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Crime and Safety in Ipswich

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Ipswich is the safest major 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 Ipswich in 2021 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ipswich is the 52nd most dangerous major town, and the 845th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Ipswich had the worst crime rate in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Ipswich residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 35 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Ipswich recorded 104 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.70 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Ipswich are violence and sexual offences, with 6,224 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 7% lower than 2020's figure of 6,667 offences and a difference of 2.98 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Ipswich's least common crime is theft from the person, with 108 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 32% from 2020's figure of 143 crimes.

Ipswich 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Suffolk

19% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

16% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ipswich is 19% higher than the East of England and 16% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ipswich Crime Rate Over Time

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Ipswich Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ipswich 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 Ipswich

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20218712,910
20209714,493
201910014,867
201811416,946
201710615,715
20168813,062

Crime in Ipswich Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Ipswich This Year

 IpswichSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,51016.878,79211.54 32% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1611.085570.73 32% more dangerous
Burglary4022.701,9802.60 3.7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,2918.685,1486.76 22% more dangerous
Drugs4473.011,4841.95 35% more dangerous
Other Crime2401.611,1371.49 7% more dangerous
Other Theft8175.493,5134.61 16% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1330.894450.58 35% more dangerous
Public Order1,60610.805,4367.14 34% more dangerous
Robbery1230.832610.34 59% more dangerous
Shoplifting9796.582,3693.11 53% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1080.733210.42 42% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3792.552,1612.84 11% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,22441.8423,42330.75 27% more dangerous

Ipswich Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ipswich12,91086.79-
Lowestoft6,88093.227% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ipswich

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Recent Crimes in Ipswich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Temple RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Northgate StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Catherine'S CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marlow RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Bayswater CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Tacket StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Granville StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lattice AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Byron RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ayr RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Prospect RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Temple RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaOffender given penalty notice
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Catherine'S CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Shrubland AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ipswich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18171717 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.13.21.81.1 Safer
Burglary84.93.52.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12999 Safer
Drugs2.63.03.63.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.02.01.6 Safer
Other Theft9665 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.991.20.880.89 Safer
Public Order1091111 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.71.80.980.83 Safer
Shoplifting131277 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.81.40.960.73 Safer
Vehicle Crime8652.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41404542 Getting worse

Changes In Ipswich's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ipswich's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Christchurch Park611-110.33

Comparing Ipswich to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93117% safer
Birmingham49.6075% safer
Barnet67.0829% safer
Croydon82.485% safer
Ipswich86.79-
Sheffield90.033.6% more dangerous
Bristol90.524.1% more dangerous
Leicester111.5922% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9443% more dangerous

Crime in Ipswich's Neighbourhoods

Ipswich Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Ipswich, followed by Gipping & Chantry Park in second place, and Westgate as the third most dangerous area. Ipswich's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Castle Hill, Christchurch Park, and Rushmere.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Belstead Hills4376811th
Broke Hall49372Ninth
California5465913th
Castle Hill2503616th
Christchurch Park4685714th
Gainsborough, Greenwich & Orwell60069Tenth
Gipping & Chantry Park1,571165Second
Holywells5406612th
Ipswich Central2,715248First
Maidenhall, Stoke & Port88190Fifth
Priory Heath946104Fourth
Rushmere4215215th
Stoke Park58082Sixth
Westgate1,354124Third
Whitehouse65273Seventh
Whitton56072Eighth

Ipswich Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCastle Hill (31)Ipswich Central (508)
Bicycle TheftBelstead Hills (1)Ipswich Central (49)
BurglaryBelstead Hills (8)Ipswich Central (63)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCastle Hill (17)Ipswich Central (259)
DrugsRushmere (7)Gipping & Chantry Park (103)
Other CrimeCalifornia (5)Stoke Park (24)
Other TheftRushmere (21)Ipswich Central (162)
Possession of WeaponsRushmere (2)Ipswich Central (26)
Public OrderCastle Hill (14)Ipswich Central (426)
Robbery (inc. mugging)California (2)Ipswich Central (39)
ShopliftingStoke Park (12)Ipswich Central (379)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Gainsborough, Greenwich & Orwell (1)Ipswich Central (53)
Vehicle CrimeStoke Park (7)Priory Heath (48)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCastle Hill (105)Ipswich Central (1,091)

Crime in Ipswich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ipswich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Ipswich saw a 120% increase in public order. Ipswich saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 87% compared to April in 2019. Rates of bicycle theft and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Ipswich's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+11%-1%-20%-13%+13%+16%+53%+10%+17%
Bicycle Theft-62%-54%-47%-55%-47%-50%-59%+6%-42%-55%
Burglary-21%-51%-59%-32%-15%-40%-13%-19%-33%-30%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-22%-31%+10%+58%+21%-10%+34%+27%-23%
Drugs-12%-18%+26%-15%+56%+100%+6%+2%+19%+71%
Other Crime+20%-12%-37%-4%+16%+38%-14%+29%-45%-4%
Other Theft-12%-54%-23%-26%+11%+6%+44%+39%+11%-17%
Possession of Weapons-56%-50%-50%-13%-20%+9%--13%--37%
Public Order+3%-14%+1%+31%+59%+120%+51%+39%+22%-9%
Robbery-59%-73%-30%-62%-52%-46%-42%-37%-47%-65%
Shoplifting-52%-87%-77%-61%-11%-57%-15%-21%-23%-10%
Theft From the Person-8%-63%-68%-33%-72%--6%-33%-47%-60%
Vehicle Crime+2%-27%-18%-42%-19%-3%-42%+11%--44%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%+4%-10%+24%+31%+45%-1%+6%+5%-1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ipswich

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

How dangerous is Ipswich?
Ipswich is the safest major town in Suffolk.

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

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

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