Kirkham Crime Overview

Kirkham is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 64th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kirkham in 2020 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 48% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kirkham is the 388th safest small town, and the 3,177th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Kirkham was the worst small town in Lancashire for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.89 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2018 was also a bad month for Kirkham residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.51 per 1,000 residents. Kirkham recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during May 2018, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Kirkham are violence and sexual offences, with 197 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 169 offences and a difference of 3.57 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Kirkham'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 Kirkham Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Kirkham This Year

 KirkhamLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43154.9088,46658.637% safer
Bicycle Theft10.138670.57338% safer
Burglary121.537,4914.96224% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson496.2413,6289.0345% safer
Drugs111.402,4861.6518% safer
Other Crime283.572,5911.7252% more dangerous
Other Theft192.429,7706.48168% safer
Possession of Weapons20.259890.66164% safer
Public Order232.938,0945.3683% safer
Shoplifting313.955,4113.599% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.255550.3748% safer
Vehicle Crime91.156,2574.15261% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19725.1050,36333.3833% safer

Kirkham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Clitheroe65339.2125% safer
Longridge32839.9323% safer
Up Holland30440.2222% safer
Barnoldswick46443.5112% safer
Padiham45845.188% safer
Kirkham38448.92-
Coppull43551.976% more dangerous
Heysham86952.918% more dangerous
Whitworth42954.4110% more dangerous
Cleveleys59555.4012% more dangerous
Haslingden99462.3422% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kirkham

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Recent Crimes in Kirkham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Langton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near PrisonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near PrisonUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sunny BankUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Swarbrick StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Philip AvenueLocal resolution
June 2021ShopliftingOn or near Poulton StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
June 2021ShopliftingOn or near Poulton StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
June 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaFurther investigation is not in the public interest
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carrwood DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen'S CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cherry CloseAction to be taken by another organisation

Kirkham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36242855Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.890.890.380.13Safer
Burglary63.72.21.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11866Safer
Drugs1.01.30.251.4Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.73.33.6Getting worse
Other Theft4.54.74.72.4Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.640.130.25Safer
Public Order1.954.02.9Safer
Shoplifting1.40.763.34.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.64-0.25Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.23.81.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15282225Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Kirkham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Kirkham48.92-
Barnet67.7128% more dangerous
Coventry77.4137% more dangerous
Croydon83.2241% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8143% more dangerous
Bristol86.2143% more dangerous
Leicester97.4450% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8752% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2854% more dangerous
Bradford133.0263% more dangerous
Leeds137.1064% more dangerous

Crime in Kirkham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kirkham & Wesham58749First

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 20 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.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021