Great Harwood Crime Overview

Great Harwood is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Harwood in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Harwood is the 245th most dangerous small town, and the 1,688th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2019, Great Harwood was the worst small town in Lancashire for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Great Harwood residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Great Harwood recorded 4 reports of drugs during June 2018, making its crime rate of 0.36 the worst small town for drugs in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Great Harwood are violence and sexual offences, with 366 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 334 offences and a difference of 2.91 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Great Harwood's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Great Harwood Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Great Harwood This Year

 Great HarwoodLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour57852.5988,46658.6311% safer
Bicycle Theft10.098670.57533% safer
Burglary565.107,4914.962.7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson777.0113,6289.0329% safer
Drugs60.552,4861.65200% safer
Other Crime242.182,5911.7221% more dangerous
Other Theft736.649,7706.482.4% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.099890.66633% safer
Public Order676.108,0945.3612% more dangerous
Robbery20.187520.50178% safer
Shoplifting131.185,4113.59204% safer
Theft From the Person30.275550.3737% safer
Vehicle Crime343.096,2574.1534% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36633.3050,36333.380.24% safer

Great Harwood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heysham86952.9124% safer
Whitworth42954.4121% safer
Cleveleys59555.4019% safer
Haslingden99462.346% safer
Rawtenstall1,57664.282.3% safer
Great Harwood72365.79-
Oswaldtwistle74868.393.8% more dangerous
Brierfield64471.538% more dangerous
Bacup1,15684.5622% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors69685.2323% more dangerous
Colne1,72396.1432% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Great Harwood

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Great Harwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51283253Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.090.270.270.09Safer
Burglary7855Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12977Safer
Drugs1.51.20.730.55Safer
Other Crime0.732.61.72.2Getting worse
Other Theft6957Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.550.270.09Safer
Public Order1.884.76Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.730.360.18Safer
Shoplifting1.63.02.51.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.361.20.180.27Safer
Vehicle Crime664.73.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22333033Getting worse

Changes In Great Harwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Great Harwood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Great Harwood65.79-
Barnet67.712.8% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8123% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4432% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021