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Crime and Safety in Crewe, Cheshire

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Crewe is the most dangerous major town in Cheshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 321 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Crewe in 2021 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crewe is the 39th most dangerous major town, and the 655th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Crewe had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Crewe residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 55 crimes at a rate of 0.73 per 1,000 residents. Crewe recorded 21 reports of other crime during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst for other crime in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Crewe are violence and sexual offences, with 3,833 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 3,535 offences and a difference of 3.97 from 2020's crime rate of 47. Crewe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 26 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 23% from 2020's figure of 32 crimes.

Crewe 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Cheshire

47% higher, regional crime rate

North West

21% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Crewe is 47% higher than the North West and 21% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Crewe Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Crewe 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 Crewe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021967,227
2020997,394
20191118,302
20181067,927
2017957,104
2016705,243

Crime in Crewe Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Crewe This Year

 CreweCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,04927.3421,87620.51 25% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1221.637150.67 59% more dangerous
Burglary2753.672,7482.58 30% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6248.336,8936.46 22% more dangerous
Drugs1091.451,3211.24 14% more dangerous
Other Crime1612.151,4011.31 39% more dangerous
Other Theft3805.074,6064.32 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons310.413000.28 32% more dangerous
Public Order1,13215.1012,87212.07 20% more dangerous
Robbery370.493560.33 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting3384.513,3363.13 31% more dangerous
Theft From the Person260.352240.21 40% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1592.122,1342.00 6% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,83351.1439,46637.00 28% more dangerous

Crewe Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,49066.5445% safer
Widnes5,17180.7119% safer
Chester7,56786.0112% safer
Ellesmere Port5,69391.984.8% safer
Runcorn5,75493.273.4% safer
Crewe7,22796.43-

Crime Over Time in Crewe

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Recent Crimes in Crewe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westfield DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Underwood LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westminster StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sherwin StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Blount CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hammond StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Alton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Middlewich StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Remer StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mayfair DriveLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mcneill AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broughton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dale WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Valley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westfield DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BirchesUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Queen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Crewe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32263227 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.43.22.71.6 Safer
Burglary3.354.33.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1413108 Safer
Drugs1.81.61.61.4 Safer
Other Crime2.22.52.22.2 Getting worse
Other Theft6755 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.560.680.370.41 Safer
Public Order19181515 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.560.680.650.49 Safer
Shoplifting121274.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.910.920.430.35 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.83.52.32.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40434751 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0844% safer
Croydon82.4817% safer
Sheffield90.057% safer
Bristol90.527% safer
Crewe96.43-
Coventry102.246% more dangerous
Leicester111.5914% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0622% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6426% more dangerous
Bradford132.2827% more dangerous
Leeds150.9436% more dangerous

Crime in Crewe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Crewe Coppenhall & Underwood1,124116Third
Crewe Gresty Road819115Fourth
Crewe Mill Street & College729111Fifth
Crewe North West723105Sixth
Crewe Sydney & Gateway660116Second
Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue1,596195First

Crewe Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCrewe Sydney & Gateway (129)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (478)
Bicycle TheftCrewe North West (4)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (43)
BurglaryCrewe North West (13)Crewe Mill Street & College (54)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCrewe North West (58)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (151)
DrugsCrewe North West (6)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (36)
Other CrimeCrewe North West (11)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (34)
Other TheftCrewe North West (31)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (91)
Possession of WeaponsCrewe North West (1)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (5)
Public OrderCrewe Mill Street & College (85)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (288)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (1)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (9)
ShopliftingCrewe North West (7)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (182)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Crewe North West (2)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (10)
Vehicle CrimeCrewe North West (9)Crewe Sydney & Gateway (26)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCrewe Sydney & Gateway (260)Crewe Town & Victoria Avenue (687)

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 89% compared to July in 2019. Rates of theft from the person and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Crewe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+112%+75%-1%-18%-5%+53%+18%+57%+46%
Bicycle Theft+69%-13%-67%-33%-3%+3%+14%-56%-67%-80%
Burglary-29%-34%-17%-44%-38%-47%-21%-12%-+67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+1%-35%-19%-16%-27%-38%-19%-33%+12%-32%
Drugs-68%+117%-42%+63%-12%-33%+11%-36%+250%+86%
Other Crime-65%-35%-37%-6%+63%--29%-26%+25%+7%
Other Theft-28%-22%-49%-31%-24%+13%-33%-43%+61%+11%
Possession of Weapons-17%-85%-67%+100%-67%--50%-50%--
Public Order-42%-61%+13%+3%-11%+23%-6%-25%-8%-21%
Robbery-25%-67%+200%+40%+200%-40%--67%+33%-33%
Shoplifting-12%-76%-70%-44%-44%-8%-49%-47%-27%-50%
Theft From the Person-40%-86%-57%-83%-89%-71%-50%-29%+150%-33%
Vehicle Crime-39%-59%-35%--23%-12%-45%-68%-50%-56%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-10%+31%+1%-12%+19%-+18%+12%-1%

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 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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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