Crime in Cheshire

Cheshire is among the top 20 most dangerous counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in Cheshire in 2020 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 35 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Cheshire's larger towns and cities, Northwich is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Widnes, and Crewe comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Cheshire, starting with Great Boughton which ranks as the safest area in Cheshire, followed up by Grappenhall and Thelwall in second place, and Appleton in third place.

Crime Map of Cheshire

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Cheshire Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour27,84026.10
Bicycle Theft1,1161.05
Burglary3,3943.18
Criminal Damage and Arson7,6827.20
Drugs1,6241.52
Other Crime1,5201.43
Other Theft4,7224.43
Possession of Weapons3230.30
Public Order12,45111.67
Robbery3770.35
Shoplifting4,4104.13
Theft From the Person2200.21
Vehicle Crime2,3322.19
Violence and Sexual Offences37,42735.09

Cheshire's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Cheshire
Alsager5894851% safer
Appleton18919292% safer
Birchwood4644561% safer
Bollington3484465% safer
Burtonwood and Westbrook4113798% safer
Chester6,748775% more dangerous
Congleton1,992752.7% more dangerous
Crewe7,1259523% more dangerous
Culcheth and Glazebury3984756% safer
Ellesmere Port5,3978717% more dangerous
Frodsham4354753% safer
Grappenhall and Thelwall16617321% safer
Great Boughton11013454% safer
Great Sankey79226180% safer
Knutsford7535827% safer
Lymm5934756% safer
Macclesfield4,443809% more dangerous
Middlewich951678% safer
Nantwich1,068764.6% more dangerous
Neston6994659% safer
Northwich2,23710229% more dangerous
Penketh15219290% safer
Poulton-with-Fearnhead55433120% safer
Poynton-with-Worth48034113% safer
Runcorn5,6639221% more dangerous
Sandbach1,1275434% safer
Upton-by-Chester20324204% safer
Warrington11,2706511% safer
Widnes6,2079725% more dangerous
Wilmslow1,5145924% safer
Winsford2,9899423% more dangerous
Wistaston14719289% safer

Crime Trends in Cheshire

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28222026Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.41.21.0Safer
Burglary4.23.93.83.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9897Safer
Drugs1.91.71.61.5Safer
Other Crime1.31.41.51.4Getting worse
Other Theft6664.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.450.420.30Safer
Public Order13141312Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.330.450.35Safer
Shoplifting7664.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.530.620.21Safer
Vehicle Crime3.43.03.32.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23283335Getting worse

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021