Knowsley Crime Overview

Knowsley is among the top 10 safest major towns in the North West, and the 59th most dangerous overall out of the UK's major towns. The overall crime rate in Knowsley in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people.

The most common crimes in Knowsley are violence and sexual offences, with 3,298 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 4.7% higher than 2019's figure of 3,142 offences and a difference of 1.03 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Knowsley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 30 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 110% from 2019's figure of 63 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Knowsley This Year

 Knowsley
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour2,39515.88
Bicycle Theft490.32
Burglary4442.94
Criminal Damage and Arson9846.52
Drugs7865.21
Other Crime2021.34
Other Theft4332.87
Possession of Weapons910.60
Public Order8785.82
Robbery530.35
Shoplifting1681.11
Theft From the Person300.20
Vehicle Crime4543.01
Violence and Sexual Offences3,29821.86

Knowsley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21141216Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.480.310.360.32Safer
Burglary4.44.43.42.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9777Safer
Drugs2.72.865Getting worse
Other Crime0.941.11.21.3Getting worse
Other Theft3.83.83.42.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.380.660.60Getting worse
Public Order3.55.056Getting worse
Robbery0.420.430.330.35Safer
Shoplifting2.02.01.81.1Safer
Theft From the Person0.200.290.420.20Safer
Vehicle Crime54.23.23.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14182122Getting worse

Comparing Knowsley to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Knowsley52.17-
Coventry71.5027% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9929% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2330% more dangerous
Croydon77.1832% more dangerous
Bradford79.1934% more dangerous
London80.7035% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0241% more dangerous
Bristol91.5743% more dangerous
Leeds91.9043% more dangerous
Leicester102.5149% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9451% more dangerous

Crime in Knowsley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Knowsley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Knowsley saw a 700% increase in possession of weapons. Knowsley saw a large fall in theft from the person during August, when it fell by 92% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+110%+150%+19%+28%-10%+50%+22%+82%
Bicycle Theft-33%--50%-50%-+250%+50%-13%+500%
Burglary-+11%-54%+46%-49%+14%+45%-11%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-7%-39%-2%+1%+11%-5%-9%-13%
Drugs-27%+37%-+22%-45%-30%-51%-10%+8%
Other Crime+10%+43%+9%+78%+50%+33%+85%-11%-
Other Theft-49%-21%-23%-30%-14%-29%+21%-17%+36%
Possession of Weapons-+20%+20%+700%-54%-27%-45%+71%-43%
Public Order+9%+4%-3%+37%-11%+20%+43%+31%+34%
Robbery+125%+100%--33%+33%+25%-29%+80%-
Shoplifting-54%-63%-31%-21%+82%-10%-46%-24%-27%
Theft From the Person-83%-89%-50%-50%--92%-60%-50%-
Vehicle Crime+2%+48%-14%+40%-37%-17%-36%-9%-29%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%+17%+5%+8%+23%-3%+14%+16%+4%

Knowsley's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Knowsley
Halewood1,1735810% more dangerous
Prescot1,1729847% more dangerous
Whiston9467328% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Knowsley

What police force serves Knowsley?
Knowsley's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is Knowsley?
Knowsley is among the top 10 safest major towns in the North West.
What is Knowsley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Knowsley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Knowsley?
Knowsley's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021