Chorley Crime Overview

Chorley is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chorley in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chorley is the 83rd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 957th 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 1,392 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 1,467 offences and a difference of 1.99 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Chorley's least common crime is robbery, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 20 crimes.

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Crime in Chorley Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Chorley This Year

 ChorleyLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,76373.4688,46658.6320% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft310.828670.5730% more dangerous
Burglary1544.097,4914.9621% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3699.8113,6289.038% more dangerous
Drugs852.262,4861.6527% more dangerous
Other Crime822.182,5911.7221% more dangerous
Other Theft2727.239,7706.4810% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons330.889890.6625% more dangerous
Public Order2306.128,0945.3612% more dangerous
Robbery120.327520.5056% safer
Shoplifting2065.485,4113.5934% more dangerous
Theft From the Person160.435550.3714% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1664.416,2574.156% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,39237.0150,36333.3810% more dangerous

Chorley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lytham St Anne's1,11725.28221% safer
Saint Anne's on the Sea87631.88154% safer
Ormskirk1,04039.60105% safer
Leyland2,36959.9835% safer
Skelmersdale2,23465.8823% safer
Chorley3,04881.04-
Morecambe3,09387.167% more dangerous
Darwen2,38187.708% more dangerous
Nelson2,99995.6315% more dangerous
Accrington3,891109.2626% more dangerous
Fleetwood2,965113.1428% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chorley

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Recent Crimes in Chorley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albert StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Troutbeck RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Preston RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bow Wood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albany CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lupton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ward StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Temperance StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Temperance StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketOffender given penalty notice
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rydal PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Eaves Green RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albion StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marlborough StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marlborough StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lighthurst LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Chorley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour56394673Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.930.580.82Safer
Burglary854.54.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14111010Safer
Drugs1.31.51.82.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.21.32.2Getting worse
Other Theft910107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.610.660.88Getting worse
Public Order2.5876Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.430.610.530.32Safer
Shoplifting9675Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.771.10.820.43Safer
Vehicle Crime753.94.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27433937Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Chorley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7120% safer
Coventry77.414.7% safer
Chorley81.04-
Croydon83.222.6% more dangerous
Sheffield85.816% more dangerous
Bristol86.216% more dangerous
Leicester97.4417% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8721% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2824% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% more dangerous

Crime in Chorley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chorley East53272Third
Chorley North62078Second
Chorley South West61865Fourth
Chorley Town & South1,134115First
Chorley West51748Fifth

Chorley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChorley West (327)Chorley Town & South (946)
Bicycle TheftChorley West (5)Chorley Town & South (12)
BurglaryChorley West (16)Chorley Town & South (58)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChorley West (56)Chorley Town & South (122)
DrugsChorley West (10)Chorley Town & South (32)
Other CrimeChorley West (10)Chorley Town & South (35)
Other TheftChorley South West (36)Chorley Town & South (102)
Possession of WeaponsChorley West (2)Chorley Town & South (15)
Public OrderChorley West (34)Chorley Town & South (99)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Chorley South West (2)Chorley Town & South (6)
ShopliftingChorley South West (4)Chorley Town & South (131)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chorley South West (1)Chorley Town & South (9)
Vehicle CrimeChorley South West (24)Chorley North (44)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChorley West (241)Chorley Town & South (465)

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021