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Crime and Safety in Bury St Edmunds

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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 461 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bury St Edmunds in 2021 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 31% higher than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bury St Edmunds is the 58th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 729th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Bury St Edmunds had the worst crime rate in Suffolk for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Bury St Edmunds residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Bury St Edmunds recorded 56 reports of drugs during September 2019, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst for drugs in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Bury St Edmunds are violence and sexual offences, with 1,736 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 1,639 offences and a difference of 2.36 from 2020's crime rate of 40. Bury St Edmunds's least common crime is robbery, with 24 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 38% from 2020's figure of 33 crimes.

Bury St Edmunds 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Suffolk

23% higher, regional crime rate

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20% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bury St Edmunds is 23% higher than the East of England and 20% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bury St Edmunds Crime Rate Over Time

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Bury St Edmunds Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bury St Edmunds 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 Bury St Edmunds

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021913,764
2020923,770
2019923,802
2018923,798
2017863,544
2016733,019

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 Behaviour72917.728,79211.54 35% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft511.245570.73 41% more dangerous
Burglary1273.091,9802.60 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3879.415,1486.76 28% more dangerous
Drugs1463.551,4841.95 45% more dangerous
Other Crime761.851,1371.49 19% more dangerous
Other Theft1914.643,5134.61 0.65% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons431.054450.58 45% more dangerous
Public Order52312.715,4367.14 44% more dangerous
Robbery240.582610.34 41% more dangerous
Shoplifting2486.032,3693.11 48% more dangerous
Theft From the Person451.093210.42 61% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1674.062,1612.84 30% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,73642.2023,42330.75 27% more dangerous

Bury St Edmunds Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haverhill2,29383.4410% safer
Bury St Edmunds3,76491.49-

Crime Over Time in Bury St Edmunds

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Recent Crimes in Bury St Edmunds

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Andrew'S Street NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beetons WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chalk Road (South)Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BroadwayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St John'S PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Avenue ApproachOffender given a drugs possession warning
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Chancellery MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barons RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Abbeygate StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chalk Road (South)Formal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hazel RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Abbot RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Reeve CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Princes StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bury St Edmunds Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17191918 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.43.21.61.2 Safer
Burglary2.93.63.13.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1310109 Safer
Drugs3.753.33.6 Safer
Other Crime1.91.41.91.8 Getting worse
Other Theft654.84.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.21.31.0 Safer
Public Order11111313 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.700.700.800.58 Safer
Shoplifting8876 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.41.21.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.62.93.84.1 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences37384042 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93129% safer
Birmingham49.6084% safer
Barnet67.0836% safer
Croydon82.4811% safer
Sheffield90.031.6% safer
Bristol90.521.1% safer
Bury St Edmunds91.49-
Leicester111.5918% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0626% more dangerous
Bradford132.2831% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% more dangerous

Crime in Bury St Edmunds's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bury St Edmunds Central1,390158First
Bury St Edmunds West61770Fourth
Eastgate & Southgate77488Third
Howard Estate & Northgate753105Second
Moreton Hall37146Fifth

Bury St Edmunds Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMoreton Hall (75)Bury St Edmunds Central (259)
Bicycle TheftMoreton Hall (1)Bury St Edmunds Central (30)
BurglaryMoreton Hall (17)Bury St Edmunds Central (44)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMoreton Hall (19)Bury St Edmunds Central (135)
DrugsMoreton Hall (8)Bury St Edmunds Central (61)
Other CrimeEastgate & Southgate (9)Bury St Edmunds Central (24)
Other TheftMoreton Hall (18)Bury St Edmunds Central (82)
Possession of WeaponsEastgate & Southgate (6)Bury St Edmunds Central (21)
Public OrderMoreton Hall (38)Bury St Edmunds Central (215)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Moreton Hall (1)Bury St Edmunds Central (9)
ShopliftingEastgate & Southgate (11)Bury St Edmunds Central (128)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Eastgate & Southgate (3)Bury St Edmunds Central (29)
Vehicle CrimeMoreton Hall (21)Bury St Edmunds Central (64)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMoreton Hall (159)Bury St Edmunds Central (548)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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%
Burglary-31%-+30%+8%-47%-75%-56%+200%-15%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+24%-67%-17%-10%+14%+3%+15%+25%+8%+8%
Drugs-53%-7%-45%+64%-10%+22%-89%+100%-27%-36%
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%
Robbery--25%+100%-50%----50%-50%-
Shoplifting+70%-45%-43%-44%-29%-25%-13%-+41%-32%
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).

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