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Crime and Safety in Skelmersdale, Lancashire

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Skelmersdale is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Skelmersdale in 2021 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Skelmersdale is the 69th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,921st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Skelmersdale was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for possession of weapons, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Skelmersdale residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Skelmersdale recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Skelmersdale are violence and sexual offences, with 1,148 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 7% lower than 2020's figure of 1,232 offences and a difference of 2.48 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Skelmersdale's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 29% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Skelmersdale 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Lancashire

20% higher, regional crime rate

North West

20% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Skelmersdale is 20% higher than the North West and 20% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Skelmersdale Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Skelmersdale represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Skelmersdale

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021642,167
2020672,257
2019632,130
2018752,529
2017612,073
2016571,942

Crime in Skelmersdale Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Skelmersdale This Year

 SkelmersdaleLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,23636.4572,68948.18 32% safer
Bicycle Theft90.277090.47 74% safer
Burglary1434.226,4544.28 1.4% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2717.9914,1829.40 18% safer
Drugs491.442,5121.66 15% safer
Other Crime511.503,1312.08 39% safer
Other Theft1875.519,2886.16 12% safer
Possession of Weapons240.711,1540.76 7% safer
Public Order1454.289,6316.38 49% safer
Robbery140.418100.54 32% safer
Shoplifting140.415,8893.90 851% safer
Theft From the Person70.216860.45 114% safer
Vehicle Crime1053.106,0334.00 29% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,14833.8555,91037.06 9% safer

Skelmersdale Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lytham St Anne's63414.35345% safer
Ormskirk80230.54109% safer
Saint Anne's on the Sea1,51655.1716% safer
Leyland2,46062.292.6% safer
Skelmersdale2,16763.90-
Chorley3,34488.9128% more dangerous
Nelson2,89092.1631% more dangerous
Darwen2,70099.4536% more dangerous
Morecambe3,760105.9640% more dangerous
Fleetwood3,013114.9744% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Skelmersdale

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Recent Crimes in Skelmersdale

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near FlaxtonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thealby CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Kestral ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Liverpool RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mercury WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near LyndhurstInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near TongbarnUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FlamsteadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near The WinstersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Laurel DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Paxton PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near ElmridgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near FairsteadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Railway RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Kestral ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beavers LaneUnable to prosecute suspect

Skelmersdale Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29304536 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.650.320.240.27 Safer
Burglary64.03.74.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11998 Safer
Drugs1.40.941.41.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.21.41.5 Getting worse
Other Theft765.06 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.940.830.71 Getting worse
Public Order54.64.04.3 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.880.440.500.41 Safer
Shoplifting1.60.970.470.41 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.410.090.270.21 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.83.43.23.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33313634 Getting worse

Changes In Skelmersdale's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Skelmersdale to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Skelmersdale63.90-
Barnet67.084.7% more dangerous
Croydon82.4823% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0529% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Coventry102.2438% more dangerous
Leicester111.5943% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0648% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6451% more dangerous
Bradford132.2852% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% more dangerous

Crime in Skelmersdale's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Skelmersdale Ashurst22037Third
Skelmersdale East48773Second
Skelmersdale South East62186First

Crime in Skelmersdale During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Skelmersdale change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Skelmersdale saw a 700% increase in drugs. Skelmersdale saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-16%+68%+73%+297%+6%+28%+51%+28%+49%+78%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+18%-7%+13%+140%-10%-50%-56%-10%+100%+14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-39%-44%-19%+64%-62%+17%-16%-10%+28%+50%
Drugs+300%+133%+200%-60%--+100%+25%+133%+700%
Other Crime+20%+50%+150%+100%-20%+100%-25%+33%+200%-14%
Other Theft---37%-41%-+8%-56%-21%-38%+88%
Possession of Weapons-33%---33%-33%---50%-75%-75%
Public Order-55%-33%--38%-38%-9%+55%+8%--22%
Robbery--25%----33%----
Shoplifting-75%--80%-67%--+300%---
Vehicle Crime+92%+50%-18%--22%-8%-23%-64%+17%-56%
Violence and Sexual Offences-18%+4%+3%+33%+27%+79%+53%+2%-7%+57%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Skelmersdale

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

How dangerous is Skelmersdale?
Skelmersdale is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Lancashire.

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

What is the least common crime in Skelmersdale?
Skelmersdale's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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