Formby Crime Overview

Formby is among the top 5 safest small towns in Merseyside, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Formby in 2020 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 141% lower than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Formby is the 196th safest small town, and the 5,027th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Formby was the worst small town in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Formby residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.50 per 1,000 residents. Formby recorded 21 reports of drugs during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.95 the worst small town for drugs in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Formby are violence and sexual offences, with 296 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 2.7% higher than 2019's figure of 288 offences and a difference of 0.36 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Formby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 40% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Formby Compared To Merseyside

Summary of Crimes in Formby This Year

 FormbyMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour53624.1740,66028.4518% safer
Bicycle Theft200.901,5121.0618% safer
Burglary502.257,2855.10127% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson994.4613,6509.55114% safer
Drugs773.4712,2518.57147% safer
Other Crime120.542,8461.99269% safer
Other Theft622.806,9194.8473% safer
Possession of Weapons80.361,3200.92156% safer
Public Order783.5214,0409.82179% safer
Robbery100.451,0670.7567% safer
Shoplifting592.665,6903.9850% safer
Theft From the Person50.231,2650.89287% safer
Vehicle Crime391.766,5194.56159% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29613.3552,19836.52174% safer

Formby Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Eccleston23723.1559% safer
Rainford24932.2514% safer
Halewood68533.669% safer
Formby81536.75-
Hoylake41439.266% more dangerous
West Kirby58439.266% more dangerous
Maghull78839.607% more dangerous
Knowsley50543.4615% more dangerous
Rainhill51747.1422% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Formby

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Formby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18121324Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.51.40.90Safer
Burglary673.22.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.74.04.5Safer
Drugs1.61.41.83.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.631.31.00.54Safer
Other Theft4.83.63.22.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.360.230.36Getting worse
Public Order1.83.53.13.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.360.090.45Getting worse
Shoplifting2.61.92.32.7Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.090.230.320.23Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.74.14.81.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9131313Getting worse

Changes In Formby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Formby to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Formby36.75-
Barnet67.7146% more dangerous
Coventry77.4153% more dangerous
Croydon83.2256% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8157% more dangerous
Bristol86.2157% more dangerous
Leicester97.4462% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8764% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2866% more dangerous
Bradford133.0272% more dangerous
Leeds137.1073% more dangerous

Crime in Formby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Formby Central & Freshfield South27344First
Formby South West17131Third
Formby West & Freshfield North20332Second

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 among the top 5 safest small towns 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021