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Crime and Safety in Northwich

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Northwich is the most dangerous small town in Cheshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 323 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Northwich in 2021 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Northwich is the 70th most dangerous small town, and the 511st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Northwich was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Northwich residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Northwich recorded 21 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.96 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Northwich are violence and sexual offences, with 1,103 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 990 offences and a difference of 5.15 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Northwich's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 133% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Northwich 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Cheshire

50% higher, regional crime rate

North West

29% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Northwich is 50% higher than the North West and 29% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Northwich Crime Rate Over Time

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Northwich Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Northwich 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 Northwich

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211032,259
20201022,237
20191042,285
20181012,220
2017901,976
2016711,561

Crime in Northwich Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Northwich This Year

 NorthwichCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour86839.5621,87620.51 48% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.647150.67 4.7% safer
Burglary602.732,7482.58 5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson24211.036,8936.46 41% more dangerous
Drugs652.961,3211.24 58% more dangerous
Other Crime442.011,4011.31 35% more dangerous
Other Theft1255.704,6064.32 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.553000.28 49% more dangerous
Public Order38217.4112,87212.07 31% more dangerous
Robbery70.323560.33 3.1% safer
Shoplifting1677.613,3363.13 59% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.142240.21 50% safer
Vehicle Crime351.602,1342.00 25% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,10350.2739,46437.00 26% more dangerous

Northwich Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Middlewich76854.3589% safer
Knutsford74356.7481% safer
Frodsham55960.9569% safer
Burtonwood and Westbrook69362.0266% safer
Nantwich1,18784.7521% safer
Northwich2,259102.96-

Crime Over Time in Northwich

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Recent Crimes in Northwich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Central RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near KingswayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mayfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hadfield StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Crown StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hatton LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stanley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Dock RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Timber LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mayfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greenall RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heber WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Arbour CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lee DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hayhurst CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Woodpecker DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beeston StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Sydney StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Northwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30233940 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.22.01.30.64 Safer
Burglary3.43.14.22.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011911 Getting worse
Drugs2.12.62.03.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.62.52.32.0 Getting worse
Other Theft8976 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.640.180.55 Safer
Public Order19171617 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.500.360.32 Getting worse
Shoplifting1013128 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.870.820.320.14 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.23.32.71.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40404550 Getting worse

Changes In Northwich's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Northwich's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Northwich that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Church Walk Playing Fields----2117

Comparing Northwich to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93158% safer
Birmingham49.60108% safer
Barnet67.0853% safer
Croydon82.4825% safer
Sheffield90.0314% safer
Bristol90.5214% safer
Northwich102.96-
Leicester111.598% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0616% more dangerous
Bradford132.2822% more dangerous
Leeds150.9432% more dangerous

Crime in Northwich's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Greenbank49885Second
Northwich Central & Winnington1,089126First

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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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