Appleton Crime Overview

Appleton is the third safest small town in Cheshire, and is the 70th safest overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Appleton in 2020 was 19 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 292% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Appleton is the 27th safest small town, and the 2,402nd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2018, Appleton was the worst small town in Cheshire for other crime, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.88 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Appleton are violence and sexual offences, with 94 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 9. This is 29% higher than 2019's figure of 67 offences and a difference of 2.66 from 2019's crime rate of 7. Appleton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Appleton Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Appleton This Year

 AppletonCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour898.7427,84026.10199% safer
Bicycle Theft10.101,1161.05950% safer
Burglary60.593,3943.18439% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson242.367,6827.20205% safer
Drugs40.391,6241.52290% safer
Other Crime90.881,5201.4362% safer
Other Theft181.774,7224.43150% safer
Public Order201.9712,45111.67492% safer
Shoplifting10.104,4104.134030% safer
Vehicle Crime121.182,3322.1986% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences949.2437,42735.09280% safer

Appleton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Boughton11013.1242% safer
Grappenhall and Thelwall16617.278% safer
Appleton18918.57-
Penketh15218.670.54% more dangerous
Wistaston14718.720.80% more dangerous
Upton-by-Chester20323.9622% more dangerous
Poulton-with-Fearnhead55433.0444% more dangerous
Poynton-with-Worth48034.2346% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Appleton

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Recent Crimes in Appleton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Snaefell RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Lynwood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Farnham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Lyncastle WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stonehill CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stonehill CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stonehill CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Stonehill CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Bellcast CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stonehill CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021DrugsOn or near Chapel LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near Farnham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near M56Investigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near M56Investigation complete; no suspect identified

Appleton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour64.83.59Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.290.490.390.10Safer
Burglary2.63.10.980.59Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.32.12.82.4Getting worse
Drugs0.290.290.100.39Getting worse
Other Crime0.881.40.290.88Getting worse
Other Theft2.21.61.51.8Getting worse
Public Order2.62.13.02.0Safer
Shoplifting--0.200.10Safer
Vehicle Crime0.291.31.41.2Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences4.9779Getting worse

Changes In Appleton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Appleton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Appleton18.57-
Barnet67.7173% more dangerous
Coventry77.4176% more dangerous
Croydon83.2278% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8178% more dangerous
Bristol86.2178% more dangerous
Leicester97.4481% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8782% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2883% more dangerous
Bradford133.0286% more dangerous
Leeds137.1086% more dangerous

Crime in Appleton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Appleton12422Third
Appleton Thorn, Stretton & Walton28244Second
Stockton Heath & Hillcliffe47752First

Crime in Appleton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Appleton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Appleton saw a 550% increase in anti-social behaviour. Appleton saw a large fall in public order during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+233%+100%+250%-54%+67%-+140%+550%-
Burglary-+100%--------
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%-67%+100%--60%---25%-+100%
Other Crime---+100%------
Other Theft---+200%-50%---+50%-
Public Order--50%-80%+50%--+200%-67%+33%-
Vehicle Crime-+100%------50%--67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+60%+25%+275%-62%+300%+300%+250%-17%-80%-56%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Appleton

What police force serves Appleton?
Appleton's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Appleton?
Appleton is the third safest small town in Cheshire.
What is Appleton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Appleton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Appleton?
Appleton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021