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Crime and Safety in Nelson, Lancashire

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Nelson 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 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Nelson in 2021 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Nelson is the 65th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 748th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Nelson was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for drugs, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Nelson residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Nelson recorded 30 reports of other theft during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.96 the worst medium-sized town for other theft in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Nelson are violence and sexual offences, with 1,437 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 2.4% higher than 2020's figure of 1,402 offences and a difference of 1.11 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Nelson's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 12 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 25% from 2020's figure of 15 crimes.

Nelson 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Lancashire

44% higher, regional crime rate

North West

17% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Nelson is 44% higher than the North West and 17% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Nelson Crime Rate Over Time

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Nelson Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Nelson 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 Nelson

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021922,890
2020962,999
2019932,904
20181143,589
2017822,582
2016702,208

Crime in Nelson Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Nelson This Year

 NelsonLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,92261.2972,68948.18 21% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.387090.47 24% safer
Burglary1374.376,4544.28 2.1% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3129.9514,1829.40 6% more dangerous
Drugs1013.222,5121.66 48% more dangerous
Other Crime943.003,1312.08 31% more dangerous
Other Theft2668.489,2886.16 27% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons260.831,1540.76 8% more dangerous
Public Order2708.619,6316.38 26% more dangerous
Robbery190.618100.54 11% more dangerous
Shoplifting1043.325,8893.90 17% safer
Theft From the Person120.386860.45 18% safer
Vehicle Crime1003.196,0334.00 25% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,43745.8255,91037.06 19% more dangerous

Nelson Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ormskirk80230.54202% safer
Saint Anne's on the Sea1,51655.1767% safer
Leyland2,46062.2948% safer
Skelmersdale2,16763.9044% safer
Chorley3,34488.913.7% safer
Nelson2,89092.16-
Darwen2,70099.457% more dangerous
Morecambe3,760105.9613% more dangerous
Fleetwood3,013114.9720% more dangerous
Accrington4,202117.9922% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Nelson

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Recent Crimes in Nelson

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Charles StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rutland StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Elm StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Earl StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chapel House RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bevan PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Athol StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langholme StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pinfold PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beaufort StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Waterford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hawthorne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howard StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Back Scotland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Newfield DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clough RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hulton DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Holme StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pilgrim StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Nelson Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40377161 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.800.480.480.38 Safer
Burglary13964.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12101110 Safer
Drugs1.81.62.73.2 Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.02.23.0 Getting worse
Other Theft1414118 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.611.00.83 Getting worse
Public Order11789 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.860.960.350.61 Safer
Shoplifting4.04.253.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.480.320.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime653.53.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47374546 Getting worse

Changes In Nelson's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Nelson's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Walverden Park26---545

Comparing Nelson to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0837% safer
Croydon82.4812% safer
Sheffield90.052.3% safer
Bristol90.521.8% safer
Nelson92.16-
Coventry102.2410% more dangerous
Leicester111.5917% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0625% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6429% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% more dangerous

Crime in Nelson's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Marsden39755Fourth
Nelson Bradley62190Third
Nelson East1,096106First
Nelson West855100Second

Nelson Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMarsden (261)Nelson East (763)
Bicycle TheftNelson East (1)Nelson West (8)
BurglaryNelson Bradley (17)Nelson East (65)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMarsden (51)Nelson East (132)
DrugsMarsden (8)Nelson East (47)
Other CrimeMarsden (20)Nelson West (27)
Other TheftMarsden (22)Nelson West (94)
Possession of WeaponsMarsden (3)Nelson Bradley (10)
Public OrderMarsden (35)Nelson East (103)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Nelson East (4)Nelson West (7)
ShopliftingMarsden (1)Nelson West (56)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Marsden (1)Nelson West (5)
Vehicle CrimeMarsden (13)Nelson West (37)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMarsden (219)Nelson East (554)

Crime in Nelson During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Nelson change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Nelson saw a 600% increase in possession of weapons. Nelson saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 81% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+36%+83%+99%+185%+29%+143%+157%+137%+93%+79%
Bicycle Theft---60%+33%---+100%--
Burglary-50%-56%-14%-26%-14%+77%--44%-16%-55%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%+11%-35%-38%+89%+120%-15%-12%+21%-53%
Drugs+50%+250%+400%+367%+150%-20%-+120%-58%+33%
Other Crime--56%+40%+25%-+100%-14%-60%-50%+50%
Other Theft-30%-7%-31%--44%-3%+3%-28%-35%-24%
Possession of Weapons+400%--50%+600%-67%-+500%+600%--
Public Order-35%-39%-17%+88%-4%+44%+67%+44%+136%+36%
Robbery----+100%--75%-33%--67%
Shoplifting+27%-6%-14%+50%-62%+288%+150%-+60%-50%
Theft From the Person----50%+200%-----50%
Vehicle Crime-58%-81%-74%+33%-+17%+29%-31%-37%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%+6%+41%-6%+17%+22%+21%+13%+52%+64%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Nelson

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

How dangerous is Nelson?
Nelson is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized town in Lancashire.

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

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

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