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Crime and Safety in Bacup, Lancashire

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Bacup is the third most dangerous small town in Lancashire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bacup in 2021 was 83 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bacup is the 156th most dangerous small town, and the 989th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Bacup was the worst small town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bacup residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Bacup recorded 24 reports of criminal damage and arson during September 2021, making its crime rate of 1.8 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Bacup are violence and sexual offences, with 556 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 7% lower than 2020's figure of 593 offences and a difference of 2.71 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Bacup's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 25% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Bacup 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

38% higher, regional crime rate

North West

8% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bacup is 38% higher than the North West and 8% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bacup Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Bacup 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 Bacup

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021831,133
2020851,156
2019871,185
20181131,547
2017821,118
2016781,069

Crime in Bacup Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Bacup This Year

 BacupLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour71051.9372,68948.18 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.517090.47 8% more dangerous
Burglary886.446,4544.28 34% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson16111.7814,1829.40 20% more dangerous
Drugs70.512,5121.66 225% safer
Other Crime251.833,1312.08 14% safer
Other Theft785.719,2886.16 8% safer
Possession of Weapons90.661,1540.76 15% safer
Public Order987.179,6316.38 11% more dangerous
Robbery40.298100.54 86% safer
Shoplifting312.275,8893.90 72% safer
Theft From the Person50.376860.45 22% safer
Vehicle Crime644.686,0334.00 15% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences55640.6755,91037.06 9% more dangerous

Bacup Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haslingden1,01763.7830% safer
Rawtenstall1,59465.0127% safer
Great Harwood71765.2427% safer
Oswaldtwistle73166.8324% safer
Brierfield64771.8615% safer
Bacup1,13382.88-
Colne1,59889.177% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors76393.4411% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bacup

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Recent Crimes in Bacup

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Daisy BankUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Foxdale CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farholme LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warren DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bank StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Industrial StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tunstead CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Union StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Unsworth StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Co-Operation StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near South StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Edward StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fair View CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brunswick TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Russell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Glen CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foxdale CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fernhill DriveUnable to prosecute suspect

Bacup Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32326352 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.150.290.290.51 Getting worse
Burglary10866 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16101112 Safer
Drugs0.800.441.30.51 Safer
Other Crime1.71.21.91.8 Getting worse
Other Theft9976 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.220.290.370.66 Getting worse
Public Order1164.97 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.660.220.29 Safer
Shoplifting752.52.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.950.290.150.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime8754.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences49394341 Getting worse

Changes In Bacup's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bacup to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0824% safer
Croydon82.480.48% safer
Bacup82.88-
Sheffield90.058% more dangerous
Bristol90.528% more dangerous
Coventry102.2419% more dangerous
Leicester111.5926% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6436% more dangerous
Bradford132.2837% more dangerous
Leeds150.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Bacup During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bacup change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Bacup saw a 300% increase in burglary. Bacup saw a large fall in shoplifting during July, when it fell by 90% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+113%+186%+198%-4%+31%+163%+196%+65%+15%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--50%-74%-54%-38%-30%-9%+33%+80%+300%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-31%+60%-26%-56%+13%-27%-6%+89%+36%
Drugs--+50%--+300%+200%-50%--
Other Crime----50%+100%-50%+50%--50%-
Other Theft+43%-69%-50%-50%-13%-75%-40%-38%+217%+17%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-13%-40%+14%+250%+29%+100%-40%-25%-29%-50%
Robbery---67%-------
Shoplifting-57%--80%+20%-90%-60%+67%-20%-25%-33%
Vehicle Crime+29%-25%-44%-57%-64%-71%-50%+10%+80%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-43%+27%+41%-5%+57%-19%+37%+47%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bacup

What police force serves Bacup?
Bacup's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Bacup?
Bacup is the third most dangerous small town in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Bacup?
Bacup's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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