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Crime and Safety in Accrington, Lancashire

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Accrington is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Lancashire, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Accrington in 2021 was 118 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Accrington is the 26th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 361st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Accrington was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Accrington residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 26 crimes at a rate of 0.73 per 1,000 residents. Accrington recorded 61 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2021, making its crime rate of 1.7 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Accrington are violence and sexual offences, with 1,789 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 1,682 offences and a difference of 3.01 from 2020's crime rate of 47. Accrington's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 15 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 47% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Accrington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Lancashire

56% higher, regional crime rate

North West

35% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Accrington is 56% higher than the North West and 35% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Accrington Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Accrington represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Accrington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211184,202
20201093,894
20191194,237
20181625,777
20171083,850
2016953,376

Crime in Accrington Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Accrington This Year

 AccringtonLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,43168.2672,68948.18 29% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.427090.47 12% safer
Burglary3339.356,4544.28 54% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson45712.8314,1829.40 27% more dangerous
Drugs631.772,5121.66 6% more dangerous
Other Crime972.723,1312.08 24% more dangerous
Other Theft35610.009,2886.16 38% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons300.841,1540.76 10% more dangerous
Public Order42111.829,6316.38 46% more dangerous
Robbery290.818100.54 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting3519.865,8893.90 60% more dangerous
Theft From the Person260.736860.45 38% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2356.606,0334.00 39% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,78950.2455,91037.06 26% more dangerous

Accrington Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chorley3,34488.9133% safer
Nelson2,89092.1628% safer
Darwen2,70099.4519% safer
Morecambe3,760105.9611% safer
Fleetwood3,013114.972.6% safer
Accrington4,202117.99-

Crime Over Time in Accrington

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Recent Crimes in Accrington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022DrugsOn or near Park StreetOffender given penalty notice
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holly BankUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Elizabeth StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Lina StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lime RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Knowlmere StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Persia StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Limefield StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lancaster AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beech StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lancaster AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Napier StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Park StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Devonshire StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Accrington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51548768 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.530.250.220.42 Safer
Burglary16899 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18111313 Safer
Drugs1.51.61.81.8 Getting worse
Other Crime3.02.62.52.7 Getting worse
Other Theft1715910 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.590.790.84 Getting worse
Public Order16111012 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.840.870.81 Safer
Shoplifting1311810 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.20.870.340.73 Safer
Vehicle Crime11777 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences62494750 Getting worse

Changes In Accrington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Accrington to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0876% safer
Croydon82.4843% safer
Sheffield90.0531% safer
Bristol90.5230% safer
Coventry102.2415% safer
Leicester111.596% safer
Accrington117.99-
Liverpool123.064.1% more dangerous
Birmingham129.649% more dangerous
Bradford132.2811% more dangerous
Leeds150.9422% more dangerous

Crime in Accrington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Accrington North East1,422115Second
Accrington West1,602126First
Haslingden83179Third

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+7%+116%+110%+262%+6%+61%+29%+34%+35%+33%
Bicycle Theft-----67%+100%----
Burglary+53%+90%+21%-6%+20%-+4%-+32%-4%
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-30%-37%-21%+90%+41%-10%+38%--5%
Drugs-44%--+150%-29%+50%+200%-38%+67%+400%
Other Crime-+63%+43%+200%+100%-60%+40%-44%-50%-45%
Other Theft+3%-55%-48%-48%-56%-47%-11%-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%
Robbery-+400%-50%-+100%-+100%+300%--
Shoplifting-67%-52%-45%+27%+70%-14%+57%-21%-36%-28%
Theft From the Person-+33%---60%--50%-75%-40%-
Vehicle Crime+15%-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 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.

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