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Crime and Safety in Birchwood

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Birchwood is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cheshire, and is the 24th safest overall out of Cheshire's 321 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Birchwood in 2021 was 4.8 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares similarly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1398% lower than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birchwood is the 58th safest small town, and the 380th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, 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. October 2018 was also a bad month for Birchwood residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Birchwood are violence and sexual offences, with 23 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 2.2. This is 30% higher than 2020's figure of 16 offences and a difference of 0.68 from 2020's crime rate of 1.6. Birchwood's least common crime is shoplifting, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Birchwood 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Cheshire

974% lower, regional crime rate

North West

1499% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Birchwood is 974% lower than the North West and 1499% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Birchwood Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Birchwood represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Birchwood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20214.849
20204.546
2019990
2018770
2017773
20164.849

Crime in Birchwood Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Birchwood This Year

 BirchwoodCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour151.4621,87620.51 1305% safer
Bicycle Theft30.297150.67 131% safer
Burglary40.392,7482.58 562% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson60.586,8936.46 1014% safer
Other Theft30.294,6064.32 1390% safer
Public Order80.7812,87212.07 1447% safer
Shoplifting10.103,3363.13 3030% safer
Vehicle Crime10.102,1342.00 1900% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences232.2439,46637.00 1552% safer

Birchwood Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Penketh30.371192% safer
Great Boughton40.48896% safer
Wistaston232.9363% safer
Grappenhall and Thelwall353.6431% safer
Upton-by-Chester384.487% safer
Birchwood494.78-
Appleton969.4349% more dangerous
Poynton-with-Worth40228.6783% more dangerous
Culcheth and Glazebury33138.7988% more dangerous
Sandbach85040.9588% more dangerous
Alsager53643.8889% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Birchwood

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Recent Crimes in Birchwood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Oakwood GateFurther action is not in the public interest
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakwood GateUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022BurglaryOn or near Bridgewater PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Other theftOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Other theftOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ordnance AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ordnance AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021Other theftOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021Public orderOn or near Oakwood GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Birchwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2.62.31.71.5 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.680.970.390.29 Safer
Burglary0.100.390.190.39 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson0.580.880.390.58 Safer
Other Theft1.61.30.880.29 Safer
Public Order1.30.880.580.78 Safer
Shoplifting0.490.190.100.10 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.10--0.10 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1.53.41.62.2 Getting 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 2021.

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
Birchwood4.78-
Barnet67.0893% more dangerous
Croydon82.4894% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0595% more dangerous
Bristol90.5295% more dangerous
Coventry102.2495% more dangerous
Leicester111.5996% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0696% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6496% more dangerous
Bradford132.2896% more dangerous
Leeds150.9497% more dangerous

Crime in Birchwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Locking Stumps27656Second
Oakwood & Gorse Covert601113First

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 September, when Birchwood saw a 100% increase in public order. Birchwood saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during October, when it fell by 78% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour--+25%--25%-33%----
Other Theft---50%-33%------
Public Order------+100%---
Violence and Sexual Offences--75%-40%-50%----78%-67%+50%

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 10 safest small town 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 shoplifting.

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