Whitworth Crime Overview

Whitworth is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Lancashire, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Lancashire's 241 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitworth in 2020 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Lancashire's overall crime rate, coming in 33% lower than the Lancashire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitworth is the 388th most dangerous small town, and the 2,577th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Whitworth was the worst small town in Lancashire for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.89 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2018 was also a bad month for Whitworth residents, when it was Lancashire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 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 183 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 32% lower than 2019's figure of 241 offences and a difference of 7.35 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Whitworth's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Whitworth Compared To Lancashire

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Summary of Crimes in Whitworth This Year

 WhitworthLancashire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour44155.9388,46658.634.8% safer
Bicycle Theft10.138670.57338% safer
Burglary273.427,4914.9645% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson779.7713,6289.038% more dangerous
Drugs101.272,4861.6530% safer
Other Crime151.902,5911.729% more dangerous
Other Theft212.669,7706.48144% safer
Possession of Weapons30.389890.6674% safer
Public Order263.308,0945.3662% safer
Robbery40.517520.502.0% more dangerous
Shoplifting172.165,4113.5966% safer
Vehicle Crime455.716,2574.1527% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences18323.2150,36333.3844% safer

Whitworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Barnoldswick46443.5125% safer
Padiham45845.1820% safer
Kirkham38448.9211% safer
Coppull43551.974.7% safer
Heysham86952.912.8% safer
Whitworth42954.41-
Cleveleys59555.401.8% more dangerous
Haslingden99462.3413% more dangerous
Rawtenstall1,57664.2815% more dangerous
Great Harwood72365.7917% more dangerous
Oswaldtwistle74868.3920% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitworth

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Whitworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32222756Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.380.250.13Safer
Burglary5773.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson128910Getting worse
Drugs0.381.30.381.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.81.51.9Getting worse
Other Theft64.44.22.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.25-0.38Getting worse
Public Order1.0653.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.510.510.630.51Safer
Shoplifting1.80.631.42.2Getting worse
Vehicle Crime6776Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20313123Safer

Changes In Whitworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitworth54.41-
Barnet67.7120% more dangerous
Coventry77.4130% more dangerous
Croydon83.2235% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8137% more dangerous
Bristol86.2137% more dangerous
Leicester97.4444% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8747% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2849% more dangerous
Bradford133.0259% more dangerous
Leeds137.1060% more dangerous

Crime in Whitworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitworth43255First

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 10 most dangerous small towns 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021