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Crime and Safety in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire

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Poulton-le-Fylde is among the top 20 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 83rd most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Poulton-le-Fylde in 2021 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 81% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Poulton-le-Fylde is the 232nd safest small town, and the 4,261st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Poulton-le-Fylde was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Poulton-le-Fylde residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Poulton-le-Fylde recorded 7 reports of other crime during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Poulton-le-Fylde are violence and sexual offences, with 400 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 23% higher than 2020's figure of 309 offences and a difference of 5.03 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Poulton-le-Fylde's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Poulton-le-Fylde 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Lancashire

21% lower, regional crime rate

North West

71% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Poulton-le-Fylde is 21% lower than the North West and 71% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Poulton-le-Fylde Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Poulton-le-Fylde represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Poulton-le-Fylde

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202143771
202035636
201946828
201848874
201735636
201632573

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 Behaviour43924.2472,68948.18 99% safer
Bicycle Theft40.227090.47 114% safer
Burglary331.826,4544.28 135% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson713.9214,1829.40 140% safer
Drugs140.772,5121.66 116% safer
Other Crime271.493,1312.08 40% safer
Other Theft522.879,2886.16 115% safer
Possession of Weapons20.111,1540.76 591% safer
Public Order422.329,6306.38 175% safer
Robbery10.068100.54 800% safer
Shoplifting361.995,8893.90 96% safer
Theft From the Person30.176860.45 165% safer
Vehicle Crime864.756,0334.00 16% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences40022.0955,90937.06 68% safer

Poulton-le-Fylde Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Up Holland31041.013.8% safer
Penwortham93541.073.7% safer
Longridge34041.392.9% safer
Heysham68041.402.8% safer
Thornton84842.360.50% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde77142.57-
Barnoldswick48445.396% more dangerous
Clitheroe76846.128% more dangerous
Coppull42050.1815% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Woods82051.3717% more dangerous
Whitworth46458.8528% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Poulton-le-Fylde

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Recent Crimes in Poulton-le-Fylde

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Westby WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westwood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen'S CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Skippool AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carr CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Highcross AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Canterbury CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belmont AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Prudy HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Highcross RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hardhorn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Birch WayOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broadfield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Howarth CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bracewell AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mossbourne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Howarth CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Belgrave PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Poulton-le-Fylde Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13172824 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.940.940.990.22 Safer
Burglary3.93.82.81.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.73.13.23.9No change
Drugs0.440.660.660.77 Getting worse
Other Crime0.660.390.881.5 Getting worse
Other Theft54.83.62.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.110.390.060.11 Safer
Public Order3.52.91.92.3 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.330.170.06 Safer
Shoplifting1.72.40.882.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.390.060.17 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.94.02.84.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21221722 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.937% safer
Poulton-le-Fylde42.57-
Birmingham49.6014% more dangerous
Barnet67.0837% more dangerous
Croydon82.4848% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0353% more dangerous
Bristol90.5253% more dangerous
Leicester111.5962% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0665% more dangerous
Bradford132.2868% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in Poulton-le-Fylde's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Poulton North & Carleton East49863First
Poulton South30536Second

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+10%+71%+212%+243%+56%+15%+64%+133%+10%+39%
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%--38%--75%-+14%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-61%-37%-46%-40%+4%-4%+11%+42%--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 20 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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