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Crime and Safety in Blackburn

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Blackburn is the second safest major town in Lancashire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blackburn in 2021 was 98 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blackburn is the 34th most dangerous major town, and the 587th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Blackburn had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for shoplifting, with 98 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.81 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Blackburn residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 64 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Blackburn recorded 71 reports of burglary during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.59 the worst for burglary in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Blackburn are violence and sexual offences, with 5,620 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 4,925 offences and a difference of 5.74 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Blackburn's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 42 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 31% from 2020's figure of 29 crimes.

Blackburn 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Major Towns, Lancashire

48% higher, regional crime rate

North West

26% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Blackburn is 48% higher than the North West and 26% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Blackburn Crime Rate Over Time

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Blackburn Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Blackburn

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219811,910
20209010,888
201910112,267
201812314,872
20178610,368
2016738,812

Crime in Blackburn Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Blackburn This Year

 BlackburnLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,56354.2772,68948.18 11% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft420.357090.47 34% safer
Burglary5844.836,4544.28 11% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,44411.9414,1829.40 21% more dangerous
Drugs2442.022,5121.66 18% more dangerous
Other Crime2782.303,1312.08 10% more dangerous
Other Theft8296.869,2886.16 10% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1120.931,1540.76 18% more dangerous
Public Order1,1249.299,6306.38 31% more dangerous
Robbery770.648100.54 16% more dangerous
Shoplifting8456.995,8893.90 44% more dangerous
Theft From the Person620.516860.45 12% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6495.376,0334.00 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,62046.4755,90937.06 20% more dangerous

Blackburn Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bamber Bridge1,67824.54301% safer
Blackburn11,91098.49-
Preston15,558114.6714% more dangerous
Burnley9,849118.1417% more dangerous
Blackpool21,270145.8632% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Blackburn

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Recent Crimes in Blackburn

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alma StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near William StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Lincoln RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Audley RangeFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Arran AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Amber AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paignton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dorothy StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Temple DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near York CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sulby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gibraltar StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eagle StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grisedale AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near CrossfoldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Franklin RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lincoln RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Branch RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Blackburn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39386954 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.460.450.240.35 Safer
Burglary9664.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121112 Safer
Drugs1.81.62.22.0 Getting worse
Other Crime2.51.52.12.3 Getting worse
Other Theft121187 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.460.770.93 Getting worse
Public Order13989 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.910.860.790.64 Safer
Shoplifting8767 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.50.940.460.51 Safer
Vehicle Crime10955 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48414146 Getting worse

Changes In Blackburn's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Blackburn's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Blackburn that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cherry Tree Cricket and Tennis Club1----64.5
Corporation Park---1700.36
Griffin Football Ground2---114.5
Harrison Recreation Ground1-2-8516
Lower Darwen Congregational Church Recreation Ground2----10.66
Pleckgate Playing Fields13----08
Queen's Park23-1-422.5
St Paul's Methodist Church61-11237
The Nash Playing Fields----314.0

Comparing Blackburn to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93147% safer
Birmingham49.6099% safer
Barnet67.0847% safer
Croydon82.4819% safer
Sheffield90.039% safer
Bristol90.529% safer
Blackburn98.49-
Leicester111.5912% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0620% more dangerous
Bradford132.2826% more dangerous
Leeds150.9435% more dangerous

Crime in Blackburn's Neighbourhoods

Central Blackburn is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Blackburn, followed by Witton, Mill Hill & Hollin Bank in second place, and Queen's Park & Higher Croft as the third most dangerous area. Blackburn's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bastwell, Lammack & Revidge, and Little Harwood.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Audley53662Seventh
Bastwell3915211th
Central Blackburn2,857321First
Ewood & Fernhurst44358Eighth
Lammack & Revidge3994512th
Little Harwood51456Tenth
Meadowhead795112Fifth
Queen's Park & Higher Croft1,302134Third
Roe Lee, Brownhill & Sunnybower57156Ninth
Shadsworth & Intack1,291120Fourth
Wensley Fold78087Sixth
Witton, Mill Hill & Hollin Bank1,573150Second

Blackburn Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Blackburn for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLammack & Revidge (247)Central Blackburn (1,242)
Bicycle TheftLittle Harwood (1)Central Blackburn (12)
BurglaryBastwell (5)Central Blackburn (155)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLammack & Revidge (32)Central Blackburn (228)
DrugsLammack & Revidge (7)Central Blackburn (75)
Other CrimeLammack & Revidge (4)Central Blackburn (40)
Other TheftBastwell (20)Central Blackburn (222)
Possession of WeaponsLammack & Revidge (1)Central Blackburn (23)
Public OrderLammack & Revidge (21)Central Blackburn (313)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Lammack & Revidge (1)Central Blackburn (28)
ShopliftingLammack & Revidge (2)Central Blackburn (613)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ewood & Fernhurst (1)Central Blackburn (32)
Vehicle CrimeBastwell (26)Central Blackburn (82)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEwood & Fernhurst (201)Central Blackburn (1,034)

Crime in Blackburn During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blackburn change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Blackburn saw a 275% increase in possession of weapons. Blackburn saw a large fall in possession of weapons during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Blackburn's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+40%+168%+125%+193%+35%+78%+67%+47%+49%+62%
Bicycle Theft--25%+100%-40%-17%--60%--83%-67%
Burglary+11%-10%+40%-18%-29%+6%+4%-31%-14%+42%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-28%-28%-29%-9%+6%+2%-21%-24%+11%
Drugs-16%+50%+94%+69%+125%+133%-43%+37%+120%-
Other Crime+18%-5%-+150%-7%+58%+114%+156%+47%+25%
Other Theft-24%-36%-40%-34%-38%-44%-6%-12%-23%-50%
Possession of Weapons+100%-88%-13%-+17%-+167%-20%+275%+57%
Public Order-29%-37%-24%-1%-18%+2%+16%-4%+14%-10%
Robbery+200%-20%-46%-10%+80%-29%-27%+80%--10%
Shoplifting-17%-45%-42%+21%-42%-62%-43%-2%-28%-30%
Theft From the Person-29%-43%-63%-14%-64%-67%-50%-67%-56%-40%
Vehicle Crime-39%-12%-40%-40%-54%-31%-60%-40%-36%-44%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-23%+5%+11%+4%+14%+19%-2%-5%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blackburn

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

How dangerous is Blackburn?
Blackburn is the second safest major town in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Blackburn?
Blackburn's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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