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Crime and Safety in Sleaford

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Sleaford is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lincolnshire, and is the 72nd most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 563 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sleaford in 2021 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% lower than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sleaford is the 337th most dangerous small town, and the 2,079th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Sleaford was the worst small town in Lincolnshire for drugs, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Sleaford residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Sleaford recorded 2 reports of robbery during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for robbery in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Sleaford are violence and sexual offences, with 579 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 548 offences and a difference of 1.59 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Sleaford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 67% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Sleaford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Lincolnshire

33% lower, regional crime rate

East Midlands

24% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sleaford is 33% lower than the East Midlands and 24% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sleaford Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Sleaford 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 Sleaford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021621,209
2020591,150
2019801,558
2018581,137
201745883
201636701

Crime in Sleaford Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Sleaford This Year

 SleafordLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46723.9124,31122.24 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.261,2621.15 342% safer
Burglary291.484,5784.19 183% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1175.9910,0089.16 53% safer
Drugs542.762,1852.00 28% more dangerous
Other Crime301.542,2772.08 35% safer
Other Theft1005.125,9605.45 6% safer
Possession of Weapons150.776870.63 18% more dangerous
Public Order1045.328,6617.92 49% safer
Robbery110.565050.46 18% more dangerous
Shoplifting1276.505,7285.24 19% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.152850.26 73% safer
Vehicle Crime351.793,2722.99 67% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57929.6436,82433.69 14% safer

Sleaford Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bourne70440.6952% safer
North Hykeham73244.7238% safer
Stamford1,09753.1316% safer
Holbeach63958.994.9% safer
Barton-upon-Humber69959.903.3% safer
Sleaford1,20961.89-
Louth1,25872.2414% more dangerous
Immingham72573.2816% more dangerous
Mablethorpe and Sutton95975.9118% more dangerous
Gainsborough2,884137.7955% more dangerous
Skegness3,186156.5060% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sleaford

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Recent Crimes in Sleaford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hills CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near North GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lord StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ickworth RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jubilee GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Norwich CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Reform PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Church LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Glengarry WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lions WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Station RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lincoln RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketOffender given penalty notice
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Palmer CourtAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Covel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Larch WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Sleaford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22202624 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.611.00.360.26 Safer
Burglary3.752.01.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766 Safer
Drugs1.82.82.72.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.81.21.5 Getting worse
Other Theft673.85 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.560.460.670.77 Getting worse
Public Order2.9865 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.610.260.56 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.41066 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.610.200.050.15 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.61.81.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26332830 Getting worse

Changes In Sleaford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Sleaford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sleaford61.89-
Barnet67.088% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0531% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Coventry102.2439% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6452% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Sleaford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sleaford East86388First
Sleaford West34635Second

Crime in Sleaford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sleaford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Sleaford saw a 180% increase in drugs. Sleaford saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-53%+87%+120%+108%+33%+42%+67%-14%+13%+4%
Bicycle Theft-+100%--67%------
Burglary-22%-90%--50%-50%+125%-88%-60%-86%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-16%-82%-50%+36%-50%+100%+13%-55%-50%+17%
Drugs-83%+67%-29%+180%-50%-33%--25%-57%-
Other Crime-17%--+150%---25%-83%-50%-33%
Other Theft+89%-43%-80%-76%-80%-60%-38%-13%-30%+14%
Possession of Weapons-67%-----67%+50%---
Public Order-36%-27%--43%-17%-53%-31%-33%+14%+14%
Robbery---------+100%
Shoplifting-75%-56%-60%-89%-53%-45%-8%+25%+33%-10%
Vehicle Crime-50%-89%+67%-33%---50%+50%-50%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-29%-35%-30%+43%-19%-24%-25%-16%-38%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sleaford

What police force serves Sleaford?
Sleaford's local territorial police force is the Lincolnshire Police.

How dangerous is Sleaford?
Sleaford is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Lincolnshire.

What is Sleaford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sleaford are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Sleaford?
Sleaford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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