Blackburn Crime Overview

Blackburn is the second safest major 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 Blackburn in 2020 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blackburn is the 48th most dangerous major town, and the 738th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Blackburn had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for robbery, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Blackburn residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 56 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Blackburn recorded 53 reports of vehicle crime during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.44 the worst for vehicle crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Blackburn are violence and sexual offences, with 4,861 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 1.4% lower than 2019's figure of 4,928 offences and a difference of 0.55 from 2019's crime rate of 41. Blackburn's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 27 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 54 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Blackburn This Year

 BlackburnLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,14367.3488,46658.6313% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft270.228670.57159% safer
Burglary6485.367,4914.967% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,30810.8213,6289.0317% more dangerous
Drugs2612.162,4861.6524% more dangerous
Other Crime2552.112,5911.7218% more dangerous
Other Theft9297.689,7706.4816% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons930.779890.6614% more dangerous
Public Order9207.618,0945.3630% more dangerous
Robbery940.787520.5036% more dangerous
Shoplifting6555.425,4113.5934% more dangerous
Theft From the Person560.465550.3720% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6105.046,2574.1518% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,86140.2050,36333.3817% more dangerous

Crime in Blackburn Compared To Lancashire

Blackburn Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bamber Bridge2,55937.42137% safer
Blackburn10,71788.62-
Preston13,780101.5613% more dangerous
Burnley8,544102.4914% more dangerous
Blackpool19,125131.1532% more dangerous

Blackburn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour54393867Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.430.450.450.22Safer
Burglary8965Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13141211Safer
Drugs1.41.81.62.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.992.51.42.1Getting worse
Other Theft1012118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.530.460.77Getting worse
Public Order4.01398Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.580.910.860.78Safer
Shoplifting6875Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.50.940.46Safer
Vehicle Crime81095Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30484140Getting worse

Changes In Blackburn's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Blackburn to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7131% safer
Coventry77.4114% safer
Croydon83.226% safer
Sheffield85.813.3% safer
Bristol86.212.8% safer
Blackburn88.62-
Leicester97.449% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8714% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2817% more dangerous
Bradford133.0233% more dangerous
Leeds137.1035% 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 Roe Lee, Brownhill & Sunnybower.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Audley53062Seventh
Bastwell36849Tenth
Central Blackburn2,340263First
Ewood & Fernhurst44858Eighth
Lammack & Revidge3493912th
Little Harwood51756Ninth
Meadowhead725102Fifth
Queen's Park & Higher Croft1,117115Third
Roe Lee, Brownhill & Sunnybower4884711th
Shadsworth & Intack1,172109Fourth
Wensley Fold81991Sixth
Witton, Mill Hill & Hollin Bank1,544148Second

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 (280)Central Blackburn (1,322)
Bicycle TheftLittle Harwood (1)Witton, Mill Hill & Hollin Bank (7)
BurglaryBastwell (12)Central Blackburn (146)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBastwell (38)Central Blackburn (247)
DrugsMeadowhead (6)Central Blackburn (67)
Other CrimeEwood & Fernhurst (6)Central Blackburn (49)
Other TheftRoe Lee, Brownhill & Sunnybower (28)Central Blackburn (201)
Possession of WeaponsLammack & Revidge (1)Central Blackburn (31)
Public OrderLammack & Revidge (18)Central Blackburn (257)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Lammack & Revidge (1)Central Blackburn (33)
ShopliftingLittle Harwood (1)Central Blackburn (390)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Lammack & Revidge (1)Central Blackburn (19)
Vehicle CrimeBastwell (11)Central Blackburn (90)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLammack & Revidge (175)Central Blackburn (806)

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+41%+164%+122%+190%+37%+77%+65%+47%+49%+61%
Bicycle Theft--25%+100%-60%-17%--60%--83%-67%
Burglary+5%-18%+43%-20%-26%+4%+17%-32%-17%+35%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-27%-26%-31%-6%+6%-1%-20%-24%+10%
Drugs-16%+50%+94%+69%+125%+133%-43%+44%+120%-6%
Other Crime+25%-5%-7%+150%-+58%+107%+144%+47%+25%
Other Theft-24%-34%-40%-35%-38%-44%-8%-12%-22%-50%
Possession of Weapons+100%-88%-13%-+17%-+167%-20%+275%+57%
Public Order-29%-39%-23%-1%-18%+2%+15%-4%+16%-8%
Robbery+200%-20%-46%-10%+80%-29%-27%+60%--10%
Shoplifting-15%-45%-43%+19%-45%-62%-43%-5%-38%-31%
Theft From the Person-29%-43%-63%-14%-64%-67%-50%-67%-56%-40%
Vehicle Crime-38%-11%-39%-42%-53%-33%-58%-40%-33%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-24%+5%+12%+4%+14%+19%0%-4%-6%

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.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021