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Crime and Safety in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

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Barrow-in-Furness is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Cumbria, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barrow-in-Furness in 2021 was 99 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barrow-in-Furness is the 49th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 583rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Barrow-in-Furness had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Barrow-in-Furness residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 24 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Barrow-in-Furness recorded 14 reports of drugs during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst for drugs in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Barrow-in-Furness are violence and sexual offences, with 2,852 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 4.4% higher than 2020's figure of 2,727 offences and a difference of 2.27 from 2020's crime rate of 49. Barrow-in-Furness's least common crime is theft from the person, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 36% from 2020's figure of 15 crimes.

Barrow-in-Furness 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Cumbria

48% higher, regional crime rate

North West

26% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Barrow-in-Furness is 48% higher than the North West and 26% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Barrow-in-Furness Crime Rate Over Time

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Barrow-in-Furness Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Barrow-in-Furness represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Barrow-in-Furness

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021995,451
2020945,187
20191075,926
20181015,576
2017784,316
2016754,137

Crime in Barrow-in-Furness Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Barrow-in-Furness This Year

 Barrow-in-FurnessCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,32423.968,16916.34 32% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft440.801930.39 51% more dangerous
Burglary2163.911,3792.76 29% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson70812.814,6519.30 27% more dangerous
Drugs1763.181,0332.07 35% more dangerous
Other Crime811.476401.28 13% more dangerous
Other Theft3265.902,3774.75 19% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons440.802320.46 42% more dangerous
Public Order69812.634,3328.66 31% more dangerous
Robbery230.421460.29 31% more dangerous
Shoplifting2013.641,6153.23 11% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.20920.18 10% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime711.287291.46 14% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,85251.6116,89333.79 35% more dangerous

Barrow-in-Furness Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal1,64755.5178% safer
Barrow-in-Furness5,45198.64-
Workington3,278126.6322% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barrow-in-Furness

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Recent Crimes in Barrow-in-Furness

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Malton CrescentFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Hardwick StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cumbria ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridgegate LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Maylands GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Storey SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Powerful StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Public orderOn or near Dundonald StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kent StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Consett StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Keyes StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grantley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Forge CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Keith StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Abercorn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Leeds AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Park AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Barrow-in-Furness Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33242924 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.620.830.620.80 Safer
Burglary4.75.03.13.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141313 Safer
Drugs2.73.22.83.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.31.71.5 Safer
Other Theft774.36 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.10.690.80 Safer
Public Order9101213 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.450.650.340.42 Safer
Shoplifting6653.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.340.270.20 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.91.71.21.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences51564952 Getting worse

Changes In Barrow-in-Furness's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Barrow-in-Furness's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Barrow-in-Furness that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Craven Park6-3-5916
Hawcoat Park1----10.27
The Willie Horne Gardens2---3019

Comparing Barrow-in-Furness to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93147% safer
Birmingham49.6099% safer
Barnet67.0847% safer
Croydon82.4820% safer
Sheffield90.0310% safer
Bristol90.529% safer
Barrow-in-Furness98.64-
Leicester111.5912% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0620% more dangerous
Bradford132.2825% more dangerous
Leeds150.9435% more dangerous

Crime in Barrow-in-Furness's Neighbourhoods

Barrow Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Barrow-in-Furness, followed by Orsmgill & Hindpool in second place, and Abbotsmead & Salthouse as the third most dangerous area. Barrow-in-Furness's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hawcoat & Furness Abbey, Roose, and Walney Island North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbotsmead & Salthouse799107Third
Barrow Central1,649250First
Hawcoat & Furness Abbey34045Seventh
Orsmgill & Hindpool917141Second
Parkside51879Fifth
Roose31641Eighth
Walney Island North39258Sixth
Walney Island South & Barrow Island52084Fourth

Barrow-in-Furness Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Barrow-in-Furness for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourRoose (64)Barrow Central (386)
Bicycle TheftRoose (2)Barrow Central (15)
BurglaryWalney Island North (8)Barrow Central (78)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRoose (35)Barrow Central (208)
DrugsHawcoat & Furness Abbey (3)Barrow Central (59)
Other CrimeHawcoat & Furness Abbey (1)Barrow Central (28)
Other TheftHawcoat & Furness Abbey (12)Barrow Central (93)
Possession of WeaponsRoose (3)Walney Island South & Barrow Island (9)
Public OrderRoose (38)Barrow Central (192)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Walney Island South & Barrow Island (1)Barrow Central (11)
ShopliftingHawcoat & Furness Abbey (3)Orsmgill & Hindpool (85)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Abbotsmead & Salthouse (1)Parkside (4)
Vehicle CrimeRoose (3)Barrow Central (19)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRoose (186)Barrow Central (881)

Crime in Barrow-in-Furness During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Barrow-in-Furness change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Barrow-in-Furness saw a 200% increase in bicycle theft. Barrow-in-Furness saw a large fall in possession of weapons during March, when it fell by 89% compared to March in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Barrow-in-Furness's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+20%+13%+70%+6%+22%+14%+28%+69%+41%+19%
Bicycle Theft+100%+25%+50%-50%-43%-50%+200%+200%-67%-
Burglary-68%-30%-50%-43%-27%-45%-38%-46%+40%-62%
Criminal Damage and Arson-26%-25%-55%-21%+46%-24%-3%+48%-29%-15%
Drugs-50%-53%+92%+56%+30%+38%--20%-+42%
Other Crime-65%-63%-20%-45%+50%-22%-14%+10%-33%-50%
Other Theft-47%-62%-17%-65%-3%-47%-3%-37%-41%-48%
Possession of Weapons-89%-75%-36%-50%-40%-43%+75%-+100%+25%
Public Order+7%-29%+67%+15%+5%+52%-26%--23%+51%
Robbery--+50%---40%-+100%--
Shoplifting-66%-4%-74%-53%-57%+76%+177%-+25%-22%
Theft From the Person+100%---75%-75%-----
Vehicle Crime-76%+100%+25%-88%-67%-83%-29%-13%+40%-22%
Violence and Sexual Offences-43%-37%0%-16%+31%+14%-13%-25%-29%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Barrow-in-Furness

What police force serves Barrow-in-Furness?
Barrow-in-Furness's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.

How dangerous is Barrow-in-Furness?
Barrow-in-Furness is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Cumbria.

What is Barrow-in-Furness's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Barrow-in-Furness are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Barrow-in-Furness?
Barrow-in-Furness's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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