Barrow-in-Furness Crime Overview

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 287 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barrow-in-Furness in 2020 was 94 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the Cumbria rate of 66 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barrow-in-Furness is the 52nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 623rd 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 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Barrow-in-Furness residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.31 per 1,000 residents. Barrow-in-Furness recorded 7 reports of possession of weapons during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst for possession of weapons in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Barrow-in-Furness are violence and sexual offences, with 2,727 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 3,068 offences and a difference of 6.18 from 2019's crime rate of 56. 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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Crime in Barrow-in-Furness Compared To Cumbria

Summary of Crimes in Barrow-in-Furness This Year

 Barrow-in-FurnessCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,59828.929,79919.6032% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft340.622070.4134% more dangerous
Burglary1723.111,6453.296% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson69312.544,7279.4525% more dangerous
Drugs1532.771,0222.0426% more dangerous
Other Crime941.706551.3123% more dangerous
Other Theft2364.272,2014.403.0% safer
Possession of Weapons380.692560.5126% more dangerous
Public Order64611.694,1438.2929% more dangerous
Robbery190.341100.2235% more dangerous
Shoplifting2925.281,6083.2239% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.27880.1833% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime681.238081.6232% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,72749.3415,74731.4936% more dangerous

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

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal1,97766.6341% safer
Barrow-in-Furness5,18793.86-
Workington3,027116.9420% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barrow-in-Furness

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Barrow-in-Furness Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38332429Safer
Bicycle Theft1.10.620.830.62Safer
Burglary4.74.75.03.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15141413Safer
Drugs2.82.73.22.8Safer
Other Crime1.41.92.31.7Safer
Other Theft5774.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.741.01.10.69Safer
Public Order4.191012Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.450.650.34Safer
Shoplifting7665Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.430.340.27Safer
Vehicle Crime2.61.91.71.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33515649Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7139% safer
Coventry77.4121% safer
Croydon83.2213% safer
Sheffield85.819% safer
Bristol86.219% safer
Barrow-in-Furness93.86-
Leicester97.443.7% more dangerous
Birmingham102.879% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2813% more dangerous
Bradford133.0229% more dangerous
Leeds137.1032% 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 & Salthouse72697Third
Barrow Central1,557236First
Hawcoat & Furness Abbey37550Seventh
Orsmgill & Hindpool920142Second
Parkside39560Fifth
Roose27736Eighth
Walney Island North37455Sixth
Walney Island South & Barrow Island56391Fourth

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 (89)Barrow Central (462)
Bicycle TheftWalney Island North (1)Orsmgill & Hindpool (13)
BurglaryRoose (12)Barrow Central (60)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHawcoat & Furness Abbey (40)Barrow Central (213)
DrugsWalney Island North (6)Barrow Central (51)
Other CrimeRoose (6)Barrow Central (29)
Other TheftRoose (10)Barrow Central (67)
Possession of WeaponsHawcoat & Furness Abbey (1)Orsmgill & Hindpool (10)
Public OrderRoose (30)Barrow Central (181)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Abbotsmead & Salthouse (2)Barrow Central (8)
ShopliftingWalney Island North (2)Orsmgill & Hindpool (105)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Abbotsmead & Salthouse (1)Orsmgill & Hindpool (4)
Vehicle CrimeHawcoat & Furness Abbey (3)Barrow Central (19)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRoose (150)Barrow Central (817)

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021