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Crime and Safety in Stowmarket

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Stowmarket is among the top 5 safest small towns in Suffolk, and is the 46th most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 461 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stowmarket in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stowmarket is the 373rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,288th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Stowmarket was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Stowmarket residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Stowmarket recorded 16 reports of criminal damage and arson during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Stowmarket are violence and sexual offences, with 687 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 4.8% lower than 2020's figure of 720 offences and a difference of 1.50 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Stowmarket's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 125% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Stowmarket 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Suffolk

20% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

24% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Stowmarket is 20% lower than the East of England and 24% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Stowmarket Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Stowmarket 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 Stowmarket

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021591,292
2020681,502
2019671,460
2018791,729
2017751,639
2016581,280

Crime in Stowmarket Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Stowmarket This Year

 StowmarketSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25511.628,79211.54 0.69% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft170.775570.73 5% more dangerous
Burglary502.281,9802.60 14% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1366.205,1486.76 9% safer
Drugs462.101,4841.95 7% more dangerous
Other Crime321.461,1371.49 2.1% safer
Other Theft833.783,5134.61 22% safer
Possession of Weapons140.644450.58 9% more dangerous
Public Order1577.165,4367.14 0.28% more dangerous
Robbery40.182610.34 89% safer
Shoplifting261.192,3693.11 161% safer
Theft From the Person70.323210.42 31% safer
Vehicle Crime331.502,1612.84 89% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences68731.3223,42330.75 1.8% more dangerous

Stowmarket Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kesgrave38926.16125% safer
Carlton Colville36741.0743% safer
Hadleigh40345.1131% safer
Stowmarket1,29258.90-
Felixstowe1,49160.733.0% more dangerous
Great Cornard61563.077% more dangerous
Woodbridge50463.838% more dangerous
Brandon61465.7210% more dangerous
Mildenhall73668.2814% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stowmarket

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Recent Crimes in Stowmarket

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Crowe StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kent RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Union RoadFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Gainsborough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Gipping WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wright CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Public orderOn or near Fox CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Recreation RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kittiwake CourtAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Needham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thomas Young CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A1308Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marriott'S WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Wagtail DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Boulters CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near St Peter'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Crowe StreetOffender given a caution
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Milton Road NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Harrier WayFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Stowmarket Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15111412 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.20.820.77 Safer
Burglary3.264.52.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10886 Safer
Drugs2.21.43.62.1 Safer
Other Crime1.31.21.41.5 Getting worse
Other Theft5.03.74.33.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.360.820.64 Safer
Public Order9687 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.500.410.18 Safer
Shoplifting4.93.21.61.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.460.230.32 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.44.02.01.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38303331 Safer

Changes In Stowmarket's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Stowmarket to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9348% safer
Birmingham49.6019% safer
Stowmarket58.90-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0335% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Stowmarket's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Stowmarket West45871First

Crime in Stowmarket During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stowmarket change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Stowmarket saw a 1,600% increase in drugs. Stowmarket saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+13%+5%-5%+52%+81%+50%+111%+18%+21%-22%
Bicycle Theft-33%-33%---33%---50%--
Burglary+29%+11%-25%+13%--81%-83%-85%-92%-73%
Criminal Damage and Arson--25%+8%+30%+8%+183%+38%+45%-44%-38%
Drugs+100%+1,600%+300%-+200%----+100%
Other Crime-33%-67%---33%-+600%-50%-+50%
Other Theft-36%-75%+267%-17%-31%+175%+100%+300%+40%+67%
Possession of Weapons+150%--+100%---50%---
Public Order-53%-44%+8%+243%+100%+183%+82%+71%+100%+60%
Robbery--75%---75%-----
Shoplifting+50%-80%--40%-60%--75%+20%-78%+100%
Theft From the Person-67%---+100%-----
Vehicle Crime+33%-94%+150%-73%-75%--75%+150%-25%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-10%+8%-10%+23%+44%+10%+5%+8%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stowmarket

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

How dangerous is Stowmarket?
Stowmarket is among the top 5 safest small towns in Suffolk.

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

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

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