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 March 2020, Leek was the worst small town in Staffordshire for burglary, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.61 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Leek residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.80 per 1,000 residents. Leek recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for possession of weapons 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

Summary of Crimes in Leek This Year

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

Crime Over Time in Leek

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Leek Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour35312913Safer
Bicycle Theft0.
Criminal Damage and Arson111083.5Safer
Other Crime1.
Other Theft64.952.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.570.570.33Safer
Public Order3.
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.380.380.280.19Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
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
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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-25%-30%+19%-------24%
Criminal Damage and Arson--70%-67%------+42%
Other Crime-50%--67%-------
Other Theft-31%-14%-94%-------50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+150%--67%-------25%
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: 07 May 2021