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Crime and Safety in Bootle, Merseyside

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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 2021 was 150 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bootle is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 163rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Bootle was the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bootle residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous MediumTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 27 crimes at a rate of 0.51 per 1,000 residents. Bootle recorded 61 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Bootle are violence and sexual offences, with 3,615 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 68. This is 23% higher than 2020's figure of 2,785 offences and a difference of 15.71 from 2020's crime rate of 53. Bootle's least common crime is theft from the person, with 49 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 27% from 2020's figure of 36 crimes.

Bootle 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Merseyside

66% higher, regional crime rate

North West

52% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bootle is 66% higher than the North West and 52% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bootle Crime Rate Over Time

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Bootle Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bootle

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211507,935
20201246,561
20191246,570
20181226,423
20171095,743
2016944,958

Crime in Bootle Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Bootle This Year

 BootleMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,26123.8727,40819.18 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft801.511,6871.18 22% more dangerous
Burglary3236.116,8974.83 21% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson79915.1214,46310.12 33% more dangerous
Drugs57810.9411,4888.04 27% more dangerous
Other Crime1562.953,2362.26 23% more dangerous
Other Theft3767.127,6445.35 25% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons571.081,1620.81 25% more dangerous
Public Order1,10620.9321,55615.08 28% more dangerous
Robbery591.121,1890.83 26% more dangerous
Shoplifting3857.296,0504.23 42% more dangerous
Theft From the Person490.931,9181.34 44% safer
Vehicle Crime3526.666,4104.48 33% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,61568.4265,74646.00 33% more dangerous

Bootle Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heswall88130.53392% safer
Bebington3,26455.86169% safer
Crosby3,79175.5399% safer
Kirkby4,568105.0743% safer
Bootle7,935150.18-

Crime Over Time in Bootle

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Recent Crimes in Bootle

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thackeray GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carr Meadow HeyUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Boundary RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Back Stanley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Sherborne AvenueFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pinetree CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ripon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Hawthorne RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Almond'S TurnUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Staley StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carlisle AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Lunt AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hampshire AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Caspian PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Glover'S LaneLocal resolution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Fernhill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MeadwayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Boundary RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dacre StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bootle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30253424 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.81.61.71.5 Safer
Burglary8776 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15151415 Safer
Drugs12121211 Getting worse
Other Crime2.82.62.23.0 Getting worse
Other Theft8867 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.21.01.1 Safer
Public Order11121421 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.11.21.1 Safer
Shoplifting7767 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.981.20.680.93 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime8867 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44495368 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bootle South Recreation Ground313-963.6

Comparing Bootle to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93276% safer
Birmingham49.60203% safer
Barnet67.08124% safer
Croydon82.4882% safer
Sheffield90.0367% safer
Bristol90.5266% safer
Leicester111.5935% safer
Liverpool123.0622% safer
Bradford132.2814% safer
Bootle150.18-
Leeds150.940.50% 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 East1,072124Fourth
Bootle North1,342191Second
Bootle South2,080286First
Litherland South46871Seventh
Netherton North653108Fifth
Netherton South1,031150Third
Orrell713101Sixth

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 (70)Bootle South (270)
Bicycle TheftOrrell (5)Bootle South (22)
BurglaryNetherton North (21)Bootle South (92)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLitherland South (52)Bootle South (147)
DrugsLitherland South (34)Bootle North (118)
Other CrimeOrrell (12)Bootle South (37)
Other TheftLitherland South (13)Bootle South (127)
Possession of WeaponsNetherton North (2)Bootle South (14)
Public OrderLitherland South (58)Bootle South (316)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Litherland South (1)Bootle South (17)
ShopliftingNetherton North (1)Bootle South (248)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Litherland South (1)Bootle South (23)
Vehicle CrimeNetherton North (19)Litherland South (63)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLitherland South (179)Bootle South (856)

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 75% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+22%+61%+115%+31%+25%+4%+39%+62%+47%+57%
Bicycle Theft--75%-63%+150%-56%+117%+167%+75%+8%-50%
Burglary+79%+4%-41%-28%-3%+29%+6%-18%+44%+78%
Criminal Damage and Arson+21%-41%-14%-13%-44%+3%+14%-7%+6%-2%
Drugs+31%+77%+179%+8%-64%-56%+2%+15%+19%-
Other Crime-31%-44%-25%+11%-13%-30%-9%+73%+9%-17%
Other Theft-38%-59%+4%-19%-21%+21%+7%-65%+18%-16%
Possession of Weapons+100%+20%+75%-25%-44%-13%+233%-67%-63%-33%
Public Order+74%+23%-8%+59%+8%+18%+7%+12%+22%+14%
Robbery-29%-33%+200%-57%---20%+40%-+50%
Shoplifting+33%-31%-44%-46%-45%-15%-34%-17%-4%-
Theft From the Person-33%---+150%--29%-17%-50%-25%
Vehicle Crime-33%-38%-31%-4%-38%-12%-34%+18%-54%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+0%+12%+18%-6%+3%+5%+22%-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).

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