Birchwood Crime Overview

Birchwood is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire, and is the 99th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Birchwood in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 61% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birchwood is the 324th safest small town, and the 3,611st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Birchwood was the worst small town in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Birchwood residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Birchwood recorded 3 reports of other crime during May 2019, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst small town for other crime in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Birchwood are violence and sexual offences, with 240 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 3.8% lower than 2019's figure of 249 offences and a difference of 0.88 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Birchwood's least common crime is drugs, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 600% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Birchwood Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Birchwood This Year

 BirchwoodCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13413.0627,84026.10100% safer
Bicycle Theft90.881,1161.0519% safer
Burglary100.973,3943.18228% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson434.197,6827.2072% safer
Drugs10.101,6241.521420% safer
Other Crime70.681,5201.43110% safer
Other Theft292.834,7224.4357% safer
Public Order797.7012,45111.6752% safer
Robbery80.783770.3555% more dangerous
Shoplifting272.634,4104.1357% safer
Theft From the Person10.102200.21110% safer
Vehicle Crime100.972,3322.19126% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24023.3937,42735.0950% safer

Birchwood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Upton-by-Chester20323.9689% safer
Poulton-with-Fearnhead55433.0437% safer
Poynton-with-Worth48034.2332% safer
Burtonwood and Westbrook41136.7823% safer
Bollington34843.972.8% safer
Birchwood46445.22-
Neston69945.811.3% more dangerous
Culcheth and Glazebury39846.643.0% more dangerous
Lymm59346.663.1% more dangerous
Frodsham43547.434.7% more dangerous
Alsager58948.226% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Birchwood

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Recent Crimes in Birchwood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Inglewood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodpecker CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pipit LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fieldfare CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fieldfare CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other theftOn or near Rockingham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Admirals RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Birchwood Park AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Birchwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19111213Safer
Bicycle Theft1.81.62.00.88Safer
Burglary1.82.02.20.97Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7554.2Safer
Drugs0.880.880.680.10Safer
Other Crime0.971.11.20.68Safer
Other Theft54.34.12.8Safer
Public Order7988Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.290.780.78Getting worse
Shoplifting4.43.83.52.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.290.100.10Safer
Vehicle Crime2.01.22.40.97Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13152423Getting worse

Changes In Birchwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Birchwood's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Birchwood that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Birchwood Forest Park7---100.29
Locking Stumps Common--1--00.84

Comparing Birchwood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Birchwood45.22-
Barnet67.7133% more dangerous
Coventry77.4142% more dangerous
Croydon83.2246% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8147% more dangerous
Bristol86.2148% more dangerous
Leicester97.4454% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Birchwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Locking Stumps22846Second
Oakwood & Gorse Covert562106First

Crime in Birchwood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Birchwood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Birchwood saw a 375% increase in anti-social behaviour. Birchwood saw a large fall in shoplifting during October, when it fell by 86% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-50%+55%+60%-14%-43%-11%+125%+240%+67%+375%
Bicycle Theft--50%+50%-------
Burglary---50%---+50%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%-25%-80%-40%-+200%+50%-75%-17%+17%
Other Crime---67%-------
Other Theft-80%-67%-20%-+67%-80%--33%+200%-
Public Order+20%-57%--22%-17%+83%+10%+33%+17%-
Robbery+100%---------
Shoplifting+100%+33%---+50%-80%-86%-50%-75%
Vehicle Crime----75%-33%---+50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-47%-12%-16%-59%+47%-+33%-29%+11%+100%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Birchwood

What police force serves Birchwood?
Birchwood's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Birchwood?
Birchwood is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire.
What is Birchwood's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Birchwood are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Birchwood?
Birchwood's least common crime is drugs.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021