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Crime and Safety in Darwen

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Darwen is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Darwen in 2021 was 99 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Darwen is the 56th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 598th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Darwen was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for burglary, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Darwen residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Darwen recorded 6 reports of possession of weapons during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Darwen are violence and sexual offences, with 1,357 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 1,134 offences and a difference of 8.21 from 2020's crime rate of 42. Darwen's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Darwen 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Lancashire

48% higher, regional crime rate

North West

23% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Darwen is 48% higher than the North West and 23% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Darwen Crime Rate Over Time

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Darwen Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Darwen 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 Darwen

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021992,700
2020882,381
2019992,677
20181102,984
2017882,398
2016832,259

Crime in Darwen Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Darwen This Year

 DarwenLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,68462.0372,68948.18 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.267090.47 81% safer
Burglary2268.326,4544.28 49% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson34612.7414,1829.40 26% more dangerous
Drugs391.442,5121.66 15% safer
Other Crime712.623,1312.08 21% more dangerous
Other Theft1656.089,2886.16 1.3% safer
Possession of Weapons260.961,1540.76 21% more dangerous
Public Order2218.149,6316.38 22% more dangerous
Robbery140.528100.54 3.8% safer
Shoplifting692.545,8893.90 54% safer
Theft From the Person90.336860.45 36% safer
Vehicle Crime1505.536,0334.00 28% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,35749.9855,91037.06 26% more dangerous

Darwen Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Saint Anne's on the Sea1,51655.1780% safer
Leyland2,46062.2960% safer
Skelmersdale2,16763.9056% safer
Chorley3,34488.9112% safer
Nelson2,89092.168% safer
Darwen2,70099.45-
Morecambe3,760105.966% more dangerous
Fleetwood3,013114.9713% more dangerous
Accrington4,202117.9916% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Darwen

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Recent Crimes in Darwen

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Limes AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Newton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Priory DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Powell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Oldfield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ellesmere RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crewdson StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Limes AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lynwood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Anyon StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Church TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Aysgarth DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hardman WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bolton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Limes AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near M65Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Two Gates DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Preston StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Darwen Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37467262 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.480.440.260.26 Safer
Burglary13978 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141113 Safer
Drugs1.31.11.21.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.52.22.6 Getting worse
Other Theft11976 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.700.740.96 Getting worse
Public Order10778 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.410.440.52 Getting worse
Shoplifting563.92.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.920.410.110.33 Safer
Vehicle Crime794.06 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45404250 Getting worse

Changes In Darwen's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Darwen's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Darwen that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Blacksnape Playing Fields6----00.34
Darwen Cricket and Sports Club3----12.3

Comparing Darwen to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0848% safer
Croydon82.4821% safer
Sheffield90.0510% safer
Bristol90.5210% safer
Darwen99.45-
Coventry102.242.7% more dangerous
Leicester111.5911% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0619% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6423% more dangerous
Bradford132.2825% more dangerous
Leeds150.9434% more dangerous

Crime in Darwen's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Darwen Town871137First
East Darwen656115Second
North Darwen682102Third
South Darwen & Whitehall48658Fourth

Darwen Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSouth Darwen & Whitehall (278)Darwen Town (554)
Bicycle TheftDarwen Town (1)North Darwen (4)
BurglaryNorth Darwen (46)Darwen Town (68)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSouth Darwen & Whitehall (44)East Darwen (112)
DrugsSouth Darwen & Whitehall (4)Darwen Town (13)
Other CrimeSouth Darwen & Whitehall (14)Darwen Town (21)
Other TheftSouth Darwen & Whitehall (38)Darwen Town (52)
Possession of WeaponsSouth Darwen & Whitehall (3)Darwen Town (14)
Public OrderSouth Darwen & Whitehall (26)Darwen Town (73)
Robbery (inc. mugging)North Darwen (1)Darwen Town (7)
ShopliftingSouth Darwen & Whitehall (1)Darwen Town (58)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)East Darwen (1)South Darwen & Whitehall (4)
Vehicle CrimeEast Darwen (21)North Darwen (44)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSouth Darwen & Whitehall (230)Darwen Town (427)

Crime in Darwen During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Darwen change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Darwen saw a 700% increase in other crime. Darwen saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 95% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+94%+111%+205%+51%+28%+31%+34%+64%+86%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-+200%---
Burglary+5%+21%-19%+30%-31%-24%-73%-49%-38%+133%
Criminal Damage and Arson-36%-26%-46%-23%-8%+7%-47%-42%+10%+4%
Drugs-50%-+67%+500%-83%+300%-67%+100%--
Other Crime-17%-25%+50%-20%-38%+700%+300%-+267%+250%
Other Theft-19%-72%+20%-9%-5%-19%-46%-55%+36%-42%
Possession of Weapons---50%-+200%---50%--50%
Public Order-38%-54%-28%+25%-16%+73%+120%+54%+67%-44%
Robbery-+100%-50%-+100%-----67%
Shoplifting-50%-67%-38%-50%-8%-13%-44%-80%-65%-70%
Theft From the Person----75%------
Vehicle Crime-20%-42%-95%-47%-73%-54%-78%-26%-65%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-23%+28%+21%+1%+30%+12%-11%+14%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Darwen

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

How dangerous is Darwen?
Darwen is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire.

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

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

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