Burscough Crime Overview

Burscough is among the top 5 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 114th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burscough in 2020 was 33 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 119% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burscough is the 153rd safest small town, and the 5,606th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Burscough was the worst small town in Lancashire for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2019 was also a bad month for Burscough residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Burscough recorded 1 report of theft from the person during February 2017, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for theft from the person in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Burscough are violence and sexual offences, with 145 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 130 offences and a difference of 1.55 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Burscough's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Burscough Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Burscough This Year

 BurscoughLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour30431.5288,46658.6386% safer
Bicycle Theft30.318670.5784% safer
Burglary363.737,4914.9633% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson444.5613,6289.0398% safer
Drugs50.522,4861.65217% safer
Other Crime80.832,5911.72107% safer
Other Theft272.809,7706.48131% safer
Possession of Weapons10.109890.66560% safer
Public Order121.248,0945.36332% safer
Robbery20.217520.50138% safer
Shoplifting242.495,4113.5944% safer
Vehicle Crime121.246,2574.15235% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14515.0350,36333.38122% safer

Burscough Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aughton14918.5978% safer
Longton16320.9158% safer
Penwortham53423.4641% safer
Burscough31933.07-
Poulton-le-Fylde62934.734.8% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Woods55935.026% more dangerous
Euxton47135.918% more dangerous
Thornton72236.068% more dangerous
Clitheroe65339.2116% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burscough

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Recent Crimes in Burscough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Richmond AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Ellerbrook DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Airport/AirfieldUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Liverpool Road NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Clayton GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Lordsgate LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021BurglaryOn or near Liverpool Road SouthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Coach House CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Coach House CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Liverpool Road SouthUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Warper'S Moss LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near FlaxfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Christines CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Christines CrescentAction to be taken by another organisation
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pickles DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Abbey DaleUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Clough AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lathom CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Burscough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34212032Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.520.311.00.31Safer
Burglary4.63.43.73.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson664.44.6Safer
Drugs0.410.620.620.52Safer
Other Crime0.830.730.620.83Getting worse
Other Theft3.0652.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.10-0.10No change
Public Order1.13.41.41.2Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.100.620.21Safer
Shoplifting4.03.23.02.5Safer
Vehicle Crime1.72.92.31.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10191315Getting worse

Changes In Burscough's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Burscough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Burscough33.07-
Barnet67.7151% more dangerous
Coventry77.4157% more dangerous
Croydon83.2260% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8161% more dangerous
Bristol86.2162% more dangerous
Leicester97.4466% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8768% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2869% more dangerous
Bradford133.0275% more dangerous
Leeds137.1076% more dangerous

Crime in Burscough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Burscough31133First

Crime in Burscough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Burscough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Burscough saw a 433% increase in anti-social behaviour. Burscough saw a large fall in other theft during August, when it fell by 91% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-21%+40%+140%+271%-38%+16%+433%+48%+156%+83%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-40%+67%+300%+400%-+100%-13%-33%-50%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-71%+33%+200%-33%+67%+250%-71%-83%-67%
Drugs---------50%-
Other Crime+100%-----+100%-+100%-
Other Theft+300%-20%-17%+33%--91%+200%-60%-33%-
Public Order-67%--------+200%
Shoplifting---33%--50%-20%-57%-33%-50%-80%
Vehicle Crime----+50%-----83%
Violence and Sexual Offences-44%-18%-19%+29%+8%+88%+138%+117%+67%-36%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Burscough

What police force serves Burscough?
Burscough's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Burscough?
Burscough is among the top 5 safest small towns in Lancashire.
What is Burscough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Burscough are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Burscough?
Burscough's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021