Burnley is the second most dangerous major town in Lancashire, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burnley in 2021 was 118 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burnley is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 340th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In September 2021, Burnley had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for shoplifting, with 72 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.86 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Burnley residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 84 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Burnley recorded 82 reports of vehicle crime during May 2015, making its crime rate of 0.98 the worst for vehicle crime in Lancashire that month.
The most common crimes in Burnley are violence and sexual offences, with 4,540 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 54. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 4,130 offences and a difference of 4.92 from 2020's crime rate of 50. Burnley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 37 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 73% from 2020's figure of 64 crimes.
Second Most Dangerous
Major Towns, Lancashire
57% higher, regional crime rate
38% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Burnley is 57% higher than the North West and 38% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
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Incidents mapped in Burnley represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.
Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||5,961||71.51||72,689||48.18||33% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||37||0.44||709||0.47||7% safer|
|Burglary||567||6.80||6,454||4.28||37% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||1,320||15.83||14,182||9.40||41% more dangerous|
|Drugs||250||3.00||2,512||1.66||45% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||248||2.97||3,131||2.08||30% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||755||9.06||9,288||6.16||32% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||101||1.21||1,154||0.76||37% more dangerous|
|Public Order||863||10.35||9,630||6.38||38% more dangerous|
|Robbery||52||0.62||810||0.54||13% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||639||7.67||5,889||3.90||49% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||48||0.58||686||0.45||22% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||429||5.15||6,033||4.00||22% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||4,540||54.46||55,909||37.06||32% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Coniston Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Bank Parade||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Kielder Drive||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Metcalfe Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Nightclub||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Local resolution|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Thomas Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Gannow Lane||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Burns Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Centenary Way||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Milbrook Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Mill Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Casterton Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near St James'S Lane||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Leyland Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near The Kilns||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Brougham Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Newman Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Sandhurst Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Dawson Square||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||50||48||84||72||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||19||13||15||16||Safer|
|Other Crime||2.5||2.2||2.7||3.0||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.61||0.53||0.91||1.2||Getting worse|
|Public Order||14||9||8||10||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.76||0.95||0.61||0.62||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||1.6||0.79||0.42||0.58||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||57||46||50||54||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Burnley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|St Andrew's Recreation Ground||3||-||-||-||1||0||2.8|
|Turf Moor Cricket Ground||3||-||-||-||-||1||2.2|
|Major Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Liverpool||123.06||4.0% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||11% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||22% more dangerous|
Central Burnley & Daneshouse is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Burnley, followed by Barclay Hills & Trinity in second place, and Bank Hall & Fulledge as the third most dangerous area. Burnley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Brunshaw & Brownside, Harle Syke & Lanehead, and Rose Hill & Burnley Wood.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Bank Hall & Fulledge||1,146||190||Third|
|Barclay Hills & Trinity||1,782||199||Second|
|Brunshaw & Brownside||357||60||Eighth|
|Central Burnley & Daneshouse||2,185||212||First|
|Harle Syke & Lanehead||461||53||Ninth|
|Rose Hill & Burnley Wood||1,030||102||Seventh|
|Whittlefield & Rose Grove||712||112||Fifth|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Burnley for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Harle Syke & Lanehead (357)||Central Burnley & Daneshouse (1,326)|
|Bicycle Theft||Rose Hill & Burnley Wood (1)||Barclay Hills & Trinity (10)|
|Burglary||Harle Syke & Lanehead (29)||Bank Hall & Fulledge (73)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Harle Syke & Lanehead (60)||Barclay Hills & Trinity (264)|
|Drugs||Brunshaw & Brownside (2)||Central Burnley & Daneshouse (69)|
|Other Crime||Harle Syke & Lanehead (8)||Barclay Hills & Trinity (43)|
|Other Theft||Harle Syke & Lanehead (40)||Central Burnley & Daneshouse (190)|
|Possession of Weapons||Padiham (7)||Barclay Hills & Trinity (21)|
|Public Order||Harle Syke & Lanehead (32)||Central Burnley & Daneshouse (250)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Padiham (1)||Bank Hall & Fulledge (15)|
|Shoplifting||Whittlefield & Rose Grove (2)||Central Burnley & Daneshouse (466)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Harle Syke & Lanehead (1)||Central Burnley & Daneshouse (17)|
|Vehicle Crime||Central Burnley & Daneshouse (43)||Barclay Hills & Trinity (67)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Harle Syke & Lanehead (210)||Barclay Hills & Trinity (910)|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Burnley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Burnley saw a 800% increase in bicycle theft. Burnley saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Burnley's lockdown.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-6%||-22%||+7%||+16%||+14%||+12%||+19%||+1%||+23%||+3%|
|Possession of Weapons||-33%||+350%||+100%||+33%||+175%||+200%||-||-||+300%||+133%|
|Theft From the Person||+33%||+67%||-57%||-88%||-40%||-33%||-14%||-60%||-50%||-67%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-2%||-18%||+7%||+37%||+16%||+8%||+13%||+3%||+8%||+6%|