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Crime and Safety in Eccleston, Merseyside

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Eccleston is the second safest small town in Merseyside, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Eccleston in 2021 was 41 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 155% lower than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Eccleston is the 208th safest small town, and the 4,551st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Eccleston was the worst small town in Merseyside for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2019 was also a bad month for Eccleston residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Eccleston recorded 1 report of theft from the person during October 2018, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for theft from the person in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Eccleston are violence and sexual offences, with 203 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 161 offences and a difference of 4.11 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Eccleston's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Eccleston 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Merseyside

25% lower, regional crime rate

North West

86% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Eccleston is 25% lower than the North West and 86% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Eccleston Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Eccleston 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 Eccleston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202141420
202041415
201945456
201842428
201728289
201627281

Crime in Eccleston Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Eccleston This Year

 EcclestonMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13513.1827,40819.18 46% safer
Burglary262.546,8974.83 90% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson343.3214,46310.12 205% safer
Drugs181.7611,4888.04 357% safer
Other Crime111.073,2362.26 111% safer
Other Theft161.567,6455.35 243% safer
Possession of Weapons40.391,1620.81 108% safer
Public Order575.5721,55615.08 171% safer
Robbery10.101,1890.83 730% safer
Shoplifting161.566,0504.23 171% safer
Vehicle Crime343.326,4104.48 35% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20319.8365,74646.00 132% safer

Eccleston Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rainford28336.6612% safer
Eccleston42041.02-
Formby96343.426% more dangerous
Hoylake47144.678% more dangerous
West Kirby68445.9811% more dangerous
Maghull96148.2915% more dangerous
Rainhill54349.5117% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Eccleston

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Recent Crimes in Eccleston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gillars Green DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Ansdell DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kiln CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knowles House AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clay LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Old LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near East Lancashire RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kiln LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Scholes ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knowles House AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near St James' RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cecil DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greenough AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near The AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knowles House AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Eccleston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13122513 Getting worse
Burglary53.44.82.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5663.3 Safer
Drugs0.880.881.61.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.51.71.1 Safer
Other Theft1.70.881.71.6 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.290.290.390.39 Getting worse
Public Order3.04.63.86 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.49-0.10 Safer
Shoplifting0.490.881.11.6 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime663.93.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17191620 Getting worse

Changes In Eccleston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Eccleston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Eccleston41.02-
Barnet67.0839% more dangerous
Croydon82.4850% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0554% more dangerous
Bristol90.5255% more dangerous
Coventry102.2460% more dangerous
Leicester111.5963% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0667% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6468% more dangerous
Bradford132.2869% more dangerous
Leeds150.9473% more dangerous

Crime in Eccleston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Eccleston22441Second
Eccleston Park30948First

Crime in Eccleston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Eccleston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Eccleston saw a 600% increase in burglary. Eccleston saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+75%+56%+488%+217%-13%+257%+225%+45%+250%+71%
Burglary+200%-+200%-57%+60%+600%-25%-33%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-38%+100%-88%+33%+25%--+67%-20%
Drugs--+300%------+300%
Other Crime-67%-50%-50%--50%-----
Other Theft-----+100%--+100%-
Public Order--+50%+150%-63%--38%--50%+300%
Shoplifting--50%----50%+200%+200%--
Vehicle Crime-33%-20%-67%+33%-43%-75%-50%+33%-64%-80%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%-38%-7%-14%+13%-31%-17%-40%+6%-47%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Eccleston

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

How dangerous is Eccleston?
Eccleston is the second safest small town in Merseyside.

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

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

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