Workington Crime Overview

Workington is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cumbria, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 287 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Workington in 2020 was 117 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 43% higher than the Cumbria rate of 66 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Workington is the 21st most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 303rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Workington had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Workington residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Workington recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for theft from the person in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Workington are violence and sexual offences, with 1,320 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 1,420 offences and a difference of 3.87 from 2019's crime rate of 55. Workington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 18% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Workington Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Workington This Year

 WorkingtonCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour83332.189,79919.6039% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft130.502070.4118% more dangerous
Burglary1535.911,6453.2944% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson48318.664,7279.4549% more dangerous
Drugs1445.561,0222.0463% more dangerous
Other Crime642.476551.3147% more dangerous
Other Theft1796.912,2014.4036% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons351.352560.5162% more dangerous
Public Order36314.024,1438.2941% more dangerous
Robbery210.811100.2273% more dangerous
Shoplifting1596.141,6083.2248% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.42880.1857% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime823.178081.6249% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,32050.9915,74731.4938% more dangerous

Workington Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal1,97766.6376% safer
Barrow-in-Furness5,18793.8625% safer
Workington3,027116.94-

Crime Over Time in Workington

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Recent Crimes in Workington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mossbay RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Islay PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Islay PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pearl RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cusack CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Cusack CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cusack CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rose HillUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Elterwater AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newlands ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bowness CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bowness CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rowe TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hunter StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Charles CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Charles CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Charles CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Workington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37302832Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.580.620.730.50Safer
Burglary8886Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20211919Safer
Drugs2.854.46Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.01.72.5Getting worse
Other Theft7987Safer
Possession of Weapons0.541.01.41.4Getting worse
Public Order4.8121414Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.620.660.81Getting worse
Shoplifting1616116Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.890.770.500.42Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.14.63.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33485551Getting worse

Changes In Workington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Workington to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7173% safer
Coventry77.4151% safer
Croydon83.2241% safer
Sheffield85.8136% safer
Bristol86.2136% safer
Leicester97.4420% safer
Birmingham102.8714% safer
Liverpool107.289% safer
Workington116.94-
Bradford133.0212% more dangerous
Leeds137.1015% more dangerous

Crime in Workington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Workington East61879Second
Workington West1,431164First

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).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021