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Crime and Safety in Leek

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Leek is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Staffordshire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 197 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leek in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leek is the 390th most dangerous small town, and the 2,454th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Leek was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Staffordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 21 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.99 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Leek residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.71 per 1,000 residents. Leek recorded 3 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Leek are violence and sexual offences, with 663 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 54% higher than 2020's figure of 305 offences and a difference of 16.88 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Leek's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Leek 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Staffordshire

6% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

28% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Leek is 6% higher than the West Midlands and 28% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Leek Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Leek represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Leek

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021571,208
202029615
2019481,013
2018591,243
2017611,298
2016621,325

Crime in Leek Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Leek This Year

 LeekStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41119.3824,58421.65 12% safer
Bicycle Theft10.057140.63 1160% safer
Burglary421.983,0972.73 38% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1446.797,8976.96 2.5% safer
Drugs170.801,1841.04 30% safer
Other Crime150.711,1200.99 39% safer
Other Theft964.535,7705.08 12% safer
Possession of Weapons100.475250.46 2.1% more dangerous
Public Order1075.044,8144.24 16% more dangerous
Robbery30.146550.58 314% safer
Shoplifting713.354,3123.80 13% safer
Theft From the Person30.143670.32 129% safer
Vehicle Crime361.703,9303.46 104% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences66331.2633,89229.85 4.5% more dangerous

Leek Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stone78446.1723% safer
Rugeley84447.4520% safer
Kidsgrove1,16849.3815% safer
Uttoxeter69051.2411% safer
Cheadle67455.622.4% safer
Leek1,20856.95-
Shobnall57869.1618% more dangerous
Horninglow and Eton1,09070.5519% more dangerous
Stapenhill58473.2622% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leek

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Recent Crimes in Leek

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood Heath RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clerk BankUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Challinor AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Garden StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fountain StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Buxton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Burton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a caution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Edward StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Mayers CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a caution
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shaw PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Milk StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Melrose PlaceAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ball Haye RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Leek Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31291319 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.280.190.050.05 Safer
Burglary3.42.41.82.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1083.57 Safer
Drugs1.51.90.750.80 Safer
Other Crime1.21.00.330.71 Safer
Other Theft4.952.44.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.570.330.47 Safer
Public Order2.62.61.65 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.380.280.190.14 Safer
Shoplifting2.53.02.73.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.330.38-0.14 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.60.991.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28201431 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.9343% safer
Birmingham49.6015% safer
Leek56.95-
Barnet67.0815% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0337% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Leek's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leek South & Cheddleton22821Second
Leek Town65980First

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 among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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.

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