Preston is the third most dangerous major town in Lancashire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Preston in 2021 was 115 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Preston is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 376th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In November 2021, Preston had the worst crime rate in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 27 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Preston residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 104 crimes at a rate of 0.77 per 1,000 residents. Preston recorded 44 reports of other crime during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.32 the worst for other crime in Lancashire that month.
The most common crimes in Preston are violence and sexual offences, with 6,814 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 6,115 offences and a difference of 5.15 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Preston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 135 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 12% from 2020's figure of 119 crimes.
Third Most Dangerous
Major Towns, Lancashire
55% higher, regional crime rate
36% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Preston is 55% higher than the North West and 36% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
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Incidents mapped in Preston 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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||9,286||68.44||72,689||48.18||30% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||154||1.14||709||0.47||59% more dangerous|
|Burglary||980||7.22||6,454||4.28||41% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||1,987||14.65||14,182||9.40||36% more dangerous|
|Drugs||333||2.45||2,512||1.66||32% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||376||2.77||3,131||2.08||25% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||1,339||9.87||9,288||6.16||38% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||201||1.48||1,154||0.76||49% more dangerous|
|Public Order||1,304||9.61||9,630||6.38||34% more dangerous|
|Robbery||190||1.40||810||0.54||61% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||838||6.18||5,889||3.90||37% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||135||1.00||686||0.45||55% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||907||6.68||6,033||4.00||40% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||6,814||50.22||55,909||37.06||26% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Livesey Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Bartle Place||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Cypress Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Vine Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Lawrence Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Drugs||On or near Theatre/Concert Hall||Further investigation is not in the public interest|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Churchill Drive||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Masonwood||Offender given a caution|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Elmsley Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Garstone Croft||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Tag Lane||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other crime||On or near Stocks Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Burwood Drive||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near North Cliff Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Dukes Meadow||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Bude Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Rose Lea||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Police Station||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near College Court||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Spa Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||49||51||78||68||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||18||14||13||15||Safer|
|Other Crime||2.4||1.8||2.2||2.8||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.86||1.2||1.4||1.5||Getting worse|
|Public Order||14||10||8||10||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||1.6||1.4||1.3||1.4||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||2.6||1.4||0.88||1.0||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||54||47||45||50||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Preston that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Oxhey's Recreation Ground||3||-||-||-||-||0||1.8|
|Major Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Liverpool||123.06||7% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||13% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||24% more dangerous|
Preston Town Centre is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Preston, followed by St Matthew's in second place, and Brookfield & Holme Slack as the third most dangerous area. Preston's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Cadley & College, Fulwood, and Longsands.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Ashton-on-Ribble & Larches||1,173||110||Eighth|
|Brookfield & Holme Slack||1,326||130||Third|
|Cadley & College||379||48||Tenth|
|Plungington & University||1,617||129||Fourth|
|Preston Town Centre||3,152||289||First|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Preston for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Fulwood (245)||Preston Town Centre (2,147)|
|Bicycle Theft||Fulwood (1)||Preston Town Centre (39)|
|Burglary||Fulwood (39)||Preston Town Centre (166)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Longsands (26)||Preston Town Centre (350)|
|Drugs||Cadley & College (2)||Preston Town Centre (85)|
|Other Crime||Longsands (2)||St Matthew's (55)|
|Other Theft||Fulwood (24)||Preston Town Centre (259)|
|Possession of Weapons||Cadley & College (1)||Preston Town Centre (53)|
|Public Order||Cadley & College (18)||Preston Town Centre (351)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Longsands (1)||St Matthew's (35)|
|Shoplifting||St Matthew's (21)||Preston Town Centre (303)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Fulwood (1)||Preston Town Centre (43)|
|Vehicle Crime||Fulwood (21)||Plungington & University (152)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Fulwood (160)||Preston Town Centre (1,341)|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Preston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Preston saw a 217% increase in possession of weapons. Preston saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of Preston's lockdown.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-23%||-31%||-37%||-11%||+6%||-31%||+1%||-14%||-9%||-6%|
|Possession of Weapons||-8%||+60%||+33%||+6%||-50%||+29%||+217%||-32%||+18%||-32%|
|Theft From the Person||-39%||-86%||-19%||-55%||-40%||-73%||-47%||-40%||-8%||+50%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-8%||+0%||-17%||-12%||-3%||+8%||-1%||-7%||-13%||-4%|