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Crime and Safety in Widnes, Cheshire

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Widnes is the second safest major town in Cheshire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 323 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Widnes in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Cheshire rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Widnes is the 49th safest major town, and the 1,047th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Widnes had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for possession of weapons, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Widnes residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Widnes recorded 24 reports of vehicle crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst for vehicle crime in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Widnes are violence and sexual offences, with 2,688 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 11% lower than 2020's figure of 2,984 offences and a difference of 4.62 from 2020's crime rate of 47. Widnes's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Widnes 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Major Towns, Cheshire

36% higher, regional crime rate

North West

10% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Widnes is 36% higher than the North West and 10% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Widnes Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Widnes 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 Widnes

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021815,171
2020946,053
2019986,292
2018996,347
2017865,488
2016654,190

Crime in Widnes Compared To Cheshire

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Summary of Crimes in Widnes This Year

 WidnesCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,51823.6921,87620.51 13% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft641.007150.67 33% more dangerous
Burglary1702.652,7482.58 2.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5017.826,8936.46 17% more dangerous
Drugs921.441,3211.24 14% more dangerous
Other Crime1261.971,4011.31 34% more dangerous
Other Theft2523.934,6064.32 10% safer
Possession of Weapons300.473000.28 40% more dangerous
Public Order89814.0212,87212.07 14% more dangerous
Robbery310.483560.33 31% more dangerous
Shoplifting1872.923,3363.13 7% safer
Theft From the Person100.162240.21 31% safer
Vehicle Crime1221.902,1342.00 5% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,68841.9539,46437.00 12% more dangerous

Widnes Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,49066.5421% safer
Widnes5,17180.71-
Chester7,56786.016% more dangerous
Ellesmere Port5,69391.9812% more dangerous
Runcorn5,75493.2713% more dangerous
Crewe7,22796.4316% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Widnes

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Recent Crimes in Widnes

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ashley WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brunner RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Masefield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crow Wood PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lincoln SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burns CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cornwall RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chislet CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tan House LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Winchester PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Lacey CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Belvoir RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A5080Action to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Baron'S CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Ashley Way WestUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mulberry AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wyncroft CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Shawell CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Masefield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Leigh AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Widnes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28263424 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.10.861.0 Safer
Burglary64.54.22.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1311108 Safer
Drugs2.12.62.01.4 Safer
Other Crime1.82.22.42.0 Getting worse
Other Theft654.63.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.660.480.47 Safer
Public Order18191514 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.520.390.660.48 Getting worse
Shoplifting854.32.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.840.160.16 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.84.02.81.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37424742 Getting worse

Changes In Widnes's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Widnes's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Crow Wood Park-----20.10

Comparing Widnes to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93102% safer
Birmingham49.6063% safer
Barnet67.0820% safer
Widnes80.71-
Croydon82.482.1% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0310% more dangerous
Bristol90.5211% more dangerous
Leicester111.5928% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9447% more dangerous

Crime in Widnes's Neighbourhoods

Widnes Riverside is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Widnes, followed by Hough Green in second place, and Ditton as the third most dangerous area. Widnes's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Farnworth, Halton View, and Upton Rocks.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ditton63580Third
Farnworth28733Sixth
Halton View45963Fifth
Hough Green790104Second
Upton Rocks29530Seventh
Victoria Park56868Fourth
Widnes Riverside1,995248First

Widnes Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourUpton Rocks (119)Widnes Riverside (543)
Bicycle TheftFarnworth (1)Widnes Riverside (32)
BurglaryUpton Rocks (13)Widnes Riverside (52)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFarnworth (22)Widnes Riverside (182)
DrugsUpton Rocks (2)Widnes Riverside (47)
Other CrimeUpton Rocks (4)Widnes Riverside (48)
Other TheftUpton Rocks (18)Widnes Riverside (116)
Possession of WeaponsUpton Rocks (1)Widnes Riverside (14)
Public OrderUpton Rocks (53)Widnes Riverside (372)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Farnworth (1)Hough Green (7)
ShopliftingHough Green (2)Widnes Riverside (144)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ditton (1)Widnes Riverside (8)
Vehicle CrimeUpton Rocks (6)Widnes Riverside (33)
Violence and Sexual OffencesUpton Rocks (139)Widnes Riverside (940)

Crime in Widnes During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Widnes change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Widnes saw a 200% increase in other crime. Widnes saw a large fall in theft from the person during July, when it fell by 89% compared to July in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Widnes's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+7%+69%+83%+68%+14%+35%+14%+47%+50%+33%
Bicycle Theft-20%-29%--33%+50%+40%--55%-43%+133%
Burglary+131%-20%-8%+92%+35%-52%-52%-43%-30%-31%
Criminal Damage and Arson+17%-13%-43%-14%+3%+31%+33%-39%-31%-28%
Drugs--60%+30%+36%-47%-29%-40%-54%+89%-54%
Other Crime-14%-44%+200%+125%-+50%-10%-71%+50%-33%
Other Theft-17%-32%-17%+9%-14%-21%-4%-48%-21%-4%
Possession of Weapons-83%-83%-50%+150%-60%-50%-75%-33%+200%-
Public Order-31%-26%-5%+17%-17%+43%+9%-35%-38%-36%
Robbery-40%----+100%+200%-50%+100%+150%
Shoplifting-41%-21%-27%-37%+26%+17%-57%-44%+33%+150%
Theft From the Person-33%----89%--80%---
Vehicle Crime+26%-36%-60%-47%-28%-50%--41%+14%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%-27%+16%+32%+21%+25%+38%-25%+29%+10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Widnes

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

How dangerous is Widnes?
Widnes is the second safest major town in Cheshire.

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

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

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