Widnes Crime Overview

Widnes is the most dangerous major town in Cheshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cheshire's 343 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Widnes in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cheshire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the Cheshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Widnes is the 35th most dangerous major town, and the 550th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Widnes had the worst crime rate in Cheshire for burglary, with 39 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.61 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Widnes residents, when it was Cheshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Widnes recorded 5 reports of robbery during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for robbery in Cheshire that month.

The most common crimes in Widnes are violence and sexual offences, with 3,030 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 2,716 offences and a difference of 4.90 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Widnes's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 440% from 2019's figure of 54 crimes.

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

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Crime in Widnes Compared To Cheshire

Summary of Crimes in Widnes This Year

 WidnesCheshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,22834.7727,84026.1025% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft560.871,1161.0521% safer
Burglary2804.373,3943.1827% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson69110.787,6827.2033% more dangerous
Drugs1322.061,6241.5226% more dangerous
Other Crime1542.401,5201.4340% more dangerous
Other Theft2984.654,7224.434.7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons320.503230.3040% more dangerous
Public Order98915.4412,45111.6724% more dangerous
Robbery450.703770.3550% more dangerous
Shoplifting3044.744,4104.1313% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.162200.2131% safer
Vehicle Crime1862.902,3322.1924% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,03047.2937,42735.0926% more dangerous

Widnes Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington11,27065.2648% safer
Chester6,74876.7026% safer
Ellesmere Port5,39787.2011% safer
Runcorn5,66391.796% safer
Crewe7,12595.061.9% safer
Widnes6,20796.88-

Crime Over Time in Widnes

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Widnes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31282635Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.61.10.87Safer
Burglary664.74.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12131111Safer
Drugs2.32.22.82.1Safer
Other Crime1.31.92.22.4Getting worse
Other Theft5654.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.410.660.50Safer
Public Order16181915Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.450.520.390.70Getting worse
Shoplifting10854.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.420.670.840.16Safer
Vehicle Crime4.84.94.22.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27384247Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Widnes to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% safer
Coventry77.4125% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Widnes96.88-
Leicester97.440.57% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% 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
Ditton912115Third
Farnworth28733Seventh
Halton View59681Fifth
Hough Green909119Second
Upton Rocks37538Sixth
Victoria Park77993Fourth
Widnes Riverside2,026252First

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 (144)Widnes Riverside (788)
Bicycle TheftUpton Rocks (1)Widnes Riverside (24)
BurglaryUpton Rocks (18)Widnes Riverside (66)
Criminal Damage and ArsonUpton Rocks (28)Widnes Riverside (209)
DrugsFarnworth (4)Widnes Riverside (46)
Other CrimeFarnworth (2)Widnes Riverside (40)
Other TheftUpton Rocks (17)Widnes Riverside (126)
Possession of WeaponsHalton View (1)Widnes Riverside (12)
Public OrderFarnworth (31)Widnes Riverside (389)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Farnworth (3)Victoria Park (11)
ShopliftingFarnworth (10)Widnes Riverside (166)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Victoria Park (1)Halton View (3)
Vehicle CrimeFarnworth (15)Widnes Riverside (48)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFarnworth (138)Widnes Riverside (887)

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 December, when Widnes saw a 214% increase in shoplifting. 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%+65%+77%+74%+14%+29%+13%+44%+50%+39%
Bicycle Theft-20%-29%--33%+75%+40%--55%-43%+133%
Burglary+131%-35%-8%+92%+33%-54%-46%-34%-29%-22%
Criminal Damage and Arson+18%-17%-41%-17%+5%+32%+43%-42%-34%-29%
Drugs--62%+30%+7%-47%-29%-44%-48%+89%-54%
Other Crime-20%-44%+200%+111%-+50%-10%-71%+50%-33%
Other Theft-15%-34%-17%+4%-18%-23%-4%-44%-20%-4%
Possession of Weapons-83%-83%-50%+150%-60%-50%-75%-33%+200%+50%
Public Order-33%-28%-6%+18%-18%+45%+7%-35%-37%-33%
Robbery-40%-+100%--+100%+200%-+150%+150%
Shoplifting-42%-21%-15%-33%+38%+46%-57%-44%+44%+214%
Theft From the Person-33%----89%--80%---
Vehicle Crime+14%-40%-55%-48%-32%-50%-8%-37%+14%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%-26%+16%+30%+21%+27%+37%-25%+25%+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 most dangerous 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021