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Crime and Safety in Lowestoft, Suffolk

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Lowestoft is the most dangerous 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 Lowestoft in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lowestoft is the 43rd most dangerous major town, and the 695th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Lowestoft had the worst crime rate in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Lowestoft residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 51 crimes at a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 residents. Lowestoft recorded 65 reports of other theft during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.88 the worst for other theft in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Lowestoft are violence and sexual offences, with 3,314 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 2,930 offences and a difference of 5.21 from 2020's crime rate of 40. Lowestoft's least common crime is robbery, with 33 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 9% from 2020's figure of 36 crimes.

Lowestoft 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Suffolk

24% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

22% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lowestoft is 24% higher than the East of England and 22% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lowestoft Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Lowestoft 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 Lowestoft

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021936,880
2020856,298
2019765,637
2018836,100
2017886,507
2016705,188

Crime in Lowestoft Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Lowestoft This Year

 LowestoftSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,32417.948,79211.54 36% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1832.485570.73 71% more dangerous
Burglary2633.561,9802.60 27% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson83311.295,1486.76 40% more dangerous
Drugs1572.131,4841.95 8% more dangerous
Other Crime1041.411,1371.49 6% safer
Other Theft5998.123,5134.61 43% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons510.694450.58 16% more dangerous
Public Order74910.155,4367.14 30% more dangerous
Robbery330.452610.34 24% more dangerous
Shoplifting2803.792,3693.11 18% more dangerous
Theft From the Person360.493210.42 14% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2783.772,1612.84 25% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,31444.9123,42330.75 32% more dangerous

Lowestoft Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ipswich12,91086.797% safer
Lowestoft6,88093.22-

Crime Over Time in Lowestoft

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Recent Crimes in Lowestoft

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near St Peter'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kirkley GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Mill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Telesia CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near RosewoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Elim TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Boston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Bourne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Denton DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Seago StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St John'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Peto WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sycamore AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Somerton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whiting RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Harebell WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Peter'S StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Church RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South View CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waveney CrescentAction to be taken by another organisation

Lowestoft Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17151718 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.91.81.82.5 Getting worse
Burglary3.52.63.13.6 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson12101111 Safer
Drugs1.52.02.52.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.31.81.4 Safer
Other Theft6688 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.810.920.790.69 Safer
Public Order97910 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.540.490.45 Safer
Shoplifting4.33.72.83.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.680.640.49 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.63.43.33.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37374045 Getting worse

Changes In Lowestoft's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lowestoft's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Barnard's Meadow----200.82
Kensington Gardens1-1-556

Comparing Lowestoft to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93133% safer
Birmingham49.6088% safer
Barnet67.0839% safer
Croydon82.4813% safer
Sheffield90.033.5% safer
Bristol90.523.0% safer
Lowestoft93.22-
Leicester111.5916% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0624% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9438% more dangerous

Crime in Lowestoft's Neighbourhoods

Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Lowestoft, followed by Lowestoft Central in second place, and Gunton West as the third most dangerous area. Lowestoft's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Normanston & Oulton Broad East, Oulton, and Oulton Broad West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gunton West934115Third
Lowestoft Central2,039203Second
Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley1,818235First
Normanston & Oulton Broad East52069Fifth
Oulton33343Sixth
Oulton Broad West20128Seventh
Pakefield North54178Fourth

Lowestoft Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourOulton Broad West (36)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (293)
Bicycle TheftOulton Broad West (3)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (46)
BurglaryOulton Broad West (12)Lowestoft Central (79)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOulton Broad West (34)Lowestoft Central (266)
DrugsOulton Broad West (5)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (49)
Other CrimeOulton Broad West (1)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (32)
Other TheftOulton Broad West (19)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (154)
Possession of WeaponsOulton (1)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (19)
Public OrderOulton Broad West (15)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (220)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Oulton (1)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (19)
ShopliftingOulton (4)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (101)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Oulton Broad West (1)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (12)
Vehicle CrimeOulton Broad West (20)Lowestoft Central (67)
Violence and Sexual OffencesOulton Broad West (91)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (884)

Crime in Lowestoft During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lowestoft change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Lowestoft saw a 1,100% increase in other crime. Lowestoft saw a large fall in robbery during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-39%-22%+15%+14%+20%+50%+35%-14%+16%+65%
Bicycle Theft+22%-53%-55%+33%-38%+63%-29%+36%-43%-11%
Burglary+6%+24%-44%+38%-24%-42%-38%+275%-44%+250%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-56%-35%+29%+70%+78%+38%+2%+75%+79%
Drugs+69%+8%+150%+73%+8%+18%-25%-36%+82%-
Other Crime-+267%+63%+129%-29%-30%+17%-18%+1,100%+25%
Other Theft+2%-5%-19%+16%+50%+68%+67%+54%+104%+78%
Possession of Weapons+75%--60%-57%-17%+50%-14%-40%-57%+25%
Public Order+31%-10%+53%+23%+76%+69%+46%-11%+58%+79%
Robbery+50%-82%+200%-33%-67%-17%+300%-25%-50%+150%
Shoplifting+36%-58%-21%-33%-30%-24%-59%-50%+8%-78%
Theft From the Person-38%--50%-50%--33%+200%-75%-60%-
Vehicle Crime-48%-71%-18%-50%+150%+4%+69%-27%+77%+543%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-9%-12%+15%+17%+36%+18%+6%+5%+35%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lowestoft

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

How dangerous is Lowestoft?
Lowestoft is the most dangerous major town in Suffolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Lowestoft?
Lowestoft's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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