Warrington Crime Overview

Warrington is the safest major town in Cheshire, and is the 50th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Warrington in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 11% lower than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Warrington is the 29th safest major town, and the 1,725th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Warrington had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Warrington residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 43 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Warrington recorded 73 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Warrington are violence and sexual offences, with 5,418 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 4,818 offences and a difference of 3.48 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Warrington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 41 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 212% from 2019's figure of 128 crimes.

Compare Warrington to other towns and cities

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

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Crime in Warrington Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Warrington This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,50820.3127,84026.1029% safer
Bicycle Theft2231.291,1161.0519% more dangerous
Burglary4172.413,3943.1832% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0155.887,6827.2022% safer
Drugs2501.451,6241.524.8% safer
Other Crime2261.311,5201.439% safer
Other Theft6563.804,7224.4317% safer
Possession of Weapons510.303230.300% safer
Public Order1,78910.3612,45111.6713% safer
Robbery700.413770.3515% more dangerous
Shoplifting7464.324,4104.134.4% more dangerous
Theft From the Person410.242200.2112% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3682.132,3322.192.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,41831.3837,42735.0912% safer

Warrington Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chester6,74876.7015% more dangerous
Ellesmere Port5,39787.2025% more dangerous
Runcorn5,66391.7929% more dangerous
Crewe7,12595.0631% more dangerous
Widnes6,20796.8833% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Warrington

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Warrington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24171620Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft5663.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.560.460.30Safer
Public Order13121210Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.330.540.41Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.590.610.740.24Safer
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences19242831Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.713.6% more dangerous
Coventry77.4116% more dangerous
Croydon83.2222% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8737% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% 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, Blackbrook, Latchford, and Orford.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bewsey & Dallam1,402168Second
Central Warrington2,365204First
Fairfield & Howley1,614135Third

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 BehaviourHulme (256)Central Warrington (705)
Bicycle TheftHulme (10)Central Warrington (80)
BurglaryOrford (26)Bewsey & Dallam (59)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLatchford (106)Bewsey & Dallam (136)
DrugsBlackbrook (15)Central Warrington (79)
Other CrimeLatchford (20)Fairfield & Howley (45)
Other TheftBlackbrook (45)Central Warrington (148)
Possession of WeaponsOrford (2)Central Warrington (20)
Public OrderOrford (133)Central Warrington (422)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hulme (4)Fairfield & Howley (17)
ShopliftingBlackbrook (15)Central Warrington (292)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Blackbrook (1)Central Warrington (19)
Vehicle CrimeLatchford (19)Central Warrington (63)
Violence and Sexual OffencesOrford (443)Central Warrington (993)

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 127% increase in anti-social behaviour. Warrington saw a large fall in theft from the person during August, when it fell by 92% compared to August in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Warrington's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-15%+127%+58%-7%-2%-13%-5%+34%+86%+103%
Bicycle Theft--63%-48%-53%-56%+14%-31%-57%-56%-78%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-29%-8%-9%+16%-38%-23%-58%-6%-23%
Other Crime+43%-31%+7%+50%+83%-18%-52%+5%+92%-
Other Theft-39%-61%-57%-30%-26%-19%-48%-10%-13%-25%
Possession of Weapons-57%-83%-73%+100%-17%-20%-67%-58%--50%
Public Order-41%-41%+1%+15%-6%+16%-2%-28%-2%+15%
Theft From the Person-50%-78%--56%-64%-92%-82%-79%-67%-64%
Vehicle Crime+45%-44%-52%-44%+73%-65%-36%-36%-55%-15%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%-5%-2%+60%+20%+3%-4%-3%+50%+2%

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021