Rawtenstall Crime Overview

Rawtenstall is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 39th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rawtenstall in 2020 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rawtenstall is the 259th most dangerous small town, and the 1,790th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Rawtenstall was the worst small town in Lancashire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Rawtenstall residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Rawtenstall recorded 17 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.69 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Rawtenstall are violence and sexual offences, with 692 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 2.0% higher than 2019's figure of 678 offences and a difference of 0.57 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Rawtenstall's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Rawtenstall Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Rawtenstall This Year

 RawtenstallLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,45659.3888,46658.631.3% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.248670.57138% safer
Burglary883.597,4914.9638% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1937.8713,6289.0315% safer
Drugs240.982,4861.6568% safer
Other Crime341.392,5911.7224% safer
Other Theft1405.719,7706.4813% safer
Possession of Weapons160.659890.661.5% safer
Public Order1214.938,0945.369% safer
Robbery70.297520.5072% safer
Shoplifting1496.085,4113.5941% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.125550.37208% safer
Vehicle Crime1034.206,2574.151.2% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences69228.2250,36333.3818% safer

Rawtenstall Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coppull43551.9724% safer
Heysham86952.9121% safer
Whitworth42954.4118% safer
Cleveleys59555.4016% safer
Haslingden99462.343.1% safer
Rawtenstall1,57664.28-
Great Harwood72365.792.3% more dangerous
Oswaldtwistle74868.396% more dangerous
Brierfield64471.5310% more dangerous
Bacup1,15684.5624% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Moors69685.2325% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rawtenstall

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Rawtenstall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34252759Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.330.120.120.24Getting worse
Burglary6653.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9988Safer
Drugs0.820.570.240.98Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.61.41.4Getting worse
Other Theft7886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.040.290.410.65Getting worse
Public Order1.9764.9Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.330.450.29Safer
Shoplifting4.8766Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.530.240.12Safer
Vehicle Crime4.273.64.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21322828Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Rawtenstall to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Rawtenstall64.28-
Barnet67.715% more dangerous
Coventry77.4117% more dangerous
Croydon83.2223% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8125% more dangerous
Bristol86.2125% more dangerous
Leicester97.4434% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8738% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2840% more dangerous
Bradford133.0252% more dangerous
Leeds137.1053% more dangerous

Crime in Rawtenstall's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rawtenstall81891First

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021