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Crime and Safety in Chester

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Chester is the third safest major towns in Cheshire, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 321 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chester in 2021 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chester is the 53rd safest major town, and the 901st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Chester had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for drugs, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Chester residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Chester recorded 68 reports of other theft during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.77 the worst for other theft in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Chester are violence and sexual offences, with 3,705 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 3,188 offences and a difference of 5.88 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Chester's least common crime is robbery, with 37 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 2.7% from 2020's figure of 38 crimes.

Chester 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Major Towns, Cheshire

40% higher, regional crime rate

North West

11% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chester is 40% higher than the North West and 11% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chester Crime Rate Over Time

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Chester Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Chester 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 Chester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021867,567
2020837,279
2019948,277
2018968,416
2017968,473
2016736,429

Crime in Chester Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Chester This Year

 ChesterCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,34126.6121,87620.51 23% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft720.827150.67 18% more dangerous
Burglary2272.582,7482.580% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6046.866,8936.46 6% more dangerous
Drugs1691.921,3211.24 35% more dangerous
Other Crime1061.201,4011.31 9% safer
Other Theft5275.994,6064.32 28% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons400.453000.28 38% more dangerous
Public Order1,41716.1112,87212.07 25% more dangerous
Robbery370.423560.33 21% more dangerous
Shoplifting4845.503,3363.13 43% more dangerous
Theft From the Person480.552240.21 62% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1311.492,1342.00 34% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,70542.1139,46637.00 12% more dangerous

Chester Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,49066.5429% safer
Widnes5,17180.717% safer
Chester7,56786.01-
Ellesmere Port5,69391.986% more dangerous
Runcorn5,75493.278% more dangerous
Crewe7,22796.4311% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chester

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Recent Crimes in Chester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rose CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near GreenfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Union WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dorchester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Blacon Hall RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Howard RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bradshaw AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Gloucester StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Panton PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upper Northgate StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cwrt Y TerfynUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Radnor DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Greyhound Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rose CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Volunteer StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Chester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34293527 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.31.71.90.82 Safer
Burglary4.43.42.72.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8977 Safer
Drugs4.53.82.61.9 Safer
Other Crime1.51.41.21.2 Safer
Other Theft8866 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.580.580.45 Safer
Public Order18181516 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.580.430.42 Safer
Shoplifting10986 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.00.350.55 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.11.51.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34363642 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0828% safer
Croydon82.484.3% safer
Chester86.01-
Sheffield90.054.5% more dangerous
Bristol90.525.0% more dangerous
Coventry102.2416% more dangerous
Leicester111.5923% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0630% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6434% more dangerous
Bradford132.2835% more dangerous
Leeds150.9443% more dangerous

Crime in Chester's Neighbourhoods

Chester Boughton West & Hoole is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Chester, followed by Blacon North in second place, and Blacon South 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 North620102Second
Blacon South70098Third
Chester Boughton East30346Eighth
Chester Boughton West & Hoole1,145130First
Chester Handbridge Park41151Seventh
Lache36156Sixth
Upton East41757Fifth
Upton West & Heath62861Fourth
Vicars Cross & Hoole East28041Ninth

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 BehaviourUpton West & Heath (100)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (340)
Bicycle TheftUpton East (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (17)
BurglaryUpton West & Heath (14)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (33)
Criminal Damage and ArsonVicars Cross & Hoole East (19)Blacon South (69)
DrugsVicars Cross & Hoole East (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (59)
Other CrimeChester Boughton East (3)Blacon South (21)
Other TheftVicars Cross & Hoole East (16)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (72)
Possession of WeaponsChester Handbridge Park (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (13)
Public OrderVicars Cross & Hoole East (46)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (243)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Blacon South (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (10)
ShopliftingVicars Cross & Hoole East (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (71)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chester Handbridge Park (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (9)
Vehicle CrimeUpton East (1)Chester Boughton West & Hoole (19)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChester Handbridge Park (184)Blacon North (359)

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 theft from the person during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019. Rates of other theft and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Chester's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+80%+83%+29%-10%+36%-1%+8%+27%+5%
Bicycle Theft-67%-50%-33%+9%+38%+62%-38%+33%+100%+200%
Burglary+27%-61%-31%+47%+8%-62%-32%-6%+18%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-57%-21%+4%-34%-16%-38%-39%+4%-26%
Drugs-45%+4%--6%-21%-37%-68%-33%-39%-59%
Other Crime+50%-71%-57%-47%+89%+44%-22%-30%-38%-44%
Other Theft-23%-77%-40%-46%-30%+11%-52%-50%-14%-25%
Possession of Weapons+25%+133%-80%+150%-50%-78%+100%+600%-33%-44%
Public Order-25%-45%-19%+4%-21%+21%-1%-12%-39%-33%
Robbery-50%--40%-60%+33%-71%+33%+133%+300%-33%
Shoplifting+17%-51%-19%+6%-5%-23%-52%+7%+2%-25%
Theft From the Person-40%-80%-91%-83%-50%-67%-91%--75%-89%
Vehicle Crime-50%-53%-58%+75%+47%-55%+27%-82%-58%-76%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-28%-7%+41%+2%+10%-6%-9%+3%-16%

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 third 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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