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Crime and Safety in Formby

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Formby is the third safest small towns in Merseyside, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Formby in 2021 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 141% lower than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Formby is the 239th safest small town, and the 4,164th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Formby was the worst small town in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Formby residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Formby recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Formby are violence and sexual offences, with 392 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 24% higher than 2020's figure of 296 offences and a difference of 4.32 from 2020's crime rate of 13. Formby's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 233% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Formby 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Merseyside

18% lower, regional crime rate

North West

76% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Formby is 18% lower than the North West and 76% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Formby Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Formby 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 Formby

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202143963
202037815
201938852
201843946
201738843
201635773

Crime in Formby Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Formby This Year

 FormbyMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36616.5027,40819.18 16% safer
Bicycle Theft120.541,6871.18 119% safer
Burglary592.666,8974.83 82% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1245.5914,46310.12 81% safer
Drugs472.1211,4888.04 279% safer
Other Crime281.263,2362.26 79% safer
Other Theft452.037,6455.35 164% safer
Possession of Weapons50.231,1620.81 252% safer
Public Order1647.3921,55615.08 104% safer
Robbery30.141,1890.83 493% safer
Shoplifting361.626,0504.23 161% safer
Theft From the Person70.321,9181.34 319% safer
Vehicle Crime411.856,4104.48 142% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39217.6765,74646.00 160% safer

Formby Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rainford28336.6618% safer
Eccleston42041.026% safer
Formby96343.42-
Hoylake47144.672.8% more dangerous
West Kirby68445.986% more dangerous
Maghull96148.2910% more dangerous
Rainhill54349.5112% more dangerous
Halewood1,31564.6333% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Formby

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Recent Crimes in Formby

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dobbs DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Massam'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shaw CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sumner RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The EvergreensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dukes WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Watchyard LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Badgers RakeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Derwent AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Edenhurst DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lenton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stanlawe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Heywood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Formby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12132416 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.40.900.54 Safer
Burglary73.22.22.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.74.04.56 Getting worse
Drugs1.41.83.52.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.00.541.3 Getting worse
Other Theft3.63.22.82.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.230.360.23 Safer
Public Order3.53.13.57 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.090.450.14 Safer
Shoplifting1.92.32.71.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.230.320.230.32 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.14.81.81.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13131318 Getting worse

Changes In Formby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Formby to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Formby43.42-
Barnet67.0835% more dangerous
Croydon82.4847% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0552% more dangerous
Bristol90.5252% more dangerous
Coventry102.2458% more dangerous
Leicester111.5961% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0665% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6467% more dangerous
Bradford132.2867% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Formby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Formby Central & Freshfield South32252First
Formby South West19736Third
Formby West & Freshfield North24438Second

Crime in Formby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Formby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Formby saw a 900% increase in shoplifting. Formby saw a large fall in vehicle crime during August, when it fell by 95% compared to August in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Formby's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+81%+370%+148%+19%+29%+155%+7%+254%+94%
Bicycle Theft-67%--50%-67%-67%-67%--50%--
Burglary+25%-63%-86%-27%+120%--67%-50%-38%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-25%-71%+120%-22%+43%+43%-35%--50%
Drugs-86%+100%+500%-+167%+25%--50%-+100%
Other Crime-50%--75%+100%-+100%----
Other Theft-25%-25%-79%-40%--89%+233%+67%-50%+200%
Public Order+13%-33%-29%+11%+40%+43%+29%+50%+40%-
Shoplifting+33%--17%-25%-63%-33%+450%+50%+900%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-63%-85%-50%-85%-30%-95%-40%-63%+25%-75%
Violence and Sexual Offences+41%-59%+25%-4%-22%-7%-39%+35%+37%+50%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Formby

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

How dangerous is Formby?
Formby is the third safest small town in Merseyside.

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

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

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