Kirkby Crime Overview

Kirkby is the second most dangerous medium-sized town 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 2020 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 2.7% higher than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kirkby is the 56th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 678th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Kirkby was the worst medium-sized town in Merseyside for other crime, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Kirkby residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Kirkby recorded 6 reports of bicycle theft during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Kirkby are violence and sexual offences, with 1,703 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 1,527 offences and a difference of 4.05 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Kirkby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 16 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 88% from 2019's figure of 30 crimes.

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Crime in Kirkby Compared To Merseyside

Summary of Crimes in Kirkby This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,14126.2440,66028.458% safer
Bicycle Theft270.621,5121.0671% safer
Burglary2325.347,2855.104.5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson49311.3413,6509.5516% more dangerous
Drugs4289.8412,2518.5713% more dangerous
Other Crime1012.322,8461.9914% more dangerous
Other Theft1874.306,9194.8413% safer
Possession of Weapons441.011,3200.929% more dangerous
Public Order4279.8214,0409.820% safer
Robbery310.711,0670.756% safer
Shoplifting451.045,6903.98283% safer
Theft From the Person160.371,2650.89141% safer
Vehicle Crime2225.116,5194.5611% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,70339.1752,19836.527% more dangerous

Kirkby Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heswall77026.68241% safer
Bebington2,69546.1397% safer
Crosby3,33466.4237% safer
Bootle6,476122.5726% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kirkby

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Kirkby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour38262126Safer
Bicycle Theft0.870.670.550.62Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17131211Safer
Drugs3.74.51110Getting worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft5.054.24.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.671.21.0Getting worse
Public Order68810Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.690.580.71Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.530.690.37Safer
Vehicle Crime4.64.54.35Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences22303539Getting worse

Changes In Kirkby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Kirkby to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7134% safer
Coventry77.4118% safer
Croydon83.229% safer
Sheffield85.816% safer
Bristol86.216% safer
Leicester97.447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8712% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2815% more dangerous
Bradford133.0232% more dangerous
Leeds137.1034% more dangerous

Crime in Kirkby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kirkby North East966116Second
Kirkby North West50449Third
Kirkby South East1,078144First

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 317% increase in vehicle crime. Kirkby saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 82% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-21%+84%+110%+18%--28%+40%-1%+81%+57%
Bicycle Theft-+200%-50%--+150%--+200%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-7%-41%-23%-11%+26%+14%-28%+2%-33%+6%
Other Crime+56%+67%+17%+250%+140%+133%+29%-14%-25%+20%
Other Theft-29%--28%-50%+24%+29%-6%+13%-+100%
Possession of Weapons+60%+100%-75%+200%-78%-43%-80%+60%-40%-67%
Public Order+19%+25%+13%+33%+12%+18%+50%+46%+53%+75%
Theft From the Person--80%-50%-50%---50%--+100%
Vehicle Crime-3%+317%+22%+82%-41%-32%-28%+31%-65%+70%
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%+14%+7%+22%+43%-21%+1%+7%+2%+63%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021