Lincoln crime rates highest in the county

Figures for crimes committed in Lincolnshire including murder, assaults and sexual offences have put Lincoln at the top of the list of least safe places in the county.

An Office of National Statistics report for the last year up to April showed that Lincoln had the highest crime rate of all local authority areas.

North Kesteven District Council had the lowest rate in the country, as per 1,000 population.

As a whole, crime in the county has increased by 2% with notable changes including a 25% increase in sexual offences.

Interestingly, sexual offences rose at the highest rate in the county’s ‘safest place’, North Kesteven – a 141% increase.

Figures for the year leading up to April 2016 are as follows:

Lincolnshire

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 36,008
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 49
Boston

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 4,515
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 68
East Lindsey

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 6,738
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 49
Lincoln

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 8,886
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 92
North Kesteven

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 2,699
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 24
South Holland

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 3,624
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 40
South Kesteven

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 5,756
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 42
West Lindsey

Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 3,790
Total crimes per 1,000 people: 41
For the third year running North Kesteven has been found to be the safest place to live in England and Wales, with fewer crimes committed locally as a proportion of population size than anywhere else.

Councillor Mike Gallagher, Chairman of the NK Community Safety Partnership, said: “To be the safest district in the country for the third year running and to see the number of crimes fall is a tremendous accolade for residents, businesses and everyone involved in keeping our community safe.

“We need everyone to maintain their vigilance and keep an eye out for their neighbours to ensure NK continues to be a safer, happier, healthier and better place for everyone who lives and works here.”

Marc Jones, Police &a Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, added: “This is great news and I thank both the North Kesteven Community Safety Partnership and our local policing team for their dedication in helping to reduce and prevent crime.

“By working together this helps to increase our local intelligence which is invaluable to our officers and PCSOs.”