Birstall Crime Overview

Birstall is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Leicestershire, and is the 90th most dangerous overall out of Leicestershire's 237 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Birstall in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Leicestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 65% lower than the Leicestershire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birstall is the 298th safest small town, and the 3,874th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Birstall was the worst small town in Leicestershire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Birstall residents, when it was Leicestershire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.51 per 1,000 residents. Birstall recorded 1 report of robbery during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst small town for robbery in Leicestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Birstall are violence and sexual offences, with 255 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 34% higher than 2019's figure of 168 offences and a difference of 6.31 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Birstall's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Birstall Compared To Leicestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Birstall This Year

 BirstallLeicestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour755.4412,75312.03121% safer
Bicycle Theft60.441,1541.09148% safer
Burglary332.394,5134.2678% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson614.428,5018.0281% safer
Drugs191.382,6452.4980% safer
Other Crime120.871,8371.7399% safer
Other Theft553.995,9785.6441% safer
Possession of Weapons40.296370.60107% safer
Public Order644.649,3608.8390% safer
Robbery70.517200.6833% safer
Shoplifting100.732,8482.69268% safer
Theft From the Person30.225390.51132% safer
Vehicle Crime684.936,0445.7016% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25518.4931,03229.2758% safer

Birstall Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitwick29133.8328% safer
Broughton Astley33536.3319% safer
Braunstone65237.4216% safer
Leicester Forest East29238.8511% safer
Narborough34840.118% safer
Birstall59743.28-
Lutterworth49447.559% more dangerous
Ashby-de-la-Zouch90256.4223% more dangerous
Shepshed80457.1924% more dangerous
Sileby55461.4430% more dangerous
Barwell57762.4631% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Birstall

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Birstall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13655Safer
Bicycle Theft0.290.440.440.44Getting worse
Burglary754.42.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson84.364.4Safer
Drugs0.650.361.31.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.291.20.870.87Getting worse
Other Theft7864.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.510.360.29Safer
Public Order1.22.83.54.6Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.220.440.51Getting worse
Shoplifting2.92.71.20.73Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.150.510.220.22Safer
Vehicle Crime12994.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12151218Getting worse

Changes In Birstall's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Birstall's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Birstall that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Birstall Cemetery1---233.1

Comparing Birstall to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Birstall43.28-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8150% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4456% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2860% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Birstall's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Birstall Central18835First

Crime in Birstall During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Birstall change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Birstall saw a 800% increase in public order. Birstall saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during September, when it fell by 91% compared to September in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Birstall's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%+250%+100%+100%+100%-27%-91%-90%+500%-80%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-70%-70%-83%-50%-33%+50%-75%-50%-75%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-38%-29%+225%+100%-44%--80%-57%-75%
Drugs--+600%-50%-+200%---50%-
Other Crime+50%-+200%-------
Other Theft-33%-33%-78%--64%-86%-71%-33%-33%+300%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-50%+20%-50%-+200%+300%+800%-90%+200%+25%
Robbery-----+100%----
Shoplifting-+100%--50%------
Vehicle Crime-40%-67%-53%+50%-43%-69%-13%-58%--73%
Violence and Sexual Offences+86%-33%+35%+138%+81%+15%+100%-29%+150%+93%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Birstall

What police force serves Birstall?
Birstall's local territorial police force is the Leicestershire Police.
How dangerous is Birstall?
Birstall is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Leicestershire.
What is Birstall's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Birstall are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Birstall?
Birstall's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021