Clayton-le-Woods Crime Overview

Clayton-le-Woods is among the top 10 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 105th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Clayton-le-Woods in 2020 was 35 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 107% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Clayton-le-Woods is the 173rd safest small town, and the 5,385th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2019, Clayton-le-Woods was the worst small town in Lancashire for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Clayton-le-Woods residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents. Clayton-le-Woods recorded 16 reports of vehicle crime during April 2017, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Clayton-le-Woods are violence and sexual offences, with 312 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 294 offences and a difference of 1.13 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Clayton-le-Woods's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Clayton-le-Woods Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Clayton-le-Woods This Year

 Clayton-le-WoodsLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour42626.6988,46658.63120% safer
Bicycle Theft10.068670.57850% safer
Burglary281.757,4914.96183% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson744.6413,6289.0395% safer
Drugs80.502,4861.65230% safer
Other Crime100.632,5911.72173% safer
Other Theft412.579,7706.48152% safer
Possession of Weapons40.259890.66164% safer
Public Order342.138,0945.36152% safer
Robbery10.067520.50733% safer
Shoplifting221.385,4113.59160% safer
Vehicle Crime241.506,2574.15177% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31219.5550,36333.3871% safer

Clayton-le-Woods Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aughton14918.5988% safer
Longton16320.9167% safer
Penwortham53423.4649% safer
Burscough31933.076% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde62934.730.84% safer
Clayton-le-Woods55935.02-
Euxton47135.912.5% more dangerous
Thornton72236.062.9% more dangerous
Clitheroe65339.2111% more dangerous
Longridge32839.9312% more dangerous
Up Holland30440.2213% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Clayton-le-Woods

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Clayton-le-Woods Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19131527Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.130.380.250.06Safer
Burglary4.02.82.91.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.654.44.6Safer
Drugs0.380.380.250.50Getting worse
Other Crime0.560.500.750.63Getting worse
Other Theft3.44.652.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.060.250.25Getting worse
Public Order1.63.42.52.1Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.190.190.06Safer
Shoplifting64.64.41.4Safer
Vehicle Crime4.62.11.71.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11171820Getting worse

Changes In Clayton-le-Woods's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Clayton-le-Woods to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Clayton-le-Woods35.02-
Barnet67.7148% more dangerous
Coventry77.4155% more dangerous
Croydon83.2258% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8159% more dangerous
Bristol86.2159% more dangerous
Leicester97.4464% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8766% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2867% more dangerous
Bradford133.0274% more dangerous
Leeds137.1074% more dangerous

Crime in Clayton-le-Woods's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clayton Brook40572First
Clayton-le-Woods37840Second

Crime in Clayton-le-Woods During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Clayton-le-Woods change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Clayton-le-Woods saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Clayton-le-Woods saw a large fall in shoplifting during October, when it fell by 90% compared to October in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Clayton-le-Woods's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+89%+283%+163%+79%+94%+8%+100%+46%+61%+83%
Burglary-86%-+100%-80%+100%-25%+50%--50%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-25%-71%-43%+100%+20%+200%+100%-30%-50%
Drugs--+100%------+100%
Other Crime---+100%+100%-50%----
Other Theft-56%-83%-57%-50%-55%-43%+33%-38%-29%-75%
Possession of Weapons----------50%
Public Order--29%--50%+200%+67%+200%+20%-40%-
Shoplifting-75%--33%--50%-83%--90%-25%-80%
Vehicle Crime--86%-50%-60%-33%+100%---+400%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-27%-30%+25%-39%+73%+55%+132%-21%+40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Clayton-le-Woods

What police force serves Clayton-le-Woods?
Clayton-le-Woods's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Clayton-le-Woods?
Clayton-le-Woods is among the top 10 safest small towns in Lancashire.
What is Clayton-le-Woods's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Clayton-le-Woods are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Clayton-le-Woods?
Clayton-le-Woods's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021