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Crime and Safety in Workington

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Workington is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cumbria, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Workington in 2021 was 127 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 46% higher than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Workington is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 270th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Workington had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Workington residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Workington recorded 1 report of theft from the person during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst for theft from the person in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Workington are violence and sexual offences, with 1,580 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 1,320 offences and a difference of 10.05 from 2020's crime rate of 51. Workington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 9 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 22% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Workington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Cumbria

59% higher, regional crime rate

North West

42% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Workington is 59% higher than the North West and 42% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Workington Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Workington 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 Workington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211273,278
20201173,027
20191293,343
20181283,322
20171002,585
2016942,437

Crime in Workington Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Workington This Year

 WorkingtonCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour75729.248,16916.34 44% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.391930.390% safer
Burglary1054.061,3792.76 32% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson54020.864,6519.30 55% more dangerous
Drugs1154.441,0332.07 53% more dangerous
Other Crime451.746401.28 26% more dangerous
Other Theft2067.962,3774.75 40% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons190.732320.46 37% more dangerous
Public Order39115.104,3328.66 43% more dangerous
Robbery170.661460.29 56% more dangerous
Shoplifting1776.841,6153.23 53% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.35920.18 49% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime642.477291.46 41% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,58061.0416,89333.79 45% more dangerous

Workington Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal1,64755.51128% safer
Barrow-in-Furness5,45198.6428% safer
Workington3,278126.63-

Crime Over Time in Workington

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Recent Crimes in Workington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Ruby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Cedar CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cockfield DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bellaport GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Belvedere StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Botany CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near New GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Mc Gowan StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Trinity DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Abbey CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hartington StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rosemary LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Birch CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clay StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ruby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Moorclose CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cadman StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Workington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30283229 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.620.730.500.39 Safer
Burglary8864.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21191921 Getting worse
Drugs54.464.4 Getting worse
Other Crime2.01.72.51.7 Safer
Other Theft9878 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.41.40.73 Safer
Public Order12141415 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.660.810.66 Getting worse
Shoplifting161167 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.770.500.420.35 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.14.63.22.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48555161 Getting worse

Changes In Workington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Workington to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93217% safer
Birmingham49.60155% safer
Barnet67.0889% safer
Croydon82.4854% safer
Sheffield90.0341% safer
Bristol90.5240% safer
Leicester111.5913% safer
Liverpool123.062.9% safer
Workington126.63-
Bradford132.284.3% more dangerous
Leeds150.9416% more dangerous

Crime in Workington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Workington East71692Second
Workington West1,378158First

Crime in Workington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Workington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Workington saw a 400% increase in other crime. Workington saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 78% compared to May in 2019. Rates of burglary and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Workington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+27%+81%+47%-26%-28%-3%+17%+33%+54%
Bicycle Theft-33%-67%----+50%---
Burglary+14%-42%-47%-18%-20%-44%-36%-37%-53%-13%
Criminal Damage and Arson+18%+18%-49%-34%+64%-39%-26%-21%+6%-35%
Drugs-63%+29%+133%+86%+275%+133%-9%+15%-53%-20%
Other Crime+200%-14%+250%-+100%+100%+33%+400%--50%
Other Theft-38%-57%-33%-47%+57%-13%+6%-23%+20%+90%
Possession of Weapons-67%-60%+150%+200%-50%+100%-+67%-38%-50%
Public Order-8%+16%-37%+32%-11%-7%-11%+22%-51%-
Robbery--+400%----+200%--
Shoplifting-54%-57%-78%-67%-29%-59%-24%+25%-65%-42%
Theft From the Person--50%-----+200%-+100%
Vehicle Crime-25%-25%+40%-44%-43%-20%-44%-77%+40%-60%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%-25%-44%+9%-11%-6%+10%-8%-20%-28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Workington

What police force serves Workington?
Workington's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.

How dangerous is Workington?
Workington is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cumbria.

What is Workington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Workington are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Workington?
Workington's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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