Strategic assessments

An assessment of the evidence base has been undertaken by the Community Safety Partnership Analysts. This assessment highlights some of the key issues and risks across the Lancashire-24 area which affect the local communities. 

The top crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) categories impacting across the Lancashire-14 area are:

  • Violence against the person
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual offences including child sexual exploitation
  • Burglary
  • Road safety

Health issues are becoming more and more apparent as factors relating to community safety (crime and disorder) – this is supported by wider research.

Vulnerability for different age groups is a theme throughout the assessment. 

  • Young people – missing from home episodes, links to domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, anti-social behaviour, road safety, mental health and links to serious organised crime (county lines).
  • Elderly – increase in missing from homes, victim of fraud and cyber-crime, road safety, mental health and fire safety within the home.
  • Partners at the stakeholder events held across the county were concerned at the lack of services/diversionary activities for young people. Behaviours of young people was seen as an issue, both school and ASB related – and the need to educate young people at primary level around healthy relationships and life skills, appropriate to their age.
  • Mental health services for both young and adult age groups were highlighted as an issue – and it was often felt that the response was too late and only dealt with at crisis point, although this was sometimes due to denial of the issue by the individual concerned.

Further analysis

Strategic assessments 2018-21


The Community Safety Agreement 2019-22 (PDF 175 KB) sets out how we will work together to address the community safety priorities for the Lancashire-14 area. This is based on the 2018-21 strategic assessment.

The Police and Crime plan sets out the strategic direction and priorities for the Police and Crime Commissioner. Each local district and unitary authority in Lancashire also produce plans to show how they are dealing with crime and disorder in their locality, based on the strategic assessment.

Page updated June 2019