Burnley Crime Overview

Burnley is the second most dangerous major town in Lancashire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burnley in 2020 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burnley is the 28th most dangerous major town, and the 457th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Burnley had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for burglary, with 74 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.89 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2015 was also a bad month for Burnley residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 77 crimes at a rate of 0.92 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Burnley are violence and sexual offences, with 3,833 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 3,614 offences and a difference of 2.63 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Burnley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 32 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 103% from 2019's figure of 65 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Burnley This Year

 BurnleyLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,47277.6488,46658.6324% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft580.708670.5719% more dangerous
Burglary6387.657,4914.9635% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,15613.8713,6289.0335% more dangerous
Drugs1892.272,4861.6527% more dangerous
Other Crime2062.472,5911.7230% more dangerous
Other Theft7068.479,7706.4823% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons710.859890.6622% more dangerous
Public Order6467.758,0945.3631% more dangerous
Robbery480.587520.5014% more dangerous
Shoplifting5476.565,4113.5945% more dangerous
Theft From the Person320.385550.372.6% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4144.976,2574.1516% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,83345.9850,36333.3827% more dangerous

Crime in Burnley Compared To Lancashire

Burnley Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bamber Bridge2,55937.42174% safer
Blackburn10,71788.6216% safer
Preston13,780101.560.92% safer
Burnley8,544102.49-
Blackpool19,125131.1522% more dangerous

Burnley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour62464478Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.860.980.430.70Safer
Burglary1514118Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17181214Safer
Drugs1.51.71.72.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.32.42.02.5Getting worse
Other Theft1213128Safer
Possession of Weapons0.400.610.490.85Getting worse
Public Order4.21388Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.740.920.58Safer
Shoplifting8997Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.60.780.38Safer
Vehicle Crime10965.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33534346Getting worse

Changes In Burnley's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Burnley to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7151% safer
Coventry77.4132% safer
Croydon83.2223% safer
Sheffield85.8119% safer
Bristol86.2119% safer
Leicester97.445% safer
Burnley102.49-
Birmingham102.870.37% more dangerous
Liverpool107.284.5% more dangerous
Bradford133.0223% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% more dangerous

Crime in Burnley's Neighbourhoods

Barclay Hills & Trinity is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Burnley, followed by Central Burnley & Daneshouse 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 & Fulledge983163Third
Barclay Hills & Trinity1,700190First
Brunshaw & Brownside33657Ninth
Central Burnley & Daneshouse1,946189Second
Harle Syke & Lanehead51659Eighth
Padiham939105Sixth
Queensgate652110Fourth
Rose Hill & Burnley Wood98698Seventh
Whittlefield & Rose Grove686108Fifth

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 BehaviourBrunshaw & Brownside (358)Barclay Hills & Trinity (1,171)
Bicycle TheftBrunshaw & Brownside (2)Barclay Hills & Trinity (14)
BurglaryBrunshaw & Brownside (15)Barclay Hills & Trinity (127)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBrunshaw & Brownside (37)Barclay Hills & Trinity (268)
DrugsHarle Syke & Lanehead (2)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (75)
Other CrimeHarle Syke & Lanehead (9)Bank Hall & Fulledge (31)
Other TheftBrunshaw & Brownside (14)Barclay Hills & Trinity (170)
Possession of WeaponsBrunshaw & Brownside (1)Queensgate (11)
Public OrderHarle Syke & Lanehead (25)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (167)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Rose Hill & Burnley Wood (2)Barclay Hills & Trinity (13)
ShopliftingWhittlefield & Rose Grove (1)Central Burnley & Daneshouse (389)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Harle Syke & Lanehead (1)Bank Hall & Fulledge (6)
Vehicle CrimeRose Hill & Burnley Wood (47)Bank Hall & Fulledge (58)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarle Syke & Lanehead (238)Barclay Hills & Trinity (776)

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 700% increase in bicycle theft. Burnley saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019. Rates of other theft and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Burnley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+157%+96%+199%+25%+58%+72%+91%+71%+76%
Bicycle Theft-+100%+100%+100%+100%-+133%+100%-83%+700%
Burglary-61%-41%-29%+2%-23%+15%+3%-9%+4%+12%
Criminal Damage and Arson-3%-23%+12%+9%+9%+17%+20%-6%+22%+4%
Drugs-43%+13%--13%+114%+67%+23%+20%+60%+36%
Other Crime+25%+69%+33%+163%+33%+129%-15%+22%+30%+6%
Other Theft-6%-48%-35%-38%-27%-30%+14%-31%-42%-33%
Possession of Weapons-25%+300%+100%+33%+125%+200%-25%-+300%+100%
Public Order-24%-60%+43%-4%-1%+30%+28%-12%+33%+21%
Robbery-29%-67%-71%-58%-64%-38%-67%+133%+100%-
Shoplifting-26%-42%-30%-40%-63%-55%-22%-49%-32%-13%
Theft From the Person-33%+67%-57%-86%-40%-33%-29%-60%-50%-67%
Vehicle Crime-2%-38%-44%-52%-33%+11%-3%+29%-9%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-18%+4%+39%+15%+9%+16%+1%+8%+4%

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021