Chester Crime Overview

Chester is the second safest major town in Cheshire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chester in 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 5% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chester is the 48th safest major town, and the 1,116th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Chester had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for drugs, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Chester residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Chester recorded 27 reports of burglary during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst for burglary in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Chester are violence and sexual offences, with 2,936 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 0.41% lower than 2019's figure of 2,948 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Chester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 29 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 203% from 2019's figure of 88 crimes.

Compare Chester to other towns and cities

See how Chester shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Chester and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Chester Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Chester This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,87732.7027,84026.1020% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1551.761,1161.0540% more dangerous
Burglary2162.463,3943.1829% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5776.567,6827.2010% safer
Drugs2222.521,6241.5240% more dangerous
Other Crime961.091,5201.4331% safer
Other Theft4374.974,7224.4311% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons470.533230.3043% more dangerous
Public Order1,19513.5812,45111.6714% more dangerous
Robbery350.403770.3512% more dangerous
Shoplifting6837.764,4104.1347% more dangerous
Theft From the Person290.332200.2136% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1201.362,3322.1961% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,93633.3737,42735.095% safer

Chester Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,27065.2618% safer
Ellesmere Port5,39787.2012% more dangerous
Runcorn5,66391.7916% more dangerous
Crewe7,12595.0619% more dangerous
Widnes6,20796.8821% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chester

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Chester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour40322733Safer
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson8787Safer
Other Crime1.
Other Theft8775.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.470.570.570.53Safer
Public Order17171714Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.340.550.40Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences28323433Getting worse

Changes In Chester's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chester's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Lime Wood Fields911-102.0
Narrow Community Park1----11.9
Westminster Park1022-361.3

Comparing Chester to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7113% safer
Coventry77.410.92% more dangerous
Croydon83.228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2111% more dangerous
Leicester97.4421% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8725% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0242% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in Chester's Neighbourhoods

Chester Boughton West & Hoole is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Chester, followed by Blacon South in second place, and Blacon North as the third most dangerous area. Chester's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Chester Boughton East, Chester Handbridge Park, and Vicars Cross & Hoole East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blacon North57895Third
Blacon South719101Second
Chester Boughton East32249Eighth
Chester Boughton West & Hoole1,109126First
Chester Handbridge Park47659Seventh
Upton East45963Fifth
Upton West & Heath69368Fourth
Vicars Cross & Hoole East25437Ninth

Chester Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Chester for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourVicars Cross & Hoole East (77)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (476)
Bicycle TheftVicars Cross & Hoole East (4)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (30)
BurglaryChester Boughton East (6)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (32)
Criminal Damage and ArsonUpton West & Heath (41)Blacon South (94)
DrugsUpton East (5)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (81)
Other CrimeChester Boughton East (1)Blacon South (14)
Other TheftVicars Cross & Hoole East (11)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (65)
Possession of WeaponsChester Handbridge Park (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (8)
Public OrderVicars Cross & Hoole East (41)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (214)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Upton West & Heath (2)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (9)
ShopliftingUpton East (2)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (117)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Upton West & Heath (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (6)
Vehicle CrimeUpton East (3)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (23)
Violence and Sexual OffencesVicars Cross & Hoole East (120)Blacon North (324)

Crime in Chester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Chester saw a 600% increase in possession of weapons. Chester saw a large fall in vehicle crime during October, when it fell by 92% compared to October in 2019. Chester saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including drugs, other theft, and theft from the person.

Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+77%+83%+26%-9%+37%-1%+9%+31%+1%
Bicycle Theft-70%-50%-29%+9%+31%+54%-47%+38%+100%+183%
Criminal Damage and Arson--53%-26%+7%-31%-18%-38%-38%+2%-32%
Other Crime+38%-64%-57%-38%+63%+22%-13%-22%-17%-44%
Other Theft-26%-81%-34%-45%-32%+8%-54%-53%-18%-36%
Possession of Weapons+25%+100%-80%+50%-50%-75%+100%+600%-33%-44%
Public Order-23%-48%-27%+2%-23%+22%-2%-10%-37%-34%
Theft From the Person-25%-80%-91%-83%-60%-64%-90%--75%-89%
Vehicle Crime-38%-46%-50%+100%+31%-53%+44%-92%-63%-71%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-28%-10%+41%+6%+15%-7%-13%+4%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chester

What police force serves Chester?
Chester's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Chester?
Chester is the second safest major town in Cheshire.
What is Chester's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Chester are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Chester?
Chester's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021