Crime and Safety in Blackpool

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Blackpool is the most dangerous major town in Lancashire, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blackpool in 2021 was 146 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 47% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blackpool is among the top 5 most dangerous major towns, and the 197th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Blackpool had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Blackpool residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 93 crimes at a rate of 0.64 per 1,000 residents. Blackpool recorded 204 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Blackpool are violence and sexual offences, with 10,741 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 74. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 9,068 offences and a difference of 11.47 from 2020's crime rate of 62. Blackpool's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 149 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 12% from 2020's figure of 167 crimes.

Blackpool 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Lancashire

65% higher, regional crime rate

North West

48% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Blackpool is 65% higher than the North West and 48% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Blackpool Crime Rate Over Time

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England, Wales & NI

Blackpool Crime Map

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

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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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 Behaviour12,51685.8372,68948.18 44% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1491.027090.47 54% more dangerous
Burglary9026.196,4544.28 31% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,37116.2614,1829.40 42% more dangerous
Drugs5113.502,5121.66 53% more dangerous
Other Crime5473.753,1312.08 45% more dangerous
Other Theft1,75612.049,2886.16 49% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2551.751,1540.76 57% more dangerous
Public Order1,78112.219,6316.38 48% more dangerous
Robbery2071.428100.54 62% more dangerous
Shoplifting9066.215,8893.90 37% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1771.216860.45 63% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime9686.646,0334.00 40% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences10,74173.6655,91037.06 50% more dangerous

Blackpool Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bamber Bridge3,33748.80199% safer
Blackburn11,91098.4948% safer
Preston16,026118.1223% safer
Burnley9,861118.2923% safer

Crime Over Time in Blackpool

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Recent Crimes in Blackpool

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Plumpton AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grafton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rossett AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Auburn GroveOffender given a caution
June 2022Public orderOn or near Cookson StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Vicarage LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Leyfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Central DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodfield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carlin GateAction to be taken by another organisation
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belmont AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beattock PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Althorp CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fitzroy RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fordway AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosebank AvenueLocal resolution
June 2022Public orderOn or near Lytham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near LakewayUnable to prosecute suspect

Blackpool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour616710186 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2. Safer
Burglary12986 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21161616 Safer
Drugs2. Getting worse
Other Crime3. Getting worse
Other Theft21181212 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.741.11.41.8 Getting worse
Public Order19141112 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting121166 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime10967 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences81666274 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Barnet67.08117% safer
Croydon82.4877% safer
Sheffield91.1060% safer
Bristol93.7756% safer
Coventry102.3742% safer
Leicester111.7531% safer
Liverpool127.9014% safer
Birmingham137.176% safer
Bradford145.600.19% safer
Leeds153.064.7% more dangerous

Crime in Blackpool's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Blackpool3,968557First
Common Edge4455516th
Hawes Side6909611th
Little Bispham & Anchorsholme4225518th
Little Layton & Little Carleton847139Seventh
Little Marton & Marton Moss Side1,043153Fifth
Norbreck & Bispham4355517th
North East Centre1,565228Fourth
North Shore2,223371Second
Park Road1,027135Eighth
Queenstown & Layton1,088135Ninth
South Promenade & Seasiders Way2,198363Third
South Shore967119Tenth
Squires Gate3614619th
St Annes North & Airport4275815th
Warbreck & Bispham Road6918312th

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 BehaviourSquires Gate (214)Central Blackpool (2,068)
Bicycle TheftSt Annes North & Airport (1)Central Blackpool (41)
BurglarySquires Gate (13)Central Blackpool (158)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSquires Gate (30)Central Blackpool (375)
DrugsSquires Gate (4)Central Blackpool (86)
Other CrimeLittle Bispham & Anchorsholme (11)Central Blackpool (71)
Other TheftSquires Gate (21)Central Blackpool (395)
Possession of WeaponsCommon Edge (2)Central Blackpool (49)
Public OrderNorbreck & Bispham (18)Central Blackpool (410)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Common Edge (2)Central Blackpool (64)
ShopliftingPark Road (6)Central Blackpool (311)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Warbreck & Bispham Road (1)Central Blackpool (59)
Vehicle CrimeHawes Side (22)South Promenade & Seasiders Way (85)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSt Annes North & Airport (200)Central Blackpool (1,860)

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%+98%+156%+2%+33%+22%+43%+32%+43%
Bicycle Theft-38%-38%+70%-12%-57%-52%-50%-52%+7%+113%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-49%-38%-25%-14%+19%+2%+10%-3%-1%
Other Crime-7%-5%-24%-6%-8%+63%+33%+117%+43%-16%
Other Theft-20%-49%-41%-43%-36%-26%-14%-31%-36%-42%
Possession of Weapons-40%+55%+33%+15%+35%+83%+58%-33%+27%+38%
Public Order-45%-45%-37%-27%-3%-4%-17%+13%-9%-15%
Theft From the Person-35%-45%-41%-45%-45%-45%-55%-77%-63%-39%
Vehicle Crime+35%-46%-64%-72%-47%-26%+1%-52%-45%-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 bicycle theft.

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