Penwortham Crime Overview

Penwortham is the third safest small town in Lancashire, and is the 57th safest overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penwortham in 2020 was 23 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 209% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penwortham is the 63rd safest small town, and the 3,433rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Penwortham was the worst small town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Penwortham residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Penwortham recorded 1 report of theft from the person during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst small town for theft from the person in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Penwortham are violence and sexual offences, with 243 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 11. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 260 offences and a difference of 0.75 from 2019's crime rate of 11. Penwortham's least common crime is shoplifting, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 50% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Summary of Crimes in Penwortham This Year

 PenworthamLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46820.5688,46658.63185% safer
Bicycle Theft40.188670.57217% safer
Burglary512.247,4914.96121% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson753.2913,6289.03174% safer
Drugs80.352,4861.65371% safer
Other Crime110.482,5911.72258% safer
Other Theft421.849,7706.48252% safer
Possession of Weapons50.229890.66200% safer
Public Order411.808,0945.36198% safer
Robbery60.267520.5092% safer
Shoplifting20.095,4113.593889% safer
Theft From the Person20.095550.37311% safer
Vehicle Crime441.936,2574.15115% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24310.6750,36333.38213% safer

Crime in Penwortham Compared To Lancashire

Penwortham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aughton14918.5926% safer
Longton16320.9112% safer
Penwortham53423.46-
Burscough31933.0729% more dangerous
Poulton-le-Fylde62934.7332% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Woods55935.0233% more dangerous
Euxton47135.9135% more dangerous
Thornton72236.0635% more dangerous

Penwortham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13101121Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.530.530.220.18Safer
Burglary3.953.52.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.43.83.33.3Safer
Drugs0.310.350.400.35Safer
Other Crime0.310.440.480.48Getting worse
Other Theft2.42.22.31.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.130.040.22Getting worse
Public Order0.612.41.31.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.180.220.26Getting worse
Shoplifting1.10.480.040.09Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.090.180.130.09Safer
Vehicle Crime3.72.62.21.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7121111Getting worse

Changes In Penwortham's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Penwortham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Penwortham23.46-
Barnet67.7165% more dangerous
Coventry77.4170% more dangerous
Croydon83.2272% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8173% more dangerous
Bristol86.2173% more dangerous
Leicester97.4476% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8777% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2878% more dangerous
Bradford133.0282% more dangerous
Leeds137.1083% more dangerous

Crime in Penwortham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Lower Penwortham North31055Second
Lower Penwortham South40269First
Penwortham North14026Fourth
Penwortham South15526Third

Penwortham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Penwortham for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourPenwortham South (96)Lower Penwortham South (370)
Bicycle TheftPenwortham North (1)Lower Penwortham North (6)
BurglaryLower Penwortham South (10)Penwortham North (27)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPenwortham South (19)Lower Penwortham South (60)
DrugsPenwortham South (1)Penwortham North (6)
Other CrimePenwortham South (2)Lower Penwortham South (8)
Other TheftPenwortham North (5)Lower Penwortham North (31)
Possession of WeaponsPenwortham South (1)Lower Penwortham South (4)
Public OrderPenwortham North (4)Lower Penwortham South (32)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Lower Penwortham North (2)Lower Penwortham South (4)
ShopliftingLower Penwortham South (1)Penwortham South (23)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Lower Penwortham South (1)Lower Penwortham North (1)
Vehicle CrimePenwortham South (8)Lower Penwortham North (30)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPenwortham North (46)Lower Penwortham South (234)

Crime in Penwortham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penwortham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Penwortham saw a 533% increase in anti-social behaviour. Penwortham saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 67% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-29%+82%+100%+533%+54%+52%+194%+66%+15%+92%
Burglary-33%-67%-+75%----40%-50%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-29%-25%-+17%-38%-25%+167%-13%-17%
Drugs---------50%-
Other Crime-----+100%-50%---
Other Theft+100%--40%-33%-17%-60%+25%+33%-60%+200%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+50%-+50%+100%+150%+200%+67%---40%
Robbery-+100%--------
Vehicle Crime-25%-40%-50%+100%-20%-43%-25%-67%-50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-51%+10%-35%+57%+75%+108%+21%-45%-38%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penwortham

What police force serves Penwortham?
Penwortham's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Penwortham?
Penwortham is the third safest small town in Lancashire.
What is Penwortham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Penwortham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Penwortham?
Penwortham's least common crime is shoplifting.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021