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Crime and Safety in Thornton, Lancashire

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Thornton is among the top 10 safest small towns in Lancashire, and is the 84th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Thornton in 2021 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 82% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Thornton is the 229th safest small town, and the 4,304th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Thornton was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Lancashire for shoplifting, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.90 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Thornton residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Thornton recorded 1 report of bicycle theft during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Thornton are violence and sexual offences, with 496 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 397 offences and a difference of 4.94 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Thornton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 600% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Thornton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Lancashire

21% lower, regional crime rate

North West

72% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Thornton is 21% lower than the North West and 72% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Thornton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Thornton 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 Thornton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202142848
202036722
201937740
2018511,012
201734681
201631613

Crime in Thornton Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Thornton This Year

 ThorntonLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour56328.1272,68948.18 71% safer
Bicycle Theft10.057090.47 840% safer
Burglary271.356,4544.28 217% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson894.4514,1829.40 111% safer
Drugs40.202,5121.66 730% safer
Other Crime281.403,1312.08 49% safer
Other Theft542.709,2886.16 128% safer
Possession of Weapons70.351,1540.76 117% safer
Public Order562.809,6306.38 128% safer
Shoplifting472.355,8893.90 66% safer
Theft From the Person20.106860.45 350% safer
Vehicle Crime371.856,0334.00 116% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences49624.7755,90937.06 50% safer

Thornton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Euxton51539.268% safer
Up Holland31041.013.3% safer
Penwortham93541.073.1% safer
Longridge34041.392.3% safer
Heysham68041.402.3% safer
Thornton84842.36-
Poulton-le-Fylde77142.570.49% more dangerous
Barnoldswick48445.397% more dangerous
Clitheroe76846.128% more dangerous
Coppull42050.1816% more dangerous
Clayton-le-Woods82051.3718% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Thornton

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Recent Crimes in Thornton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bryony CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lancaster AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near John StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thistle CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Keats CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near The StablesUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The RunriggsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Heys StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria Road EastUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Southdown DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandown RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The RunriggsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wembley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kildare AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Patterdale AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grizedale CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Colesville AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Thornton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19203828 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.250.150.350.05 Safer
Burglary3.72.82.01.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson74.254.4 Safer
Drugs0.550.350.500.20 Safer
Other Crime1.41.40.751.4 Getting worse
Other Theft4.03.02.62.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.200.100.35 Getting worse
Public Order2.51.81.62.8 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.42.30.702.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.30-0.100.10 Safer
Vehicle Crime53.02.01.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22182025 Getting worse

Changes In Thornton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Thornton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.936% safer
Thornton42.36-
Birmingham49.6015% more dangerous
Barnet67.0837% more dangerous
Croydon82.4849% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0353% more dangerous
Bristol90.5253% more dangerous
Leicester111.5962% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0666% more dangerous
Bradford132.2868% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in Thornton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cleveleys East29839First
Thornton East & Carleton West24727Second

Crime in Thornton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Thornton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Thornton saw a 600% increase in vehicle crime. Thornton saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+71%+167%+127%+420%-23%-40%+65%+185%+123%+100%
Burglary+133%-+300%-75%-38%-50%-80%+50%+200%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-20%-45%-20%--+450%+167%-11%+13%
Drugs--------+200%-
Other Crime-40%---33%-33%----+200%
Other Theft+67%-83%-33%-40%-70%+67%-63%+75%-+60%
Public Order+33%-33%-40%+200%-83%-25%-50%---
Shoplifting--90%-50%-33%--+50%-86%-60%-
Vehicle Crime+60%-25%-50%-67%-71%--75%-86%+600%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-24%-40%+13%+42%+30%+17%+52%+43%+23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Thornton

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

How dangerous is Thornton?
Thornton is among the top 10 safest small towns in Lancashire.

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

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

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