Barrow-in-Furness Crime Overview

Barrow-in-Furness is the most dangerous major town in Cumbria, and the among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 283 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barrow-in-Furness in 2020 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than Cumbria's rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Barrow-in-Furness ranks as the the 32nd most dangerous major town, and the the 1,095th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Barrow-in-Furness had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Barrow-in-Furness residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Barrow-in-Furness recorded 4 reports of robbery during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst for robbery in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Barrow-in-Furness are violence and sexual offences, with 2,538 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 21% lower than 2019's figure of 3,068 offences and a difference of 7.91 from 2019's crime rate of 46. Barrow-in-Furness's least common crime is theft from the person, with 15 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 27% from 2019's figure of 19 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Barrow-in-Furness This Year

 Barrow-in-FurnessCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,49322.279,20317.8720% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft340.512080.4022% more dangerous
Burglary1612.401,5422.9925% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6479.654,4308.6011% more dangerous
Drugs1362.039591.868% more dangerous
Other Crime901.346291.229% more dangerous
Other Theft2213.302,0614.0021% safer
Possession of Weapons330.492410.474.1% more dangerous
Public Order5758.583,9097.5912% more dangerous
Robbery190.281050.2029% more dangerous
Shoplifting2714.041,4722.8629% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.22780.1532% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime610.917401.4458% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,53837.8514,78828.7124% more dangerous

Barrow-in-Furness Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carlisle7,31967.356% safer
Barrow-in-Furness4,80171.60-

Barrow-in-Furness Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31272022Safer
Bicycle Theft0.910.510.690.51Safer
Burglary3.83.94.12.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121110Safer
Drugs2.32.22.62.0Safer
Other Crime1.11.61.91.3Safer
Other Theft4.4653.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.820.880.49Safer
Public Order3.4889Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.370.540.28Safer
Shoplifting64.654.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.400.360.280.22Safer
Vehicle Crime2.21.61.40.91Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27424638Safer

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

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.500.14% safer
Barrow-in-Furness71.60-
Sheffield73.993.2% more dangerous
Kirklees74.233.5% more dangerous
Croydon77.187% more dangerous
Bradford79.1910% more dangerous
London80.7011% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0220% more dangerous
Bristol91.5722% more dangerous
Leeds91.9022% more dangerous
Leicester102.5130% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9432% more dangerous

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. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Barrow-in-Furness's lockdown.

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

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 most dangerous major 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).

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021