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Crime and Safety in Whitworth

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Whitworth is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 236 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitworth in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 31% lower than the Lancashire rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitworth is the 383rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,343rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Whitworth was the worst small town in Lancashire for drugs, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Whitworth residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.89 per 1,000 residents. Whitworth recorded 2 reports of robbery during January 2017, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst small town for robbery in Lancashire that month.

The most common crimes in Whitworth are violence and sexual offences, with 221 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 183 offences and a difference of 4.82 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Whitworth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Whitworth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Lancashire

13% higher, regional crime rate

North West

30% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whitworth is 13% higher than the North West and 30% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whitworth Crime Rate Over Time

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Whitworth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Whitworth 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 Whitworth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202159464
202054429
201967530
201870548
201754429
201647374

Crime in Whitworth Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Whitworth This Year

 WhitworthLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28636.2772,68948.18 33% safer
Burglary182.286,4544.28 88% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8010.1514,1829.40 7% more dangerous
Drugs111.402,5121.66 19% safer
Other Crime131.653,1312.08 26% safer
Other Theft202.549,2886.16 143% safer
Possession of Weapons30.381,1540.76 100% safer
Public Order344.319,6316.38 48% safer
Robbery20.258100.54 116% safer
Shoplifting141.785,8893.90 119% safer
Theft From the Person10.136860.45 246% safer
Vehicle Crime475.966,0334.00 33% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences22128.0355,91037.06 32% safer

Whitworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Poulton-le-Fylde77142.5738% safer
Barnoldswick48445.3930% safer
Clitheroe76846.1228% safer
Coppull42050.1817% safer
Clayton-le-Woods82051.3715% safer
Whitworth46458.85-
Cleveleys64960.432.6% more dangerous
Kirkham47961.023.6% more dangerous
Haslingden1,01763.788% more dangerous
Rawtenstall1,59465.019% more dangerous
Great Harwood71765.2410% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitworth

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Recent Crimes in Whitworth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other crimeOn or near New WayLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Prince StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Edward StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Longacres LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Milner StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Coupland CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Belle Isle AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moorland CrescentLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tong LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Moss Side StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Belle Isle AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Size StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tong LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near King StreetOffender given penalty notice
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elm StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Daniel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Water StreetLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milner StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Buxton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Whitworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22275636 Getting worse
Burglary773.42.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson891010 Getting worse
Drugs1.30.381.31.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.51.91.6 Getting worse
Other Theft4.44.22.72.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.25-0.380.38 Getting worse
Public Order653.34.3 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.510.630.510.25 Safer
Shoplifting0.631.42.21.8 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.510.25-0.13 Safer
Vehicle Crime7766 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31312328 Getting worse

Changes In Whitworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitworth58.85-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0535% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6455% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Whitworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitworth46659First

Crime in Whitworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whitworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Whitworth saw a 500% increase in anti-social behaviour. Whitworth saw a large fall in vehicle crime during November, when it fell by 83% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+229%+273%+195%+500%+87%-5%+55%+29%+100%-14%
Burglary+50%+100%-40%--25%-75%--80%-80%-78%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+22%-40%-+267%-64%-30%+20%-43%-71%
Drugs----------
Other Crime-75%-+250%------67%-
Other Theft--33%-60%---75%-67%-50%-+100%
Public Order-25%--67%--40%--40%+100%-80%-70%
Shoplifting-----+100%----
Vehicle Crime-50%-40%--33%--67%--43%-83%+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences-25%-24%+12%-57%+64%-42%+17%-6%-64%-38%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whitworth

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

How dangerous is Whitworth?
Whitworth is among the top 20 most dangerous small town in Lancashire.

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

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

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