Skelmersdale Crime Overview

Skelmersdale is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns in Lancashire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Skelmersdale in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Skelmersdale is the 83rd safest medium-sized town, and the 1,685th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Skelmersdale was the worst medium-sized town in Lancashire for drugs, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Skelmersdale residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents. Skelmersdale recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.09 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 1,224 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 1,052 offences and a difference of 5.07 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Skelmersdale's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 8 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 38% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Skelmersdale Compared To Lancashire

Summary of Crimes in Skelmersdale This Year

 SkelmersdaleLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,51144.5688,46658.6332% safer
Bicycle Theft80.248670.57138% safer
Burglary1243.667,4914.9636% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3109.1413,6289.031.2% more dangerous
Drugs491.442,4861.6515% safer
Other Crime471.392,5911.7224% safer
Other Theft1674.929,7706.4832% safer
Possession of Weapons270.809890.6618% more dangerous
Public Order1283.778,0945.3642% safer
Robbery170.507520.500% safer
Shoplifting160.475,4113.59664% safer
Theft From the Person90.275550.3737% safer
Vehicle Crime1083.186,2574.1531% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,22436.0950,36333.388% more dangerous

Skelmersdale Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fulwood74821.96200% safer
Lytham St Anne's1,11725.28161% safer
Saint Anne's on the Sea87631.88107% safer
Ormskirk1,04039.6066% safer
Leyland2,36959.9810% safer
Skelmersdale2,23465.88-
Chorley3,04881.0419% more dangerous
Morecambe3,09387.1624% more dangerous
Darwen2,38187.7025% more dangerous
Nelson2,99995.6331% more dangerous
Accrington3,891109.2640% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Skelmersdale

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Skelmersdale Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41283045Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.910.650.320.24Safer
Burglary863.93.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131199Safer
Drugs1.41.40.911.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.941.71.21.4Getting worse
Other Theft6764.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.410.940.80Getting worse
Public Order2.054.63.8Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.800.880.440.50Safer
Shoplifting2.41.60.970.47Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.410.090.27Safer
Vehicle Crime4.04.63.43.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20333136Getting worse

Changes In Skelmersdale's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Skelmersdale to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Skelmersdale65.88-
Barnet67.712.7% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8123% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4432% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Skelmersdale's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Skelmersdale Ashurst23540Third
Skelmersdale East50175Second
Skelmersdale South East67393First

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-12%+70%+73%+297%+3%+28%+51%+28%+49%+79%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+18%+8%+13%+140%-10%-47%-56%-10%+100%+14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-40%-44%-19%+71%-62%+13%-20%-10%+28%+50%
Drugs+300%+133%+200%-50%--+100%+25%+133%+700%
Other Crime+20%+50%+150%+100%-20%+100%-25%+33%+200%-14%
Other Theft---35%-38%+6%--53%-21%-38%+88%
Possession of Weapons-33%---33%-33%---50%-75%-75%
Public Order-55%-40%-13%-38%-38%-9%+55%+8%--13%
Robbery--25%----33%----
Shoplifting-75%--80%-67%--+300%---
Vehicle Crime+109%+80%-27%--22%-8%-31%-64%+17%-56%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%+4%+3%+34%+27%+81%+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 10 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021