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Crime and Safety in Ormskirk, Lancashire

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Ormskirk is the second safest medium-sized town in Lancashire, and is the 109th safest overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ormskirk in 2021 was 31 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 153% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ormskirk is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,678th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Ormskirk was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Ormskirk residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.04 per 1,000 residents. Ormskirk recorded 10 reports of drugs during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Ormskirk are violence and sexual offences, with 411 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 4.1% higher than 2020's figure of 394 offences and a difference of 0.65 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Ormskirk's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Ormskirk 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Lancashire

68% lower, regional crime rate

North West

150% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ormskirk is 68% lower than the North West and 150% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ormskirk Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Ormskirk 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 Ormskirk

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202131802
202037962
2019451,183
2018511,339
201736952
201631802

Crime in Ormskirk Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Ormskirk This Year

 OrmskirkLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour69326.3972,68948.18 83% safer
Bicycle Theft240.917090.47 48% more dangerous
Burglary301.146,4544.28 275% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson642.4414,1829.40 285% safer
Drugs210.802,5121.66 108% safer
Other Crime190.723,1312.08 189% safer
Other Theft772.939,2886.16 110% safer
Possession of Weapons60.231,1540.76 230% safer
Public Order481.839,6316.38 249% safer
Robbery40.158100.54 260% safer
Shoplifting712.705,8893.90 44% safer
Theft From the Person30.116860.45 309% safer
Vehicle Crime240.916,0334.00 340% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41115.6555,91037.06 137% safer

Ormskirk Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lytham St Anne's63414.35113% safer
Ormskirk80230.54-
Saint Anne's on the Sea1,51655.1745% more dangerous
Leyland2,46062.2951% more dangerous
Skelmersdale2,16763.9052% more dangerous
Chorley3,34488.9166% more dangerous
Nelson2,89092.1667% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ormskirk

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Recent Crimes in Ormskirk

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dicconson WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Renfrey CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Ashcroft AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Chestnut CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near The StilesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Whiterails MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Ashcroft AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leyland WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Moor StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grimshaw LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Moor StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Latham AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mawdsley TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grimshaw LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Renfrey CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Ormskirk Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22223226 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.951.40.840.91 Safer
Burglary2.53.53.11.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson74.24.02.4 Safer
Drugs0.950.611.10.80 Getting worse
Other Crime0.650.530.800.72 Getting worse
Other Theft774.32.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.110.420.150.23 Getting worse
Public Order4.63.41.81.8 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.270.080.15 Safer
Shoplifting3.83.64.12.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.150.230.11 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.11.10.91 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20181516 Safer

Changes In Ormskirk's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ormskirk's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Coronation Park24-11535

Comparing Ormskirk to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ormskirk30.54-
Barnet67.0854% more dangerous
Croydon82.4863% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0566% more dangerous
Bristol90.5266% more dangerous
Coventry102.2470% more dangerous
Leicester111.5973% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0675% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6476% more dangerous
Bradford132.2877% more dangerous
Leeds150.9480% more dangerous

Crime in Ormskirk's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ormskirk Town & East56561First

Crime in Ormskirk During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ormskirk change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Ormskirk saw a 700% increase in shoplifting. Ormskirk saw a large fall in burglary during December, when it fell by 83% compared to December in 2019. Rates of other theft and violence and sexual offences both fell year-on-year for every month during Ormskirk's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+25%+59%+326%-2%+28%+76%+128%+83%+32%
Bicycle Theft-----79%-+200%--67%-
Burglary+117%+25%-50%-14%-20%+25%+200%-40%-25%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-55%-29%-+27%+100%-75%-21%-60%--20%
Drugs------67%---50%+100%
Other Crime---+300%+100%+100%---50%-
Other Theft-15%+43%-50%-50%-63%-47%-76%-47%-57%-20%
Public Order-29%-55%-40%-50%-60%-33%-14%--50%+33%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+83%+120%-+50%-36%+700%+17%-22%-20%+20%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+17%-80%-20%-80%-57%-80%--83%-14%+50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-43%-32%-38%+4%-3%-31%-5%-17%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ormskirk

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

How dangerous is Ormskirk?
Ormskirk is the second safest medium-sized town in Lancashire.

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

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

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