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 consider their local area to be safe.
Latest full year figures from the Home Office for 2017/18 on police recorded crime show that there were 127,028 crimes (excluding fraud) in the Lancashire-14 area. This represents an 18% increase (19,418 more crimes) in the Lancashire-14 area compared with 2016/17. Although there is a significant increase of 13% in England and Wales for the same time period, this is below the Lancashire rate.
The CSEW indicates that there has been no overall change in the more common but less violent levels of crime. Violence against the person increased by 35% to 41,408 crimes in Lancashire, driven by a 40% increase in violence without injury, again higher than the England and Wales average. The increase in this category is likely to be due to improvements in recording these crimes.
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, and Preston where community safety problems are still a significant issue. The highest rates (all above the national average of 84 per 1,000 population), are found in Blackpool at 158 offences per 1,000 population, Burnley and Preston with 120 offences per 1,000 population and Blackburn with Darwen, 97 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. The lowest rates in Lancashire are Ribble Valley at 41 offences per 1,000 population and Fylde at 54 offences per 1,000 population.
A dashboard detailing the recorded crime data is available to view on the dashboard page.
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Page updated August 2018