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Crime and Safety in Macclesfield, Cheshire

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Macclesfield is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Cheshire, and is the 33rd most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 321 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Macclesfield in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Macclesfield is the 85th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,009th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Macclesfield had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Macclesfield are violence and sexual offences, with 2,459 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 2,160 offences and a difference of 5.36 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Macclesfield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 16 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 38% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Macclesfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Cheshire

38% higher, regional crime rate

North West

7% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Macclesfield is 38% higher than the North West and 7% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Macclesfield Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Macclesfield 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 Macclesfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021824,594
2020794,392
2019884,891
2018834,616
2017774,270
2016553,048

Crime in Macclesfield Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Macclesfield This Year

 MacclesfieldCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,39124.9321,87620.51 18% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft280.507150.67 34% safer
Burglary1522.722,7482.58 5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4017.196,8936.46 10% more dangerous
Drugs721.291,3211.24 3.9% more dangerous
Other Crime791.421,4011.31 8% more dangerous
Other Theft2394.284,6064.32 0.93% safer
Possession of Weapons210.383000.28 26% more dangerous
Public Order77613.9112,87212.07 13% more dangerous
Robbery270.483560.33 31% more dangerous
Shoplifting1973.533,3363.13 11% more dangerous
Theft From the Person160.292240.21 28% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1272.282,1342.00 12% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,45944.0839,46637.00 16% more dangerous

Macclesfield Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Sankey1,33143.6289% safer
Wilmslow1,42855.3949% safer
Congleton1,55258.2741% safer
Macclesfield4,59482.35-
Winsford3,06596.8015% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Macclesfield

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Recent Crimes in Macclesfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Leigh StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near RosewayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Donagh CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pickenham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sharpley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kenilworth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Brindley WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near New Hall StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sunny Bank CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Birchinall CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hollins RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Stamford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leigh StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Western AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near The CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Macclesfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22222825 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.20.790.970.50 Safer
Burglary3.53.63.42.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson81087 Safer
Drugs1.22.01.61.3 Safer
Other Crime1.21.41.31.4 Getting worse
Other Theft764.34.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.430.390.38 Safer
Public Order16171314 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.430.450.48 Getting worse
Shoplifting773.63.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.730.180.29 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.63.52.02.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34363944 Getting worse

Changes In Macclesfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Macclesfield to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0823% safer
Macclesfield82.35-
Croydon82.480.16% more dangerous
Sheffield90.059% more dangerous
Bristol90.529% more dangerous
Coventry102.2419% more dangerous
Leicester111.5926% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6436% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Macclesfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Macclesfield1,618157First
Macclesfield Bollinbrook42860Fourth
Macclesfield East & Hurdsfield77393Second
Macclesfield Tytherington21736Sixth
Macclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside36649Fifth
Macclesfield Weston51176Third

Macclesfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMacclesfield Tytherington (77)Central Macclesfield (598)
Bicycle TheftMacclesfield East & Hurdsfield (2)Central Macclesfield (20)
BurglaryMacclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (7)Central Macclesfield (51)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMacclesfield Tytherington (26)Central Macclesfield (136)
DrugsMacclesfield Tytherington (2)Central Macclesfield (32)
Other CrimeMacclesfield Tytherington (3)Central Macclesfield (26)
Other TheftMacclesfield Tytherington (10)Central Macclesfield (84)
Possession of WeaponsMacclesfield East & Hurdsfield (1)Central Macclesfield (6)
Public OrderMacclesfield Tytherington (26)Central Macclesfield (322)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Macclesfield Bollinbrook (2)Central Macclesfield (16)
ShopliftingMacclesfield Tytherington (2)Central Macclesfield (126)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Macclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (1)Central Macclesfield (12)
Vehicle CrimeMacclesfield Upton Priory & Greenside (4)Macclesfield East & Hurdsfield (34)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMacclesfield Tytherington (125)Central Macclesfield (745)

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 bicycle theft during June, when it fell by 89% compared to June 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+18%+82%+48%+56%-25%+6%+30%-24%+23%+111%
Bicycle Theft+20%+550%+200%-89%-50%+200%-75%+50%-25%-50%
Burglary+63%+154%-44%-50%-70%---65%-6%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson+56%-38%-42%-32%-19%-20%-9%-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-38%-44%-4%-35%+4%-38%-59%-48%-5%-35%
Possession of Weapons+100%---+100%--33%+50%+100%-
Public Order-26%-34%-2%-1%-38%-11%+8%-41%-31%+10%
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%-59%+14%-56%-38%-40%-10%-23%-53%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-21%+20%+8%-2%+16%+22%-7%+31%+23%

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).

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