Morecambe Crime Overview

Morecambe is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Morecambe in 2020 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Morecambe is the 65th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 773rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Morecambe was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Morecambe residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 45 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Morecambe recorded 8 reports of drugs during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Morecambe are violence and sexual offences, with 1,500 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 1.9% lower than 2019's figure of 1,528 offences and a difference of 0.79 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Morecambe's least common crime is robbery, with 18 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 28% from 2019's figure of 23 crimes.

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Crime in Morecambe Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Morecambe This Year

 MorecambeLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,57472.5488,46658.6319% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft491.388670.5759% more dangerous
Burglary1444.067,4914.9622% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson41911.8113,6289.0324% more dangerous
Drugs681.922,4861.6514% more dangerous
Other Crime732.062,5911.7217% more dangerous
Other Theft2326.549,7706.480.92% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons381.079890.6638% more dangerous
Public Order2196.178,0945.3613% more dangerous
Robbery180.517520.502.0% more dangerous
Shoplifting1584.455,4113.5919% more dangerous
Theft From the Person180.515550.3727% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1574.426,2574.156% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,50042.2750,36333.3821% more dangerous

Morecambe Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Saint Anne's on the Sea87631.88173% safer
Ormskirk1,04039.60120% safer
Leyland2,36959.9845% safer
Skelmersdale2,23465.8832% safer
Chorley3,04881.048% safer
Morecambe3,09387.16-
Darwen2,38187.700.62% more dangerous
Nelson2,99995.639% more dangerous
Accrington3,891109.2620% more dangerous
Fleetwood2,965113.1423% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Morecambe

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Morecambe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour67434673Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.42.11.71.4Safer
Burglary10984.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16181312Safer
Drugs1.92.11.11.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.33.11.92.1Safer
Other Theft1012107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.760.731.1Getting worse
Public Order3.31376Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.760.870.650.51Safer
Shoplifting10864.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.961.30.590.51Safer
Vehicle Crime6674.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32544342Safer

Changes In Morecambe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Morecambe to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7129% safer
Coventry77.4113% safer
Croydon83.224.7% safer
Sheffield85.811.6% safer
Bristol86.211.1% safer
Morecambe87.16-
Leicester97.4411% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8715% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2819% more dangerous
Bradford133.0234% more dangerous
Leeds137.1036% more dangerous

Crime in Morecambe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bare15429Sixth
Morecambe South West38063Fourth
Morecambe Town1,177149First
Morecambe West End841143Second
Morecambe Westgate709106Third
Scale Hall & Torrisholme69558Fifth

Morecambe Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Morecambe for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBare (196)Morecambe Town (981)
Bicycle TheftScale Hall & Torrisholme (11)Morecambe Town (24)
BurglaryBare (8)Morecambe Town (54)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBare (21)Morecambe West End (121)
DrugsBare (3)Morecambe Town (30)
Other CrimeBare (8)Morecambe West End (19)
Other TheftBare (17)Morecambe West End (64)
Possession of WeaponsBare (1)Morecambe Town (17)
Public OrderBare (4)Morecambe Town (105)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Morecambe South West (2)Morecambe Town (9)
ShopliftingMorecambe South West (2)Morecambe Town (74)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Morecambe South West (1)Morecambe Town (10)
Vehicle CrimeBare (14)Morecambe Town (54)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBare (76)Morecambe West End (437)

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. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Morecambe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+61%+124%+167%+271%+16%+26%+49%+10%+2%+33%
Bicycle Theft-50%--80%-11%-17%+100%-20%-60%+100%+33%
Burglary-79%+33%-48%-64%-65%-67%-72%-53%+45%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-36%-43%+3%-19%+36%+3%+34%-9%-43%-33%
Drugs+60%+200%+100%+500%+133%-+60%-+150%+200%
Other Crime-+117%+50%-50%-67%+33%+67%-57%+125%+150%
Other Theft--49%-27%-6%-41%-56%-23%-5%-54%-22%
Possession of Weapons+33%+300%--75%-33%----33%+200%
Public Order-40%-48%-46%+46%+42%-+157%+33%-10%-
Robbery-67%-33%----67%+100%---67%
Shoplifting-48%-47%-22%+26%+43%-44%-13%-30%--33%
Theft From the Person---50%+100%+200%-57%----
Vehicle Crime-15%-50%-73%-52%-61%-30%-40%-62%+100%+250%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-16%-26%+15%-19%+15%+5%+48%+27%-7%

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 among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021