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Crime and Safety in Sudbury, Suffolk

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Sudbury is the most dangerous small town in Suffolk, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Suffolk's 461 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sudbury in 2021 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Suffolk rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sudbury is the 87th most dangerous small town, and the 608th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Sudbury was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Suffolk for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Sudbury residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Sudbury recorded 4 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Sudbury are violence and sexual offences, with 622 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 4.5% lower than 2020's figure of 650 offences and a difference of 2.02 from 2020's crime rate of 47. Sudbury's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 120% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Sudbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Suffolk

28% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

25% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sudbury is 28% higher than the East of England and 25% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sudbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Sudbury Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Sudbury 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 Sudbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021971,347
20201031,432
2019981,357
2018981,354
2017881,214
2016751,044

Crime in Sudbury Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Sudbury This Year

 SudburySuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24417.628,79211.54 35% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.585570.73 26% safer
Burglary443.181,9802.60 18% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson17312.495,1486.76 46% more dangerous
Drugs483.471,4841.95 44% more dangerous
Other Crime261.881,1371.49 21% more dangerous
Other Theft815.853,5134.61 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.364450.58 61% safer
Public Order16111.635,4367.14 39% more dangerous
Robbery70.512610.34 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting785.632,3693.11 45% more dangerous
Theft From the Person191.373210.42 69% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime755.422,1612.84 48% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences62244.9223,42330.75 32% more dangerous

Sudbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woodbridge50463.8352% safer
Brandon61465.7248% safer
Mildenhall73668.2842% safer
Beccles83880.7720% safer
Newmarket1,61096.990.30% safer
Sudbury1,34797.28-

Crime Over Time in Sudbury

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Recent Crimes in Sudbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Deanery CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Second AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Walnut Tree LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near North StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gregory StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Chilton Lodge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Warner WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New Queens RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Meekings RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Manor RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barker RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mountbatten CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Meadow View RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Nelson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barker RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hyde RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Sudbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13152218 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.30.650.510.58 Safer
Burglary74.63.53.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12101312 Getting worse
Drugs3.14.463.5 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.81.71.9 Getting worse
Other Theft9786 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.20.870.790.36 Safer
Public Order11131312 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.00.940.510.51 Safer
Shoplifting8756 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.71.10.651.4 Safer
Vehicle Crime52.73.55 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences37444745 Getting worse

Changes In Sudbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sudbury's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Freemen's Little Common-1--523.0
North Meadow Common-----10.06

Comparing Sudbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93144% safer
Birmingham49.6096% safer
Barnet67.0845% safer
Croydon82.4818% safer
Sheffield90.038% safer
Bristol90.527% safer
Sudbury97.28-
Leicester111.5913% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0621% more dangerous
Bradford132.2826% more dangerous
Leeds150.9436% more dangerous

Crime in Sudbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sudbury1,291110First

Crime in Sudbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sudbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Sudbury saw a 800% increase in vehicle crime. Sudbury saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 89% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-40%-4%+167%+192%+100%+83%+200%+108%-40%+69%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-40%+25%-33%-75%-89%----60%+14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+163%+175%+8%+36%-9%+19%-5%+67%-33%
Drugs-43%-+38%+14%+175%+300%+67%-+60%-50%
Other Crime-----+33%---67%-67%
Other Theft-31%-31%-+13%+167%+140%+40%+129%-43%-44%
Possession of Weapons+100%--+100%------
Public Order+7%-47%+175%-17%+33%-10%+5%+300%-53%-50%
Robbery-------+100%--
Shoplifting-78%-67%-71%-29%-38%+78%-22%+50%-69%-57%
Theft From the Person----67%--67%---+100%
Vehicle Crime+150%-50%-33%+100%+400%--25%+800%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-19%-7%+16%-10%-3%+44%+63%-51%--21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sudbury

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

How dangerous is Sudbury?
Sudbury is the most dangerous small town in Suffolk.

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

What is the least common crime in Sudbury?
Sudbury's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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