Workington Crime Overview

Workington is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Cumbria, and the among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 283 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Workington in 2020 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 44% higher than Cumbria's rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Workington ranks as the among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized town, and the the 300th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Workington had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for possession of weapons, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 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 1,229 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 16% lower than 2019's figure of 1,420 offences and a difference of 7.38 from 2019's crime rate of 55. Workington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 44% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Workington This Year

 WorkingtonCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour75329.099,20317.8739% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft130.502080.4020% more dangerous
Burglary1405.411,5422.9945% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson45117.424,4308.6051% more dangerous
Drugs1365.259591.8665% more dangerous
Other Crime612.366291.2248% more dangerous
Other Theft1606.182,0614.0035% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons341.312410.4764% more dangerous
Public Order33813.063,9097.5942% more dangerous
Robbery210.811050.2075% more dangerous
Shoplifting1455.601,4722.8649% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.35780.1557% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime783.017401.4452% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,22947.4814,78828.7140% more dangerous

Workington Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal1,86262.7573% safer
Workington2,815108.75-

Workington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37302829Safer
Bicycle Theft0.580.620.730.50Safer
Burglary8885Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20211917Safer
Drugs2.854.45Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.01.72.4Getting worse
Other Theft7986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.541.01.41.3Getting worse
Public Order4.8121413Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.620.660.81Getting worse
Shoplifting1616116Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.890.770.500.35Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.14.63.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33485547Getting worse

Comparing Workington to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5052% safer
Sheffield73.9947% safer
Kirklees74.2347% safer
Croydon77.1841% safer
Bradford79.1937% safer
London80.7035% safer
Birmingham89.0222% safer
Bristol91.5719% safer
Leeds91.9018% safer
Leicester102.516% safer
Liverpool105.942.7% safer
Workington108.75-

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.

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

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: 01 Mar 2021