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Crime and Safety in Brierfield

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Brierfield is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brierfield in 2021 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brierfield is the 238th most dangerous small town, and the 1,457th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Brierfield was the worst small town in Lancashire for drugs, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Brierfield residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Brierfield recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Brierfield are violence and sexual offences, with 343 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 293 offences and a difference of 5.56 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Brierfield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Brierfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

29% higher, regional crime rate

North West

6% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Brierfield is 29% higher than the North West and 6% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Brierfield Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Brierfield 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 Brierfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202172647
202071643
201973653
201898882
201765581
201654489

Crime in Brierfield Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Brierfield This Year

 BrierfieldLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour44148.9872,68948.18 1.6% more dangerous
Burglary374.116,4544.28 4.1% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10511.6614,1829.40 19% more dangerous
Drugs131.442,5121.66 15% safer
Other Crime161.783,1312.08 17% safer
Other Theft424.679,2886.16 32% safer
Possession of Weapons30.331,1540.76 130% safer
Public Order475.229,6316.38 22% safer
Shoplifting70.785,8893.90 400% safer
Theft From the Person20.226860.45 105% safer
Vehicle Crime323.556,0334.00 13% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34338.1055,91037.06 2.7% more dangerous

Brierfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kirkham47961.0218% safer
Haslingden1,01763.7813% safer
Rawtenstall1,59465.0111% safer
Great Harwood71765.2410% safer
Oswaldtwistle73166.838% safer
Brierfield64771.86-
Bacup1,13382.8813% more dangerous
Colne1,59889.1719% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors76393.4423% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brierfield

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Recent Crimes in Brierfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lord StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Regent StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beatie StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Robinson LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albert StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waidshouse RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heyhead StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oak StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rothesay RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wilton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Heap StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Arnold CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heap StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heap StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heap StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Suncliffe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Brierfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38346349 Getting worse
Burglary11664.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson179912 Safer
Drugs1.11.02.01.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.61.71.8 Getting worse
Other Theft7664.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.110.780.33 Getting worse
Public Order7675 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.02.00.780.78 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.220.440.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime84.94.73.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41353338 Getting worse

Changes In Brierfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Brierfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.087% safer
Brierfield71.86-
Croydon82.4813% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0520% more dangerous
Bristol90.5221% more dangerous
Coventry102.2430% more dangerous
Leicester111.5936% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0642% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6445% more dangerous
Bradford132.2846% more dangerous
Leeds150.9452% more dangerous

Crime in Brierfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brierfield & Reedley66370First

Crime in Brierfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brierfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Brierfield saw a 600% increase in public order. Brierfield saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+93%+111%+265%+233%+22%+79%+215%+48%+96%+89%
Burglary-25%+25%-29%+100%+50%-17%-75%+20%--14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-27%-86%-33%-64%-13%+20%+50%-29%--
Drugs-------+50%-+100%
Other Crime---------50%-
Other Theft-67%-50%--33%--50%--17%--
Public Order-20%-67%+100%+50%+75%+150%+600%+20%-33%+67%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting----+100%-----
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+25%-57%+20%--20%+100%-50%--33%+300%
Violence and Sexual Offences-18%+4%+7%-47%-4%-42%+20%-21%+68%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brierfield

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

How dangerous is Brierfield?
Brierfield is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Brierfield?
Brierfield's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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