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Crime and Safety in Clitheroe

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Clitheroe is among the top 20 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 70th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Clitheroe in 2021 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 67% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Clitheroe is the 284th safest small town, and the 3,766th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Clitheroe was the worst small town in Lancashire for drugs, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Clitheroe residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.96 per 1,000 residents. Clitheroe recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Clitheroe are violence and sexual offences, with 353 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 22% higher than 2020's figure of 274 offences and a difference of 4.75 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Clitheroe's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 400% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Clitheroe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Small Towns, Lancashire

11% lower, regional crime rate

North West

66% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Clitheroe is 11% lower than the North West and 66% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Clitheroe Crime Rate Over Time

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Clitheroe Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Clitheroe 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 Clitheroe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202146768
202039653
201947786
2018611,012
201747776
201640659

Crime in Clitheroe Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Clitheroe This Year

 ClitheroeLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour58735.2572,68948.18 37% safer
Bicycle Theft10.067090.47 683% safer
Burglary352.106,4544.28 104% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1136.7914,1829.40 38% safer
Drugs241.442,5121.66 15% safer
Other Crime160.963,1312.08 117% safer
Other Theft663.969,2886.16 56% safer
Possession of Weapons30.181,1540.76 322% safer
Public Order523.129,6316.38 104% safer
Robbery20.128100.54 350% safer
Shoplifting452.705,8893.90 44% safer
Theft From the Person70.426860.45 7% safer
Vehicle Crime513.066,0334.00 31% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35321.2055,91037.06 75% safer

Clitheroe Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Longridge34041.3911% safer
Heysham68041.4011% safer
Thornton84842.369% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde77142.578% safer
Barnoldswick48445.391.6% safer
Clitheroe76846.12-
Coppull42050.188% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Woods82051.3710% more dangerous
Whitworth46458.8522% more dangerous
Cleveleys64960.4324% more dangerous
Kirkham47961.0224% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Clitheroe

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Recent Crimes in Clitheroe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Deanfield DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near MoorendUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King LaneLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Highfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harris CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Ann'S SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Croasdale DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near De Lacy StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Kendal StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hodder GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Station CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eshton TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Alma PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near St Paul'S CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dean MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mearley StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Edisford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Clitheroe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23224135 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.420.300.300.06 Safer
Burglary64.03.12.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7667 Safer
Drugs0.720.540.961.4 Getting worse
Other Crime0.660.660.600.96 Getting worse
Other Theft673.14.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.240.180.120.18 Safer
Public Order4.73.11.93.1 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.120.300.12 Safer
Shoplifting4.33.22.82.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.060.240.42 Safer
Vehicle Crime53.53.23.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24191621 Getting worse

Changes In Clitheroe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Clitheroe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Clitheroe46.12-
Barnet67.0831% more dangerous
Croydon82.4844% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0549% more dangerous
Bristol90.5249% more dangerous
Coventry102.2455% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6464% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Clitheroe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clitheroe North36346Second
Clitheroe South40546First

Crime in Clitheroe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Clitheroe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Clitheroe saw a 700% increase in vehicle crime. Clitheroe saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 83% compared to August in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Clitheroe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+60%+285%+193%+254%-18%+71%+52%+64%+35%+127%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary----67%-+25%+25%-25%-+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-55%-25%-17%+13%+67%+9%--67%+175%-33%
Drugs-50%-33%--------
Other Crime--50%-------+100%
Other Theft-27%-67%-73%+25%-70%-64%-45%-50%-60%-75%
Public Order+150%-33%-71%-40%-60%--33%-67%-67%-80%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-33%--60%+125%+133%-83%-38%+350%--50%
Vehicle Crime-50%-67%--80%-+700%+100%-20%-78%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-42%-28%-11%+60%+29%--36%-44%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Clitheroe

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

How dangerous is Clitheroe?
Clitheroe is among the top 20 safest small town in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Clitheroe?
Clitheroe's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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