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Crime and Safety in Great Harwood, Lancashire

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Great Harwood is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Harwood in 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 18% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Harwood is the 287th most dangerous small town, and the 1,786th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Great Harwood was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Lancashire for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Great Harwood residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Great Harwood recorded 6 reports of vehicle crime during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.55 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for vehicle crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Great Harwood are violence and sexual offences, with 389 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 366 offences and a difference of 2.10 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Great Harwood's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Great Harwood 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Lancashire

21% higher, regional crime rate

North West

12% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Great Harwood is 21% higher than the North West and 12% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Great Harwood Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Great Harwood represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Great Harwood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202165717
202066723
201963693
201884919
201760660
201651561

Crime in Great Harwood Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Great Harwood This Year

 Great HarwoodLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45541.4072,68948.18 16% safer
Bicycle Theft10.097090.47 422% safer
Burglary312.826,4544.28 52% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson867.8314,1829.40 20% safer
Drugs121.092,5121.66 52% safer
Other Crime181.643,1312.08 27% safer
Other Theft524.739,2886.16 30% safer
Possession of Weapons30.271,1540.76 181% safer
Public Order686.199,6306.38 3.1% safer
Robbery80.738100.54 26% more dangerous
Shoplifting121.095,8893.90 258% safer
Theft From the Person40.366860.45 25% safer
Vehicle Crime333.006,0334.00 33% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38935.4055,90937.06 4.7% safer

Great Harwood Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitworth46458.8511% safer
Cleveleys64960.438% safer
Kirkham47961.027% safer
Haslingden1,01763.782.3% safer
Rawtenstall1,59465.010.35% safer
Great Harwood71765.24-
Oswaldtwistle73166.832.4% more dangerous
Brierfield64771.869% more dangerous
Bacup1,13382.8821% more dangerous
Colne1,59889.1727% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors76393.4430% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Great Harwood

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Recent Crimes in Great Harwood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Noble StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Town Hall StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Commercial StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lowerfold RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Clayton StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kipling PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wellington StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Cecilia StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edge End RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Worston LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Hubert'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Milton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kipling PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Orchard StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Hubert'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near St Lawrence StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lowerfold RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Great Harwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28325341 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.270.270.090.09 Safer
Burglary8552.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9778 Safer
Drugs1.20.730.551.1 Safer
Other Crime2.61.72.21.6 Safer
Other Theft9574.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.270.090.27 Safer
Public Order84.766 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.730.360.180.73 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.02.51.21.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.180.270.36 Safer
Vehicle Crime64.73.13.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33303335 Getting worse

Changes In Great Harwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Great Harwood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9363% safer
Birmingham49.6032% safer
Great Harwood65.24-
Barnet67.082.7% more dangerous
Croydon82.4821% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0328% more dangerous
Bristol90.5228% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Great Harwood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Great Harwood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Great Harwood saw a 650% increase in criminal damage and arson. Great Harwood saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 92% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+61%+203%+189%+200%-31%-7%+83%+2%+92%+121%
Burglary--+100%-+125%-71%-+300%--29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-92%-29%+40%+50%-67%+63%-67%+650%-33%-50%
Drugs-50%---------
Other Crime-75%-+200%+50%-75%--50%--33%-
Other Theft+60%--25%-+17%+83%-50%-50%+125%+125%
Public Order+67%+75%-33%+40%+200%+100%+200%-50%-+20%
Shoplifting-----75%-60%-50%-67%--
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-67%-57%+20%-67%-80%-25%-40%-67%+133%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-41%+30%+59%+47%+2%-18%+54%+26%+71%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Great Harwood

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

How dangerous is Great Harwood?
Great Harwood is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire.

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

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

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