Sudbury Crime Overview

Sudbury is the most dangerous small 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 Sudbury in 2020 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Suffolk's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Suffolk rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sudbury is the 52nd most dangerous small town, and the 442nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Sudbury was the worst small town in Suffolk for drugs, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Sudbury residents, when it was Suffolk's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 18 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Sudbury recorded 8 reports of burglary during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.58 the worst small town for burglary in Suffolk that month.

The most common crimes in Sudbury are violence and sexual offences, with 650 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 605 offences and a difference of 3.25 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Sudbury's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 29% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Sudbury Compared To Suffolk

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Summary of Crimes in Sudbury This Year

 SudburySuffolk 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour30121.749,85112.9341% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.516880.9076% safer
Burglary483.472,6343.460.29% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson18513.365,6207.3845% more dangerous
Drugs795.711,7532.3060% more dangerous
Other Crime231.661,2371.622.4% more dangerous
Other Theft1148.233,5894.7143% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.794430.5827% more dangerous
Public Order18013.005,4487.1545% more dangerous
Robbery70.513180.4218% more dangerous
Shoplifting705.062,5103.3035% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.653490.4629% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime493.542,6173.442.8% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences65046.9423,77031.2134% more dangerous

Sudbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stowmarket1,50268.4751% safer
Great Cornard70572.3043% safer
Mildenhall79974.1340% safer
Beccles79676.7235% safer
Newmarket1,59195.858% safer
Sudbury1,432103.42-

Crime Over Time in Sudbury

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Sudbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19131522Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.30.650.51Safer
Burglary574.63.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121013Getting worse
Drugs2.53.14.46Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.21.81.7Getting worse
Other Theft8978Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.361.20.870.79Safer
Public Order9111313Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.361.00.940.51Safer
Shoplifting8875Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.71.10.65Safer
Vehicle Crime652.73.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31374447Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7153% safer
Coventry77.4134% safer
Croydon83.2224% safer
Sheffield85.8121% safer
Bristol86.2120% safer
Leicester97.446% safer
Birmingham102.870.53% safer
Sudbury103.42-
Liverpool107.283.6% more dangerous
Bradford133.0222% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% more dangerous

Crime in Sudbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Sudbury1,385117First

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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021