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Crime and Safety in Knowsley

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Knowsley is the third most dangerous small 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 Knowsley in 2021 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 2.6% lower than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Knowsley is the 82nd most dangerous small town, and the 556th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Knowsley was the worst small town in Merseyside for drugs, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.9 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Knowsley residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 residents. Knowsley recorded 7 reports of other crime during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.60 the worst small town for other crime in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Knowsley are violence and sexual offences, with 599 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 24% higher than 2020's figure of 453 offences and a difference of 12.56 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Knowsley's least common crime is shoplifting, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 250% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Knowsley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Merseyside

50% higher, regional crime rate

North West

25% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Knowsley is 50% higher than the North West and 25% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Knowsley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Knowsley 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 Knowsley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211021,184
202082954
201973843
201871827
201759688
201649571

Crime in Knowsley Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Knowsley This Year

 KnowsleyMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18015.4927,40819.18 24% safer
Bicycle Theft60.521,6871.18 127% safer
Burglary504.306,8974.83 12% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11910.2414,46310.12 1.2% more dangerous
Drugs998.5211,4888.04 6% more dangerous
Other Crime332.843,2362.26 20% more dangerous
Other Theft564.827,6455.35 11% safer
Possession of Weapons100.861,1620.81 6% more dangerous
Public Order15213.0821,55615.08 15% safer
Robbery80.691,1890.83 20% safer
Shoplifting20.176,0504.23 2388% safer
Theft From the Person80.691,9181.34 94% safer
Vehicle Crime423.616,4104.48 24% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences59951.5465,74646.00 11% more dangerous

Knowsley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rainhill54349.51106% safer
Halewood1,31564.6358% safer
Haydock1,23977.0032% safer
Newton-le-Willows2,20492.2610% safer
Whiston1,26897.334.7% safer
Knowsley1,184101.88-
Litherland1,963103.851.9% more dangerous
Prescot1,583132.1523% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Knowsley

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Recent Crimes in Knowsley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Quickthorn CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lyme CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Woodfarm HeyInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Park WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Pool HeyInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shepton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Newark CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Middlehey RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near The SpinneyInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Astley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kitling RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Boydell CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Boode CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lyme GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Waterpark DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Benedict'S GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The SpinneyUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dannette HeyInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Kitling RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Riding Hill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Knowsley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20162815 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.520.430.090.52 Getting worse
Burglary574.14.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson911910 Getting worse
Drugs6699 Getting worse
Other Crime2.41.42.82.8 Getting worse
Other Theft63.83.94.8 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons1.20.600.950.86 Safer
Public Order77913 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.600.600.170.69 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.520.340.600.17 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.430.090.69 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime5.053.53.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29293952 Getting worse

Changes In Knowsley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Knowsley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0852% safer
Croydon82.4824% safer
Sheffield90.0513% safer
Bristol90.5213% safer
Knowsley101.88-
Coventry102.240.35% more dangerous
Leicester111.599% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0617% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6421% more dangerous
Bradford132.2823% more dangerous
Leeds150.9433% more dangerous

Crime in Knowsley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Knowsley Village & Southdene1,147113Second
Longview & Knowsley Park1,089150First
Stockbridge Village736100Third

Crime in Knowsley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Knowsley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Knowsley saw a 800% increase in burglary. Knowsley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during September, when it fell by 83% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+69%+207%+264%+169%+125%+37%-33%+3%+375%+100%
Bicycle Theft------50%----
Burglary-82%-76%-33%-+800%-50%-50%+100%+400%-73%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-50%+11%-70%-44%+100%+200%-40%-8%+17%
Drugs+20%--31%+100%+100%-+29%-73%+157%+650%
Other Crime+20%-50%+100%+100%+200%+300%----67%
Other Theft--33%+33%---+100%-33%+67%-67%
Possession of Weapons----+100%--+100%--
Public Order+67%+100%+80%+100%+78%+86%-+57%+50%-78%
Robbery----------
Vehicle Crime+20%-63%-40%+50%-63%-75%-83%-25%-83%+167%
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%+11%+32%-9%-4%+100%+116%+21%+105%+90%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Knowsley

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

How dangerous is Knowsley?
Knowsley is the third most dangerous small town in Merseyside.

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

What is the least common crime in Knowsley?
Knowsley's least common crime is shoplifting.

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