Crewe Crime Overview

Crewe is the second most dangerous major town in Cheshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Crewe in 2020 was 95 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crewe is the 37th most dangerous major town, and the 596th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Crewe had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Crewe residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Crewe recorded 36 reports of other theft during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst for other theft in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Crewe are violence and sexual offences, with 3,379 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 3,120 offences and a difference of 3.45 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Crewe's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 28 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 82% from 2019's figure of 51 crimes.

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Crime in Crewe Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Crewe This Year

 CreweCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,31730.9127,84026.1016% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2032.711,1161.0561% more dangerous
Burglary3044.063,3943.1822% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7109.477,6827.2024% more dangerous
Drugs1191.591,6241.524.4% more dangerous
Other Crime1592.121,5201.4333% more dangerous
Other Theft3855.144,7224.4314% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons280.373230.3019% more dangerous
Public Order1,09814.6512,45111.6720% more dangerous
Robbery480.643770.3545% more dangerous
Shoplifting4956.604,4104.1337% more dangerous
Theft From the Person330.442200.2152% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1642.192,3322.190% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,37945.0837,42735.0922% more dangerous

Crewe Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,27065.2646% safer
Chester6,74876.7024% safer
Ellesmere Port5,39787.209% safer
Runcorn5,66391.793.6% safer
Crewe7,12595.06-
Widnes6,20796.881.9% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Crewe

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Crewe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40312531Safer
Bicycle Theft1.63.33.12.7Getting worse
Burglary3.03.24.94.1Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1514129Safer
Drugs1.61.91.61.6Safer
Other Crime1.72.12.42.1Getting worse
Other Theft6665Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.530.680.37Safer
Public Order19181815Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.290.560.670.64Getting worse
Shoplifting1212127Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.510.880.910.44Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.53.22.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29394245Getting worse

Changes In Crewe's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Crewe's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George V Playing Fields13211422.0
Queen Street Park----100.76
Queen's Park311-751.1
Tipkinder Park1----00.15
Valley Park5-3-16919

Comparing Crewe to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7140% safer
Coventry77.4123% safer
Croydon83.2214% safer
Sheffield85.8111% safer
Bristol86.2110% safer
Crewe95.06-
Leicester97.442.4% more dangerous
Birmingham102.878% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2811% more dangerous
Bradford133.0229% more dangerous
Leeds137.1031% more dangerous

Crime in Crewe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Crewe Coppenhall & Underwood1,180122Second
Crewe Gresty Road855120Third
Crewe Mill Street & College767117Fourth
Crewe North West66797Sixth
Crewe Sydney & Gateway602106Fifth
Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue1,653202First

Crewe Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCrewe Sydney & Gateway (154)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (479)
Bicycle TheftCrewe Coppenhall & Underwood (20)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (82)
BurglaryCrewe Coppenhall & Underwood (36)Crewe Mill Street & College (67)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCrewe Sydney & Gateway (55)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (149)
DrugsCrewe Coppenhall & Underwood (16)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (29)
Other CrimeCrewe Coppenhall & Underwood (19)Crewe North West (26)
Other TheftCrewe North West (30)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (85)
Possession of WeaponsCrewe Coppenhall & Underwood (2)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (8)
Public OrderCrewe North West (94)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (241)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (3)Crewe Gresty Road (11)
ShopliftingCrewe North West (5)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (290)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Crewe North West (1)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (9)
Vehicle CrimeCrewe North West (10)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (27)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCrewe Sydney & Gateway (208)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (644)

Crime in Crewe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Crewe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Crewe saw a 250% increase in drugs. Crewe saw a large fall in theft from the person during July, when it fell by 88% compared to July in 2019. Crewe saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-20%+114%+76%-2%-17%-6%+45%+16%+62%+50%
Bicycle Theft+63%-13%-65%-31%-+3%+14%-56%-67%-80%
Burglary-29%-39%-15%-44%-35%-44%-15%-8%+4%+67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-26%-29%-17%-28%-35%-21%-29%+14%-32%
Drugs-68%+117%-50%+50%-6%-14%+11%-36%+250%+86%
Other Crime-69%-43%-39%-12%+44%+8%-29%-18%+13%+13%
Other Theft-31%-25%-49%-39%-24%+13%-31%-44%+54%+9%
Possession of Weapons-17%-85%-67%+100%-67%--50%-50%--
Public Order-44%-63%+13%+5%-8%+22%-4%-25%-8%-19%
Robbery-25%-67%+200%+40%+200%-40%--67%--33%
Shoplifting-11%-76%-70%-44%-44%-8%-49%-47%-30%-49%
Theft From the Person-40%-86%-57%-83%-88%-71%-50%-29%+150%-33%
Vehicle Crime-33%-59%-15%+10%-25%-21%-41%-63%-48%-48%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-15%+25%+2%-9%+24%-1%+17%+11%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Crewe

What police force serves Crewe?
Crewe's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Crewe?
Crewe is the second most dangerous major town in Cheshire.
What is Crewe's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Crewe are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Crewe?
Crewe's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021