Bury St Edmunds Crime Overview

Bury St Edmunds is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Suffolk, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 477 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bury St Edmunds in 2020 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bury St Edmunds is the 53rd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 665th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Bury St Edmunds had the worst crime rate in Suffolk for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2019 was also a bad month for Bury St Edmunds residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 56 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Bury St Edmunds are violence and sexual offences, with 1,639 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 4.8% higher than 2019's figure of 1,561 offences and a difference of 1.90 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Bury St Edmunds's least common crime is robbery, with 33 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 12% from 2019's figure of 29 crimes.

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Crime in Bury St Edmunds Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Bury St Edmunds This Year

 Bury St EdmundsSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour76218.529,85112.9330% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft641.566880.9042% more dangerous
Burglary1273.092,6343.4612% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4109.975,6207.3826% more dangerous
Drugs1373.331,7532.3031% more dangerous
Other Crime781.901,2371.6215% more dangerous
Other Theft1994.843,5894.712.7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons531.294430.5855% more dangerous
Public Order52912.865,4487.1544% more dangerous
Robbery330.803180.4248% more dangerous
Shoplifting2947.152,5103.3054% more dangerous
Theft From the Person511.243490.4663% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1563.792,6173.449% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,63939.8423,77031.2122% more dangerous

Bury St Edmunds Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haverhill2,36986.216% safer
Bury St Edmunds3,77091.64-

Crime Over Time in Bury St Edmunds

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Bury St Edmunds Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour21171919Safer
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson13131010Safer
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft7654.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.901.21.21.3Getting worse
Public Order9111113Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.530.700.700.80Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime3. worse
Violence and Sexual Offences31373840Getting worse

Changes In Bury St Edmunds's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bury St Edmunds's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hardwick Heath2----10.11
Holywater Meadows----100.10

Comparing Bury St Edmunds to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7135% safer
Coventry77.4118% safer
Croydon83.2210% safer
Sheffield85.817% safer
Bristol86.216% safer
Bury St Edmunds91.64-
Leicester97.446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8711% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2815% more dangerous
Bradford133.0231% more dangerous
Leeds137.1033% more dangerous

Crime in Bury St Edmunds's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bury St Edmunds Central1,347153First
Bury St Edmunds West61770Fourth
Eastgate & Southgate80692Third
Howard Estate & Northgate725102Second
Moreton Hall37146Fifth

Bury St Edmunds Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Bury St Edmunds for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMoreton Hall (66)Bury St Edmunds Central (275)
Bicycle TheftBury St Edmunds West (6)Bury St Edmunds Central (33)
BurglaryEastgate & Southgate (16)Bury St Edmunds West (37)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMoreton Hall (37)Bury St Edmunds Central (118)
DrugsMoreton Hall (6)Bury St Edmunds Central (52)
Other CrimeMoreton Hall (5)Howard Estate & Northgate (21)
Other TheftMoreton Hall (19)Bury St Edmunds Central (81)
Possession of WeaponsMoreton Hall (4)Bury St Edmunds Central (28)
Public OrderMoreton Hall (26)Bury St Edmunds Central (228)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Eastgate & Southgate (2)Bury St Edmunds Central (17)
ShopliftingEastgate & Southgate (28)Bury St Edmunds Central (175)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Moreton Hall (3)Bury St Edmunds Central (33)
Vehicle CrimeMoreton Hall (13)Eastgate & Southgate (48)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMoreton Hall (184)Bury St Edmunds Central (487)

Crime in Bury St Edmunds During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bury St Edmunds change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bury St Edmunds saw a 500% increase in theft from the person. Bury St Edmunds saw a large fall in drugs during September, when it fell by 89% compared to September in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-33%-33%-42%-18%-3%+19%-16%+48%+29%+83%
Bicycle Theft+150%-88%+57%-89%-87%-74%-73%+120%+400%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+24%-67%-17%-10%+14%+3%+15%+25%+8%+8%
Other Crime+400%+20%+40%+20%+250%+100%+29%--33%+100%
Other Theft-54%-58%-55%-14%+11%-+122%+63%+13%-33%
Possession of Weapons-+25%+33%-+60%-71%-67%+100%-43%-57%
Public Order-18%+23%-45%+94%+7%-4%-+5%+77%+50%
Theft From the Person+75%-60%-33%-43%-40%-50%+500%--40%-88%
Vehicle Crime--81%-67%+25%+89%+56%+110%+225%+90%+85%
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%-27%-14%-7%+22%-9%+28%-5%+26%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bury St Edmunds

What police force serves Bury St Edmunds?
Bury St Edmunds's local territorial police force is the Suffolk Constabulary.
How dangerous is Bury St Edmunds?
Bury St Edmunds is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Suffolk.
What is Bury St Edmunds's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bury St Edmunds are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bury St Edmunds?
Bury St Edmunds's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021