Liverpool Crime Overview

Liverpool is the most dangerous major city in the North West, and the most dangerous overall out of the UK's major cities. The overall crime rate in Liverpool in 2020 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Liverpool had the worst crime rate in the North West for drugs, with 485 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.97 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Liverpool residents, when it was the North West's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 58 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Liverpool recorded 311 reports of burglary during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.62 the worst for burglary in the North West that month.

The most common crimes in Liverpool are violence and sexual offences, with 19,868 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 3.8% lower than 2019's figure of 20,628 offences and a difference of 1.53 from 2019's crime rate of 41. Liverpool's least common crime is robbery, with 585 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 41% from 2019's figure of 824 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Liverpool This Year

 Liverpool
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour15,88431.89
Bicycle Theft8091.62
Burglary3,1616.35
Criminal Damage and Arson5,17110.38
Drugs6,56213.18
Other Crime1,1202.25
Other Theft3,1656.35
Possession of Weapons5911.19
Public Order5,78811.62
Robbery5851.17
Shoplifting2,3754.77
Theft From the Person8051.62
Vehicle Crime2,7635.55
Violence and Sexual Offences19,86839.89

Liverpool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40282432Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.91.91.91.6Safer
Burglary121086Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14131210Safer
Drugs791213Getting worse
Other Crime2.12.32.42.2Getting worse
Other Theft111096Safer
Possession of Weapons0.841.01.31.2Getting worse
Public Order8121112Getting worse
Robbery1.71.81.61.2Safer
Shoplifting8874.8Safer
Theft From the Person2.63.23.41.6Safer
Vehicle Crime111086Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31394140Getting worse

Comparing Liverpool to the UK's Major Cities

Major CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5048% safer
Sheffield73.9943% safer
Kirklees74.2343% safer
Croydon77.1837% safer
Bradford79.1934% safer
London80.7031% safer
Birmingham89.0219% safer
Bristol91.5716% safer
Leeds91.9015% safer
Leicester102.513.3% safer
Liverpool105.94-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Liverpool

What police force serves Liverpool?
Liverpool's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is Liverpool?
Liverpool is the most dangerous major city in the North West.
What is Liverpool's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Liverpool are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Liverpool?
Liverpool's least common crime is robbery.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021