Beccles Crime Overview

Beccles is the third most dangerous small town in Suffolk, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 477 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Beccles in 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Beccles is the 145th most dangerous small town, and the 1,115th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Beccles was the worst small town in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Beccles residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 2.1 per 1,000 residents. Beccles recorded 3 reports of other crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst small town for other crime in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Beccles are violence and sexual offences, with 362 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 30% higher than 2019's figure of 253 offences and a difference of 10.50 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Beccles's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Beccles Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Beccles This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21220.439,85112.9337% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft111.066880.9015% more dangerous
Burglary262.512,6343.4638% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10910.515,6207.3830% more dangerous
Drugs191.831,7532.3026% safer
Other Crime131.251,2371.6230% safer
Other Theft514.923,5894.714.3% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons111.064430.5845% more dangerous
Public Order858.195,4487.1513% more dangerous
Robbery10.103180.42320% safer
Shoplifting615.882,5103.3044% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.673490.4631% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime403.862,6173.4411% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences36234.8923,77031.2111% more dangerous

Beccles Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Felixstowe1,49660.9426% safer
Brandon62967.3214% safer
Stowmarket1,50268.4712% safer
Great Cornard70572.306% safer
Mildenhall79974.133.5% safer
Newmarket1,59195.8520% more dangerous
Sudbury1,432103.4226% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Beccles

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Beccles Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour2011920Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.80.580.671.1Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1611711Safer
Drugs1.71.20.581.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft8954.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.390.871.1Getting worse
Public Order864.58Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.100.390.100.10Safer
Shoplifting2.84.23.46Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) worse
Vehicle Crime2. worse
Violence and Sexual Offences27282435Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Beccles to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7113% safer
Coventry77.410.89% more dangerous
Croydon83.228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2111% more dangerous
Leicester97.4421% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8725% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2828% more dangerous
Bradford133.0242% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in Beccles's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+25%+43%+200%+23%+450%+188%+138%+118%+56%
Bicycle Theft+200%----+300%----
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%+100%-38%-78%+350%+1,000%+125%+88%+183%-33%
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%
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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021