Figures show Lincoln has highest crime rate in county, North Kesteven ‘safest’

Figures for crimes including thefts, assaults and sexual offences have once again put Lincoln at the bottom of the list for safety in the county.

By comparison, North Kesteven has been dubbed the ‘safest place in the country’ for the fourth year running, based on the crime rate per 1,000 of the population.

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.

As a whole, Lincolnshire recorded 50.3 crimes per 1,000 people over a population of 737,000.

Lincolnshire also moved from the fifth safest county to fourth.

Figures for the year leading up to April 2017 for the county are:

  • Lincoln
    • Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 9,014
    • Total crimes per 1,000 people (excluding fraud): 93
  • North Kesteven
    • Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 2,931
    • Total crimes per 1,000 people (excluding fraud): 26
  • Boston
    • Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 4,011
    • Total crimes per 1,000 people (excluding fraud): 60
  • East Lindsey
    • Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 7,447
    • Total crimes per 1,000 people (excluding fraud): 54
  • South Holland
    • Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 3,777
    • Total crimes per 1,000 people (excluding fraud): 41
  • South Kesteven
    • Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 5,758
    • Total crimes per 1,000 people (excluding fraud): 41
  • West Lindsey
    • Total recorded crimes (excluding fraud): 4,359
    • Total crimes per 1,000 people (excluding fraud): 47

Councillor Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council, said: “To be the safest place for a fourth year running is testament to the partners working to tackle crime and to the strong sense of community there is throughout the District.

“However, for every crime there is a victim and we cannot and will not rest on our laurels.

“There are improvements to be made but I am sure that with the continued support and determination, not only from our partners but from our residents as well, this can be achieved.”

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones. Photo: The Lincolnite

Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, said: “Of course it is pleasing to know that Lincolnshire remains one of the safest counties in England and Wales.

“It’s particularly admirable given the fact that we are one of the lowest funded areas for policing in the UK and that is testament to the dedication and commitment of those people who work to keep our communities safe.”