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Crime and Safety in Runcorn, Cheshire

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Runcorn is the second most dangerous major town in Cheshire, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 323 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Runcorn in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Runcorn is the 41st most dangerous major town, and the 691st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Runcorn had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for drugs, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Runcorn residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Runcorn recorded 4 reports of robbery during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst for robbery in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Runcorn are violence and sexual offences, with 3,037 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 2.4% higher than 2020's figure of 2,964 offences and a difference of 1.19 from 2020's crime rate of 48. Runcorn's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 86% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Runcorn 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Cheshire

45% higher, regional crime rate

North West

22% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Runcorn is 45% higher than the North West and 22% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Runcorn Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Runcorn 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 Runcorn

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021935,754
2020935,708
2019986,067
2018885,460
2017895,479
2016573,532

Crime in Runcorn Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Runcorn This Year

 RuncornCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,32121.4121,87620.51 4.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft500.817150.67 17% more dangerous
Burglary1933.132,7482.58 18% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5579.036,8936.46 28% more dangerous
Drugs1131.831,3211.24 32% more dangerous
Other Crime1312.121,4011.31 38% more dangerous
Other Theft2564.154,6064.32 4.1% safer
Possession of Weapons270.443000.28 36% more dangerous
Public Order98215.9212,87212.07 24% more dangerous
Robbery340.553560.33 40% more dangerous
Shoplifting1973.193,3363.13 1.9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.112240.21 91% safer
Vehicle Crime1702.762,1342.00 28% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,03749.2339,46437.00 25% more dangerous

Runcorn Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,49066.5440% safer
Widnes5,17180.7116% safer
Chester7,56786.018% safer
Ellesmere Port5,69391.981.4% safer
Runcorn5,75493.27-
Crewe7,22796.433.3% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Runcorn

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Recent Crimes in Runcorn

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Northwich RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Cotton LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Constables CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022RobberyOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blantyre StreetOffender given a caution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Picow StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Canon StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Exmouth CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Goulders CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Folkstone WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hinton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ringway RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Windsor GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Northwich RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bridgewater ExpresswayFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Runcorn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24232521 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.490.940.910.81 Getting worse
Burglary3.43.63.53.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111399 Safer
Drugs2.82.33.21.8 Safer
Other Crime1.91.51.72.1 Getting worse
Other Theft4.74.14.04.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.520.520.44 Safer
Public Order17171416 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.530.600.360.55 Safer
Shoplifting563.53.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.290.340.210.11 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.03.23.12.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37454849 Getting worse

Changes In Runcorn's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Runcorn's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Halton Village Millennium Green2-1--03.1
Heath Park Playing Fields----100.09
Murdishaw Church and Centre5-3-6583
Runcorn Boys Club----201.7
Runcorn Heath1---110.24

Comparing Runcorn to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93134% safer
Birmingham49.6088% safer
Barnet67.0839% safer
Croydon82.4813% safer
Sheffield90.033.6% safer
Bristol90.523.0% safer
Runcorn93.27-
Leicester111.5916% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0624% more dangerous
Bradford132.2829% more dangerous
Leeds150.9438% more dangerous

Crime in Runcorn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park1,437143First
Halton Castlefield970128Second
Norton52380Fourth
Runcorn Halton Road54874Fifth
Runcorn Town & Westfield1,206114Third

Runcorn Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourRuncorn Halton Road (132)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (352)
Bicycle TheftHalton Castlefield (3)Runcorn Town & Westfield (20)
BurglaryNorton (15)Halton Castlefield (30)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNorton (51)Halton Castlefield (99)
DrugsRuncorn Halton Road (13)Halton Castlefield (22)
Other CrimeRuncorn Halton Road (11)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (42)
Other TheftRuncorn Halton Road (14)Halton Castlefield (48)
Possession of WeaponsRuncorn Halton Road (1)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (8)
Public OrderRuncorn Halton Road (92)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (255)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Runcorn Halton Road (2)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (10)
ShopliftingHalton Castlefield (8)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (146)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Halton Castlefield (1)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (3)
Vehicle CrimeNorton (6)Halton Castlefield (44)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRuncorn Halton Road (293)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (692)

Crime in Runcorn During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Runcorn change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Runcorn saw a 350% increase in bicycle theft. Runcorn saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-27%+91%+40%-33%-2%-13%-14%+20%+72%+60%
Bicycle Theft+100%-56%---75%-33%-25%+350%+200%-67%
Burglary+37%-5%-25%-52%--14%+133%+25%-33%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson+2%-40%-34%-15%+9%-33%-33%-52%+2%-33%
Drugs-+35%+57%+100%+40%+58%+225%+67%+21%-20%
Other Crime+9%-11%-+125%-22%--33%+100%+33%+11%
Other Theft-26%-19%-48%+83%+41%+18%+13%-39%+143%-35%
Possession of Weapons+100%--50%-25%--+100%-75%-20%-50%
Public Order-37%-46%+18%-11%+5%-17%+30%-39%-28%+13%
Robbery-33%-67%-80%+50%--+50%---
Shoplifting-77%-50%-57%-48%-51%-78%-53%-71%-19%-63%
Theft From the Person+33%-------33%+100%-
Vehicle Crime-5%+27%-71%-17%-47%+14%-50%+121%-50%-48%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-13%-4%-4%-3%+30%+12%-3%+43%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Runcorn

What police force serves Runcorn?
Runcorn's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Runcorn?
Runcorn is the second most dangerous major town in Cheshire.

What is Runcorn's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Runcorn are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Runcorn?
Runcorn's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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