Stowmarket Crime Overview

Stowmarket is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Suffolk, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 477 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stowmarket in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 2.3% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stowmarket is the 210th most dangerous small town, and the 1,507th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Stowmarket was the worst small town in Suffolk for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Stowmarket residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.77 per 1,000 residents. Stowmarket recorded 6 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst small town for drugs in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Stowmarket are violence and sexual offences, with 720 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 666 offences and a difference of 2.46 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Stowmarket's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Crime in Stowmarket Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Stowmarket This Year

 StowmarketSuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour30313.819,85112.936% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft180.826880.9010% safer
Burglary994.512,6343.4623% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1707.755,6207.384.8% more dangerous
Drugs783.561,7532.3035% more dangerous
Other Crime301.371,2371.6218% safer
Other Theft954.333,5894.719% safer
Possession of Weapons180.824430.5829% more dangerous
Public Order1818.255,4487.1513% more dangerous
Robbery90.413180.422.4% safer
Shoplifting361.642,5103.30101% safer
Theft From the Person50.233490.46100% safer
Vehicle Crime431.962,6173.4476% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences72032.8223,77031.214.9% more dangerous

Stowmarket Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kesgrave44229.73130% safer
Hadleigh45550.9334% safer
Woodbridge47960.6613% safer
Felixstowe1,49660.9412% safer
Brandon62967.321.7% safer
Stowmarket1,50268.47-
Great Cornard70572.305% more dangerous
Mildenhall79974.138% more dangerous
Beccles79676.7211% more dangerous
Newmarket1,59195.8529% more dangerous
Sudbury1,432103.4234% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stowmarket

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Recent Crimes in Stowmarket

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Weavers CloseLocal resolution
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lowry WayUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Wright CloseOffender given penalty notice
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Creeting RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Thurlow CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Puffin CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Edgar AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edgar AvenueFurther action is not in the public interest
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near NightclubOffender given penalty notice
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Gipping WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gipping WayUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chilton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Stowmarket Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18151114Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.31.20.82Safer
Burglary4.03.264.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111088Safer
Drugs3.62.21.43.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.31.21.4Getting worse
Other Theft65.03.74.3Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.640.360.82Getting worse
Public Order8968Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.410.500.41Safer
Shoplifting5.04.93.21.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.500.460.23Safer
Vehicle Crime4.52.44.02.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26383033Getting worse

Changes In Stowmarket's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Stowmarket to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.711.1% safer
Stowmarket68.47-
Coventry77.4112% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8733% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Stowmarket's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Stowmarket West55486First

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 10 most dangerous 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021