Darwen Crime Overview

Darwen is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Darwen in 2020 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Darwen is the 63rd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 758th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Darwen was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for burglary, with 35 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Darwen residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Darwen recorded 2 reports of robbery during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Darwen are violence and sexual offences, with 1,134 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 4.0% higher than 2019's figure of 1,089 offences and a difference of 1.66 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Darwen's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 267% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Darwen Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Darwen This Year

 DarwenLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,94371.5788,46658.6318% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.268670.57119% safer
Burglary2037.487,4914.9634% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson30811.3413,6289.0320% more dangerous
Drugs341.252,4861.6532% safer
Other Crime612.252,5911.7224% more dangerous
Other Theft2007.379,7706.4812% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons200.749890.6611% more dangerous
Public Order1826.708,0945.3620% more dangerous
Robbery120.447520.5014% safer
Shoplifting1073.945,4113.599% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.115550.37236% safer
Vehicle Crime1104.056,2574.152.5% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,13441.7750,36333.3820% more dangerous

Darwen Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ormskirk1,04039.60121% safer
Leyland2,36959.9846% safer
Skelmersdale2,23465.8833% safer
Chorley3,04881.048% safer
Morecambe3,09387.160.62% safer
Darwen2,38187.70-
Nelson2,99995.638% more dangerous
Accrington3,891109.2620% more dangerous
Fleetwood2,965113.1422% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Darwen

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Darwen Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour55374672Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.660.480.440.26Safer
Burglary131397Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15141411Safer
Drugs1.41.31.11.2Safer
Other Crime0.701.61.52.2Getting worse
Other Theft101197Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.410.700.74Getting worse
Public Order2.51077Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.520.440.410.44Safer
Shoplifting6563.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.740.920.410.11Safer
Vehicle Crime7794.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31454042Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7130% safer
Coventry77.4113% safer
Croydon83.225% safer
Sheffield85.812.2% safer
Bristol86.211.7% safer
Darwen87.70-
Leicester97.4410% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8715% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2818% more dangerous
Bradford133.0234% more dangerous
Leeds137.1036% more dangerous

Crime in Darwen's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Darwen Town827130First
East Darwen575101Second
North Darwen55783Third
South Darwen & Whitehall41649Fourth

Darwen Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Darwen for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSouth Darwen & Whitehall (299)Darwen Town (650)
Bicycle TheftSouth Darwen & Whitehall (1)East Darwen (2)
BurglaryNorth Darwen (36)South Darwen & Whitehall (86)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSouth Darwen & Whitehall (55)Darwen Town (103)
DrugsSouth Darwen & Whitehall (1)Darwen Town (17)
Other CrimeNorth Darwen (10)East Darwen (18)
Other TheftSouth Darwen & Whitehall (33)Darwen Town (72)
Possession of WeaponsSouth Darwen & Whitehall (4)Darwen Town (6)
Public OrderSouth Darwen & Whitehall (14)Darwen Town (82)
Robbery (inc. mugging)North Darwen (1)Darwen Town (5)
ShopliftingSouth Darwen & Whitehall (1)Darwen Town (87)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)North Darwen (1)Darwen Town (2)
Vehicle CrimeEast Darwen (18)North Darwen (41)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSouth Darwen & Whitehall (178)Darwen Town (367)

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021