Heswall Crime Overview

Heswall is the safest medium-sized 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 Heswall in 2020 was 27 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 232% lower than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Heswall is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,184th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Heswall are violence and sexual offences, with 336 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 1.5% higher than 2019's figure of 331 offences and a difference of 0.17 from 2019's crime rate of 11. Heswall's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Heswall Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Heswall This Year

 HeswallMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29710.2940,66028.45176% safer
Bicycle Theft50.171,5121.06524% safer
Burglary501.737,2855.10195% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson993.4313,6509.55178% safer
Drugs331.1412,2518.57652% safer
Other Crime160.552,8461.99262% safer
Other Theft802.776,9194.8475% safer
Possession of Weapons50.171,3200.92441% safer
Public Order461.5914,0409.82518% safer
Robbery60.211,0670.75257% safer
Shoplifting491.705,6903.98134% safer
Theft From the Person40.141,2650.89536% safer
Vehicle Crime411.426,5194.56221% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33611.6452,19836.52214% safer

Heswall Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heswall77026.68-
Bebington2,69546.1342% more dangerous
Crosby3,33466.4260% more dangerous
Kirkby3,95690.9971% more dangerous
Bootle6,476122.5778% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Heswall

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Recent Crimes in Heswall

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The RidgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Dunster GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Boathouse LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brian AvenueFormal action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brian AvenueFormal action is not in the public interest
August 2021Public orderOn or near Moor LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sandy LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Downham Road NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near InglegreenUnable to prosecute suspect

Heswall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1075.010Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.100.140.280.17Safer
Burglary4.23.43.21.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.74.13.23.4Safer
Drugs0.210.450.551.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.590.490.660.55Safer
Other Theft3.23.63.72.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.070.170.100.17Getting worse
Public Order1.32.12.21.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.070.070.280.21Getting worse
Shoplifting1.92.12.01.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.030.210.170.14Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.53.22.01.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7111112Getting worse

Changes In Heswall's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Heswall's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ridgewood Park9--1522.6

Comparing Heswall to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Heswall26.68-
Barnet67.7161% more dangerous
Coventry77.4166% more dangerous
Croydon83.2268% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8169% more dangerous
Bristol86.2169% more dangerous
Leicester97.4473% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8774% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2875% more dangerous
Bradford133.0280% more dangerous
Leeds137.1081% more dangerous

Crime in Heswall's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gayton & Lower Heswall20523Second
Heswall25134First

Crime in Heswall During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Heswall change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Heswall saw a 700% increase in burglary. Heswall saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 88% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+164%+87%+322%+145%+57%+100%+79%+300%+118%+13%
Bicycle Theft---50%--33%-----
Burglary+14%-63%-57%-25%-88%-69%-67%-50%+700%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-57%+125%+40%-25%+233%-20%+89%+25%-17%
Drugs+100%--40%--50%+33%-+400%--
Other Crime--75%----50%--33%-+100%
Other Theft+50%-33%-70%-82%-64%-33%-30%-56%-27%+100%
Public Order+133%-80%-50%-20%--40%+50%+133%-25%-
Robbery--------33%--
Shoplifting-33%+400%-60%-67%+200%-63%-33%-17%-71%-
Vehicle Crime-58%-80%-50%-75%-33%-57%+20%-25%--50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%+13%+53%-24%+10%+3%-14%+58%--33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Heswall

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

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021