Bootle Crime Overview

Bootle is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Merseyside, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bootle in 2020 was 123 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bootle is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 249th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Bootle was the worst medium-sized town in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Bootle residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 41 crimes at a rate of 0.78 per 1,000 residents. Bootle recorded 40 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.76 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Bootle are violence and sexual offences, with 2,769 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 2,596 offences and a difference of 3.28 from 2019's crime rate of 49. Bootle's least common crime is theft from the person, with 35 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 74% from 2019's figure of 61 crimes.

Compare Bootle to other towns and cities

See how Bootle shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Bootle and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Bootle Compared To Merseyside

Summary of Crimes in Bootle This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,80234.1140,66028.4517% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft891.681,5121.0637% more dangerous
Burglary3937.447,2855.1031% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson74014.0113,6509.5532% more dangerous
Drugs63612.0412,2518.5729% more dangerous
Other Crime1172.212,8461.9910% more dangerous
Other Theft3025.726,9194.8415% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons520.981,3200.926% more dangerous
Public Order71313.4914,0409.8227% more dangerous
Robbery591.121,0670.7533% more dangerous
Shoplifting2785.265,6903.9824% more dangerous
Theft From the Person350.661,2650.8935% safer
Vehicle Crime2935.556,5194.5618% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,76952.4152,19836.5230% more dangerous

Bootle Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heswall77026.68359% safer
Bebington2,69546.13166% safer
Crosby3,33466.4285% safer
Kirkby3,95690.9935% safer

Crime Over Time in Bootle

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Bootle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour47302534Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson17151514Safer
Drugs8121212Getting worse
Other Crime2.
Other Theft9876Safer
Possession of Weapons0.911.31.20.98Safer
Public Order7111113Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.640.971.20.66Safer
Vehicle Crime8876Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32444952Getting worse

Changes In Bootle's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bootle's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bootle South Recreation Ground313-963.6

Comparing Bootle to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7181% safer
Coventry77.4158% safer
Croydon83.2247% safer
Sheffield85.8143% safer
Bristol86.2142% safer
Leicester97.4426% safer
Birmingham102.8719% safer
Liverpool107.2814% safer
Bradford133.028% more dangerous
Leeds137.1011% more dangerous

Crime in Bootle's Neighbourhoods

Bootle South is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bootle, followed by Bootle North in second place, and Netherton South as the third most dangerous area. Bootle's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Litherland South, Netherton North, and Orrell.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bootle East1,017117Fourth
Bootle North1,051150Second
Bootle South1,708235First
Litherland South40361Seventh
Netherton North50383Fifth
Netherton South868126Third

Bootle Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLitherland South (114)Bootle South (427)
Bicycle TheftOrrell (4)Bootle South (35)
BurglaryNetherton North (25)Bootle South (109)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLitherland South (50)Bootle South (141)
DrugsNetherton North (30)Bootle South (152)
Other CrimeLitherland South (3)Bootle South (33)
Other TheftLitherland South (18)Bootle South (110)
Possession of WeaponsLitherland South (3)Bootle South (15)
Public OrderLitherland South (32)Bootle South (191)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Litherland South (3)Bootle South (21)
ShopliftingLitherland South (4)Bootle South (180)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Litherland South (2)Bootle South (15)
Vehicle CrimeNetherton North (24)Bootle South (63)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLitherland South (156)Bootle South (643)

Crime in Bootle During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bootle change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bootle saw a 233% increase in possession of weapons. Bootle saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 71% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+19%+72%+113%+31%+24%+6%+41%+63%+49%+63%
Bicycle Theft-14%-71%-63%+150%-33%+117%+133%+75%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+21%-41%-14%-11%-44%+4%+16%-7%+6%-2%
Other Crime-31%-44%-25%+11%-13%-30%-9%+73%+9%-17%
Other Theft-38%-61%+4%-23%-21%+17%+11%-65%+21%-19%
Possession of Weapons+100%+20%+75%-25%-56%-13%+233%-67%-63%-33%
Public Order+72%+23%-8%+56%+7%+17%+11%+12%+23%+16%
Theft From the Person-33%---+150%--29%-33%-50%-25%
Vehicle Crime-36%-38%-34%-11%-39%-12%-36%+22%-53%+4%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%+12%+19%-6%+3%+6%+20%-14%-6%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bootle

What police force serves Bootle?
Bootle's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is Bootle?
Bootle is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Merseyside.
What is Bootle's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bootle are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bootle?
Bootle's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021