skegness Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour56473546Safer
Bicycle Theft1.
Burglary1012911Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson13171814Safer
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft15141612Safer
Possession of Weapons1.
Public Order592113Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime7553.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35527566Getting worse

Changes In Skegness's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Skegness to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71113% safer
Coventry77.4186% safer
Croydon83.2273% safer
Sheffield85.8168% safer
Bristol86.2167% safer
Leicester97.4448% safer
Birmingham102.8740% safer
Liverpool107.2835% safer
Bradford133.028% safer
Leeds137.105% safer

Crime in Skegness's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Skegness North734100Third
Skegness South775110Second
Skegness Town1,429240First

Crime in Skegness During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Skegness change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Skegness saw a 300% increase in bicycle theft. Skegness saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019. Public Order saw a fall in every month of Skegness's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+87%+40%+4%+64%+37%+48%+19%+26%+39%
Bicycle Theft--33%--67%+100%+300%+40%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-45%-52%-52%+119%-18%-13%+50%-53%-62%+19%
Other Crime+83%--+33%+75%-33%+40%-38%-+83%
Other Theft--76%-56%-50%-+25%+25%+9%-56%-37%
Possession of Weapons-25%-20%---+33%-60%--71%+150%
Public Order-46%+3%-56%-57%-13%-21%-22%-34%-62%-52%
Theft From the Person---33%-50%-67%--+150%-67%-
Vehicle Crime-21%+40%-50%-67%-45%-20%-62%-75%+50%+25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-36%-19%-29%-12%-4%+25%-5%-31%-37%+9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Skegness

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021