Runcorn Crime Overview

Runcorn is the third most dangerous major town in Cheshire, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Runcorn in 2020 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Runcorn is the 42nd most dangerous major town, and the 661st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Runcorn had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for drugs, with 20 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Runcorn residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents. Runcorn recorded 31 reports of vehicle crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.50 the worst for vehicle crime in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Runcorn are violence and sexual offences, with 2,944 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 2,773 offences and a difference of 2.77 from 2019's crime rate of 45. Runcorn's least common crime is theft from the person, with 13 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 62% from 2019's figure of 21 crimes.

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See how Runcorn shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Runcorn and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Runcorn Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Runcorn This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,52724.7527,84026.105% safer
Bicycle Theft520.841,1161.0525% safer
Burglary2123.443,3943.188% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5829.437,6827.2024% more dangerous
Drugs1973.191,6241.5252% more dangerous
Other Crime1031.671,5201.4314% more dangerous
Other Theft2463.994,7224.4311% safer
Possession of Weapons320.523230.3042% more dangerous
Public Order86213.9712,45111.6716% more dangerous
Robbery220.363770.352.8% more dangerous
Shoplifting2153.484,4104.1319% safer
Theft From the Person130.212200.210% safer
Vehicle Crime1832.972,3322.1926% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,94447.7237,42735.0926% more dangerous

Runcorn Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,27065.2641% safer
Chester6,74876.7020% safer
Ellesmere Port5,39787.205% safer
Crewe7,12595.063.4% more dangerous
Widnes6,20796.885% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Runcorn

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Runcorn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour30242325Safer
Bicycle Theft0.750.490.920.84Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1311129Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft4.
Possession of Weapons0.700.660.520.52Safer
Public Order17171714Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.530.580.36Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.290.340.21Safer
Vehicle Crime4.
Violence and Sexual Offences30374548Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7136% safer
Coventry77.4119% safer
Croydon83.2210% safer
Sheffield85.817% safer
Bristol86.216% safer
Leicester97.446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8711% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2814% more dangerous
Bradford133.0231% more dangerous
Leeds137.1033% more dangerous

Crime in Runcorn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park1,541154First
Halton Castlefield816107Third
Runcorn Halton Road49867Fifth
Runcorn Town & Westfield1,213115Second

Runcorn Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Runcorn for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourRuncorn Halton Road (167)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (388)
Bicycle TheftNorton (4)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (19)
BurglaryNorton (16)Runcorn Town & Westfield (55)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRuncorn Halton Road (42)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (150)
DrugsRuncorn Halton Road (15)Runcorn Town & Westfield (61)
Other CrimeRuncorn Halton Road (6)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (30)
Other TheftRuncorn Halton Road (22)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (63)
Possession of WeaponsNorton (1)Halton Castlefield (7)
Public OrderRuncorn Halton Road (73)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (247)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Runcorn Halton Road (1)Runcorn Town & Westfield (7)
ShopliftingHalton Castlefield (13)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (134)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Runcorn Halton Road (1)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (7)
Vehicle CrimeNorton (10)Halton Castlefield (43)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRuncorn Halton Road (258)Grange, Halton Brook & Hallwood Park (763)

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 shoplifting during August, when it fell by 78% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-27%+90%+38%-33%-1%-15%-14%+20%+71%+57%
Bicycle Theft+100%-63%--25%-75%-33%-25%+350%+100%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson--40%-34%-15%+9%-32%-33%-51%+4%-32%
Other Crime+9%-11%-+125%-22%--33%+100%+33%-
Other Theft-18%-19%-48%+83%+41%+25%+6%-39%+129%-35%
Possession of Weapons+100%--50%-25%--+100%-75%-20%-50%
Public Order-39%-47%+15%-9%+2%-18%+34%-39%-28%+15%
Theft From the Person+33%-------33%+100%-
Vehicle Crime-+27%-71%-18%-53%+14%-50%+138%-56%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-10%-4%-5%-3%+30%+15%-2%+43%+3%

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 third 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021