Clitheroe Crime Overview

Clitheroe is among the top 10 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 85th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Clitheroe in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 85% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Clitheroe is the 236th safest small town, and the 4,556th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Clitheroe was the worst small town in Lancashire for drugs, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Clitheroe residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Clitheroe recorded 14 reports of vehicle crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.84 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Clitheroe are violence and sexual offences, with 274 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 315 offences and a difference of 2.47 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Clitheroe's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Clitheroe Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Clitheroe This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour67540.5388,46658.6345% safer
Bicycle Theft50.308670.5790% safer
Burglary523.127,4914.9659% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1026.1313,6289.0347% safer
Drugs160.962,4861.6572% safer
Other Crime100.602,5911.72187% safer
Other Theft513.069,7706.48112% safer
Possession of Weapons20.129890.66450% safer
Public Order321.928,0945.36179% safer
Robbery50.307520.5067% safer
Shoplifting472.825,4113.5927% safer
Theft From the Person40.245550.3754% safer
Vehicle Crime533.186,2574.1531% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27416.4550,36333.38103% safer

Clitheroe Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burscough31933.0719% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde62934.7313% safer
Clayton-le-Woods55935.0212% safer
Euxton47135.919% safer
Thornton72236.069% safer
Longridge32839.931.8% more dangerous
Up Holland30440.222.5% more dangerous
Barnoldswick46443.5110% more dangerous
Padiham45845.1813% more dangerous
Kirkham38448.9220% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Clitheroe

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Clitheroe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour39232241Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.540.420.300.30Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9766Safer
Drugs0.600.720.540.96Getting worse
Other Crime0.600.660.660.60Safer
Other Theft6673.1Safer
Possession of Weapons-
Public Order1.
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.480.840.060.24Safer
Vehicle Crime553.53.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13241916Safer

Changes In Clitheroe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Clitheroe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4149% more dangerous
Croydon83.2253% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8154% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2863% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Clitheroe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clitheroe North31540First
Clitheroe South33839Second

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+60%+285%+193%+254%-18%+71%+52%+64%+35%+127%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-55%-25%-17%+13%+67%+9%--67%+175%-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%
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 10 safest small towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021