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Thousands of crimes are reported to police in Suffolk each month, including anti-social behaviour, burglary and violent offences – but where are the worst hotspots for recorded crimes in the county?

Figures collated by Suffolk News reveal some of the most dangerous areas in the county, based on the number of crimes reported.

Below you can search for your street to find out if Suffolk Police have logged any crimes in your neighbourhood, and we also reveal how many crimes have been reported in some of the county's biggest towns.

The range in crime statistics across the 18 policing neighbourhoods is huge, with hundreds of reports in some areas in March, with fewer than 100 in others.

In Ipswich, there was a total of 1,551 crimes reported in the month when its three policing neighbourhoods - Central, East and West - are combined. In the neighbourhood policing list below, they are separated out as they are in the official data.

In Lowestoft, there were 763 crimes reported to Suffolk Police in March, data from the Home Office has revealed. Violence and sexual offences were the most common types of crime reported, with 328 during the month. Anti-social behaviour followed with 115 reports, and other theft was next at 75.

Three men were arrested in dawn raids by police in a crackdown on County Lines drug dealing in Bury St Edmunds in March. Picture: British Transport Police
Three men were arrested in dawn raids by police in a crackdown on County Lines drug dealing in Bury St Edmunds in March. Picture: British Transport Police

March saw 580 crimes reported in Bury St Edmunds, with violence and sexual offences making up 219 of those. Anti-social behaviour was next with 91 crimes reported, and public order followed with 57 reports.

The Ipswich neighbourhood with the highest number of crime reports in March was Ipswich Central, with 575. Of those, 202 were violence and sexual offences, 93 were for anti-social behaviour and 61 were public order.

The statistics show Ipswich West had the next highest number of crimes reported, with 572 in March. A total of 266 violence and sexual offences were reported, followed by 69 reports of anti-social behaviour and 51 of shoplifting.

Ipswich East was next with 404, with 180 violence and sexual offences reported, 46 anti-social behaviour reports and also 46 criminal damage and arson calls.

Police were granted two closure orders at Britten Place Flats in Bury St Edmunds in March. Picture: Suffolk Constabulary
Police were granted two closure orders at Britten Place Flats in Bury St Edmunds in March. Picture: Suffolk Constabulary

All other policing areas of Suffolk had fewer than 400 crime reports in March. Haverhill had 326, with Stowmarket next at 308, followed by Sudbury with 237.

Felixstowe came next with 198 crime calls, while Woodbridge had 192, Mildenhall saw 163, and there were 154 offences reported in Hadleigh.

The police data shows there were 133 crime reports in Leiston in March, followed by Beccles and Bungay with 131, Newmarket* with 130, Brandon with 92 and Halesworth with 90.

The area with the fewest crime reports in March was Eye, with 48.

*Some parts of Newmarket and its surrounding villages fall under the Cambridgeshire Constabulary area and therefore aren't included in this data.