Litherland Crime Overview

Litherland is the second most dangerous small 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 Litherland in 2020 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 4.3% higher than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Litherland is the 79th most dangerous small town, and the 647th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Litherland was the worst small town in Merseyside for burglary, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Litherland residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Litherland recorded 15 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.79 the worst small town for drugs in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Litherland are violence and sexual offences, with 774 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 645 offences and a difference of 6.83 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Litherland's least common crime is robbery, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 25% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Litherland Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Litherland This Year

 LitherlandMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour58130.7440,66028.457% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft221.161,5121.069% more dangerous
Burglary1306.887,2855.1026% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21311.2713,6509.5515% more dangerous
Drugs1457.6712,2518.5712% safer
Other Crime351.852,8461.998% safer
Other Theft743.916,9194.8424% safer
Possession of Weapons150.791,3200.9216% safer
Public Order1849.7314,0409.820.92% safer
Robbery120.631,0670.7519% safer
Shoplifting452.385,6903.9867% safer
Theft From the Person120.631,2650.8941% safer
Vehicle Crime884.666,5194.562.1% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences77440.9552,19836.5211% more dangerous

Litherland Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Knowsley50543.46113% safer
Rainhill51747.1496% safer
Haydock1,03764.4544% safer
Whiston1,00376.9920% safer
Newton-le-Willows1,84477.1920% safer
Litherland1,74992.53-
Prescot1,264105.5212% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Litherland

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Recent Crimes in Litherland

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near Croxteth AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Sefton Moss VillasInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sefton Moss VillasUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sefton Moss VillasUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kilburn StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kilburn StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Townsend ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Princess WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Princess WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Gale RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Ecclesall AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ryefield LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Inman RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lonsdale CloseFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lonsdale CloseFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Bridgewater CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Litherland Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39232231Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.01.11.2Getting worse
Burglary10967Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14111011Safer
Drugs71268Safer
Other Crime1.32.92.21.8Safer
Other Theft64.63.83.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.581.00.740.79Getting worse
Public Order69810Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.00.370.480.63Getting worse
Shoplifting3.23.12.32.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.320.210.690.63Getting worse
Vehicle Crime5674.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22323441Getting worse

Changes In Litherland's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Litherland to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7137% safer
Coventry77.4120% safer
Croydon83.2211% safer
Sheffield85.818% safer
Bristol86.217% safer
Litherland92.53-
Leicester97.445% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8710% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2814% more dangerous
Bradford133.0230% more dangerous
Leeds137.1033% more dangerous

Crime in Litherland's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Litherland North55477First

Crime in Litherland During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Litherland change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Litherland saw a 400% increase in drugs. Litherland saw a large fall in other crime during September, when it fell by 80% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+128%+288%+137%+92%-26%-34%-36%+104%+36%
Bicycle Theft-+200%---50%-67%--50%-+100%
Burglary-50%-55%+71%+160%-71%+50%+60%-44%+178%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-+107%+33%-20%+100%+20%+7%+14%-53%
Drugs+11%+400%+200%+20%-65%-47%-27%+10%-17%+67%
Other Crime+133%-67%--40%-75%+50%-80%+100%--50%
Other Theft-50%-77%-+167%--10%-+150%+200%+133%
Possession of Weapons---+100%-33%-----
Public Order+113%--27%+43%+60%+144%+50%+11%+78%+8%
Robbery-+100%-+200%---+100%--50%
Shoplifting+100%--33%+100%+400%--25%+167%-80%-20%
Theft From the Person-----50%+100%--67%-50%-
Vehicle Crime+13%-60%-71%+40%+140%-50%-25%--64%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%+45%+25%+52%+58%+3%+26%+31%-14%+45%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Litherland

What police force serves Litherland?
Litherland's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is Litherland?
Litherland is the second most dangerous small town in Merseyside.
What is Litherland's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Litherland are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Litherland?
Litherland's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021