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Crime and Safety in Skegness

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Skegness is the most dangerous small town in Lincolnshire, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 563 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Skegness in 2021 was 156 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 52% 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 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 146th 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.

The most common crimes in Skegness are violence and sexual offences, with 1,563 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 77. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 1,344 offences and a difference of 10.76 from 2020's crime rate of 66. Skegness's least common crime is theft from the person, with 12 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 25% from 2020's figure of 15 crimes.

Skegness 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lincolnshire

47% higher, regional crime rate

East Midlands

51% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Skegness is 47% higher than the East Midlands and 51% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Skegness Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Skegness 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 Skegness

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211563,186
20201442,938
20191813,681
20181523,101
20171122,276
20161132,298

Crime in Skegness Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Skegness This Year

 SkegnessLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,05051.5824,31122.24 57% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft241.181,2621.15 2.5% more dangerous
Burglary1396.834,5784.19 39% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson35517.4410,0089.16 47% more dangerous
Drugs1276.242,1852.00 68% more dangerous
Other Crime733.592,2772.08 42% more dangerous
Other Theft22811.205,9605.45 51% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons341.676870.63 62% more dangerous
Public Order27413.468,6617.92 41% more dangerous
Robbery180.885050.46 48% more dangerous
Shoplifting26212.875,7285.24 59% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.592850.26 56% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime773.783,2722.99 21% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,56376.7836,82433.69 56% more dangerous

Skegness Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sleaford1,20961.89153% safer
Louth1,25872.24117% safer
Immingham72573.28114% safer
Mablethorpe and Sutton95975.91106% safer
Gainsborough2,884137.7914% safer
Skegness3,186156.50-

Crime Over Time in Skegness

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Recent Crimes in Skegness

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Berry WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Morris GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brisbane CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Clement'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Scarbrough EsplanadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Laburnum DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lumley SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Holly RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brisbane CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Prince Alfred AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Berry WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cecil AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glebe CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elmhirst AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Skegness Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour47354652 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.21.81.41.2 Safer
Burglary129117 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17181417 Getting worse
Drugs8766 Safer
Other Crime2.83.23.63.6 Getting worse
Other Theft14161211 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.72.11.51.7 Safer
Public Order9211313 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.21.71.20.88 Safer
Shoplifting24211013 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.40.980.740.59 Safer
Vehicle Crime553.53.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52756677 Getting worse

Changes In Skegness's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Skegness to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08133% safer
Croydon82.4890% safer
Sheffield90.0574% safer
Bristol90.5273% safer
Coventry102.2453% safer
Leicester111.5940% safer
Liverpool123.0627% safer
Birmingham129.6421% safer
Bradford132.2818% safer
Leeds150.943.7% safer
Skegness156.50-

Crime in Skegness's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Skegness North742101Third
Skegness South891126Second
Skegness Town1,553261First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+87%+40%+4%+64%+37%+48%+19%+26%+39%
Bicycle Theft--33%--67%+100%+300%+40%---
Burglary+28%+79%-60%-42%+211%-+123%-39%-48%+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-45%-52%-52%+119%-18%-13%+50%-53%-62%+19%
Drugs-26%+75%+114%+267%-38%-8%-50%-45%+29%-27%
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%
Robbery+300%----67%+300%-33%--75%-67%
Shoplifting-78%-82%-65%-47%-63%-76%-42%-30%-+42%
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).

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