Blackpool Crime Overview

Blackpool is the most dangerous major town in Lancashire, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blackpool in 2020 was 131 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blackpool is the third most dangerous major town, and the 200th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Blackpool had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Blackpool residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 107 crimes at a rate of 0.73 per 1,000 residents. Blackpool recorded 175 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Blackpool are violence and sexual offences, with 9,015 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 62. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 9,605 offences and a difference of 4.05 from 2019's crime rate of 66. Blackpool's least common crime is robbery, with 159 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 38% from 2019's figure of 219 crimes.

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Crime in Blackpool Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Blackpool This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14,640100.4088,46658.6342% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1671.158670.5750% more dangerous
Burglary1,1057.587,4914.9635% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,31415.8713,6289.0343% more dangerous
Drugs5003.432,4861.6552% more dangerous
Other Crime4182.872,5911.7240% more dangerous
Other Theft1,80112.359,7706.4848% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1991.369890.6651% more dangerous
Public Order1,54010.568,0945.3649% more dangerous
Robbery1591.097520.5054% more dangerous
Shoplifting9066.215,4113.5942% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1681.155550.3768% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime8335.716,2574.1527% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,01561.8250,36333.3846% more dangerous

Blackpool Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bamber Bridge2,55937.42250% safer
Blackburn10,71788.6248% safer
Preston13,780101.5629% safer
Burnley8,544102.4928% safer

Crime Over Time in Blackpool

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Blackpool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour946067100Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson21211616Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft18211812Safer
Possession of Weapons0.710.721.11.4Getting worse
Public Order6191411Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime91096Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52816662Safer

Changes In Blackpool's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Blackpool's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Boundary Park3---230.96
Claremont Park3----11.0
Fishers Field3---111.9
Mereside Park512-562.0
The Louie Horrocks Playing Fields7---6318
Warbreck Recreation Ground8---2313

Comparing Blackpool to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7194% safer
Coventry77.4169% safer
Croydon83.2258% safer
Sheffield85.8153% safer
Bristol86.2152% safer
Leicester97.4435% safer
Birmingham102.8727% safer
Liverpool107.2822% safer
Bradford133.021.4% more dangerous
Leeds137.104.3% more dangerous

Crime in Blackpool's Neighbourhoods

Central Blackpool is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Blackpool, followed by South Promenade & Seasiders Way in second place, and North Shore as the third most dangerous area. Blackpool's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Little Bispham & Anchorsholme, Squires Gate, and St Annes North & Airport.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Blackpool3,461486First
Common Edge4355415th
Hawes Side72210111th
Little Bispham & Anchorsholme3724817th
Little Layton & Little Carleton871143Sixth
Little Marton & Marton Moss Side1,039153Fifth
Norbreck & Bispham4165216th
North East Centre1,293188Fourth
North Shore1,813302Third
Park Road964127Seventh
Queenstown & Layton960119Ninth
South Promenade & Seasiders Way2,112349Second
South Shore831102Tenth
Squires Gate3474419th
St Annes North & Airport3314518th
Warbreck & Bispham Road6577912th

Blackpool Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNorbreck & Bispham (277)Central Blackpool (2,242)
Bicycle TheftSt Annes North & Airport (2)Central Blackpool (24)
BurglaryNorbreck & Bispham (18)Central Blackpool (206)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNorbreck & Bispham (32)Central Blackpool (372)
DrugsNorbreck & Bispham (4)South Promenade & Seasiders Way (89)
Other CrimeSquires Gate (5)Central Blackpool (60)
Other TheftSquires Gate (26)Central Blackpool (343)
Possession of WeaponsLittle Bispham & Anchorsholme (1)Central Blackpool (44)
Public OrderCommon Edge (24)Central Blackpool (380)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Common Edge (2)Central Blackpool (45)
ShopliftingLittle Bispham & Anchorsholme (5)Central Blackpool (361)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)St Annes North & Airport (1)Central Blackpool (53)
Vehicle CrimeCommon Edge (13)Hoohill (72)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSt Annes North & Airport (144)Central Blackpool (1,403)

Crime in Blackpool During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blackpool change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Blackpool saw a 275% increase in drugs. Blackpool saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 77% compared to October in 2019. Rates of public order and robbery both fell year-on-year for every month during Blackpool's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+37%+104%+97%+158%+2%+33%+22%+43%+32%+42%
Bicycle Theft-38%-38%+70%-12%-55%-50%-50%-52%+7%+113%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-49%-38%-25%-15%+21%+2%+10%-3%-1%
Other Crime-11%-5%-24%-6%-8%+68%+33%+113%+43%-13%
Other Theft-20%-49%-41%-43%-37%-26%-14%-31%-36%-41%
Possession of Weapons-40%+55%+33%+15%+35%+83%+58%-33%+27%+38%
Public Order-45%-46%-37%-26%-2%-4%-16%+12%-10%-15%
Theft From the Person-35%-45%-41%-45%-45%-45%-55%-77%-63%-39%
Vehicle Crime+33%-46%-64%-72%-46%-23%+2%-52%-44%-51%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%-36%-20%-18%+1%+8%+15%+19%+16%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blackpool

What police force serves Blackpool?
Blackpool's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Blackpool?
Blackpool is the most dangerous major town in Lancashire.
What is Blackpool's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Blackpool are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Blackpool?
Blackpool's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021