Penketh Crime Overview

Penketh is among the top 5 safest small towns in Cheshire, and is the 74th safest overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penketh in 2020 was 19 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 290% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penketh is the 29th safest small town, and the 2,414th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2019, Penketh was the worst small town in Cheshire for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Penketh are violence and sexual offences, with 79 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 85 offences and a difference of 0.74 from 2019's crime rate of 10. Penketh's least common crime is drugs, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Penketh Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Penketh This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8310.1927,84026.10156% safer
Bicycle Theft20.251,1161.05320% safer
Burglary40.493,3943.18549% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131.607,6827.20350% safer
Drugs10.121,6241.521167% safer
Other Crime30.371,5201.43286% safer
Other Theft40.494,7224.43804% safer
Public Order192.3312,45111.67401% safer
Shoplifting182.214,4104.1387% safer
Vehicle Crime91.112,3322.1997% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences799.7037,42735.09262% safer

Penketh Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Boughton11013.1242% safer
Grappenhall and Thelwall16617.278% safer
Appleton18918.570.54% safer
Wistaston14718.720.27% more dangerous
Upton-by-Chester20323.9622% more dangerous
Poulton-with-Fearnhead55433.0443% more dangerous
Poynton-with-Worth48034.2345% more dangerous
Burtonwood and Westbrook41136.7849% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penketh

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Penketh Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour87610Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.250.370.490.25Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.
Other Crime0.610.610.120.37Safer
Other Theft3.
Public Order3.
Vehicle Crime0.610.371.61.1Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences4.971010Getting worse

Changes In Penketh's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Penketh to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7172% more dangerous
Coventry77.4176% more dangerous
Croydon83.2278% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8178% more dangerous
Bristol86.2178% more dangerous
Leicester97.4481% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8782% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2883% more dangerous
Bradford133.0286% more dangerous
Leeds137.1086% more dangerous

Crime in Penketh's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Penketh & Cuerdley30137First

Crime in Penketh During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penketh change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Penketh saw a 533% increase in anti-social behaviour. Penketh saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during August, when it fell by 77% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+533%+117%+75%--63%-20%+267%-+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-----67%-----
Other Crime----------
Other Theft---67%-------
Public Order-50%+100%--33%+200%-----
Vehicle Crime------50%----
Violence and Sexual Offences-33%-67%-25%-50%+60%-77%+175%+100%-70%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penketh

What police force serves Penketh?
Penketh's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Penketh?
Penketh is among the top 5 safest small towns in Cheshire.
What is Penketh's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Penketh are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Penketh?
Penketh's least common crime is drugs.

Last updated: 07 May 2021