Carlisle Crime Overview

Carlisle is the most dangerous major 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 Carlisle in 2020 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 36% higher than the Cumbria rate of 66 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Carlisle is the 23rd most dangerous major town, and the 434th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Carlisle had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.03 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Carlisle residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 24 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Carlisle recorded 87 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Carlisle are violence and sexual offences, with 3,581 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 3,940 offences and a difference of 4.79 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Carlisle's least common crime is theft from the person, with 24 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 138% from 2019's figure of 57 crimes.

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Crime in Carlisle Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Carlisle This Year

 CarlisleCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,90225.409,79919.6023% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft630.842070.4151% more dangerous
Burglary3014.021,6453.2918% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,25416.744,7279.4544% more dangerous
Drugs2283.041,0222.0433% more dangerous
Other Crime1632.186551.3140% more dangerous
Other Theft4506.012,2014.4027% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons580.772560.5134% more dangerous
Public Order96812.934,1438.2936% more dangerous
Robbery260.351100.2237% more dangerous
Shoplifting5527.371,6083.2256% more dangerous
Theft From the Person240.32880.1844% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1481.988081.6218% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,58147.8215,74731.4934% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Carlisle

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Carlisle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38292725Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.80.950.84Safer
Burglary554.84.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18192317Safer
Drugs2.73.82.63.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.82.52.2Safer
Other Theft8986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.810.871.00.77Safer
Public Order6101313Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.480.830.35Safer
Shoplifting1314117Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.790.760.32Safer
Vehicle Crime4.03.33.02.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31455348Getting worse

Changes In Carlisle's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Carlisle to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7154% safer
Coventry77.4135% safer
Croydon83.2225% safer
Sheffield85.8122% safer
Bristol86.2121% safer
Leicester97.447% safer
Birmingham102.871.5% safer
Carlisle104.37-
Liverpool107.282.7% more dangerous
Bradford133.0222% more dangerous
Leeds137.1024% more dangerous

Crime in Carlisle's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Botcherby & Harraby1,133119Second
Carlisle Belah35149Fifth
Currock & Upperby67899Fourth
Longsowerby & Caldewgate832115Third
Raffles & Morton1,211123First

Carlisle Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCarlisle Belah (103)Raffles & Morton (317)
Bicycle TheftCarlisle Belah (1)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (11)
BurglaryCarlisle Belah (18)Raffles & Morton (61)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCarlisle Belah (68)Raffles & Morton (284)
DrugsCarlisle Belah (12)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (30)
Other CrimeCarlisle Belah (8)Raffles & Morton (34)
Other TheftCarlisle Belah (33)Botcherby & Harraby (66)
Possession of WeaponsRaffles & Morton (3)Botcherby & Harraby (9)
Public OrderCarlisle Belah (30)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (110)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Carlisle Belah (1)Raffles & Morton (6)
ShopliftingLongsowerby & Caldewgate (5)Raffles & Morton (50)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Raffles & Morton (2)Currock & Upperby (3)
Vehicle CrimeCurrock & Upperby (6)Raffles & Morton (31)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCarlisle Belah (139)Botcherby & Harraby (600)

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 June, when Carlisle saw a 217% increase in drugs. Carlisle saw a large fall in robbery during August, when it fell by 90% compared to August in 2019. Carlisle saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, robbery, shoplifting, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+21%+25%-18%-15%-24%-24%+11%-9%-1%
Bicycle Theft+83%-17%-50%-40%+25%-50%+50%+14%-33%-60%
Burglary-41%-27%-8%-26%-33%-13%+10%-24%-9%+14%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-70%-47%-25%-14%-20%+5%-19%-61%-46%
Drugs-6%-40%+183%+217%+23%+6%-10%+100%-6%-35%
Other Crime-52%-+17%-17%+16%-38%+7%+67%-9%-18%
Other Theft+13%-55%-29%-31%-35%-16%-44%-36%-14%-25%
Possession of Weapons+100%-70%--14%-36%-38%-60%+25%-+50%
Public Order+9%-16%+10%+13%-15%-6%-11%-2%-24%-20%
Robbery-75%-50%+100%-40%-80%-90%-67%-57%-43%-33%
Shoplifting-44%-75%-49%-74%-46%-19%+7%-19%-44%-26%
Theft From the Person-75%-83%-50%-25%-43%---50%-67%+100%
Vehicle Crime-23%+50%-25%-23%-72%-7%-38%-50%+33%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-29%-8%-7%+3%-14%-11%-6%-12%-28%

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 most dangerous 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: 07 May 2021