Crime overview

The Lancashire-14 area is one of the safest areas in the country with crime and other community safety issues, such as anti-social behaviour and road accidents at their lowest level for years. Around nine out of ten respondents (87%) to a recent Living in Lancashire survey (PDF 1.2 MB) consider their local area to be safe.

Latest full year figures from the Home Office for 2016/17 on police recorded crime show that there were 107,610 crimes (excluding fraud) in the Lancashire-14 area. This represents a 11% increase (10,498 more crimes) in the Lancashire-14 area compared with 2015/16. This is in line with the change in England and Wales. Experimental statistics suggest there were 4,532 cases of fraud in the county.

Violence against the person saw a rise of 18% in Lancashire-14, mainly due to the increased recording of violence without injury. Sexual offences also showed an increase for the third year running (up 23% on 2015/16), but this is attributed to increased confidence in reporting and significant media coverage rather than an increase in these types of offences. 94% were victim based crimes. The number of recorded hate crimes rose by 22% on the previous year.

This masks significant geographical diversity. From Ribble Valley, which is continually highlighted as a top 10 place to live in England and Wales, to the more deprived areas in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster and Preston where community safety problems are still a significant issue. The highest rates (all above the national average of 75 per 1,000 population), are found in Blackpool at 133 offences per 1,000 population, Burnley, 107 offences per 1,000 population, Preston with 95 offences per 1,000 population and Blackburn with Darwen, 83 offences per 1,000 population.  Although some of these locations have seen significant regeneration over the last ten years, underlying issues in terms of health, education and unemployment still exist and have an impact on community safety.

94% of crimes in Lancashire-14 were given a recorded outcome in 2016/17: 11% were charged or summonsed, 4% had a community resolution, 53% of cases the investigation was completed and a suspect was not identified.

See further analysis download below.

Further analysis

Crime in Lancashire (PDF 1 MB)

Living in Lancashire community safety report (PDF 1.16 MB)

Page updated October 2017