Liverpool Crime Overview

Liverpool is the most dangerous major city 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 Liverpool in 2020 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Liverpool is the third most dangerous major city, and the 391st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Liverpool had the worst crime rate in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 57 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Liverpool residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 361 crimes at a rate of 0.62 per 1,000 residents. Liverpool recorded 481 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Liverpool are violence and sexual offences, with 24,145 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 22,701 offences and a difference of 2.46 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Liverpool's least common crime is robbery, with 661 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 29% from 2019's figure of 851 crimes.

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Crime in Liverpool Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Liverpool This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18,80132.0440,66028.4511% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft8851.511,5121.0630% more dangerous
Burglary3,8066.497,2855.1021% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6,22510.6113,6509.5510% more dangerous
Drugs7,55812.8812,2518.5733% more dangerous
Other Crime1,3582.312,8461.9914% more dangerous
Other Theft3,7406.376,9194.8424% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons6961.191,3200.9223% more dangerous
Public Order6,91911.7914,0409.8217% more dangerous
Robbery6611.131,0670.7534% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,7744.735,6903.9816% more dangerous
Theft From the Person8911.521,2650.8941% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,3065.636,5194.5619% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences24,14541.1452,19836.5211% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Liverpool

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Liverpool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour37252232Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson13121111Safer
Drugs781113Getting worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft10986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.740.901.21.2Getting worse
Public Order7111112Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime11986Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28363941Getting worse

Changes In Liverpool's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Liverpool's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Alt Meadows2-1-111.7
Amenity and Open Space1---100.34
Belle Vale Park24-31-26
Brow Side Gardens11---00.12
Calderstones Park5222530.50
Cathedral Church of Christ13--122.8
Doric Park21-1-1110
Geoffrey Hughes Memorial Ground-----20.10
Greenbank Park12---202.0
Heron Eccles Playing Field3---200.35
Hilton Grace Recreation Ground6-1--32.6
Liverpool Cricket and Football Ground2----01.1
Lower Breck Recreation Ground6---931.2
McGoldrick Park2---221.2
Newsham Park53114429102.7
Princes Park-22--00.20
Rice Lane Recreation Ground--2-220.96
Sefton Park43--140.12
Sefton Park Cricket Club-2---31.2
Sparrow Hall Playing Fields131-330.91
Stanley Park-621620.51
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Field--12-01.3
Walker Playing Fields121-5204.0
Walton Clubmoor Recreation Ground1-1-200.41
Warbreck Moor Recreation Ground---1-00.86

Comparing Liverpool to the UK's Major Cities

Major CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7158% safer
Coventry77.4139% safer
Croydon83.2229% safer
Sheffield85.8125% safer
Bristol86.2124% safer
Leicester97.4410% safer
Birmingham102.874.3% safer
Bradford133.0219% more dangerous
Leeds137.1022% more dangerous

Crime in Liverpool's Neighbourhoods

Albert Dock & Queen's Dock is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Liverpool, followed by Central & Islington in second place, and Walton South as the third most dangerous area. Liverpool's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Calderstones, Childwall East, and Halewood Central.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aigburth & Grassendale4514961st
Aintree West & Old Roan5647945th
Albert Dock & Queen's Dock3,396398First
Anfield East1,733181Eighth
Anfield North6358639th
Anfield West84314315th
Belle Vale6047847th
Broad Green4175557th
Central & Islington5,089291Second
Childwall East2113167th
Childwall West & Wavertree Green2713565th
Chinatown, St James & Georgian Quarter1,20512319th
Court Hey & Swanside3383664th
Croxteth East2924063rd
Croxteth Park4668638th
Croxteth West & Gillmoss7679633rd
Edge Hill1,3428342nd
Everton East1,365190Fifth
Everton West1,518185Sixth
Fairfield East1,36914913th
Fairfield West & Newsham Park2,022211Fourth
Fazakerley North89511423rd
Fazakerley South1,10312718th
Halewood Central1683168th
Halewood South7129534th
Hunts Cross5567252nd
Huyton East82011025th
Huyton Farm4888343rd
Huyton West & Roby3594960th
Kirkdale North1,591183Seventh
Kirkdale South & Vauxhall1,08115511th
Knotty Ash6368835th
Mosscroft & Bakers Green4697846th
Mossley Hill East2714462nd
Mossley Hill West & Sefton Park8228540th
Muirhead Avenue5577848th
Norris Green East88610627th
Norris Green West6849732nd
Orrell Park5997751st
Page Moss & Fincham83214116th
Pier Head1,21114414th
Princes Park81911921st
Sandfield Park & Holly Lodge5676056th
Speke East1,06611024th
St Michael's & Otterspool5256853rd
Toxteth Park1,05510528th
Walton East7499930th
Walton Hall1,121169Tenth
Walton North1,240173Ninth
Walton South1,562223Third
Walton Vale5888737th
Wavertree East6588541st
Wavertree Penny Lane4495358th
Wavertree South1,0859831st
Wavertree West1,05010626th
West Allerton2333366th

Liverpool Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Liverpool for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChildwall West & Wavertree Green (75)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (877)
Bicycle TheftHuyton West & Roby (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (136)
BurglaryCroxteth East (13)Walton South (111)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChildwall East (14)Walton South (183)
DrugsWest Allerton (12)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (649)
Other CrimeCalderstones (1)Walton North (58)
Other TheftChildwall West & Wavertree Green (7)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (315)
Possession of WeaponsSt Michael's & Otterspool (1)Central & Islington (88)
Public OrderCalderstones (13)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (304)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Woolton (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (52)
ShopliftingToxteth Park (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (284)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Sandfield Park & Holly Lodge (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (243)
Vehicle CrimeHalewood Central (6)Pier Head (89)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChildwall East (56)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (956)

Crime in Liverpool During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Liverpool change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Liverpool saw a 94% increase in anti-social behaviour. Liverpool saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+10%+85%+51%+54%+23%+14%+59%+66%+94%+90%
Bicycle Theft+33%-42%-34%+2%+15%+37%-29%-39%-44%+12%
Criminal Damage and Arson+12%-40%-22%-1%-5%+10%+19%-15%-8%-3%
Other Crime-23%-10%+17%+4%+9%-7%+19%+41%+25%+6%
Other Theft-17%-54%-49%-25%-27%-22%-12%-30%-23%-39%
Possession of Weapons+14%-26%+57%+26%+17%+4%+14%-34%-35%-5%
Public Order+11%-14%-4%+39%+14%+32%+28%0%+15%+14%
Theft From the Person-7%-69%-86%-79%-72%-51%-51%-69%-73%-59%
Vehicle Crime-6%-42%-46%-33%-29%-18%-31%-33%-34%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences--9%-8%+9%+16%+29%+16%-5%+0%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Liverpool

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021