Blackpool Crime Overview

Blackpool is the most dangerous major town in the North West, and the second most dangerous overall out of the UK's major towns. The overall crime rate in Blackpool in 2020 was 126 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Blackpool was the second-worst major town in the North West for other theft, with 122 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.87 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Blackpool residents, when it was the North West's second-most dangerous major town for bicycle theft, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Blackpool recorded 105 reports of burglary during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.75 the second-worst major town for burglary in the North West that month.

The most common crimes in Blackpool are violence and sexual offences, with 8,224 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 59. This is 16% lower than 2019's figure of 9,512 offences and a difference of 9.23 from 2019's crime rate of 68. Blackpool's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 147 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 73% from 2019's figure of 255 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Blackpool This Year

 Blackpool
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour13,53797.08
Bicycle Theft1471.05
Burglary1,0277.36
Criminal Damage and Arson2,12115.21
Drugs4453.19
Other Crime3882.78
Other Theft1,65711.88
Possession of Weapons1811.30
Public Order1,42010.18
Robbery1521.09
Shoplifting8155.84
Theft From the Person1571.13
Vehicle Crime7855.63
Violence and Sexual Offences8,22458.98

Blackpool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour97626997Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.62.51.81.0Safer
Burglary131397Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson22221715Safer
Drugs2.52.92.83.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.73.02.62.8Getting worse
Other Theft18211812Safer
Possession of Weapons0.720.771.11.3Getting worse
Public Order6201410Safer
Robbery1.51.51.61.1Safer
Shoplifting1011106Safer
Theft From the Person3.33.52.21.1Safer
Vehicle Crime91096Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences54846859Safer

Comparing Blackpool to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5076% safer
Sheffield73.9970% safer
Kirklees74.2369% safer
Croydon77.1863% safer
Bradford79.1959% safer
London80.7056% safer
Birmingham89.0241% safer
Bristol91.5737% safer
Leeds91.9037% safer
Leicester102.5123% safer
Liverpool105.9419% safer
Blackpool125.63-

Crime in Blackpool During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blackpool change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Blackpool saw a 267% increase in drugs. Blackpool saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 77% compared to October in 2019. Blackpool saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, shoplifting, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+39%+105%+98%+160%+1%+31%+19%+45%+30%
Bicycle Theft-47%-44%+60%-17%-52%-52%-46%-54%-13%
Burglary-22%-56%-13%-9%+7%-25%-9%+19%-22%
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-49%-38%-25%-15%+19%-1%+11%-4%
Drugs-26%+3%-8%+42%+35%+21%+267%+63%+79%
Other Crime-8%-6%-24%-7%-8%+69%+33%+108%+48%
Other Theft-19%-47%-44%-41%-37%-23%-12%-31%-36%
Possession of Weapons-40%+55%+33%+17%+35%+100%+58%-27%+27%
Public Order-44%-45%-38%-26%-4%-5%-16%+14%-10%
Robbery-65%-65%-35%-47%-12%+63%-29%-22%-38%
Shoplifting-9%-29%-54%-50%-33%-37%-47%-55%-64%
Theft From the Person-40%-45%-41%-45%-41%-44%-55%-77%-59%
Vehicle Crime+42%-46%-67%-71%-45%-19%-3%-54%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%-37%-22%-18%+1%+6%+15%+18%+16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blackpool

What police force serves Blackpool?
Blackpool's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Blackpool?
Blackpool is the most dangerous major town in the North West.
What is Blackpool's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Blackpool are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Blackpool?
Blackpool's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021