Blackburn with Darwen Crime Overview

Blackburn with Darwen is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns in the North West, and the 46th most dangerous overall out of the UK's major towns. The overall crime rate in Blackburn with Darwen in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people.

The most common crimes in Blackburn with Darwen are violence and sexual offences, with 4,442 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 4,887 offences and a difference of 2.98 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Blackburn with Darwen's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 24 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 112% from 2019's figure of 51 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Blackburn with Darwen This Year

 Blackburn with Darwen
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour7,48950.03
Bicycle Theft240.16
Burglary5583.73
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1847.91
Drugs2451.64
Other Crime2361.58
Other Theft8395.60
Possession of Weapons820.55
Public Order8445.64
Robbery850.57
Shoplifting5743.83
Theft From the Person520.35
Vehicle Crime5323.55
Violence and Sexual Offences4,44229.67

Blackburn with Darwen Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43313050Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.350.350.340.16Safer
Burglary674.93.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111198Safer
Drugs1.11.41.31.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.792.01.21.6Getting worse
Other Theft81086Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.420.370.55Getting worse
Public Order3.21076Safer
Robbery0.470.730.700.57Safer
Shoplifting4.9653.8Safer
Theft From the Person1.11.20.770.35Safer
Vehicle Crime6873.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24383330Safer

Comparing Blackburn with Darwen to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Blackburn with Darwen64.78-
Coventry71.509% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9912% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2313% more dangerous
Croydon77.1816% more dangerous
Bradford79.1918% more dangerous
London80.7020% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0227% more dangerous
Bristol91.5729% more dangerous
Leeds91.9030% more dangerous
Leicester102.5137% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9439% more dangerous

Crime in Blackburn with Darwen During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blackburn with Darwen change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Blackburn with Darwen saw a 275% increase in possession of weapons. Blackburn with Darwen saw a large fall in possession of weapons during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Blackburn with Darwen saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+39%+164%+122%+193%+36%+71%+64%+48%+50%
Bicycle Theft--50%+100%-60%-17%--50%--83%
Burglary--22%+23%-28%-30%+12%+21%-35%-19%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-27%-26%-29%-2%+7%--24%-23%
Drugs-13%+50%+94%+87%+108%+133%-43%+50%+75%
Other Crime+30%-5%-7%+140%-+46%+107%+175%+61%
Other Theft-23%-33%-38%-35%-36%-46%-5%-4%-24%
Possession of Weapons+100%-88%-13%-+17%-+167%-20%+275%
Public Order-30%-34%-23%--19%-+15%-3%+16%
Robbery+167%-20%-46%-10%+80%-14%-27%+60%-
Shoplifting-16%-48%-38%+29%-46%-61%-41%-16%-46%
Theft From the Person-29%-43%-67%-14%-73%-67%-40%-67%-56%
Vehicle Crime-39%-30%-43%-39%-56%-27%-57%-38%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-24%+3%+11%+3%+14%+20%-2%-4%

Blackburn with Darwen's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Blackburn with Darwen
Darwen2,1788019% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blackburn with Darwen

What police force serves Blackburn with Darwen?
Blackburn with Darwen's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Blackburn with Darwen?
Blackburn with Darwen is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns in the North West.
What is Blackburn with Darwen's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Blackburn with Darwen are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Blackburn with Darwen?
Blackburn with Darwen's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021