Leek Crime Overview

Leek is the most dangerous small town in Staffordshire, and is the 33rd most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leek in 2020 was 29 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 0.69% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leek is the 104th safest small town, and the 4,702nd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Leek was the worst small town in Staffordshire for drugs, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Leek residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Leek recorded 17 reports of other theft during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.80 the worst small town for other theft in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Leek are violence and sexual offences, with 305 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 38% lower than 2019's figure of 421 offences and a difference of 5.47 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Leek's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Leek Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Leek This Year

 LeekStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27412.9215,93514.039% safer
Bicycle Theft10.052570.23360% safer
Burglary391.842,0251.783.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson743.494,1773.685% safer
Drugs160.759420.8311% safer
Other Crime70.337610.67103% safer
Other Theft502.362,8772.537% safer
Possession of Weapons70.332820.2524% more dangerous
Public Order331.561,8471.634.5% safer
Robbery40.193220.2847% safer
Shoplifting582.731,8671.6440% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime210.992,0221.7880% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30514.3815,60013.744.5% more dangerous

Leek Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Shobnall18622.2530% safer
Penkridge19922.7627% safer
Cheadle30124.8417% safer
Great Wyrley28625.3214% safer
Kidsgrove61325.9212% safer
Leek61528.99-

Crime Over Time in Leek

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Recent Crimes in Leek

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ball Haye RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Silk StreetFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Argles RoadFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HencroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HencroftUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Russell StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Clerk BankFormal action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hampton CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Haregate RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Provost PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Provost PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Back LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bluebell CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bluebell CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hugo StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hugo StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill StreetFormal action is not in the public interest
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Abbott'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Leek Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35312913Safer
Bicycle Theft0.280.280.190.05Safer
Burglary2.03.42.41.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111083.5Safer
Drugs1.61.51.90.75Safer
Other Crime1.11.21.00.33Safer
Other Theft64.952.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.570.570.33Safer
Public Order3.22.62.61.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.380.380.280.19Safer
Shoplifting52.53.02.7Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.42.60.99Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27282014Safer

Changes In Leek's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Leek's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Birchall Playing Fields1----00.09
Haregate Community Green2----02.5

Comparing Leek to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Leek28.99-
Barnet67.7157% more dangerous
Coventry77.4163% more dangerous
Croydon83.2265% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8166% more dangerous
Bristol86.2166% more dangerous
Leicester97.4470% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8772% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2873% more dangerous
Bradford133.0278% more dangerous
Leeds137.1079% more dangerous

Crime in Leek's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leek South & Cheddleton13913Second
Leek Town36644First

Crime in Leek During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Leek change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Leek saw a 1,200% increase in burglary. Leek saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 94% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%-30%+19%-------24%
Burglary+1,200%--86%-------33%
Criminal Damage and Arson--70%-67%------+42%
Drugs+100%+50%-67%-------50%
Other Crime-50%--67%-------
Other Theft-31%-14%-94%-------50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+150%--67%-------25%
Shoplifting+100%-50%+60%------+57%
Vehicle Crime+50%-75%-80%------+25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+64%+9%-50%------+83%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leek

What police force serves Leek?
Leek's local territorial police force is the Staffordshire Police.
How dangerous is Leek?
Leek is the most dangerous small town in Staffordshire.
What is Leek's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Leek are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Leek?
Leek's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021