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Crime and Safety in Kirkby, Merseyside

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Kirkby is the second most dangerous medium-sized towns in Merseyside, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kirkby in 2021 was 105 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 0.49% higher than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kirkby is the 46th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 501st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Kirkby was the worst medium-sized town in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Kirkby residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 49 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Kirkby recorded 22 reports of other crime during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.51 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Kirkby are violence and sexual offences, with 2,118 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 1,705 offences and a difference of 9.50 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Kirkby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 28 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 39% from 2020's figure of 17 crimes.

Kirkby 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Merseyside

51% higher, regional crime rate

North West

27% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Kirkby is 51% higher than the North West and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Kirkby Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Kirkby 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 Kirkby

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211054,568
2020913,939
2019863,726
2018773,352
2017703,037
2016592,582

Crime in Kirkby Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Kirkby This Year

 KirkbyMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour59213.6227,40819.18 41% safer
Bicycle Theft491.131,6871.18 4.4% safer
Burglary1774.076,8974.83 19% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson50711.6614,46310.12 13% more dangerous
Drugs44110.1411,4888.04 21% more dangerous
Other Crime1212.783,2362.26 19% more dangerous
Other Theft2064.747,6455.35 13% safer
Possession of Weapons551.271,1620.81 36% more dangerous
Public Order55912.8621,55615.08 17% safer
Robbery310.711,1890.83 17% safer
Shoplifting1262.906,0504.23 46% safer
Theft From the Person280.641,9181.34 109% safer
Vehicle Crime1503.456,4104.48 30% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,11848.7265,74646.00 6% more dangerous

Kirkby Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heswall88130.53244% safer
Bebington3,26455.8688% safer
Crosby3,79175.5339% safer
Kirkby4,568105.07-
Bootle7,935150.1830% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kirkby

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Recent Crimes in Kirkby

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Linslade CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kirkby RowUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Redhill AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Anders DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Carlile WayLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Chad'S DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near South ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Old Rough LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ashburn AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Broad LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Downgreen CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ledsham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Glegside RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Peplow RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Burley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Millbeck CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Linslade CrescentAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Other theftOn or near Peatwood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Redhill AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cawthorne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Kirkby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25212614 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.640.550.621.1 Getting worse
Burglary6554.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121112 Safer
Drugs4.5111010 Getting worse
Other Crime2.11.72.42.8 Getting worse
Other Theft5.04.14.14.7 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.671.21.01.3 Getting worse
Public Order881013 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.670.600.740.71 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.22.21.12.9 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.690.390.64 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.24.35.03.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30353949 Getting worse

Changes In Kirkby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Kirkby to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0857% safer
Croydon82.4827% safer
Sheffield90.0517% safer
Bristol90.5216% safer
Coventry102.242.8% safer
Kirkby105.07-
Leicester111.596% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6419% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% more dangerous

Crime in Kirkby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kirkby North East998119Second
Kirkby North West52051Third
Kirkby South East1,513202First

Crime in Kirkby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kirkby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Kirkby saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Kirkby saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 82% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+89%+122%+22%-5%-29%+43%-2%+77%+60%
Bicycle Theft-+200%-50%--+150%--+200%-
Burglary+117%+57%-55%+89%-19%-23%+18%+16%+15%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-35%-26%-15%+26%+9%-28%+2%-35%+9%
Drugs+24%+57%+30%+40%-66%+3%-76%-20%-19%-10%
Other Crime+75%+67%+17%+250%+140%+133%+29%-14%-25%+71%
Other Theft-29%-14%-39%-47%+24%+29%-7%+29%-+83%
Possession of Weapons+60%+100%-75%+200%-78%-43%-80%+100%-40%-67%
Public Order+27%+32%+13%+22%+12%+15%+58%+52%+53%+81%
Robbery+67%+100%+100%-+200%+100%-+150%-50%-75%
Shoplifting-50%--57%-20%--82%-64%-80%--63%
Theft From the Person--80%-50%-50%---50%+33%-+100%
Vehicle Crime-6%+400%-+100%-33%-24%-28%+29%-63%+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-19%+14%+8%+29%+44%-21%+2%+7%+2%+65%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kirkby

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

How dangerous is Kirkby?
Kirkby is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Merseyside.

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

What is the least common crime in Kirkby?
Kirkby's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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