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Crime and Safety in Kirkham

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Kirkham is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kirkham in 2021 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kirkham is the 342nd most dangerous small town, and the 2,104th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Kirkham was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Lancashire for other crime, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Kirkham residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Kirkham recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Kirkham are violence and sexual offences, with 238 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 197 offences and a difference of 5.22 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Kirkham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Kirkham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

16% higher, regional crime rate

North West

19% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Kirkham is 16% higher than the North West and 19% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Kirkham Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Kirkham 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 Kirkham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202161479
202049384
201950392
201858459
201747367
201651398

Crime in Kirkham Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Kirkham This Year

 KirkhamLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33342.4272,68948.18 14% safer
Bicycle Theft10.137090.47 262% safer
Burglary131.666,4544.28 158% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson506.3714,1829.40 48% safer
Drugs91.152,5121.66 44% safer
Other Crime475.993,1312.08 65% more dangerous
Other Theft384.849,2886.16 27% safer
Possession of Weapons20.251,1540.76 204% safer
Public Order394.979,6306.38 28% safer
Robbery20.258100.54 116% safer
Shoplifting212.685,8893.90 46% safer
Theft From the Person50.646860.45 30% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.786,0334.00 125% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23830.3255,90937.06 22% safer

Kirkham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Clitheroe76846.1232% safer
Coppull42050.1822% safer
Clayton-le-Woods82051.3719% safer
Whitworth46458.853.7% safer
Cleveleys64960.430.98% safer
Kirkham47961.02-
Haslingden1,01763.784.3% more dangerous
Rawtenstall1,59465.016% more dangerous
Great Harwood71765.246% more dangerous
Oswaldtwistle73166.839% more dangerous
Brierfield64771.8615% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kirkham

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Recent Crimes in Kirkham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The FernsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Woodlands AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near PrisonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Moor StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Old RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dyer StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ward StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moor StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen'S CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Blackpool RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near PrisonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Freckleton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marquis StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Aiken CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Station RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Kirkham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24285542 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.890.380.130.13 Safer
Burglary3.72.21.51.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8666 Safer
Drugs1.30.251.41.2 Getting worse
Other Crime2.73.33.66 Getting worse
Other Theft4.74.72.44.8 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.640.130.250.25 Safer
Public Order54.02.95.0 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)---0.25 Safer
Shoplifting0.763.34.02.7 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.64-0.250.64 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.23.81.21.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28222530 Getting worse

Changes In Kirkham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Kirkham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
William Segar Hodgson Playing Field1----00.29

Comparing Kirkham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9353% safer
Birmingham49.6023% safer
Kirkham61.02-
Barnet67.089% more dangerous
Croydon82.4826% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0332% more dangerous
Bristol90.5233% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Bradford132.2854% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Kirkham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kirkham & Wesham68657First

Crime in Kirkham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kirkham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Kirkham saw a 700% increase in anti-social behaviour. Kirkham saw a large fall in public order during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+56%+23%+169%+118%+80%+8%+59%+700%+564%-14%
Burglary-----50%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%+100%+25%-20%+80%--25%+33%+200%-67%
Other Crime+600%-50%-+25%----50%-67%-
Other Theft-75%--33%-80%-50%-67%+50%+100%-33%-
Public Order---86%-20%-25%+300%+50%+200%--
Shoplifting+500%+100%---50%-+50%+300%-+400%
Vehicle Crime----------33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+83%+67%-27%-21%+100%+110%+69%-9%-12%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kirkham

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

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

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

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

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