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Crime and Safety in Burnley

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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.

Burnley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Lancashire

57% higher, regional crime rate

North West

38% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Burnley Crime Rate Over Time

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Burnley Crime Map

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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Historical Crime Rates for Burnley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211189,849
20201109,157
20191149,481
201814512,112
20171109,205
2016988,178

Crime in Burnley Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Burnley This Year

 BurnleyLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,96171.5172,68948.18 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft370.447090.47 7% safer
Burglary5676.806,4544.28 37% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,32015.8314,1829.40 41% more dangerous
Drugs2503.002,5121.66 45% more dangerous
Other Crime2482.973,1312.08 30% more dangerous
Other Theft7559.069,2886.16 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1011.211,1540.76 37% more dangerous
Public Order86310.359,6306.38 38% more dangerous
Robbery520.628100.54 13% more dangerous
Shoplifting6397.675,8893.90 49% more dangerous
Theft From the Person480.586860.45 22% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4295.156,0334.00 22% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,54054.4655,90937.06 32% more dangerous

Burnley Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bamber Bridge1,67824.54381% safer
Blackburn11,91098.4920% safer
Preston15,558114.673.0% safer
Burnley9,849118.14-
Blackpool21,270145.8619% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burnley

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Recent Crimes in Burnley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coniston AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bank ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kielder DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Metcalfe StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thomas StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gannow LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Burns StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Centenary WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Milbrook CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Casterton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near St James'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leyland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The KilnsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brougham StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Newman StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandhurst StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dawson SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Burnley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour50488472 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.470.770.44 Safer
Burglary151287 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19131516 Safer
Drugs1.81.72.43.0 Getting worse
Other Crime2.52.22.73.0 Getting worse
Other Theft141299 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.530.911.2 Getting worse
Public Order149810 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.760.950.610.62 Safer
Shoplifting9978 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.60.790.420.58 Safer
Vehicle Crime10655 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57465054 Getting worse

Changes In Burnley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Burnley's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Burnley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
St Andrew's Recreation Ground3---102.8
Sycamore Park2---210.92
Turf Moor Cricket Ground3----12.2

Comparing Burnley to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93196% safer
Birmingham49.60138% safer
Barnet67.0876% safer
Croydon82.4843% safer
Sheffield90.0331% safer
Bristol90.5231% safer
Leicester111.596% safer
Burnley118.14-
Liverpool123.064.0% more dangerous
Bradford132.2811% more dangerous
Leeds150.9422% more dangerous

Crime in Burnley's Neighbourhoods

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.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bank Hall & Fulledge1,146190Third
Barclay Hills & Trinity1,782199Second
Brunshaw & Brownside35760Eighth
Central Burnley & Daneshouse2,185212First
Harle Syke & Lanehead46153Ninth
Padiham948106Sixth
Queensgate754127Fourth
Rose Hill & Burnley Wood1,030102Seventh
Whittlefield & Rose Grove712112Fifth

Burnley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHarle Syke & Lanehead (357)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (1,326)
Bicycle TheftRose Hill & Burnley Wood (1)Barclay Hills & Trinity (10)
BurglaryHarle Syke & Lanehead (29)Bank Hall & Fulledge (73)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarle Syke & Lanehead (60)Barclay Hills & Trinity (264)
DrugsBrunshaw & Brownside (2)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (69)
Other CrimeHarle Syke & Lanehead (8)Barclay Hills & Trinity (43)
Other TheftHarle Syke & Lanehead (40)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (190)
Possession of WeaponsPadiham (7)Barclay Hills & Trinity (21)
Public OrderHarle Syke & Lanehead (32)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (250)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Padiham (1)Bank Hall & Fulledge (15)
ShopliftingWhittlefield & Rose Grove (2)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (466)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Harle Syke & Lanehead (1)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (17)
Vehicle CrimeCentral Burnley & Daneshouse (43)Barclay Hills & Trinity (67)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarle Syke & Lanehead (210)Barclay Hills & Trinity (910)

Crime in Burnley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+156%+93%+202%+24%+60%+72%+90%+77%+81%
Bicycle Theft-+100%+150%+133%+67%-25%+167%+100%-86%+800%
Burglary-58%-37%-32%+2%-24%+13%+4%-15%+5%+20%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-22%+7%+16%+14%+12%+19%+1%+23%+3%
Drugs-41%+13%+7%-7%+114%+83%+46%+18%+63%+45%
Other Crime+24%+47%+20%+200%+40%+143%-7%+8%+38%-
Other Theft-7%-51%-35%-35%-28%-33%+8%-32%-41%-33%
Possession of Weapons-33%+350%+100%+33%+175%+200%--+300%+133%
Public Order-27%-56%+38%-5%-1%+33%+29%-8%+33%+16%
Robbery-29%-75%-71%-50%-67%-38%-33%+133%+125%-
Shoplifting-25%-43%-31%-37%-63%-56%-22%-49%-32%-15%
Theft From the Person+33%+67%-57%-88%-40%-33%-14%-60%-50%-67%
Vehicle Crime--34%-44%-52%-31%+17%+6%+24%-6%-19%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-18%+7%+37%+16%+8%+13%+3%+8%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Burnley

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

How dangerous is Burnley?
Burnley is the second most dangerous major town in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Burnley?
Burnley's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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