Stamford Crime Overview

Stamford is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lincolnshire, and is the 78th most dangerous overall out of Lincolnshire's 599 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stamford in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lincolnshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Lincolnshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stamford is the 316th most dangerous small town, and the 2,114th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Stamford was the worst small town in Lincolnshire for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Stamford residents, when it was Lincolnshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Stamford recorded 9 reports of drugs during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.44 the worst small town for drugs in Lincolnshire that month.

The most common crimes in Stamford are violence and sexual offences, with 559 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 639 offences and a difference of 3.88 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Stamford's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 57% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Stamford Compared To Lincolnshire

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Summary of Crimes in Stamford This Year

 StamfordLincolnshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour50924.6526,90124.610.16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.441,4041.28191% safer
Burglary602.915,6665.1878% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1426.8810,0439.1934% safer
Drugs411.992,3542.158% safer
Other Crime271.312,2752.0859% safer
Other Theft1135.475,9095.411.1% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.447530.6957% safer
Public Order1075.188,4147.7049% safer
Robbery70.344840.4429% safer
Shoplifting663.206,0145.5072% safer
Theft From the Person80.393010.2828% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime864.163,7023.3919% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences55927.0734,66031.7117% safer

Stamford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bourne77144.5734% safer
North Hykeham82250.2119% safer
Holbeach59454.839% safer
Sleaford1,15058.871.5% safer
Barton-upon-Humber69259.300.78% safer
Stamford1,23459.76-
Immingham67267.9212% more dangerous
Mablethorpe and Sutton91572.4317% more dangerous
Louth1,29074.0819% more dangerous
Gainsborough2,629125.6052% more dangerous
Skegness2,938144.3259% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stamford

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Stamford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22191525Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.391.30.730.44Safer
Burglary4.24.24.42.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson77107Safer
Drugs1.20.921.32.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.871.11.31.3Getting worse
Other Theft7895Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.390.530.44Getting worse
Public Order1.52.955Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.150.530.34No change
Shoplifting7983.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.921.40.39Safer
Vehicle Crime2.73.04.34.2Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences12193127Getting worse

Changes In Stamford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Stamford's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Belton Gardens9---413.9

Comparing Stamford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Stamford59.76-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Stamford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Stamford Central, West and South73265First
Stamford North50253Second

Crime in Stamford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stamford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Stamford saw a 800% increase in drugs. Stamford saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Stamford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+165%+129%+104%-+37%+79%+27%+26%+26%
Bicycle Theft--+300%-------
Burglary-50%-50%-67%-75%-38%-43%-17%-13%-75%-8%
Criminal Damage and Arson+38%-65%-48%-17%-55%-23%-84%-35%-30%-15%
Drugs+300%-80%+50%+600%+800%-50%+100%-67%-75%+400%
Other Crime-25%+33%---33%--25%-+50%+100%
Other Theft-8%-23%-73%-76%-28%-48%-47%-56%-22%-8%
Possession of Weapons-------50%---
Public Order+33%+20%-56%+38%+100%-44%-50%+33%--
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-55%-94%-81%-92%-64%-11%-80%-60%-30%-83%
Theft From the Person+100%----50%----83%-
Vehicle Crime+233%-60%+31%+300%-44%+100%-67%+36%-81%-63%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-30%-8%-28%-27%+32%-32%+2%+17%-37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stamford

What police force serves Stamford?
Stamford's local territorial police force is the Lincolnshire Police.
How dangerous is Stamford?
Stamford is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lincolnshire.
What is Stamford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Stamford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Stamford?
Stamford's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021