Crime prevention and community safety

Blackburn with Darwen is a safe place to live, work and visit; we aim to keep it that way. Find out how we tackle crime and keep our community safe.

Community safety is all about the issues that make people safe, or unsafe, in their communities.

Achieving safer communities depends on everyone working together to find local solutions to local problems.

Everyone has the right to feel and be safe – to make sure this is possible, this responsibility is shared between:

  • the community
  • the public sector (such as the Council and the police)
  • the private sector (such as local businesses)
  • the faith sector (such as the local church)
  • voluntary organisations.

Each local council is required by law to work together in partnership with the police constabulary, office of the police and crime commissioner, the fire and rescue service and the probation service.

These partnerships are called Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) and are responsible for working together to reduce crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour and re-offending.

Every year, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council prioritises and addresses the issues that really matter in our borough. Our aim is always to work to tackle issues that have an adverse impact and to identify solutions to improve quality of life for all our residents.

We aim to work with partners to manage both high risk and repeat offenders by using our intensive powers, using advanced technology alongside appropriate support programmes to break the cycle of offending and provide a rapid response in cases where the risk of offending escalates.

The key issues and priorities that evidence tells us are most important to address in Blackburn with Darwen are:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • CCTV
  • Domestic abuse
  • Counter terrorism (Prevent)
  • Road safety