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Crime and Safety in Loftus

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Loftus is the third most dangerous small town in North Yorkshire, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Loftus in 2021 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Loftus is the 136th most dangerous small town, and the 877th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Loftus was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for burglary, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.7 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Loftus residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.89 per 1,000 residents. Loftus recorded 3 reports of vehicle crime during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst small town for vehicle crime in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Loftus are violence and sexual offences, with 343 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 291 offences and a difference of 6.63 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Loftus's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 700% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Loftus 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, North Yorkshire

12% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

12% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Loftus is 12% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 12% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Loftus Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Loftus 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 Loftus

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202187681
202084659
201990707
201884657
201761478
201666516

Crime in Loftus Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Loftus This Year

 LoftusNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24731.5139,79734.12 8% safer
Burglary405.104,4883.85 25% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9211.7411,6409.98 15% more dangerous
Drugs141.793,0422.61 46% safer
Other Crime182.301,9231.65 28% more dangerous
Other Theft394.986,1465.27 6% safer
Possession of Weapons10.136800.58 346% safer
Public Order9612.259,3398.01 35% more dangerous
Shoplifting141.795,9025.06 183% safer
Theft From the Person10.134280.37 185% safer
Vehicle Crime232.933,5243.02 3.1% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34343.7639,12033.54 23% more dangerous

Loftus Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Skipton87757.2152% safer
Richmond49959.5646% safer
Guisborough1,34172.1520% safer
Skelton and Brotton1,03277.9411% safer
Whitby1,03278.5211% safer
Loftus68186.88-
Selby1,69597.9811% more dangerous
Northallerton1,212109.9521% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Loftus

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Recent Crimes in Loftus

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Coronation StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hartington StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queens RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cowscote CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westfield WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westray StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coronation StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Westfield TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Deepdale RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Ash GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Humber CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dundas StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rosedale CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coronation StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Martins CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Deepdale RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queens RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Loftus Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour61364932 Safer
Burglary1184.35 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13141412 Safer
Drugs1.71.31.71.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.772.22.3 Getting worse
Other Theft9675.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.641.00.13 Safer
Public Order571012 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.63.82.91.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.640.380.13 Safer
Vehicle Crime63.63.32.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32433744 Getting worse

Changes In Loftus's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Loftus to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0830% safer
Croydon82.485% safer
Loftus86.88-
Sheffield90.053.5% more dangerous
Bristol90.524.0% more dangerous
Coventry102.2415% more dangerous
Leicester111.5922% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6433% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9442% more dangerous

Crime in Loftus's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Loftus & Skinningrove543107First

Crime in Loftus During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Loftus change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Loftus saw a 267% increase in public order. Loftus saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 88% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-19%+143%+121%+24%+21%+24%-19%+130%+55%+29%
Burglary+14%-40%-20%+33%-88%-83%-70%-50%-60%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%-58%-58%+25%+45%-18%+17%+33%-50%+25%
Drugs---+200%-----50%+100%
Other Crime------+100%---
Other Theft--80%+150%-75%+100%-33%+133%-+25%+250%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+100%+50%+267%+25%+67%+167%-56%+150%-25%+50%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-67%--33%-----67%-78%-33%
Theft From the Person---+100%------
Vehicle Crime+100%---+200%-50%+67%-+100%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-39%-11%-17%-3%+3%+26%-18%-42%-31%+13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Loftus

What police force serves Loftus?
Loftus's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Loftus?
Loftus is the third most dangerous small town in North Yorkshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Loftus?
Loftus's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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