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Crime and Safety in Beccles

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Beccles is the third most dangerous small town in Suffolk, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 461 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Beccles in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Beccles is the 164th most dangerous small town, and the 1,042nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Beccles was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Suffolk for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.67 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Beccles residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 2.4 per 1,000 residents. Beccles recorded 7 reports of other crime during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.67 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Beccles are violence and sexual offences, with 358 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 1.1% lower than 2020's figure of 362 offences and a difference of 0.38 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Beccles's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 600% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Beccles 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Suffolk

13% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

10% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Beccles is 13% higher than the East of England and 10% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Beccles Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Beccles 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 Beccles

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202181838
202077796
201955571
201871737
201774767
201654561

Crime in Beccles Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Beccles This Year

 BecclesSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17116.488,79211.54 30% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.775570.73 5% more dangerous
Burglary232.221,9802.60 17% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11210.805,1486.76 37% more dangerous
Drugs272.601,4841.95 25% more dangerous
Other Crime232.221,1371.49 33% more dangerous
Other Theft767.333,5134.61 37% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.674450.58 13% more dangerous
Public Order999.545,4367.14 25% more dangerous
Robbery20.192610.34 79% safer
Shoplifting514.922,3693.11 37% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.103210.42 320% safer
Vehicle Crime514.922,1612.84 42% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences35834.5123,42330.75 11% more dangerous

Beccles Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Felixstowe1,49160.7333% safer
Great Cornard61563.0728% safer
Woodbridge50463.8327% safer
Brandon61465.7223% safer
Mildenhall73668.2818% safer
Beccles83880.77-
Newmarket1,61096.9917% more dangerous
Sudbury1,34797.2817% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Beccles

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Recent Crimes in Beccles

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St George'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near The GreenwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Alexandra RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Temperance PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castle HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Russet CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St George'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clowes CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BallygateUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near IngateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near NewgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Beech Tree CloseLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Centre CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Beccles Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1192016 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.580.671.10.77 Safer
Burglary3.92.12.52.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1171111 Safer
Drugs1.20.581.82.6 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.21.22.2 Getting worse
Other Theft954.97 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.390.871.10.67 Getting worse
Public Order64.5810 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.100.100.19 Safer
Shoplifting4.23.464.9 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.580.670.10 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.94.23.94.9 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences28243535 Getting worse

Changes In Beccles's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Beccles's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Beccles that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beccles Common----240.16

Comparing Beccles to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93102% safer
Birmingham49.6063% safer
Barnet67.0820% safer
Beccles80.77-
Croydon82.482.1% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0310% more dangerous
Bristol90.5211% more dangerous
Leicester111.5928% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Beccles's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Beccles76690First

Crime in Beccles During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Beccles change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Beccles saw a 1,000% increase in criminal damage and arson. Beccles saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during June, when it fell by 78% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+25%+43%+200%+23%+450%+188%+138%+118%+56%
Bicycle Theft+200%----+300%----
Burglary--+700%---75%-33%+200%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%+100%-38%-78%+350%+1,000%+125%+88%+183%-33%
Drugs-50%------+300%-+300%
Other Crime----50%---+200%--
Other Theft-50%-57%-60%-60%+75%+40%--50%+133%-75%
Possession of Weapons+100%----+100%----
Public Order+100%+25%+50%-50%+300%+167%+125%+150%+350%-60%
Shoplifting+25%-75%-+100%-+33%+350%+267%+175%-33%
Vehicle Crime+100%-78%-33%---50%--+300%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%+129%-47%+61%+94%+255%+60%+94%+146%+5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Beccles

What police force serves Beccles?
Beccles's local territorial police force is the Suffolk Constabulary.

How dangerous is Beccles?
Beccles is the third most dangerous small town in Suffolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Beccles?
Beccles's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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