Barnoldswick Crime Overview

Barnoldswick is among the top 20 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 76th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barnoldswick in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 66% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barnoldswick is the 300th safest small town, and the 3,831st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Barnoldswick was the worst small town in Lancashire for public order, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.66 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2017 was also a bad month for Barnoldswick residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Barnoldswick recorded 3 reports of drugs during August 2017, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst small town for drugs in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Barnoldswick are violence and sexual offences, with 239 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 3.3% higher than 2019's figure of 231 offences and a difference of 0.75 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Barnoldswick's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Barnoldswick Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Barnoldswick This Year

 BarnoldswickLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour44741.9288,46658.6340% safer
Bicycle Theft20.198670.57200% safer
Burglary353.287,4914.9651% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson706.5613,6289.0338% safer
Drugs40.382,4861.65334% safer
Other Crime121.132,5911.7252% safer
Other Theft333.099,7706.48110% safer
Possession of Weapons10.099890.66633% safer
Public Order413.848,0945.3640% safer
Robbery10.097520.50456% safer
Shoplifting100.945,4113.59282% safer
Vehicle Crime161.506,2574.15177% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23922.4150,36333.3849% safer

Barnoldswick Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Euxton47135.9121% safer
Thornton72236.0621% safer
Clitheroe65339.2111% safer
Longridge32839.939% safer
Up Holland30440.228% safer
Barnoldswick46443.51-
Padiham45845.183.7% more dangerous
Kirkham38448.9211% more dangerous
Coppull43551.9716% more dangerous
Heysham86952.9118% more dangerous
Whitworth42954.4120% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barnoldswick

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Barnoldswick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25171942Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.380.47-0.19Safer
Burglary4.33.72.83.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8767Safer
Drugs0.940.470.470.38Safer
Other Crime0.381.70.751.1Getting worse
Other Theft64.763.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.09-0.190.09Safer
Public Order1.14.02.43.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.090.090.190.09Safer
Shoplifting1.81.20.750.94Safer
Vehicle Crime2.83.92.11.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12212222Getting worse

Changes In Barnoldswick's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Barnoldswick's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Barnoldswick that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Victory Park19-3-772.9

Comparing Barnoldswick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnoldswick43.51-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Barnoldswick's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barnoldswick North22742First

Crime in Barnoldswick During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Barnoldswick change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Barnoldswick saw a 355% increase in anti-social behaviour. Barnoldswick saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+280%+265%+190%+355%+37%+68%+95%+194%-21%+5%
Burglary+300%--67%---33%+100%-33%-20%+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-80%-50%+60%+33%+100%+50%+29%-75%-75%
Drugs--------+100%-
Other Crime---50%-----33%--
Other Theft+25%-94%-50%--63%-40%--60%--
Public Order--+50%+100%-+133%+100%+300%--
Shoplifting----50%------
Vehicle Crime--50%-----80%-50%-+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+67%+44%-17%+18%-4%-6%+10%+8%--20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Barnoldswick

What police force serves Barnoldswick?
Barnoldswick's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Barnoldswick?
Barnoldswick is among the top 20 safest small towns in Lancashire.
What is Barnoldswick's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Barnoldswick are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Barnoldswick?
Barnoldswick's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021