Ormskirk Crime Overview

Ormskirk is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is the 84th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ormskirk in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 83% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ormskirk is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,482nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Ormskirk was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for drugs, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2019 was also a bad month for Ormskirk residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Ormskirk recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during August 2018, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Ormskirk are violence and sexual offences, with 416 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 490 offences and a difference of 2.82 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Ormskirk's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Ormskirk Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Ormskirk This Year

 OrmskirkLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour92835.3488,46658.6366% safer
Bicycle Theft220.848670.5732% more dangerous
Burglary913.477,4914.9643% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1264.8013,6289.0388% safer
Drugs311.182,4861.6540% safer
Other Crime240.912,5911.7289% safer
Other Theft1204.579,7706.4842% safer
Possession of Weapons40.159890.66340% safer
Public Order532.028,0945.36165% safer
Robbery20.087520.50525% safer
Shoplifting1074.075,4113.5912% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.235550.3761% safer
Vehicle Crime381.456,2574.15186% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41615.8450,36333.38111% safer

Ormskirk Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fulwood74821.9680% safer
Lytham St Anne's1,11725.2857% safer
Saint Anne's on the Sea87631.8824% safer
Ormskirk1,04039.60-
Leyland2,36959.9834% more dangerous
Skelmersdale2,23465.8840% more dangerous
Chorley3,04881.0451% more dangerous
Morecambe3,09387.1655% more dangerous
Darwen2,38187.7055% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ormskirk

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Ormskirk Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29232335Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.800.991.40.84Safer
Burglary4.13.13.83.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5754.8Safer
Drugs0.880.990.651.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.880.720.530.91Getting worse
Other Theft4.4774.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.040.150.460.15Safer
Public Order1.25.03.52.0Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.340.270.08Safer
Shoplifting3.93.83.64.1Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.720.910.150.23Safer
Vehicle Crime1.92.62.21.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15221916Safer

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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Coronation Park24-11535

Comparing Ormskirk to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ormskirk39.60-
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4149% more dangerous
Croydon83.2252% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8154% more dangerous
Bristol86.2154% more dangerous
Leicester97.4459% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2863% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Ormskirk's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ormskirk Town & East67272First

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-11%+44%+73%+348%-4%+16%+46%+115%+88%+32%
Bicycle Theft-----79%-+200%--67%-
Burglary+150%+20%-50%-25%-33%+25%+100%-20%+11%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-36%-14%-22%+7%+100%-69%-13%-68%-20%-20%
Drugs------67%---25%+100%
Other Crime---+300%+100%+100%-+300%-50%-
Other Theft-15%+43%-44%-50%-58%-48%-71%-41%-57%-10%
Public Order+14%-55%-33%-50%-60%-23%-14%+33%-50%-
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+83%+120%-+50%-36%+700%+17%-22%-20%+20%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+33%-80%-33%-80%-50%-60%--57%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-25%-36%-37%-33%+4%-3%-27%-5%-13%-6%

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021