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Crime and Safety in Middlewich

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Middlewich is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Cheshire, and is the 76th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 323 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Middlewich in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Middlewich is the 398th safest small town, and the 2,760th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Middlewich was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Cheshire for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Middlewich residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Middlewich recorded 3 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Middlewich are violence and sexual offences, with 376 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 36% lower than 2020's figure of 512 offences and a difference of 9.62 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Middlewich's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Middlewich 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Cheshire

6% higher, regional crime rate

North West

34% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Middlewich is 6% higher than the North West and 34% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Middlewich Crime Rate Over Time

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Middlewich Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Middlewich represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Middlewich

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202154768
202067951
2019741,047
2018741,041
201764899
201646656

Crime in Middlewich Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Middlewich This Year

 MiddlewichCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33523.7121,87620.51 13% more dangerous
Burglary281.982,7482.58 30% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson926.516,8936.46 0.77% more dangerous
Drugs151.061,3211.24 17% safer
Other Crime211.491,4011.31 12% more dangerous
Other Theft302.124,6064.32 104% safer
Possession of Weapons10.073000.28 300% safer
Public Order16611.7512,87212.07 2.7% safer
Robbery20.143560.33 136% safer
Shoplifting211.493,3363.13 110% safer
Theft From the Person10.072240.21 200% safer
Vehicle Crime151.062,1342.00 89% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37626.6139,46437.00 39% safer

Middlewich Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sandbach85040.9533% safer
Alsager53643.8824% safer
Bollington35044.2223% safer
Neston68044.5722% safer
Lymm65151.226% safer
Middlewich76854.35-
Knutsford74356.744.2% more dangerous
Frodsham55960.9511% more dangerous
Burtonwood and Westbrook69362.0212% more dangerous
Nantwich1,18784.7536% more dangerous
Northwich2,259102.9647% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Middlewich

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Recent Crimes in Middlewich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Gate CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Chester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coronation RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Cledford CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chesterton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Possession of weaponsOn or near Eardswick RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beeston CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Princess CrescentFurther investigation is not in the public interest
October 2021Other theftOn or near Windsor CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Chester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Poplar DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Ryecroft CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other crimeOn or near Manor FieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Public orderOn or near Dale CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other crimeOn or near King Edward StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021DrugsOn or near Inglewood AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pinfold LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Chester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Dunmore CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fernleigh CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Middlewich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19192524 Getting worse
Burglary4.13.63.52.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9877 Safer
Drugs1.61.51.31.1 Safer
Other Crime1.11.31.31.5 Getting worse
Other Theft84.43.52.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.070.210.07 Safer
Public Order12131112 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.350.210.14 Safer
Shoplifting2.83.51.61.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.070.210.140.07 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.44.01.81.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29343627 Safer

Changes In Middlewich's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Middlewich to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9336% safer
Birmingham49.6010% safer
Middlewich54.35-
Barnet67.0819% more dangerous
Croydon82.4834% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0340% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Leicester111.5951% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Middlewich's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Middlewich East45356First
Middlewich West31552Second

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 among the top 10 most dangerous small towns 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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