Accrington Crime Overview

Accrington is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Lancashire, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Accrington in 2020 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Accrington is the 27th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 367th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Accrington was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for burglary, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.70 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Accrington residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 49 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Accrington recorded 14 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Accrington are violence and sexual offences, with 1,680 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 4.3% lower than 2019's figure of 1,753 offences and a difference of 2.04 from 2019's crime rate of 49. Accrington's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 8 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 12% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Accrington Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Accrington This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,07586.3588,46658.6332% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.228670.57159% safer
Burglary3088.657,4914.9643% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson45212.6913,6289.0329% more dangerous
Drugs661.852,4861.6511% more dangerous
Other Crime892.502,5911.7231% more dangerous
Other Theft3369.449,7706.4831% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons280.799890.6616% more dangerous
Public Order3519.868,0945.3646% more dangerous
Robbery310.877520.5043% more dangerous
Shoplifting2938.235,4113.5956% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.345550.379% safer
Vehicle Crime2376.666,2574.1538% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,68047.1850,36333.3829% more dangerous

Accrington Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Skelmersdale2,23465.8866% safer
Chorley3,04881.0435% safer
Morecambe3,09387.1625% safer
Darwen2,38187.7025% safer
Nelson2,99995.6314% safer
Fleetwood2,965113.143.4% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Accrington

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Accrington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour74515486Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.530.250.22Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18181113Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime0.983.02.62.5Getting worse
Other Theft1517149Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.730.590.79Getting worse
Public Order4.6161110Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.621.10.840.87Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime101177Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33614947Safer

Changes In Accrington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Accrington to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7161% safer
Coventry77.4141% safer
Croydon83.2231% safer
Sheffield85.8127% safer
Bristol86.2127% safer
Leicester97.4412% safer
Birmingham102.876% safer
Liverpool107.281.8% safer
Bradford133.0218% more dangerous
Leeds137.1020% more dangerous

Crime in Accrington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Accrington North East1,238100Second
Accrington West1,503118First

Crime in Accrington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Accrington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Accrington saw a 400% increase in drugs. Accrington saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 75% compared to October in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+7%+116%+112%+261%+6%+59%+29%+33%+34%+33%
Bicycle Theft-----67%+100%----
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-30%-37%-21%+90%+41%-10%+34%--5%
Other Crime-+63%+43%+200%+100%-60%+40%-44%-50%-45%
Other Theft+6%-54%-47%-48%-56%-47%-8%-11%-58%+4%
Possession of Weapons+100%-50%+100%+200%--+100%+200%-+67%
Public Order+6%-45%-40%+50%+31%-15%+42%-23%-4%-7%
Theft From the Person-+33%---60%--50%-75%-40%-
Vehicle Crime+25%-8%-26%-7%-60%-6%+123%+32%-15%-11%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-15%+4%-6%+21%-12%-+9%-13%-17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Accrington

What police force serves Accrington?
Accrington's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Accrington?
Accrington is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Lancashire.
What is Accrington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Accrington are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Accrington?
Accrington's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021