Bacup Crime Overview

Bacup is the third most dangerous small town in Lancashire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bacup in 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bacup is the 104th most dangerous small town, and the 844th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Bacup was the worst small town in Lancashire for drugs, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Bacup residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for public order, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Bacup recorded 1 report of theft from the person during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst small town for theft from the person in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Bacup are violence and sexual offences, with 593 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 528 offences and a difference of 4.76 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Bacup's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Bacup Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Bacup This Year

 BacupLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour86663.3588,46658.637% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.298670.5797% safer
Burglary876.367,4914.9622% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson14810.8313,6289.0317% more dangerous
Drugs181.322,4861.6525% safer
Other Crime261.902,5911.729% more dangerous
Other Theft987.179,7706.4810% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.379890.6678% safer
Public Order674.908,0945.369% safer
Robbery30.227520.50127% safer
Shoplifting342.495,4113.5944% safer
Theft From the Person20.155550.37147% safer
Vehicle Crime715.196,2574.1520% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences59343.3850,36333.3823% more dangerous

Bacup Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haslingden99462.3436% safer
Rawtenstall1,57664.2832% safer
Great Harwood72365.7929% safer
Oswaldtwistle74868.3924% safer
Brierfield64471.5318% safer
Bacup1,15684.56-
Clayton-le-Moors69685.230.79% more dangerous
Colne1,72396.1412% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bacup

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Bacup Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43323263Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.660.150.290.29Safer
Burglary131086Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12161011Safer
Drugs0.950.800.441.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.801.71.21.9Getting worse
Other Theft10997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.150.220.290.37Getting worse
Public Order3.31164.9Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.440.660.22Safer
Shoplifting3.7752.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.660.950.290.15Safer
Vehicle Crime5875Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31493943Getting worse

Changes In Bacup's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bacup to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7125% safer
Coventry77.419% safer
Croydon83.221.6% safer
Bacup84.56-
Sheffield85.811.5% more dangerous
Bristol86.211.9% more dangerous
Leicester97.4413% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8718% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2821% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021