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Crime and Safety in Birkenhead

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Birkenhead is the most dangerous major town in Merseyside, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Birkenhead in 2021 was 135 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birkenhead is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns, and the 232nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Birkenhead was the worst major town in Merseyside for burglary, with 39 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Birkenhead residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 121 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Birkenhead recorded 80 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.88 the worst major town for drugs in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Birkenhead are violence and sexual offences, with 5,585 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 62. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 4,541 offences and a difference of 11.52 from 2020's crime rate of 50. Birkenhead's least common crime is robbery, with 89 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 16% from 2020's figure of 75 crimes.

Birkenhead 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Merseyside

62% higher, regional crime rate

North West

43% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Birkenhead is 62% higher than the North West and 43% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Birkenhead Crime Rate Over Time

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Birkenhead Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Birkenhead 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 Birkenhead

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202113512,233
202011610,521
201912010,901
201812311,117
20171029,214
2016928,299

Crime in Birkenhead Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Birkenhead This Year

 BirkenheadMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,33025.7227,40819.18 25% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1221.351,6871.18 13% more dangerous
Burglary3964.376,8974.83 11% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,36815.1014,46310.12 33% more dangerous
Drugs8999.9211,4888.04 19% more dangerous
Other Crime3053.373,2362.26 33% more dangerous
Other Theft5616.197,6455.35 14% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1011.111,1620.81 27% more dangerous
Public Order1,86320.5721,55615.08 27% more dangerous
Robbery890.981,1890.83 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting4404.866,0504.23 13% more dangerous
Theft From the Person900.991,9181.34 35% safer
Vehicle Crime4144.576,4104.48 2.0% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,58561.6565,74646.00 25% more dangerous

Birkenhead Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southport8,05585.7857% safer
Wallasey5,74494.3743% safer
St Helens13,193125.508% safer
Birkenhead12,233135.04-

Crime Over Time in Birkenhead

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Recent Crimes in Birkenhead

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Townsend StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Briardale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The WiendInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vittoria CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carrington StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cecil RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mercer RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near B5148Local resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Patricia AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ward GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Moss LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosedale RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mona StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Goldsmith WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Queens RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clee Hill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Compton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Birkenhead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33253826 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.40.820.971.4 Getting worse
Burglary874.44.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17141415 Safer
Drugs68910 Getting worse
Other Crime2.72.72.83.4 Getting worse
Other Theft9766 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.21.21.1 Getting worse
Public Order13131421 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.990.790.830.98 Getting worse
Shoplifting8974.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.21.00.99 Safer
Vehicle Crime864.44.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48505062 Getting worse

Changes In Birkenhead's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Birkenhead's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Birkenhead that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Birkenhead Park12026120122.9
Birkenhead Park Rugby Club----131.5
Edward Kemp Community Garden----317
Oxton Cricket Ground1--1-21.3
Victoria Park1---200.26

Comparing Birkenhead to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08101% safer
Croydon82.4864% safer
Sheffield90.0550% safer
Bristol90.5249% safer
Coventry102.2432% safer
Leicester111.5921% safer
Liverpool123.0610% safer
Birmingham129.644.2% safer
Bradford132.282.1% safer
Birkenhead135.04-
Leeds150.9411% more dangerous

Crime in Birkenhead's Neighbourhoods

Birkenhead Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Birkenhead, followed by Birkenhead South in second place, and Bidston Hill as the third most dangerous area. Birkenhead's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Claughton North, Noctorum South, and Prenton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bidston Hill1,392181Third
Birkenhead Central3,102379First
Birkenhead South1,860191Second
Claughton North55869Ninth
Claughton South & Oxton North68984Seventh
Egerton Park64781Eighth
Noctorum North & Upton East61188Sixth
Noctorum South37646Tenth
Oxton South872104Fifth
Prenton2754411th
Tranmere1,192144Fourth

Birkenhead Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Birkenhead for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNoctorum South (80)Birkenhead Central (535)
Bicycle TheftPrenton (1)Birkenhead Central (54)
BurglaryPrenton (10)Birkenhead Central (85)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNoctorum South (26)Birkenhead Central (275)
DrugsNoctorum South (10)Birkenhead Central (305)
Other CrimePrenton (6)Birkenhead Central (67)
Other TheftPrenton (7)Birkenhead Central (152)
Possession of WeaponsPrenton (1)Birkenhead Central (37)
Public OrderPrenton (44)Birkenhead Central (504)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Noctorum South (1)Birkenhead Central (26)
ShopliftingClaughton North (1)Birkenhead Central (197)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Prenton (2)Birkenhead Central (36)
Vehicle CrimePrenton (8)Birkenhead Central (94)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNoctorum South (166)Birkenhead Central (1,270)

Crime in Birkenhead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Birkenhead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Birkenhead saw a 275% increase in bicycle theft. Birkenhead saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 80% compared to April in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Birkenhead's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+58%+137%+68%+52%+23%+25%+32%+70%+52%+63%
Bicycle Theft-13%-60%-33%+75%-36%+38%-22%+150%+275%-
Burglary-35%-49%-28%-31%-48%-60%+10%+3%-40%-8%
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%-26%-9%-18%+2%-6%-6%-11%+2%-6%
Drugs+94%+124%+85%+6%-21%+38%-10%-18%+7%-3%
Other Crime-7%+17%+50%-5%+32%-4%-17%+25%+93%+32%
Other Theft+19%-36%-19%-54%-18%-6%-18%+14%-27%-11%
Possession of Weapons+150%-22%-13%+33%+6%-25%+22%+100%-75%-75%
Public Order-1%+6%+44%+55%+15%+10%-3%-28%+5%+15%
Robbery-22%+40%--13%+67%+150%--+50%+60%
Shoplifting+25%-39%-51%-37%-30%-45%-8%-64%-21%-56%
Theft From the Person+100%-80%-80%--47%+22%+9%-13%--36%
Vehicle Crime-26%-72%-44%-39%-37%-19%-8%+136%-11%-17%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%--4%-2%+2%+11%+13%0%-6%-21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Birkenhead

What police force serves Birkenhead?
Birkenhead's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.

How dangerous is Birkenhead?
Birkenhead is the most dangerous major town in Merseyside.

What is Birkenhead's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Birkenhead are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Birkenhead?
Birkenhead's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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