Northwich Crime Overview

Northwich is the most dangerous small town in Cheshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Northwich in 2020 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Northwich is the 57th most dangerous small town, and the 465th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Northwich was the worst small town in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Northwich residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Northwich recorded 4 reports of drugs during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst small town for drugs in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Northwich are violence and sexual offences, with 990 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 872 offences and a difference of 5.38 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Northwich's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Northwich This Year

 NorthwichCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour86639.4727,84026.1034% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft291.321,1161.0520% more dangerous
Burglary924.193,3943.1824% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1938.807,6827.2018% more dangerous
Drugs431.961,6241.5222% more dangerous
Other Crime502.281,5201.4337% more dangerous
Other Theft1436.524,7224.4332% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.183230.3067% safer
Public Order36216.5012,45111.6729% more dangerous
Robbery80.363770.352.8% more dangerous
Shoplifting25711.714,4104.1365% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.322200.2134% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime592.692,3322.1919% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences99045.1237,42735.0922% more dangerous

Crime in Northwich Compared To Cheshire

Northwich Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Alsager58948.22111% safer
Sandbach1,12754.3088% safer
Knutsford75357.5077% safer
Middlewich95167.3052% safer
Nantwich1,06876.2534% safer
Northwich2,237101.96-

Northwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36302339Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.21.22.01.3Safer
Burglary3.93.43.14.2Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1010119Safer
Drugs2.82.12.62.0Safer
Other Crime1.51.62.52.3Getting worse
Other Theft7897Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.680.640.18Safer
Public Order18191716Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.270.500.36Getting worse
Shoplifting11101312Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.870.820.32Safer
Vehicle Crime2.23.23.32.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30404045Getting worse

Changes In Northwich's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing Northwich to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7151% safer
Coventry77.4132% safer
Croydon83.2223% safer
Sheffield85.8119% safer
Bristol86.2118% safer
Leicester97.444.6% safer
Northwich101.96-
Birmingham102.870.88% more dangerous
Liverpool107.285.0% more dangerous
Bradford133.0223% more dangerous
Leeds137.1026% more dangerous

Crime in Northwich's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Greenbank46679Second
Northwich Central & Winnington1,119129First

Crime in Northwich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Northwich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Northwich saw a 333% increase in other crime. Northwich saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 85% compared to December in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Northwich's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+15%+162%+126%+163%+63%+23%+63%+120%+65%+74%
Bicycle Theft+150%--67%-33%-25%--63%-50%-33%-67%
Burglary-11%+67%+100%-17%+20%-83%+60%+200%-11%+60%
Criminal Damage and Arson-32%-53%-7%-9%-6%-19%-44%-59%-14%-11%
Drugs---+40%-78%+75%--75%--67%
Other Crime-38%-50%+100%-50%+50%-25%+333%-40%-33%-57%
Other Theft-29%-69%-15%-43%+17%-18%-37%-35%-8%-50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-53%-30%+115%+46%+58%+13%-12%+50%-18%-16%
Robbery----------67%
Shoplifting+55%-55%-9%+93%+50%+12%-17%-35%-69%-68%
Theft From the Person-75%--+100%---50%---
Vehicle Crime+133%-50%-67%-+300%--83%-50%+25%-85%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-25%+3%+7%+19%+39%+37%+8%+26%-13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Northwich

What police force serves Northwich?
Northwich's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Northwich?
Northwich is the most dangerous small town in Cheshire.
What is Northwich's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Northwich are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Northwich?
Northwich's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021