Ipswich Crime Overview

Ipswich is the most dangerous major 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 Ipswich in 2020 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ipswich is the 32nd most dangerous major town, and the 506th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Ipswich had the worst crime rate in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Ipswich residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 43 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Ipswich recorded 94 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Ipswich are violence and sexual offences, with 6,771 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 5,965 offences and a difference of 5.42 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Ipswich's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 133 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 37% from 2019's figure of 182 crimes.

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Crime in Ipswich Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Ipswich This Year

 IpswichSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,57717.339,85112.9325% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2681.806880.9050% more dangerous
Burglary5483.682,6343.466% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,4159.515,6207.3822% more dangerous
Drugs5403.631,7532.3037% more dangerous
Other Crime3082.071,2371.6222% more dangerous
Other Theft8936.003,5894.7122% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1330.894430.5835% more dangerous
Public Order1,67011.235,4487.1536% more dangerous
Robbery1481.003180.4258% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,1767.912,5103.3058% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1430.963490.4652% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7955.342,6173.4436% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,77145.5223,77031.2131% more dangerous

Ipswich Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lowestoft6,35586.1116% safer
Ipswich14,80899.55-

Crime Over Time in Ipswich

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Recent Crimes in Ipswich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fife RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
October 2021Public orderOn or near Princes StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Princes StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shirley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holbrook RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holbrook RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holbrook RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tye RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Weaver CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Clifford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifford RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifford RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Foundry LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Rydal WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Stevenson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Ransomes WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near London RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ipswich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24181717Safer
Bicycle Theft3.94.13.21.8Safer
Burglary7853.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1313910Safer
Drugs3.22.63.03.6Getting worse
Other Crime2.11.82.02.1Getting worse
Other Theft9966Safer
Possession of Weapons0.851.01.20.89Safer
Public Order1011911Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.71.81.0Safer
Shoplifting1414138Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.91.40.96Safer
Vehicle Crime7875Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35414046Getting 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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Christchurch Park611-110.33

Comparing Ipswich to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7147% safer
Coventry77.4129% safer
Croydon83.2220% safer
Sheffield85.8116% safer
Bristol86.2115% safer
Leicester97.442.2% safer
Ipswich99.55-
Birmingham102.873.2% more dangerous
Liverpool107.287% more dangerous
Bradford133.0225% more dangerous
Leeds137.1027% 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 Hills4877511th
Broke Hall4666813th
California6957512th
Castle Hill3454916th
Christchurch Park4385415th
Gainsborough, Greenwich & Orwell68779Tenth
Gipping & Chantry Park1,673176Second
Holywells69084Ninth
Ipswich Central2,651243First
Maidenhall, Stoke & Port1,043107Sixth
Priory Heath1,048115Fourth
Rushmere4795914th
Stoke Park816115Fifth
Westgate1,525139Third
Whitehouse85596Seventh
Whitton69089Eighth

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 (32)Ipswich Central (444)
Bicycle TheftWhitton (3)Ipswich Central (78)
BurglaryRushmere (8)Ipswich Central (84)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCastle Hill (19)Ipswich Central (205)
DrugsBelstead Hills (7)Ipswich Central (114)
Other CrimeChristchurch Park (4)Ipswich Central (45)
Other TheftCastle Hill (18)Ipswich Central (198)
Possession of WeaponsCalifornia (2)Ipswich Central (35)
Public OrderCastle Hill (29)Ipswich Central (342)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Broke Hall (1)Ipswich Central (45)
ShopliftingChristchurch Park (1)Ipswich Central (380)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)California (1)Ipswich Central (52)
Vehicle CrimeBelstead Hills (21)Ipswich Central (86)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCastle Hill (149)Ipswich Central (987)

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 122% increase in public order. Ipswich saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 86% 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-27%+16%-7%-14%-7%+15%+16%+56%+7%+14%
Bicycle Theft-63%-49%-35%-48%-45%-50%-57%+12%-42%-55%
Burglary-21%-54%-56%-32%-4%-40%-8%-25%-28%-31%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-22%-29%+10%+57%+13%-11%+30%+25%-24%
Drugs-10%-18%+31%-18%+59%+100%+3%-+15%+76%
Other Crime+25%-15%-40%-4%+12%+43%-10%+29%-43%-4%
Other Theft-13%-52%-20%-25%+11%+5%+45%+34%+9%-15%
Possession of Weapons-56%-50%-50%-19%-20%+9%+20%-19%--37%
Public Order+5%-14%+3%+28%+58%+122%+52%+31%+25%-6%
Robbery-59%-73%-30%-62%-52%-46%-42%-37%-47%-65%
Shoplifting-49%-86%-75%-60%-16%-57%-17%-25%-22%-10%
Theft From the Person-8%-63%-68%-33%-74%--11%-33%-50%-60%
Vehicle Crime--22%-18%-43%-19%-5%-40%+11%--32%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%+4%-9%+25%+31%+44%-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 most dangerous 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021