Birkenhead Crime Overview

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 2020 was 116 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birkenhead is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 306th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Birkenhead was the worst major town in Merseyside for burglary, with 43 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Birkenhead residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 129 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Birkenhead recorded 57 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst major town for drugs in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Birkenhead are violence and sexual offences, with 4,541 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 0.53% lower than 2019's figure of 4,565 offences and a difference of 0.26 from 2019's crime rate of 50. Birkenhead's least common crime is robbery, with 75 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 4.0% from 2019's figure of 72 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Birkenhead This Year

 BirkenheadMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,42537.8140,66028.4525% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft880.971,5121.069% safer
Burglary4004.427,2855.1015% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,25013.8013,6509.5531% more dangerous
Drugs8289.1412,2518.576% more dangerous
Other Crime2582.852,8461.9930% more dangerous
Other Theft5676.266,9194.8423% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1121.241,3200.9226% more dangerous
Public Order1,28914.2314,0409.8231% more dangerous
Robbery750.831,0670.7510% more dangerous
Shoplifting6196.835,6903.9842% more dangerous
Theft From the Person941.041,2650.8914% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4004.426,5194.563.2% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,54150.1352,19836.5227% more dangerous

Crime in Birkenhead Compared To Merseyside

Birkenhead Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southport6,34067.5272% safer
Wallasey4,63376.1253% safer
St Helens11,355108.018% safer
Birkenhead10,521116.14-

Birkenhead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41332538Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.851.40.820.97Safer
Burglary7874.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15171414Safer
Drugs4.0689Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.72.72.8Getting worse
Other Theft8976Safer
Possession of Weapons0.761.11.21.2Getting worse
Public Order7131314Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.990.790.83Safer
Shoplifting11897Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.01.21.0Safer
Vehicle Crime9864.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34485050Getting worse

Changes In Birkenhead's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Birkenhead to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7172% safer
Coventry77.4150% safer
Croydon83.2240% safer
Sheffield85.8135% safer
Bristol86.2135% safer
Leicester97.4419% safer
Birmingham102.8713% safer
Liverpool107.288% safer
Birkenhead116.14-
Bradford133.0213% more dangerous
Leeds137.1015% 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 Hill1,151150Third
Birkenhead Central2,640322First
Birkenhead South1,650170Second
Claughton North51263Ninth
Claughton South & Oxton North57671Sixth
Egerton Park55169Seventh
Noctorum North & Upton East47469Eighth
Noctorum South32139Tenth
Oxton South849101Fifth
Prenton1853011th
Tranmere1,043126Fourth

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 BehaviourPrenton (77)Birkenhead Central (853)
Bicycle TheftPrenton (1)Birkenhead Central (30)
BurglaryEgerton Park (17)Birkenhead Central (84)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPrenton (13)Birkenhead Central (241)
DrugsNoctorum South (5)Birkenhead Central (260)
Other CrimeClaughton South & Oxton North (4)Birkenhead Central (55)
Other TheftPrenton (7)Birkenhead Central (139)
Possession of WeaponsNoctorum South (2)Birkenhead Central (39)
Public OrderPrenton (27)Birkenhead Central (373)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Oxton South (3)Birkenhead Central (30)
ShopliftingClaughton South & Oxton North (5)Birkenhead Central (277)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Noctorum North & Upton East (1)Birkenhead Central (46)
Vehicle CrimePrenton (9)Birkenhead Central (81)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPrenton (82)Birkenhead Central (985)

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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021