Poulton-le-Fylde Crime Overview

Poulton-le-Fylde is among the top 5 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 106th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Poulton-le-Fylde in 2020 was 35 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 108% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Poulton-le-Fylde is the 169th safest small town, and the 5,452nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Poulton-le-Fylde was the worst small town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Poulton-le-Fylde residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.66 per 1,000 residents. Poulton-le-Fylde recorded 5 reports of other crime during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst small town for other crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Poulton-le-Fylde are violence and sexual offences, with 304 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 29% lower than 2019's figure of 391 offences and a difference of 4.80 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Poulton-le-Fylde's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 600% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Poulton-le-Fylde Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Poulton-le-Fylde This Year

 Poulton-le-FyldeLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour50627.9488,46658.63110% safer
Bicycle Theft180.998670.5742% more dangerous
Burglary512.827,4914.9676% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson573.1513,6289.03187% safer
Drugs110.612,4861.65170% safer
Other Crime160.882,5911.7295% safer
Other Theft663.649,7706.4878% safer
Public Order351.938,0945.36178% safer
Robbery30.177520.50194% safer
Shoplifting160.885,4113.59308% safer
Theft From the Person10.065550.37517% safer
Vehicle Crime512.826,2574.1547% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30416.7950,36333.3899% safer

Poulton-le-Fylde Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aughton14918.5987% safer
Longton16320.9166% safer
Penwortham53423.4648% safer
Burscough31933.075% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde62934.73-
Clayton-le-Woods55935.020.83% more dangerous
Euxton47135.913.3% more dangerous
Thornton72236.063.7% more dangerous
Clitheroe65339.2111% more dangerous
Longridge32839.9313% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Poulton-le-Fylde

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Recent Crimes in Poulton-le-Fylde

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Princess AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queen'S SquareOffender given a caution
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Garstang Road WestUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other crimeOn or near Harewood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Skipton AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Poulton GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moorland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The HamptonsUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hardhorn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lime GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shirley HeightsUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2021Public orderOn or near Chapel StreetOffender given penalty notice
May 2021Other crimeOn or near Chiltern AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
May 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Highcross RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Poulton-le-Fylde Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21131728Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.500.940.940.99Getting worse
Burglary4.53.93.82.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.04.73.13.2Safer
Drugs0.390.440.660.61Getting worse
Other Crime0.770.660.390.88Getting worse
Other Theft4.154.83.6Safer
Public Order0.943.42.91.9Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.110.220.330.17Safer
Shoplifting2.01.72.40.88Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.550.390.06Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.94.02.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13212217Safer

Changes In Poulton-le-Fylde's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Poulton-le-Fylde's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Poulton-le-Fylde that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cottam Hall Playing Fields14----12.2

Comparing Poulton-le-Fylde to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Poulton-le-Fylde34.73-
Barnet67.7149% more dangerous
Coventry77.4155% more dangerous
Croydon83.2258% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8160% more dangerous
Bristol86.2160% more dangerous
Leicester97.4464% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8766% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2868% more dangerous
Bradford133.0274% more dangerous
Leeds137.1075% more dangerous

Crime in Poulton-le-Fylde's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Poulton North & Carleton East37447First
Poulton South26231Second

Crime in Poulton-le-Fylde During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Poulton-le-Fylde change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Poulton-le-Fylde saw a 300% increase in public order. Poulton-le-Fylde saw a large fall in public order during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+71%+212%+233%+56%+15%+64%+128%+14%+33%
Bicycle Theft-50%--+50%--+100%---50%
Burglary--83%-43%-67%-40%-33%+25%--50%-17%
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-43%-83%-17%+25%-20%-33%-33%+250%-
Drugs-33%---------
Other Crime+100%--+67%+100%-----
Other Theft-70%-40%-38%-25%-45%-29%+100%-64%+60%-50%
Public Order-14%-89%-75%+25%-+300%-40%-50%-33%-67%
Robbery--50%--------
Shoplifting--+100%-25%-80%+50%----
Vehicle Crime+150%-80%-67%--29%--75%-+14%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-61%-37%-46%-40%+4%-4%+6%+42%-12%-34%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Poulton-le-Fylde

What police force serves Poulton-le-Fylde?
Poulton-le-Fylde's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Poulton-le-Fylde?
Poulton-le-Fylde is among the top 5 safest small towns in Lancashire.
What is Poulton-le-Fylde's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Poulton-le-Fylde are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Poulton-le-Fylde?
Poulton-le-Fylde's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021