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Crime and Safety in Warrington, Cheshire

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Warrington is the safest major town in Cheshire, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 321 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Warrington in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Warrington is the 26th safest major town, and the 1,750th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Warrington had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for burglary, with 38 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Warrington residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 56 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Warrington recorded 11 reports of bicycle theft during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst for bicycle theft in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Warrington are violence and sexual offences, with 5,984 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 2.0% higher than 2020's figure of 5,866 offences and a difference of 0.68 from 2020's crime rate of 34. Warrington's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 42 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 19% from 2020's figure of 50 crimes.

Warrington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Cheshire

23% higher, regional crime rate

North West

15% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Warrington is 23% higher than the North West and 15% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Warrington Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Warrington represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Warrington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20216711,490
20207112,206
20197613,110
20187412,851
20176811,734
2016518,814

Crime in Warrington Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Warrington This Year

 WarringtonCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,77616.0821,87620.51 28% safer
Bicycle Theft1320.767150.67 12% more dangerous
Burglary3822.212,7482.58 17% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9545.526,8936.46 17% safer
Drugs2101.221,3211.24 1.6% safer
Other Crime1891.091,4011.31 20% safer
Other Theft6453.744,6064.32 16% safer
Possession of Weapons420.243000.28 17% safer
Public Order1,92711.1612,87212.07 8% safer
Robbery820.473560.33 30% more dangerous
Shoplifting5142.983,3363.13 5% safer
Theft From the Person430.252240.21 16% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3862.242,1342.00 11% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,98434.6539,46637.00 7% safer

Warrington Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,49066.54-
Widnes5,17180.7118% more dangerous
Chester7,56786.0123% more dangerous
Ellesmere Port5,69391.9828% more dangerous
Runcorn5,75493.2729% more dangerous
Crewe7,22796.4331% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Warrington

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Recent Crimes in Warrington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kingsway SouthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Penrose GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Collin StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Winwick RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Penketh RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sandy LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Longfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Smithills CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near William Penn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Banks CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sinclair AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lamerton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brathay CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Town HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Salisbury StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Warrington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19182316 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.11.91.40.76 Safer
Burglary3.53.52.52.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8876 Safer
Drugs1.41.41.51.2 Safer
Other Crime1.51.41.41.1 Safer
Other Theft664.03.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.490.290.24 Safer
Public Order14131111 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.600.430.47 Getting worse
Shoplifting654.63.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.800.250.25 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.23.12.32.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27313435 Getting worse

Changes In Warrington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Warrington's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Locking Stumps Park8-2-809
The Common2---111.4

Comparing Warrington to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington66.54-
Barnet67.080.81% more dangerous
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0526% more dangerous
Bristol90.5226% more dangerous
Coventry102.2435% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0646% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6449% more dangerous
Bradford132.2850% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% more dangerous

Crime in Warrington's Neighbourhoods

Central Warrington is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Warrington, followed by Bewsey & Dallam in second place, and Fairfield & Howley as the third most dangerous area. Warrington's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hulme, Latchford, and Orford.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bewsey & Dallam1,328159Second
Blackbrook1,044112Fourth
Central Warrington2,450211First
Fairfield & Howley1,446121Third
Hulme831100Fifth
Latchford88691Seventh
Orford84695Sixth

Warrington Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLatchford (181)Central Warrington (573)
Bicycle TheftHulme (2)Central Warrington (49)
BurglaryOrford (18)Central Warrington (66)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLatchford (73)Bewsey & Dallam (119)
DrugsBlackbrook (5)Central Warrington (70)
Other CrimeHulme (11)Central Warrington (27)
Other TheftBlackbrook (29)Central Warrington (196)
Possession of WeaponsOrford (2)Central Warrington (13)
Public OrderHulme (122)Central Warrington (474)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hulme (2)Central Warrington (22)
ShopliftingOrford (6)Central Warrington (152)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Orford (1)Central Warrington (27)
Vehicle CrimeLatchford (23)Hulme (38)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLatchford (516)Central Warrington (1,143)

Crime in Warrington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Warrington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Warrington saw a 145% increase in anti-social behaviour. Warrington saw a large fall in theft from the person during August, when it fell by 93% compared to August in 2019. Warrington saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+145%+68%+1%-6%-16%-11%+36%+85%+116%
Bicycle Theft--63%-27%-58%-55%+21%-34%-63%-48%-67%
Burglary+9%-11%-26%-32%-20%-54%-56%-22%-50%-20%
Criminal Damage and Arson+28%-22%-6%-6%+7%-36%-29%-54%-5%-17%
Drugs-13%-+4%+24%+59%+46%-20%-25%+120%-12%
Other Crime+80%-32%-16%+67%+118%-18%-46%-13%+107%-
Other Theft-32%-59%-54%-13%-19%-31%-49%+2%-17%-26%
Possession of Weapons-75%-83%-82%+100%-14%-33%-67%-64%+17%-60%
Public Order-40%-38%-12%+17%-2%+12%-12%-23%-3%+12%
Robbery-50%-50%-25%-11%--55%-43%+33%-25%-20%
Shoplifting+10%-43%-32%-36%+6%-23%-14%-25%-7%-49%
Theft From the Person-22%-78%--56%-69%-93%-82%-82%-67%-60%
Vehicle Crime+15%-42%-55%-54%+64%-70%-26%-33%-51%-28%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%-6%+1%+38%+16%+2%-1%-5%+36%-3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Warrington

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

How dangerous is Warrington?
Warrington is the safest major town in Cheshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Warrington?
Warrington's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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