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Crime and Safety in Carlisle

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Carlisle is the most dangerous major town in Cumbria, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Carlisle in 2021 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Carlisle is the 24th most dangerous major town, and the 488th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Carlisle had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Carlisle residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 37 crimes at a rate of 0.49 per 1,000 residents. Carlisle recorded 88 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, 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 3,784 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 4.5% higher than 2020's figure of 3,613 offences and a difference of 2.29 from 2020's crime rate of 48. Carlisle's least common crime is theft from the person, with 34 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 29% from 2020's figure of 24 crimes.

Carlisle 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Cumbria

51% higher, regional crime rate

North West

30% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Carlisle is 51% higher than the North West and 30% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Carlisle Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Carlisle 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 Carlisle

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211047,824
20201057,852
20191259,366
20181178,788
2017947,037
2016836,179

Crime in Carlisle Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Carlisle This Year

 CarlisleCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,55520.768,16916.34 21% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft811.081930.39 64% more dangerous
Burglary2743.661,3792.76 25% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,06014.154,6519.30 34% more dangerous
Drugs2383.181,0332.07 35% more dangerous
Other Crime1622.166401.28 41% more dangerous
Other Theft4556.082,3774.75 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons550.732320.46 37% more dangerous
Public Order95212.714,3328.66 32% more dangerous
Robbery550.731460.29 60% more dangerous
Shoplifting5277.041,6153.23 54% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.45920.18 60% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1471.967291.46 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,78450.5316,89333.79 33% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Carlisle

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Recent Crimes in Carlisle

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Reeth RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near TarnsideUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near John'S PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kirkstead CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Salisbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Newtown CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blackdyke RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sybil StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Baird RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dalston StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dale End RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bassenthwaite StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Langrigg RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Burnsall CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Petteril Bank RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bridge LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Borrowdale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodrouffe TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Canal CourtUnable to prosecute suspect

Carlisle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29272521 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.80.950.851.1 Safer
Burglary54.74.03.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19231714 Safer
Drugs3.82.63.03.2 Getting worse
Other Crime2.82.52.22.2 Safer
Other Theft9866 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.911.00.790.73 Safer
Public Order11131313 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.830.350.73 Getting worse
Shoplifting141177 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.790.760.320.45 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.02.02.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46534851 Getting worse

Changes In Carlisle's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Carlisle to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93162% safer
Birmingham49.60111% safer
Barnet67.0856% safer
Croydon82.4827% safer
Sheffield90.0316% safer
Bristol90.5215% safer
Carlisle104.47-
Leicester111.596% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9431% more dangerous

Crime in Carlisle's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Botcherby & Harraby1,085114Third
Carlisle Belah37152Fifth
Currock & Upperby60589Fourth
Longsowerby & Caldewgate838116First
Raffles & Morton1,132115Second

Carlisle Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCarlisle Belah (71)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (170)
Bicycle TheftCurrock & Upperby (1)Raffles & Morton (17)
BurglaryCarlisle Belah (12)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (34)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCarlisle Belah (50)Raffles & Morton (213)
DrugsCarlisle Belah (13)Botcherby & Harraby (35)
Other CrimeCarlisle Belah (11)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (21)
Other TheftCurrock & Upperby (26)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (47)
Possession of WeaponsBotcherby & Harraby (2)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (8)
Public OrderCarlisle Belah (37)Botcherby & Harraby (147)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Carlisle Belah (2)Currock & Upperby (6)
ShopliftingCurrock & Upperby (3)Raffles & Morton (78)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Carlisle Belah (1)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (4)
Vehicle CrimeCurrock & Upperby (12)Longsowerby & Caldewgate (27)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCarlisle Belah (169)Botcherby & Harraby (580)

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%+19%+19%-20%-17%-24%-25%+11%-9%-1%
Bicycle Theft+83%-17%-50%-40%+25%-50%+75%+14%-33%-60%
Burglary-39%-23%-8%-21%-30%-17%+10%-24%-6%+20%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-70%-49%-29%-15%-18%+3%-22%-62%-45%
Drugs-6%-35%+183%+217%+23%--10%+100%-6%-35%
Other Crime-55%-+17%-17%+16%-38%+7%+67%-9%-18%
Other Theft+10%-49%-31%-30%-35%-21%-44%-41%-14%-25%
Possession of Weapons+100%-60%--14%-36%-38%-60%+25%-+50%
Public Order+7%-18%+10%+16%-15%-9%-13%+1%-26%-19%
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-27%+50%-25%-15%-72%--44%-50%+33%-35%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-26%-9%-6%+1%-14%-8%-9%-14%-27%

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).

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