Middlewich Crime Overview

Middlewich is the third most dangerous small town in Cheshire, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Middlewich in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Middlewich is the 228th most dangerous small town, and the 1,585th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Middlewich was the worst small town in Cheshire for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Middlewich residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Middlewich recorded 4 reports of other crime during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst small town for other crime in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Middlewich are violence and sexual offences, with 512 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 476 offences and a difference of 2.54 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Middlewich's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Middlewich This Year

 MiddlewichCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35124.8427,84026.105% safer
Bicycle Theft20.141,1161.05650% safer
Burglary503.543,3943.1810% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson936.587,6827.209% safer
Drugs181.271,6241.5220% safer
Other Crime191.341,5201.437% safer
Other Theft493.474,7224.4328% safer
Possession of Weapons30.213230.3043% safer
Public Order15110.6912,45111.679% safer
Robbery30.213770.3567% safer
Shoplifting231.634,4104.13153% safer
Theft From the Person20.142200.2150% safer
Vehicle Crime261.842,3322.1919% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences51236.2337,42735.093.1% more dangerous

Crime in Middlewich Compared To Cheshire

Middlewich Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lymm59346.6644% safer
Frodsham43547.4342% safer
Alsager58948.2240% safer
Sandbach1,12754.3024% safer
Knutsford75357.5017% safer
Middlewich95167.30-
Nantwich1,06876.2512% more dangerous
Northwich2,237101.9634% more dangerous

Middlewich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23191925Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.11.10.140.14Safer
Burglary3.84.13.63.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10987Safer
Drugs1.11.61.51.3Safer
Other Crime1.61.11.31.3Getting worse
Other Theft684.43.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.570.070.21Safer
Public Order11121311Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.280.350.21Safer
Shoplifting2.92.83.51.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.210.070.210.14Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.44.01.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21293436Getting worse

Changes In Middlewich's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Middlewich to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Middlewich67.30-
Barnet67.710.61% more dangerous
Coventry77.4113% more dangerous
Croydon83.2219% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8122% more dangerous
Bristol86.2122% more dangerous
Leicester97.4431% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8735% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% more dangerous

Crime in Middlewich's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Middlewich East59174First
Middlewich West36159Second

Crime in Middlewich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Middlewich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Middlewich saw a 500% increase in burglary. Middlewich saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 92% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+120%+81%+67%+112%-4%-18%-47%+13%+59%+125%
Burglary-25%+500%-57%-67%+75%-50%-33%-67%+33%+150%
Criminal Damage and Arson-38%-40%+50%+22%+100%-32%-64%+50%-25%-55%
Drugs-75%--20%-+150%-----
Other Crime--60%+100%-+100%----33%-
Other Theft--80%--57%-38%-40%-71%-33%-+100%
Public Order-21%-10%-25%+7%-21%-19%-26%--31%-20%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+100%-57%-33%-75%--92%-+100%+150%-
Vehicle Crime-70%-75%-83%---80%-89%+100%+200%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-41%-3%+2%+9%+30%-11%+3%+104%-13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Middlewich

What police force serves Middlewich?
Middlewich's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Middlewich?
Middlewich is the third most dangerous small town in Cheshire.
What is Middlewich's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Middlewich are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Middlewich?
Middlewich's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021