Crime in Bourne

Bourne is the third safest small town in Lincolnshire, with a crime rate in 2022 of 57 crimes per 1,000 people. When compared to natural statistics, this means Bourne has a low crime rate and is generally a safe place to live - it's what makes Bourne such a great place to live! In fact, as of 2023, the crime rate in Bourne is 37% lower than the East Midlands and 32% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Most of the reported crime in Bourne is petty crime, such as theft, trespassing and anti-social behaviour. Serious crimes, such as murders, knife and gun attacks are rare in the town. Anti-social behaviour accounts for the largest percentage of reported crime in the area, closely followed by violence and sexual offences, and criminal damage and arson. Of all the crimes reported over the past year, over 50% resulted in no further action being taken. Perhaps not surprising is that most reported crimes in Bourne are in and around the town centre. When compared to the near-by towns of Spalding and Stamford, monthly reported crimes are regularly lower in Bourne.

As with the rest of England, police numbers in Lincolnshire as a whole have been significantly reduced over recent years and as a result of this response times for reported crimes have increased, with police having to prioritise based on the perceived severity of the crime. With their resources being stretched, it's unlikely to see police officers on the beat in the town, with Community Support Officers filling the gap.

Reporting Crime

For all emergencies, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened, call 999.

For all non-emergencies, such as your car being stolen, your property being damaged and a suspected drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood, please call 101. You should also call this number if you spot a fallen tree or any other object that is causing an obstruction.

If the crime is not of an urgent nature, you can also contact the Bourne Neighbourhood Policing Team at [email protected] or report the crime via the Bourne Policing Team website and via social media using their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Bourne Police Station can be found on West Street (Postcode: PE10 9PD) and is generally open Monday to Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm. You can also report crime to the local Police Community Support Officer, PCSO Graeme Parrott, who can be contacted on 07973846004 or by email at [email protected].

Much of Bourne town centre is covered by CCTV operated and owned by South Kesteven District Council. The monitoring centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and all cameras are recorded on to a digital recording system which is running 24 hours a day and 365 days a year (all recorded images are retained for 30 days). You can see all locations of CCTV in Bourne by visiting the South Kesteven District Council website.

If you are having problems relating to nuisance neighbours, please contact South Kesteven District Council (or the housing provider if you are a tenant of social housing) as this is not something normally dealt with by the police. Please visit to report nuisance neighbours to the council. Littering/fly tipping, dog fouling and inconsiderate parking should also be reported to the local council.

You should call 101 if you want to talk to your local police officer, get crime prevention advice, or report a crime that does not need an emergency response. For all emergencies, call 999.

Reducing Crime

As well as reporting any crime you see, there are also a number of steps you can take to help reduce your risk of being a victim of crime.

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