Loftus Crime Overview

Loftus is the third most dangerous small town in North Yorkshire, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Loftus in 2020 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Loftus is the 107th most dangerous small town, and the 856th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Loftus was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for other crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Loftus residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Loftus recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst small town for theft from the person in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Loftus are violence and sexual offences, with 291 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 336 offences and a difference of 5.74 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Loftus's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Loftus Compared To North Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Loftus This Year

 LoftusNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38348.8648,67141.7315% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.511,2521.07110% safer
Burglary344.345,1654.432.1% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10813.7811,0069.4431% more dangerous
Drugs131.663,0872.6560% safer
Other Crime172.172,0451.7519% more dangerous
Other Theft526.636,0695.2022% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons81.027480.6437% more dangerous
Public Order789.957,1326.1139% more dangerous
Robbery20.265730.4988% safer
Shoplifting232.935,2944.5455% safer
Theft From the Person30.383890.3313% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime263.323,7243.193.9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences29137.1333,44728.6723% more dangerous

Loftus Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Skipton86156.1750% safer
Richmond47156.2250% safer
Guisborough1,24266.8226% safer
Whitby90168.5523% safer
Skelton and Brotton1,02577.419% safer
Loftus65984.08-
Northallerton95186.272.5% more dangerous
Selby1,66796.3613% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Loftus

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Loftus Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour72613649Safer
Bicycle Theft0.380.380.130.51Getting worse
Burglary81184.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131414Getting worse
Drugs0.511.71.31.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.771.20.772.2Getting worse
Other Theft7967Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.130.641.0Getting worse
Public Order2.05710Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.380.380.26Safer
Shoplifting2.84.63.82.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.130.640.38Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.263.63.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24324337Getting worse

Changes In Loftus's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Loftus to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7124% safer
Coventry77.419% safer
Croydon83.221.0% safer
Loftus84.08-
Sheffield85.812.0% more dangerous
Bristol86.212.5% more dangerous
Leicester97.4414% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8718% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2822% more dangerous
Bradford133.0237% more dangerous
Leeds137.1039% more dangerous

Crime in Loftus's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Loftus & Skinningrove542107First

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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021