Macclesfield Crime Overview

Macclesfield is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Cheshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Macclesfield in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Macclesfield is the 88th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,010th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Macclesfield had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2018 was also a bad month for Macclesfield residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Macclesfield recorded 3 reports of robbery during February 2016, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst for robbery in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Macclesfield are violence and sexual offences, with 2,178 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 2,001 offences and a difference of 3.17 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Macclesfield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 310% from 2019's figure of 41 crimes.

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Crime in Macclesfield Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Macclesfield This Year

 MacclesfieldCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,57728.2727,84026.108% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft550.991,1161.056% safer
Burglary1943.483,3943.189% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4708.427,6827.2014% more dangerous
Drugs891.601,6241.525% more dangerous
Other Crime741.331,5201.438% safer
Other Theft2484.454,7224.430.45% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons220.393230.3023% more dangerous
Public Order76513.7112,45111.6715% more dangerous
Robbery250.453770.3522% more dangerous
Shoplifting1993.574,4104.1316% safer
Theft From the Person100.182200.2117% safer
Vehicle Crime1142.042,3322.197% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,17839.0437,42735.0910% more dangerous

Macclesfield Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Sankey79225.96207% safer
Wilmslow1,51458.7336% safer
Congleton1,99274.796% safer
Macclesfield4,44379.64-
Winsford2,98994.4016% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Macclesfield

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Macclesfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28222228Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.821.20.790.99Getting worse
Burglary3.93.73.83.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson98108Safer
Drugs1.71.22.01.6Safer
Other Crime1.41.21.41.3Getting worse
Other Theft6764.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.540.430.39Safer
Public Order16161714Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.270.430.45Getting worse
Shoplifting7773.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.750.730.18Safer
Vehicle Crime3.43.73.62.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28343639Getting worse

Changes In Macclesfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Macclesfield to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7118% safer
Coventry77.412.9% safer
Macclesfield79.64-
Croydon83.224.3% more dangerous
Sheffield85.817% more dangerous
Bristol86.218% more dangerous
Leicester97.4418% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8723% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2826% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% more dangerous

Crime in Macclesfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Macclesfield1,388135First
Macclesfield Bollinbrook50270Fourth
Macclesfield East & Hurdsfield74490Second
Macclesfield Tytherington21336Sixth
Macclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside44559Fifth
Macclesfield Weston47971Third

Macclesfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMacclesfield Tytherington (96)Central Macclesfield (605)
Bicycle TheftMacclesfield Tytherington (1)Central Macclesfield (20)
BurglaryMacclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (12)Central Macclesfield (69)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMacclesfield Tytherington (16)Central Macclesfield (147)
DrugsMacclesfield Bollinbrook (4)Central Macclesfield (44)
Other CrimeMacclesfield Tytherington (2)Macclesfield Bollinbrook (14)
Other TheftMacclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (22)Central Macclesfield (79)
Possession of WeaponsMacclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (1)Central Macclesfield (9)
Public OrderMacclesfield Tytherington (40)Central Macclesfield (272)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Macclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (1)Macclesfield Bollinbrook (10)
ShopliftingMacclesfield Weston (4)Central Macclesfield (105)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Macclesfield East & Hurdsfield (1)Central Macclesfield (7)
Vehicle CrimeMacclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (7)Macclesfield East & Hurdsfield (27)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMacclesfield Tytherington (107)Central Macclesfield (577)

Crime in Macclesfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Macclesfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Macclesfield saw a 550% increase in bicycle theft. Macclesfield saw a large fall in other crime during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Macclesfield saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+16%+83%+52%+57%-24%+7%+30%-22%+25%+107%
Bicycle Theft+20%+550%+200%-78%-50%+200%-75%+50%-25%-50%
Burglary+69%+154%-48%-50%-70%---67%-+46%
Criminal Damage and Arson+51%-37%-45%-32%-12%-20%-7%-42%-18%+2%
Drugs-10%--50%-8%+33%--86%+42%--75%
Other Crime-50%-88%-38%+100%-57%+50%+50%+50%+100%+50%
Other Theft-40%-44%-4%-34%+4%-33%-59%-48%-5%-35%
Possession of Weapons+100%---+100%--33%+50%+100%-
Public Order-22%-34%-2%-4%-36%-9%+8%-38%-31%+8%
Robbery-60%--67%---75%-+50%--
Shoplifting-41%-61%-68%-85%-32%-47%-61%-63%-54%-
Theft From the Person-50%----50%-50%--83%--
Vehicle Crime-39%-76%-61%+14%-56%-25%-40%-18%-23%-56%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-19%+21%+9%-2%+14%+24%-6%+32%+21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Macclesfield

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021