Lowestoft Crime Overview

Lowestoft is the safest 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 Lowestoft in 2020 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lowestoft is the 53rd most dangerous major town, and the 809th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Lowestoft had the worst crime rate in Suffolk for vehicle crime, with 47 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2017 was also a bad month for Lowestoft residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Lowestoft recorded 6 reports of possession of weapons during June 2015, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for possession of weapons in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Lowestoft are violence and sexual offences, with 2,966 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 5.0% higher than 2019's figure of 2,818 offences and a difference of 2.01 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Lowestoft's least common crime is robbery, with 36 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 11% from 2019's figure of 40 crimes.

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Crime in Lowestoft Compared To Suffolk

Summary of Crimes in Lowestoft This Year

 LowestoftSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,27717.309,85112.9325% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1351.836880.9051% more dangerous
Burglary2263.062,6343.4613% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson83911.375,6207.3835% more dangerous
Drugs1922.601,7532.3012% more dangerous
Other Crime1371.861,2371.6213% more dangerous
Other Theft5577.553,5894.7138% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons610.834430.5830% more dangerous
Public Order7009.495,4487.1525% more dangerous
Robbery360.493180.4214% more dangerous
Shoplifting2042.762,5103.3020% safer
Theft From the Person470.643490.4628% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2553.462,6173.440.58% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,96640.1923,77031.2122% more dangerous

Lowestoft Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lowestoft6,35586.11-
Ipswich14,80899.5514% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lowestoft

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Lowestoft Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20161517Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.01.91.81.8Safer
Burglary3.53.62.63.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15131011Safer
Drugs1.81.62.12.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.41.31.9Getting worse
Other Theft7668Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.620.850.960.83Getting worse
Public Order8979Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.540.650.540.49Safer
Shoplifting64.23.62.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.680.660.64Getting worse
Vehicle Crime53.73.53.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36373840Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7127% safer
Coventry77.4111% safer
Croydon83.223.5% safer
Sheffield85.810.35% safer
Lowestoft86.11-
Bristol86.210.12% more dangerous
Leicester97.4412% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8716% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2820% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% 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, Oulton, Oulton Broad West, and Pakefield North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gunton West79197Third
Lowestoft Central1,886188Second
Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley1,727223First
Normanston & Oulton Broad East50768Fourth
Oulton28336Sixth
Oulton Broad West19527Seventh
Pakefield North45165Fifth

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 (29)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (307)
Bicycle TheftOulton Broad West (3)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (45)
BurglaryOulton Broad West (8)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (66)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOulton (29)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (212)
DrugsOulton Broad West (6)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (53)
Other CrimeOulton (4)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (34)
Other TheftOulton Broad West (18)Lowestoft Central (197)
Possession of WeaponsOulton (2)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (29)
Public OrderOulton Broad West (14)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (201)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Pakefield North (2)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (16)
ShopliftingOulton Broad West (1)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (74)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Oulton (1)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (22)
Vehicle CrimeOulton (17)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (44)
Violence and Sexual OffencesOulton Broad West (81)Lowestoft Harbour & Kirkley (789)

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 1,000% increase in other crime. Lowestoft saw a large fall in shoplifting during December, when it fell by 82% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-37%-20%+20%+20%+20%+55%+34%-11%+19%+61%
Bicycle Theft+22%-53%-55%+20%-38%+75%-29%+36%-43%-11%
Burglary+6%+53%-47%+38%-33%-46%-33%+275%-39%+222%
Criminal Damage and Arson-5%-53%-34%+18%+78%+73%+39%+2%+76%+67%
Drugs+62%+17%+150%+58%+8%+27%--32%+82%-7%
Other Crime-+175%+63%+88%-29%-20%+14%-25%+1,000%+25%
Other Theft+2%--22%+17%+50%+65%+59%+54%+84%+78%
Possession of Weapons+75%--40%-57%-17%+20%--40%-57%+25%
Public Order+11%-13%+57%+24%+72%+62%+51%-11%+67%+76%
Robbery+50%-82%+200%-33%-67%-17%+300%-25%-50%+150%
Shoplifting+27%-56%-21%-31%-22%-33%-58%-47%--82%
Theft From the Person-38%--50%---33%+300%-75%-60%-
Vehicle Crime-41%-75%-41%-45%+150%+5%+118%-9%+108%+571%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-14%-17%+7%+12%+36%+19%+2%+7%+32%

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 safest 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021