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Crime and Safety in Rawtenstall, Lancashire

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Rawtenstall is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 33rd most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rawtenstall in 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rawtenstall is the 290th most dangerous small town, and the 1,799th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Rawtenstall was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Lancashire for burglary, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Rawtenstall residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.49 per 1,000 residents. Rawtenstall recorded 18 reports of other theft during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other theft in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Rawtenstall are violence and sexual offences, with 732 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 692 offences and a difference of 1.63 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Rawtenstall's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Rawtenstall 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

21% higher, regional crime rate

North West

12% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rawtenstall is 21% higher than the North West and 12% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rawtenstall Crime Rate Over Time

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Rawtenstall Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Rawtenstall 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 Rawtenstall

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021651,594
2020641,576
2019671,654
2018791,934
2017561,363
2016481,177

Crime in Rawtenstall Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Rawtenstall This Year

 RawtenstallLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,00641.0372,68948.18 17% safer
Bicycle Theft60.247090.47 96% safer
Burglary1094.456,4544.28 3.8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1676.8114,1829.40 38% safer
Drugs230.942,5121.66 77% safer
Other Crime722.943,1312.08 29% more dangerous
Other Theft1325.389,2886.16 14% safer
Possession of Weapons90.371,1540.76 105% safer
Public Order1335.429,6306.38 18% safer
Robbery60.248100.54 125% safer
Shoplifting813.305,8893.90 18% safer
Theft From the Person80.336860.45 36% safer
Vehicle Crime1164.736,0334.00 15% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences73229.8555,90937.06 24% safer

Rawtenstall Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Clayton-le-Woods82051.3727% safer
Whitworth46458.8510% safer
Cleveleys64960.438% safer
Kirkham47961.027% safer
Haslingden1,01763.781.9% safer
Rawtenstall1,59465.01-
Great Harwood71765.240.35% more dangerous
Oswaldtwistle73166.832.7% more dangerous
Brierfield64771.8610% more dangerous
Bacup1,13382.8822% more dangerous
Colne1,59889.1727% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rawtenstall

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Recent Crimes in Rawtenstall

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clarence StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ambleside AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stables CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maitland PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Horncliffe CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kirk ViewAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fall Barn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Parkwood CourtFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Weber StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Newchurch RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albert RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Whinberry AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Margaret StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Yarraville StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Grange StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parkwood CourtLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lavender HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Reeds CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Goodshawfold CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Rawtenstall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25275941 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.120.120.240.24 Getting worse
Burglary653.64.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9887 Safer
Drugs0.570.240.980.94 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.41.42.9 Getting worse
Other Theft8865 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.410.650.37 Getting worse
Public Order764.95 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.450.290.24 Safer
Shoplifting7663.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.240.120.33 Safer
Vehicle Crime73.64.24.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32282830 Getting worse

Changes In Rawtenstall's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rawtenstall's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Rawtenstall that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Worswick Memorial Cricket Ground3----12.9

Comparing Rawtenstall to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9363% safer
Birmingham49.6031% safer
Rawtenstall65.01-
Barnet67.083.1% more dangerous
Croydon82.4821% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0328% more dangerous
Bristol90.5228% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Rawtenstall's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rawtenstall76585First

Crime in Rawtenstall During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rawtenstall change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Rawtenstall saw a 378% increase in anti-social behaviour. Rawtenstall saw a large fall in other crime during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+93%+261%+135%+378%+29%+114%+54%+165%+136%+70%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--83%--17%-33%-9%-50%-58%-33%-55%
Criminal Damage and Arson+29%-28%+18%+29%+14%-13%-9%-30%+12%+13%
Drugs--+100%----+100%--
Other Crime--86%+50%-+25%-+200%+50%--
Other Theft+23%-41%+22%-78%+15%-48%-23%-52%-14%-44%
Possession of Weapons+50%---------
Public Order-46%-+33%-38%+240%+20%-29%-9%-9%-63%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-14%-60%--17%+8%+70%-14%+14%-38%+10%
Vehicle Crime+200%-57%-25%-63%+43%+29%-+38%+64%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-26%-49%+11%-9%+48%+58%-29%+18%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rawtenstall

What police force serves Rawtenstall?
Rawtenstall's local territorial police force is the Lancashire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Rawtenstall?
Rawtenstall is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire.

What is Rawtenstall's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rawtenstall are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Rawtenstall?
Rawtenstall's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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