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Crime and Safety in Barnoldswick

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Barnoldswick is among the top 20 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 71st most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barnoldswick in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 70% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barnoldswick is the 272nd safest small town, and the 3,862nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Barnoldswick was the worst small town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Barnoldswick residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 2.0 per 1,000 residents. Barnoldswick recorded 1 report of theft from the person during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for theft from the person in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Barnoldswick are violence and sexual offences, with 254 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 239 offences and a difference of 1.41 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Barnoldswick's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 33% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Barnoldswick 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Small Towns, Lancashire

13% lower, regional crime rate

North West

68% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Barnoldswick is 13% lower than the North West and 68% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Barnoldswick Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Barnoldswick 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 Barnoldswick

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145484
202044464
201943461
201848514
201739411
201630320

Crime in Barnoldswick Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Barnoldswick This Year

 BarnoldswickLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38335.9272,68948.18 34% safer
Bicycle Theft30.287090.47 68% safer
Burglary222.066,4544.28 108% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson575.3514,1829.40 76% safer
Drugs80.752,5121.66 121% safer
Other Crime131.223,1312.08 70% safer
Other Theft454.229,2886.16 46% safer
Possession of Weapons30.281,1540.76 171% safer
Public Order454.229,6316.38 51% safer
Shoplifting111.035,8893.90 279% safer
Theft From the Person50.476860.45 4.3% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime181.696,0334.00 137% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25423.8255,91037.06 56% safer

Barnoldswick Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Penwortham93541.0711% safer
Longridge34041.3910% safer
Heysham68041.4010% safer
Thornton84842.367% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde77142.577% safer
Barnoldswick48445.39-
Clitheroe76846.121.6% more dangerous
Coppull42050.1810% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Woods82051.3712% more dangerous
Whitworth46458.8523% more dangerous
Cleveleys64960.4325% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barnoldswick

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Recent Crimes in Barnoldswick

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Longfield CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cavendish StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near WalmsgateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bracewell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Edith StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Green StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Longfield CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cecil StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Chestnut DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kelbrook RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edith StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gisburn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Longfield CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fernlea AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beech StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bolland StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bracewell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Commercial StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Barnoldswick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17194236 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.47-0.190.28 Safer
Burglary3.72.83.32.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7675 Safer
Drugs0.470.470.380.75 Getting worse
Other Crime1.70.751.11.2 Getting worse
Other Theft4.763.14.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.190.090.28 Getting worse
Public Order4.02.43.84.2 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.20.750.941.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.09-0.47 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.92.11.51.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21222224 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Victory Park19-3-772.9

Comparing Barnoldswick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnoldswick45.39-
Barnet67.0832% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Barnoldswick's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barnoldswick North23844First

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 town 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 crime is bicycle theft.

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