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Crime and Safety in Birstall

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Birstall is among the top 10 safest small towns in Leicestershire, and is the 107th most dangerous overall out of Leicestershire's 230 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Birstall in 2021 was 41 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Leicestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 90% lower than the Leicestershire rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birstall is the 209th safest small town, and the 4,549th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Birstall was the worst small town in Leicestershire for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.65 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Birstall residents, when it was Leicestershire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.80 per 1,000 residents. Birstall recorded 1 report of bicycle theft during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Leicestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Birstall are violence and sexual offences, with 255 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is the same as 2020's figure of 255 offences and a difference of 0.00 from 2020's crime rate of 18. Birstall's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Birstall 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Leicestershire

101% lower, regional crime rate

East Midlands

86% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Birstall is 101% lower than the East Midlands and 86% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Birstall Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Birstall represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Birstall

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202141566
202043597
201946635
201851697
201752715
201643599

Crime in Birstall Compared To Leicestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Birstall This Year

 BirstallLeicestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour533.849,4108.87 131% safer
Bicycle Theft50.361,5101.42 294% safer
Burglary382.763,3523.16 14% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson664.798,9918.48 77% safer
Drugs161.162,9022.74 136% safer
Other Crime181.312,0331.92 47% safer
Other Theft463.346,7226.34 90% safer
Possession of Weapons50.367460.70 94% safer
Public Order735.2911,24410.60 100% safer
Robbery20.156410.60 300% safer
Shoplifting70.512,8092.65 420% safer
Theft From the Person10.075600.53 657% safer
Vehicle Crime342.474,8514.57 85% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25518.4936,17434.11 84% safer

Birstall Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Braunstone80.468822% safer
Thurmaston252.441582% safer
Glenfields474.41831% safer
Leicester Forest East9712.91218% safer
Narborough31135.8514% safer
Birstall56641.04-
Whitwick36442.323.0% more dangerous
Broughton Astley41745.239% more dangerous
Burbage75347.8314% more dangerous
Lutterworth58055.8326% more dangerous
Mountsorrel50358.9130% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Birstall

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Recent Crimes in Birstall

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sibson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Northfield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawnhurst WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Colindale AvenueFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Nine Leys SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Johnson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near The MeadwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Freehold RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Briargate DriveFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Holt RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Myrtle AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Holt RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near White Horse LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The Wayne WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Wanlip LaneLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nine Leys SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Palmer SquareUnable to prosecute suspect

Birstall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour6553.8 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.440.440.440.36 Safer
Burglary54.42.42.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.364.44.8 Safer
Drugs0.361.31.41.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.870.871.3 Getting worse
Other Theft864.03.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.360.290.36 Safer
Public Order2.83.54.65 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.440.510.15 Safer
Shoplifting2.71.20.730.51 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.510.220.220.07 Safer
Vehicle Crime994.92.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15121818 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Birstall Cemetery1---233.1

Comparing Birstall to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Birstall41.04-
Barnet67.0839% more dangerous
Croydon82.4850% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0554% more dangerous
Bristol90.5255% more dangerous
Coventry102.2460% more dangerous
Leicester111.5963% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0667% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6468% more dangerous
Bradford132.2869% more dangerous
Leeds150.9473% more dangerous

Crime in Birstall's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Birstall Central17132First

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 safest 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).

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