Padiham Crime Overview

Padiham is among the top 20 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 70th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Padiham in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 60% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Padiham is the 323rd safest small town, and the 3,621st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Padiham was the worst small town in Lancashire for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2019 was also a bad month for Padiham residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Padiham recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during January 2017, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Padiham are violence and sexual offences, with 223 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 22% higher than 2019's figure of 174 offences and a difference of 4.84 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Padiham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Padiham Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Padiham This Year

 PadihamLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32632.1688,46658.6382% safer
Bicycle Theft20.208670.57185% safer
Burglary414.047,4914.9623% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson737.2013,6289.0325% safer
Drugs121.182,4861.6540% safer
Other Crime161.582,5911.729% safer
Other Theft212.079,7706.48213% safer
Possession of Weapons40.399890.6669% safer
Public Order292.868,0945.3687% safer
Robbery30.307520.5067% safer
Shoplifting70.695,4113.59420% safer
Theft From the Person20.205550.3785% safer
Vehicle Crime252.476,2574.1568% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22322.0050,36333.3852% safer

Padiham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Thornton72236.0625% safer
Clitheroe65339.2115% safer
Longridge32839.9313% safer
Up Holland30440.2212% safer
Barnoldswick46443.513.8% safer
Padiham45845.18-
Kirkham38448.928% more dangerous
Coppull43551.9713% more dangerous
Heysham86952.9115% more dangerous
Whitworth42954.4117% more dangerous
Cleveleys59555.4018% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Padiham

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Padiham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22221832Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.590.390.200.20Safer
Burglary664.44.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5857Getting worse
Drugs0.390.490.391.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.691.11.6Getting worse
Other Theft3.23.62.52.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.10-0.200.39Getting worse
Public Order0.994.22.42.9Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.300.100.200.30Getting worse
Shoplifting1.82.21.10.69Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.20-0.20Safer
Vehicle Crime64.22.32.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11241722Getting worse

Changes In Padiham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Padiham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Padiham45.18-
Barnet67.7133% more dangerous
Coventry77.4142% more dangerous
Croydon83.2246% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8147% more dangerous
Bristol86.2148% more dangerous
Leicester97.4454% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Padiham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Padiham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Padiham saw a 300% increase in burglary. Padiham saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+125%+243%+89%+233%-+33%+53%+100%+190%+23%
Burglary-33%+300%-86%-+25%+150%--40%+100%+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+25%-40%+33%+40%-50%-33%+80%+33%+20%
Drugs-33%---------
Other Crime------+100%-25%--
Other Theft---50%--50%-33%-67%-50%+50%-25%
Public Order--33%-+50%-+100%+50%--+100%
Shoplifting-50%--50%-------
Vehicle Crime-67%+100%---33%+50%+50%---50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+138%-+35%+38%+39%+20%-27%+43%+69%+43%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Padiham

What police force serves Padiham?
Padiham's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Padiham?
Padiham is among the top 20 safest small towns in Lancashire.
What is Padiham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Padiham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Padiham?
Padiham's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021