Spalding Crime Overview

Spalding is the safest medium-sized town in Lincolnshire, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 599 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Spalding in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.0% lower than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Spalding is the 98th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,252nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Spalding was the worst medium-sized town in Lincolnshire for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Spalding residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.45 per 1,000 residents. Spalding recorded 8 reports of other crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Spalding are violence and sexual offences, with 1,123 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 1,248 offences and a difference of 3.50 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Spalding's least common crime is theft from the person, with 17 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 35% from 2019's figure of 23 crimes.

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Crime in Spalding Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Spalding This Year

 SpaldingLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,08330.3726,90124.6119% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1403.931,4041.2867% more dangerous
Burglary1694.745,6665.189% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2416.7610,0439.1936% safer
Drugs932.612,3542.1518% more dangerous
Other Crime561.572,2752.0832% safer
Other Theft1634.575,9095.4118% safer
Possession of Weapons320.907530.6923% more dangerous
Public Order2216.208,4147.7024% safer
Robbery250.704840.4437% more dangerous
Shoplifting2376.656,0145.5017% more dangerous
Theft From the Person170.483010.2842% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1062.973,7023.3914% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,12331.5034,66031.710.67% safer

Spalding Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Spalding2,62373.56-
Grantham3,59880.769% more dangerous
Cleethorpes3,16682.6811% more dangerous
Boston3,781103.0929% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Spalding

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Recent Crimes in Spalding

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near BrayfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castle CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near StonegateUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Avignon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Edinburgh DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edinburgh DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edinburgh DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edinburgh DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mayfair DriveOffender given a caution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Paul'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near New RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St John'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Chaldean WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Telford CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Truro WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shire AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Spalding Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21211530Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.93.13.23.9Getting worse
Burglary4.954.54.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7797Safer
Drugs2.22.73.02.6Safer
Other Crime0.951.11.91.6Getting worse
Other Theft5664.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.561.11.10.90Safer
Public Order1.43.966Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.390.760.70Getting worse
Shoplifting81287Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.500.650.48Safer
Vehicle Crime3.93.83.33.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14253532Getting worse

Changes In Spalding's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Spalding's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Spalding that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field121345718

Comparing Spalding to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.719% safer
Spalding73.56-
Coventry77.415.0% more dangerous
Croydon83.2212% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8114% more dangerous
Bristol86.2115% more dangerous
Leicester97.4425% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8728% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2831% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1046% more dangerous

Crime in Spalding's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Spalding North1,303100First

Crime in Spalding During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Spalding change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Spalding saw a 325% increase in bicycle theft. Spalding saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 81% compared to April in 2019. Public Order saw a fall in every month of Spalding's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+214%+280%+38%+104%+60%+62%+143%+131%+66%
Bicycle Theft+113%-36%-+25%-16%-69%-38%+325%+67%+200%
Burglary-42%+56%+44%-16%+30%-27%-8%+42%+125%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%+6%-43%+5%-54%-41%-27%--6%-52%
Drugs+13%-+50%-8%-43%-50%-25%+25%+29%-65%
Other Crime-75%-50%-14%-36%-67%+150%+33%+167%-57%-20%
Other Theft--48%-56%-5%-60%-55%+13%+33%-9%-
Possession of Weapons+100%+67%--67%+100%-33%-17%-75%-60%-20%
Public Order-38%-5%-33%+27%-10%-13%-17%-4%-22%-25%
Robbery-75%+100%-25%-----+100%-50%
Shoplifting-37%-76%-71%-68%-56%-20%+24%-16%+50%-49%
Theft From the Person---75%+100%--33%+100%-+300%-
Vehicle Crime-27%-81%-17%--43%-23%-+44%-11%+67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-35%+2%-13%-6%+29%-19%-9%-6%-40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Spalding

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

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021