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Crime and Safety in Morecambe

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Morecambe is the third most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Morecambe in 2021 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Morecambe is the 44th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 494th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Morecambe was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Morecambe residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 36 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Morecambe recorded 30 reports of burglary during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.85 the worst medium-sized town for burglary in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Morecambe are violence and sexual offences, with 1,788 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 1,597 offences and a difference of 5.39 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Morecambe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 24 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 21% from 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Morecambe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Lancashire

52% higher, regional crime rate

North West

28% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Morecambe is 52% higher than the North West and 28% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Morecambe Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Morecambe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211063,760
2020923,274
20191063,759
20181415,000
20171013,585
2016893,154

Crime in Morecambe Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Morecambe This Year

 MorecambeLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,48670.0672,68948.18 31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft461.307090.47 64% more dangerous
Burglary1754.936,4544.28 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson51614.5414,1829.40 35% more dangerous
Drugs1123.162,5121.66 47% more dangerous
Other Crime842.373,1312.08 12% more dangerous
Other Theft2466.939,2886.16 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons340.961,1540.76 21% more dangerous
Public Order3168.919,6316.38 28% more dangerous
Robbery270.768100.54 29% more dangerous
Shoplifting2697.585,8893.90 49% more dangerous
Theft From the Person240.686860.45 34% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1233.476,0334.00 15% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,78850.3955,91037.06 26% more dangerous

Morecambe Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Leyland2,46062.2970% safer
Skelmersdale2,16763.9066% safer
Chorley3,34488.9119% safer
Nelson2,89092.1615% safer
Darwen2,70099.457% safer
Morecambe3,760105.96-
Fleetwood3,013114.978% more dangerous
Accrington4,202117.9910% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Morecambe

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Recent Crimes in Morecambe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Morecambe Street EastUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Queen StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Old Market CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Grafton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Michael'S GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Melling CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Cedar StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parkview CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Back Calton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Birklands AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Baycliffe CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Christie AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near WhitegateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Charles StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bath StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near James StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nelson StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Morecambe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour45487770 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.21.71.51.3 Safer
Burglary1094.24.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20141315 Safer
Drugs2.21.11.93.2 Getting worse
Other Crime3.22.02.12.4 Getting worse
Other Theft131077 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.790.821.10.96 Getting worse
Public Order14779 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.930.680.510.76 Safer
Shoplifting964.88 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.30.620.540.68 Safer
Vehicle Crime774.63.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences59464550 Getting worse

Changes In Morecambe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Morecambe to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0858% safer
Croydon82.4828% safer
Sheffield90.0518% safer
Bristol90.5217% safer
Coventry102.243.6% safer
Morecambe105.96-
Leicester111.595% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0614% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6418% more dangerous
Bradford132.2820% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% more dangerous

Crime in Morecambe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bare18736Sixth
Morecambe South West48581Fourth
Morecambe Town1,475187First
Morecambe West End892152Second
Morecambe Westgate754112Third
Scale Hall & Torrisholme70258Fifth

Morecambe Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBare (170)Morecambe Town (944)
Bicycle TheftBare (1)Morecambe Town (23)
BurglaryScale Hall & Torrisholme (22)Morecambe West End (46)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBare (35)Morecambe West End (128)
DrugsBare (3)Morecambe West End (43)
Other CrimeBare (4)Morecambe West End (21)
Other TheftBare (18)Morecambe Town (108)
Possession of WeaponsMorecambe South West (2)Morecambe Town (17)
Public OrderBare (15)Morecambe Town (141)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Scale Hall & Torrisholme (2)Morecambe Town (20)
ShopliftingBare (1)Morecambe Town (172)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Scale Hall & Torrisholme (2)Morecambe Town (14)
Vehicle CrimeBare (7)Morecambe Westgate (50)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBare (90)Morecambe Town (662)

Crime in Morecambe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Morecambe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Morecambe saw a 500% increase in drugs. Morecambe saw a large fall in bicycle theft during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+63%+139%+172%+274%+7%+23%+39%+7%+5%+33%
Bicycle Theft-50%+33%-80%-11%-+100%-20%-60%+100%+33%
Burglary-80%+40%-45%-59%-69%-67%-68%-53%+55%-36%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-39%--22%+46%-3%+22%-14%-45%-33%
Drugs+80%+200%+100%+500%+133%-+33%-+150%+200%
Other Crime-+117%+29%-50%-56%+33%--57%+150%+100%
Other Theft--47%-29%--42%-49%-22%-5%-54%-21%
Possession of Weapons+33%+300%--75%-50%----33%+50%
Public Order-35%-49%-40%+54%+43%-11%+140%+11%-14%-7%
Robbery-67%-33%----67%+100%---67%
Shoplifting-50%-58%-35%+20%+64%-39%--36%--33%
Theft From the Person---50%+100%+200%-57%--+100%-
Vehicle Crime-19%-50%-74%-57%-62%-33%-40%-64%+110%+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-19%-26%+15%-21%+12%+8%+41%+41%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Morecambe

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

How dangerous is Morecambe?
Morecambe is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Morecambe?
Morecambe's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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