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Crime and Safety in Clayton-le-Woods

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Clayton-le-Woods is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 58th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Clayton-le-Woods in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 50% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Clayton-le-Woods is the 356th safest small town, and the 3,099th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Clayton-le-Woods was the worst small town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Clayton-le-Woods residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for vehicle crime, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.94 per 1,000 residents. Clayton-le-Woods recorded 10 reports of public order during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst small town for public order in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Clayton-le-Woods are violence and sexual offences, with 402 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 10% lower than 2020's figure of 441 offences and a difference of 2.45 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Clayton-le-Woods's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021.

Clayton-le-Woods 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

0.06% higher, regional crime rate

North West

49% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Clayton-le-Woods is 0.06% higher than the North West and 49% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Clayton-le-Woods Crime Rate Over Time

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Clayton-le-Woods Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Clayton-le-Woods 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 Clayton-le-Woods

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202151820
202050804
201959945
2018641,021
201756890
201644702

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 Behaviour47729.8872,68948.18 61% safer
Bicycle Theft60.387090.47 24% safer
Burglary332.076,4544.28 107% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1046.5214,1829.40 44% safer
Drugs50.312,5121.66 435% safer
Other Crime161.003,1312.08 108% safer
Other Theft805.019,2886.16 23% safer
Possession of Weapons50.311,1540.76 145% safer
Public Order553.459,6316.38 85% safer
Robbery40.258100.54 116% safer
Shoplifting362.265,8893.90 73% safer
Theft From the Person30.196860.45 137% safer
Vehicle Crime714.456,0334.00 10% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences40225.1855,91037.06 47% safer

Clayton-le-Woods Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Thornton84842.3621% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde77142.5721% safer
Barnoldswick48445.3913% safer
Clitheroe76846.1211% safer
Coppull42050.182.4% safer
Clayton-le-Woods82051.37-
Whitworth46458.8513% more dangerous
Cleveleys64960.4315% more dangerous
Kirkham47961.0216% more dangerous
Haslingden1,01763.7819% more dangerous
Rawtenstall1,59465.0121% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Clayton-le-Woods

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Recent Crimes in Clayton-le-Woods

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tunley HolmeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Pendle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near AcrefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moss LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kiln CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tunley HolmeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Three NooksUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Preston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brow HeyUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Stoney HoltInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Library RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash FieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Library RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near WoodfieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carr FieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Ivy CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Clayton-le-Woods Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20234130 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.500.380.130.38 Getting worse
Burglary4.74.32.62.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9667 Safer
Drugs0.560.690.810.31 Safer
Other Crime0.881.00.941.0 Getting worse
Other Theft773.85 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.310.500.31 Safer
Public Order4.63.43.43.4 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.310.060.25 Safer
Shoplifting4.84.61.42.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.440.13-0.19 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.02.83.14.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28282825 Getting 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-Woods51.37-
Barnet67.0823% more dangerous
Croydon82.4838% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0543% more dangerous
Bristol90.5243% more dangerous
Coventry102.2450% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6460% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Clayton-le-Woods's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clayton Brook41274First
Clayton-le-Woods39743Second

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 October, when Clayton-le-Woods saw a 800% 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+48%+210%+160%+76%+92%+45%+90%+43%+52%+52%
Bicycle Theft-50%---------
Burglary-85%-89%+50%-88%--40%+33%+25%-60%+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+20%-70%-55%+33%+11%+67%+50%-38%-33%
Drugs+50%---------
Other Crime---+100%+100%-50%+100%--+100%
Other Theft-44%-83%-38%-64%-47%-56%-20%+33%-33%-60%
Possession of Weapons----------50%
Public Order+100%-25%--63%+300%-+300%+43%--50%
Shoplifting-75%--33%--50%-86%--90%-40%-80%
Vehicle Crime--75%--14%-50%+300%-60%+800%--17%
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-11%-36%+15%-30%+26%+53%+73%-26%-

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 20 most dangerous 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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