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Crime and Safety in Colne, Lancashire

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Colne is the second most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Colne in 2021 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Colne is the 126th most dangerous small town, and the 823rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Colne was the worst small town in Lancashire for criminal damage and arson, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Colne residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Colne recorded 3 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst small town for drugs in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Colne are violence and sexual offences, with 751 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 1.1% lower than 2020's figure of 759 offences and a difference of 0.44 from 2020's crime rate of 42. Colne's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Colne 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

42% higher, regional crime rate

North West

14% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Colne is 42% higher than the North West and 14% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Colne Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Colne 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 Colne

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021891,598
2020961,723
20191061,901
20181342,402
20171001,784
2016821,461

Crime in Colne Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Colne This Year

 ColneLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,22768.4772,68948.18 30% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.177090.47 176% safer
Burglary482.686,4544.28 60% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20011.1614,1829.40 16% more dangerous
Drugs261.452,5121.66 14% safer
Other Crime372.063,1312.08 0.97% safer
Other Theft18410.279,2886.16 40% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.781,1540.76 2.6% more dangerous
Public Order1317.319,6316.38 13% more dangerous
Robbery40.228100.54 145% safer
Shoplifting1256.985,8893.90 44% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.456860.450% safer
Vehicle Crime673.746,0334.00 7% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences75141.9155,91037.06 12% more dangerous

Colne Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rawtenstall1,59465.0137% safer
Great Harwood71765.2437% safer
Oswaldtwistle73166.8333% safer
Brierfield64771.8624% safer
Bacup1,13382.888% safer
Colne1,59889.17-
Clayton-le-Moors76393.444.6% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Colne

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Recent Crimes in Colne

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ivy StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Keighley AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grasmere CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mary StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fothergill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fern StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bolton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castle RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windy BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lilac StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ruskin AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Avondale StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nicholas StreetOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lowther StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Peter StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Seldon StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Exchange StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Colne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42447868 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.670.280.170.17 Safer
Burglary131072.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121311 Safer
Drugs1.31.72.21.4 Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.02.42.1 Getting worse
Other Theft16151110 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.500.730.78 Getting worse
Public Order11957 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.330.330.22 Safer
Shoplifting17977 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.390.560.45 Safer
Vehicle Crime963.83.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47404242 Getting worse

Changes In Colne's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Colne to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0833% safer
Croydon82.488% safer
Colne89.17-
Sheffield90.050.98% more dangerous
Bristol90.521.5% more dangerous
Coventry102.2413% more dangerous
Leicester111.5920% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0628% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6431% more dangerous
Bradford132.2833% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Colne's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Colne Horsfield47396Second
Colne Vivary Bridge42772Third
Colne Waterside660127First

Crime in Colne During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Colne change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Colne saw a 400% increase in drugs. Colne saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Colne's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+24%+67%+115%+239%+28%+148%+114%+105%+80%+96%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-52%--60%+100%+15%-71%+18%+90%-53%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%+36%-40%-67%-34%+44%+69%+39%+47%+114%
Drugs+33%-20%--50%--33%-25%+300%+400%-
Other Crime-57%-+300%-20%-80%-+200%+300%-50%+67%
Other Theft-50%-74%-45%-5%-15%-5%-30%+7%-+5%
Possession of Weapons----+50%-+100%---
Public Order-73%-47%-30%-18%-33%--33%+17%-10%-63%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-44%-92%-30%-25%-50%+29%-12%-44%-54%-41%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-50%-73%--+29%-55%+17%+9%-50%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-29%-14%-4%-7%+41%+59%-22%+2%+45%+37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Colne

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

How dangerous is Colne?
Colne is the second most dangerous small town in Lancashire.

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

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

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