Brierfield Crime Overview

Brierfield is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brierfield in 2020 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.2% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brierfield is the 185th most dangerous small town, and the 1,339th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Brierfield was the worst small town in Lancashire for drugs, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Brierfield residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Brierfield recorded 1 report of robbery during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for robbery in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Brierfield are violence and sexual offences, with 294 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 314 offences and a difference of 2.22 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Brierfield's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 4 offences recorded in 2020.

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Summary of Crimes in Brierfield This Year

 BrierfieldLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour57063.3188,46658.637% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.448670.5730% safer
Burglary505.557,4914.9611% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson839.2213,6289.032.1% more dangerous
Drugs182.002,4861.6518% more dangerous
Other Crime151.672,5911.723.0% safer
Other Theft546.009,7706.488% safer
Possession of Weapons70.789890.6615% more dangerous
Public Order596.558,0945.3618% more dangerous
Robbery70.787520.5036% more dangerous
Shoplifting70.785,4113.59360% safer
Theft From the Person40.445550.3716% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime424.676,2574.1511% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences29432.6650,36333.382.2% safer

Crime in Brierfield Compared To Lancashire

Brierfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cleveleys59555.4029% safer
Haslingden99462.3415% safer
Rawtenstall1,57664.2811% safer
Great Harwood72365.799% safer
Oswaldtwistle74868.394.6% safer
Brierfield64471.53-
Bacup1,15684.5615% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors69685.2316% more dangerous
Colne1,72396.1426% more dangerous

Brierfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour56383463Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.440.67-0.44Safer
Burglary81166Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson121799Safer
Drugs1.31.11.02.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.891.21.61.7Getting worse
Other Theft7766Safer
Possession of Weapons0.440.330.110.78Getting worse
Public Order2.4767Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.441.20.78Getting worse
Shoplifting3.03.02.00.78Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.221.10.220.44Safer
Vehicle Crime784.94.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21413533Getting worse

Changes In Brierfield's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Brierfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.716% safer
Brierfield71.53-
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2214% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2117% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8730% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2833% more dangerous
Bradford133.0246% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Brierfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brierfield & Reedley66670First

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%+220%+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%-44%+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 towns 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021