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Crime and Safety in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire

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Oswaldtwistle is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Oswaldtwistle in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oswaldtwistle is the 283rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,735th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Oswaldtwistle was the worst small town in Lancashire for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Oswaldtwistle residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.82 per 1,000 residents. Oswaldtwistle recorded 13 reports of vehicle crime during April 2020, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Oswaldtwistle are violence and sexual offences, with 379 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 348 offences and a difference of 2.83 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Oswaldtwistle's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 25% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Oswaldtwistle 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

23% higher, regional crime rate

North West

14% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Oswaldtwistle is 23% higher than the North West and 14% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Oswaldtwistle Crime Rate Over Time

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Oswaldtwistle Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Oswaldtwistle 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 Oswaldtwistle

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202167731
202068748
201975824
201880874
201770763
201657627

Crime in Oswaldtwistle Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Oswaldtwistle This Year

 OswaldtwistleLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43339.5972,68948.18 22% safer
Burglary292.656,4544.28 62% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson837.5914,1829.40 24% safer
Drugs100.912,5121.66 82% safer
Other Crime232.103,1312.08 0.95% more dangerous
Other Theft474.309,2886.16 43% safer
Possession of Weapons40.371,1540.76 105% safer
Public Order635.769,6316.38 11% safer
Robbery50.468100.54 17% safer
Shoplifting403.665,8893.90 7% safer
Vehicle Crime484.396,0334.00 9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences37934.6555,91037.06 7% safer

Oswaldtwistle Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cleveleys64960.4311% safer
Kirkham47961.0210% safer
Haslingden1,01763.784.8% safer
Rawtenstall1,59465.012.8% safer
Great Harwood71765.242.4% safer
Oswaldtwistle73166.83-
Brierfield64771.867% more dangerous
Bacup1,13382.8819% more dangerous
Colne1,59889.1725% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors76393.4428% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oswaldtwistle

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Recent Crimes in Oswaldtwistle

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chapel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Back Rhoden RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Marble StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thwaites RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Union RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Spring StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fielding LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Blackburn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Kay StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Spring StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lancaster StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Broadfield StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dudley AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Spring StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Queen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanhill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Oswaldtwistle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23257040 Getting worse
Burglary8662.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111088 Safer
Drugs0.820.911.30.91 Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.31.22.1 Getting worse
Other Theft6654.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.090.270.270.37 Getting worse
Public Order864.86 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.090.460.180.46 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.62.81.63.7 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime6574.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35363235 Getting worse

Changes In Oswaldtwistle's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Oswaldtwistle to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Oswaldtwistle66.83-
Barnet67.080.37% more dangerous
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0526% more dangerous
Bristol90.5226% more dangerous
Coventry102.2435% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0646% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6448% more dangerous
Bradford132.2849% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% more dangerous

Crime in Oswaldtwistle During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Oswaldtwistle change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Oswaldtwistle saw a 510% increase in anti-social behaviour. Oswaldtwistle saw a large fall in public order during March, when it fell by 89% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+57%+283%+510%+492%+185%+165%+36%+86%+79%+105%
Burglary-+38%-33%+29%+133%---25%+50%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson--18%-69%-58%+63%+10%-23%--27%-60%
Drugs-------33%---
Other Crime+100%--50%----+100%-+50%
Other Theft-40%-22%+100%-+33%-30%-20%-50%-63%-20%
Public Order-89%--14%+300%+83%+60%+100%-50%-50%-60%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-86%-33%-50%----67%-50%+50%-
Vehicle Crime+40%+117%+50%-14%+100%+200%-13%-50%-50%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-53%-10%+19%-19%-12%+31%+42%-26%+29%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Oswaldtwistle

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

How dangerous is Oswaldtwistle?
Oswaldtwistle is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Oswaldtwistle?
Oswaldtwistle's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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