Knutsford Crime Overview

Knutsford is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire, and is the 66th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Knutsford in 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Knutsford is the 350th most dangerous small town, and the 2,299th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Knutsford was the worst small town in Cheshire for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.69 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Knutsford residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Knutsford recorded 2 reports of robbery during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst small town for robbery in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Knutsford are violence and sexual offences, with 354 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 317 offences and a difference of 2.82 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Knutsford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 40% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Knutsford Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Knutsford This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27821.2327,84026.1023% safer
Bicycle Theft90.691,1161.0552% safer
Burglary433.283,3943.183.0% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson745.657,6827.2027% safer
Drugs120.921,6241.5265% safer
Other Crime110.841,5201.4370% safer
Other Theft503.824,7224.4316% safer
Possession of Weapons60.463230.3035% more dangerous
Public Order1158.7812,45111.6733% safer
Robbery70.533770.3534% more dangerous
Shoplifting403.054,4104.1335% safer
Theft From the Person50.382200.2145% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime272.062,3322.196% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35427.0337,42735.0930% safer

Knutsford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Culcheth and Glazebury39846.6423% safer
Lymm59346.6623% safer
Frodsham43547.4321% safer
Alsager58948.2219% safer
Sandbach1,12754.306% safer
Middlewich95167.3015% more dangerous
Nantwich1,06876.2525% more dangerous
Northwich2,237101.9644% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Knutsford

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Knutsford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour28211621Safer
Bicycle Theft0.760.310.460.69Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Other Crime0.610.760.460.84Getting worse
Other Theft6863.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.760.230.46Safer
Public Order1113119Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.461.10.53Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.150.690.530.38Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences18232427Getting worse

Changes In Knutsford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Knutsford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7115% more dangerous
Coventry77.4126% more dangerous
Croydon83.2231% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8133% more dangerous
Bristol86.2133% more dangerous
Leicester97.4441% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8744% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2846% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1058% more dangerous

Crime in Knutsford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Knutsford North39261First
South Knutsford & Bexton36154Second

Crime in Knutsford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Knutsford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Knutsford saw a 200% increase in public order. Knutsford saw a large fall in other theft during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+70%+57%+94%+5%+16%-44%+133%+50%+100%
Bicycle Theft-+100%--67%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-40%-78%-43%+50%+80%-40%+43%-80%-20%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-78%-80%-70%-71%-83%+100%-50%-60%+43%+100%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-27%-25%-50%+200%-31%+10%-50%-35%-80%+40%
Theft From the Person-50%---------
Vehicle Crime-75%---80%-50%--33%-40%-50%-73%
Violence and Sexual Offences+46%+20%-42%+77%+3%+42%-12%-7%+24%+9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Knutsford

What police force serves Knutsford?
Knutsford's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Knutsford?
Knutsford is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire.
What is Knutsford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Knutsford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Knutsford?
Knutsford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021