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Crime and Safety in Chorley, Lancashire

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Chorley is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chorley in 2021 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chorley is the 71st most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 824th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2015, Chorley had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for possession of weapons, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Chorley are violence and sexual offences, with 1,589 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 1,392 offences and a difference of 5.24 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Chorley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 14 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 14% from 2020's figure of 16 crimes.

Chorley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Lancashire

42% higher, regional crime rate

North West

14% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chorley is 42% higher than the North West and 14% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chorley Crime Rate Over Time

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Chorley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Chorley represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Chorley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021893,344
2020813,048
2019863,242
2018963,612
2017813,054
2016722,702

Crime in Chorley Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Chorley This Year

 ChorleyLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,34062.2172,68948.18 23% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft250.667090.47 29% more dangerous
Burglary1283.406,4544.28 26% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson43211.4914,1829.40 18% more dangerous
Drugs1002.662,5121.66 38% more dangerous
Other Crime832.213,1312.08 6% more dangerous
Other Theft2586.869,2886.16 10% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons370.981,1540.76 22% more dangerous
Public Order2566.819,6316.38 6% more dangerous
Robbery170.458100.54 20% safer
Shoplifting2817.475,8893.90 48% more dangerous
Theft From the Person140.376860.45 22% safer
Vehicle Crime1243.306,0334.00 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,58942.2555,91037.06 12% more dangerous

Chorley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lytham St Anne's63414.35520% safer
Ormskirk80230.54191% safer
Saint Anne's on the Sea1,51655.1761% safer
Leyland2,46062.2943% safer
Skelmersdale2,16763.9039% safer
Chorley3,34488.91-
Nelson2,89092.163.5% more dangerous
Darwen2,70099.4511% more dangerous
Morecambe3,760105.9616% more dangerous
Fleetwood3,013114.9723% more dangerous
Accrington4,202117.9925% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chorley

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Recent Crimes in Chorley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Redhill GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Folly Wood DriveFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fell ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ward StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Collingwood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church StreetFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chatham PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vicarage StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Springwood DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Old Bridge WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Alpine RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Moor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wordsworth TerraceOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hampton CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawson StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Chorley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39467362 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.930.580.820.66 Safer
Burglary54.54.13.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101011 Getting worse
Drugs1.51.82.32.7 Getting worse
Other Crime2.21.32.22.2 Getting worse
Other Theft101077 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.660.880.98 Getting worse
Public Order8767 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.530.320.45 Safer
Shoplifting6757 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.820.430.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime53.94.43.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43393742 Getting worse

Changes In Chorley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chorley's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Rangletts Recreation Ground1----00.47

Comparing Chorley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0833% safer
Croydon82.488% safer
Chorley88.91-
Sheffield90.051.3% more dangerous
Bristol90.521.8% more dangerous
Coventry102.2413% more dangerous
Leicester111.5920% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0628% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6431% more dangerous
Bradford132.2833% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Chorley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chorley East56176Third
Chorley North67185Second
Chorley South West59663Fourth
Chorley Town & South1,405143First
Chorley West45843Fifth

Chorley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChorley West (309)Chorley Town & South (1,043)
Bicycle TheftChorley West (1)Chorley Town & South (17)
BurglaryChorley South West (19)Chorley Town & South (49)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChorley West (29)Chorley Town & South (175)
DrugsChorley West (7)Chorley Town & South (37)
Other CrimeChorley West (11)Chorley North (24)
Other TheftChorley South West (34)Chorley Town & South (106)
Possession of WeaponsChorley West (2)Chorley North (13)
Public OrderChorley West (37)Chorley Town & South (113)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Chorley West (1)Chorley North (8)
ShopliftingChorley East (1)Chorley Town & South (216)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chorley West (1)Chorley East (4)
Vehicle CrimeChorley South West (18)Chorley North (39)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChorley West (248)Chorley Town & South (606)

Crime in Chorley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chorley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Chorley saw a 800% increase in other crime. Chorley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Chorley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%+157%+81%+156%+26%+31%+51%+88%+16%+39%
Bicycle Theft+300%+200%+150%----50%+50%--
Burglary+33%+19%-41%-14%--31%-67%+67%-44%-40%
Criminal Damage and Arson+35%-37%-41%+17%-19%+65%+50%-34%-13%-29%
Drugs-50%+17%-+17%+167%-+80%+33%-14%-14%
Other Crime-29%+17%-50%+450%+700%+800%+100%+100%-50%+150%
Other Theft-33%-61%-41%-33%-38%-35%-26%-37%+8%-45%
Possession of Weapons-75%+300%--50%-+100%+100%-67%-25%-
Public Order-63%-45%+23%-44%-12%+32%+40%-30%+29%-18%
Robbery-33%----50%--67%---
Shoplifting-43%-74%-72%-29%+38%-5%+24%-31%+33%+31%
Theft From the Person-75%-75%--50%---+100%-50%-
Vehicle Crime+8%-82%-17%-53%+50%+123%+113%+380%+86%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-24%-12%-1%+2%+20%+23%+39%-25%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chorley

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

How dangerous is Chorley?
Chorley is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Chorley?
Chorley's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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