Heysham Crime Overview

Heysham is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 54th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Heysham in 2020 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 37% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Heysham is the 403rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,717th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Heysham was the worst small town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Heysham residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Heysham recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Heysham are violence and sexual offences, with 460 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 507 offences and a difference of 2.86 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Heysham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Heysham Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Heysham This Year

 HeyshamLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour91655.7788,46658.635% safer
Bicycle Theft60.378670.5754% safer
Burglary352.137,4914.96133% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1136.8813,6289.0331% safer
Drugs130.792,4861.65109% safer
Other Crime251.522,5911.7213% safer
Other Theft724.389,7706.4848% safer
Possession of Weapons60.379890.6678% safer
Public Order643.908,0945.3637% safer
Robbery20.127520.50317% safer
Shoplifting372.255,4113.5960% safer
Theft From the Person10.065550.37517% safer
Vehicle Crime352.136,2574.1595% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46028.0150,36333.3819% safer

Heysham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Up Holland30440.2232% safer
Barnoldswick46443.5122% safer
Padiham45845.1817% safer
Kirkham38448.928% safer
Coppull43551.971.8% safer
Heysham86952.91-
Whitworth42954.412.8% more dangerous
Cleveleys59555.404.5% more dangerous
Haslingden99462.3415% more dangerous
Rawtenstall1,57664.2818% more dangerous
Great Harwood72365.7920% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Heysham

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Recent Crimes in Heysham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roeburndale CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Londonderry RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other theftOn or near Mallowdale AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mallowdale AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Drayton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Halden RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near KingswayUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near AshcroftFurther investigation is not in the public interest
July 2021Public orderOn or near Sandylands PromenadeFormal action is not in the public interest
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandylands PromenadeUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandylands PromenadeUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fairfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Raglan RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crookleigh PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Jenny NookUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jenny NookUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Craig StreetAction to be taken by another organisation

Heysham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41292756Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.00.490.370.37Safer
Burglary764.62.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1112127Safer
Drugs0.910.850.610.79No change
Other Crime1.52.21.21.5Safer
Other Theft6664.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.300.370.37Getting worse
Public Order1.373.43.9Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.240.120.12Safer
Shoplifting3.42.12.92.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.120.240.06Safer
Vehicle Crime63.762.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21453128Safer

Changes In Heysham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Heysham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Heysham52.91-
Barnet67.7122% more dangerous
Coventry77.4132% more dangerous
Croydon83.2236% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8138% more dangerous
Bristol86.2139% more dangerous
Leicester97.4446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2851% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Heysham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Heysham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Heysham saw a 500% increase in public order. Heysham saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+175%+300%+434%+23%+33%+126%+53%+123%+18%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-43%-14%+100%+67%--25%-50%--20%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-47%-63%-+25%-27%-15%-30%-52%-48%-83%
Drugs+100%---------
Other Crime--------+100%+100%
Other Theft-25%-9%-46%+33%-17%-56%-29%+160%-71%-20%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-33%+20%+500%-25%+200%-43%+150%-17%+150%-
Shoplifting-80%--60%-+500%+200%----
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-64%-80%--86%-83%-67%-50%-63%-17%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-60%-33%-32%-22%+18%-8%-26%-7%+110%-13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Heysham

What police force serves Heysham?
Heysham's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Heysham?
Heysham is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire.
What is Heysham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Heysham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Heysham?
Heysham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021