Carlisle Crime Overview

Carlisle is the safest major town in Cumbria, and the the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 283 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Carlisle in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than Cumbria's rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Carlisle ranks as the the 41st most dangerous major town, and the the 1,288th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Carlisle had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Carlisle residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 32 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Carlisle recorded 75 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.69 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Carlisle are violence and sexual offences, with 3,350 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 3,965 offences and a difference of 5.65 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Carlisle's least common crime is theft from the person, with 20 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 195% from 2019's figure of 59 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Carlisle This Year

 CarlisleCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,83916.929,20317.876% safer
Bicycle Theft640.592080.4032% more dangerous
Burglary2772.551,5422.9917% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,17410.804,4308.6020% more dangerous
Drugs2222.049591.869% more dangerous
Other Crime1531.416291.2213% more dangerous
Other Theft4093.762,0614.006% safer
Possession of Weapons550.512410.478% more dangerous
Public Order9248.503,9097.5911% more dangerous
Robbery240.221050.209% more dangerous
Shoplifting5094.681,4722.8639% more dangerous
Theft From the Person200.18780.1517% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1381.277401.4413% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,35030.8314,78828.717% more dangerous

Carlisle Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carlisle7,31967.35-
Barrow-in-Furness4,80171.606% more dangerous

Carlisle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27201917Safer
Bicycle Theft0.961.30.650.59Safer
Burglary3.73.83.32.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131611Safer
Drugs1.82.71.82.0Safer
Other Crime1.11.91.71.4Safer
Other Theft5663.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.560.600.710.51Safer
Public Order4.2798Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.340.570.22Safer
Shoplifting9974.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.520.550.540.18Safer
Vehicle Crime2.82.32.01.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21313631Getting worse

Comparing Carlisle to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Carlisle67.35-
Coventry71.506% more dangerous
Sheffield73.999% more dangerous
Kirklees74.239% more dangerous
Croydon77.1813% more dangerous
Bradford79.1915% more dangerous
London80.7017% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0224% more dangerous
Bristol91.5726% more dangerous
Leeds91.9027% more dangerous
Leicester102.5134% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9436% more dangerous

Crime in Carlisle During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Carlisle change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Carlisle saw a 200% increase in drugs. Carlisle saw a large fall in robbery during August, when it fell by 90% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+23%+21%-10%-10%-23%-24%+18%-7%
Bicycle Theft+83%-17%-33%-40%+50%-50%+50%+29%-33%
Burglary-40%-31%-8%-21%-36%-17%+7%-24%-6%
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-70%-49%-25%-12%-20%+4%-20%-61%
Drugs-6%-30%+200%+171%+22%+13%-14%+100%-11%
Other Crime-52%-+11%-12%+16%-50%-+67%-9%
Other Theft+17%-55%-34%-29%-31%-22%-43%-43%-14%
Possession of Weapons+100%-60%--14%-33%-38%-60%+25%-
Public Order+4%-10%+7%+25%-14%-8%-8%--25%
Robbery-75%-50%+100%-40%-80%-90%-67%-57%-43%
Shoplifting-44%-75%-49%-74%-46%-19%+7%-19%-44%
Theft From the Person-75%-83%-50%-25%-50%---50%-75%
Vehicle Crime-32%+50%-25%-23%-72%--44%-50%+42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-29%-9%-7%+5%-15%-8%-6%-13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Carlisle

What police force serves Carlisle?
Carlisle's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.
How dangerous is Carlisle?
Carlisle is the safest major town in Cumbria.
What is Carlisle's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Carlisle are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Carlisle?
Carlisle's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021