Oswaldtwistle Crime Overview

Oswaldtwistle is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Oswaldtwistle in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oswaldtwistle is the 212nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,515th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Oswaldtwistle was the worst small town in Lancashire for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.82 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Oswaldtwistle residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Oswaldtwistle recorded 1 report of robbery during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for robbery in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Oswaldtwistle are violence and sexual offences, with 348 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 397 offences and a difference of 4.48 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Oswaldtwistle's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Oswaldtwistle Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Oswaldtwistle This Year

 OswaldtwistleLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour77170.4988,46658.6317% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.188670.57217% safer
Burglary706.407,4914.9622% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson938.5013,6289.036% safer
Drugs141.282,4861.6529% safer
Other Crime131.192,5911.7245% safer
Other Theft565.129,7706.4827% safer
Possession of Weapons30.279890.66144% safer
Public Order534.858,0945.3611% safer
Robbery20.187520.50178% safer
Shoplifting181.655,4113.59118% safer
Theft From the Person10.095550.37311% safer
Vehicle Crime756.866,2574.1540% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences34831.8250,36333.384.9% safer

Oswaldtwistle Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitworth42954.4126% safer
Cleveleys59555.4023% safer
Haslingden99462.3410% safer
Rawtenstall1,57664.286% safer
Great Harwood72365.794.0% safer
Oswaldtwistle74868.39-
Brierfield64471.534.4% more dangerous
Bacup1,15684.5619% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors69685.2320% more dangerous
Colne1,72396.1429% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oswaldtwistle

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Oswaldtwistle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour47232570Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.640.640.090.18Safer
Burglary6866Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1511108Safer
Drugs0.550.820.911.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.551.51.31.2Getting worse
Other Theft8665Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.090.270.27Getting worse
Public Order1.9864.8Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.090.460.18Safer
Shoplifting3.61.62.81.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.641.10.180.09Safer
Vehicle Crime9657Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences23353632Getting worse

Changes In Oswaldtwistle's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Oswaldtwistle to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.711.0% safer
Oswaldtwistle68.39-
Coventry77.4112% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% 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 towns 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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021