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Crime and Safety in Liverpool

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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 2021 was 123 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Liverpool is the second most dangerous major city, and the 299th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Liverpool had the worst crime rate in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 63 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Liverpool residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 300 crimes at a rate of 0.51 per 1,000 residents. Liverpool recorded 521 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.89 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Liverpool are violence and sexual offences, with 30,053 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 23,617 offences and a difference of 10.97 from 2020's crime rate of 40. Liverpool's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 620 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 10% from 2020's figure of 685 crimes.

Liverpool 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Cities, Merseyside

58% higher, regional crime rate

North West

41% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Liverpool is 58% higher than the North West and 41% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Liverpool Crime Rate Over Time

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Liverpool Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Liverpool represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Liverpool

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202112372,220
202010561,664
201910863,620
201810863,329
201710058,712
20168549,989

Crime in Liverpool Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Liverpool This Year

 LiverpoolMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,47821.2627,40819.18 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft9111.551,6871.18 24% more dangerous
Burglary3,6626.246,8974.83 23% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6,55011.1614,46310.12 9% more dangerous
Drugs6,67411.3711,4888.04 29% more dangerous
Other Crime1,4632.493,2362.26 9% more dangerous
Other Theft4,0196.857,6445.35 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons6201.061,1620.81 24% more dangerous
Public Order10,17417.3421,55615.08 13% more dangerous
Robbery7261.241,1890.83 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,9004.946,0504.23 14% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1,3782.351,9181.34 43% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,0905.276,4104.48 15% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences30,05351.2165,74646.00 10% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Liverpool

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Recent Crimes in Liverpool

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kilrea CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elwy StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bray RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Greenbank LaneFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Sefton DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Melville StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Hale DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Sefton DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Allesley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North John StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Out LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Canalside GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near South Hunter StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Waltham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Horringford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Forfar RoadFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hockenhall AlleyUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Victoria StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ranelagh StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Liverpool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25213121 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.71.51.6 Safer
Burglary9766 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111011 Safer
Drugs8111311 Getting worse
Other Crime2.12.22.22.5 Getting worse
Other Theft9867 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.901.21.21.1 Getting worse
Public Order10101217 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.41.11.2 Safer
Shoplifting764.64.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.83.01.52.4 Safer
Vehicle Crime9765 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35384051 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93208% safer
Birmingham49.60148% safer
Barnet67.0883% safer
Croydon82.4849% safer
Sheffield90.0337% safer
Bristol90.5236% safer
Leicester111.5910% safer
Liverpool123.06-
Bradford132.287% more dangerous
Leeds150.9418% 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 Everton East as the third most dangerous area. Liverpool's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Calderstones, Childwall East, and Halewood Central.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aigburth & Grassendale4284662nd
Aintree West & Old Roan6218749th
Albert Dock & Queen's Dock4,849568First
Allerton4957454th
Anfield East1,950204Eighth
Anfield North80210833rd
Anfield West96616415th
Belle Vale7199342nd
Broad Green4435859th
Calderstones2563468th
Central & Islington6,405366Second
Childwall East2203269th
Childwall West & Wavertree Green3114064th
Chinatown, St James & Georgian Quarter1,46514917th
Court Hey & Swanside3673965th
Croxteth East3244463rd
Croxteth Park4318051st
Croxteth West & Gillmoss7189045th
Dingle6327952nd
Dovecot82814019th
Edge Hill1,67610436th
Everton East1,756244Third
Everton West1,56719111th
Fairfield East1,56717114th
Fairfield West & Newsham Park2,206231Fifth
Fazakerley North1,02913123rd
Fazakerley South1,21714018th
Garston6249341st
Gateacre3325560th
Halewood Central1983667th
Halewood South7139638th
Hunts Cross5807553rd
Huyton East94412626th
Huyton Farm5198847th
Huyton West & Roby4376057th
Kensington1,64417313th
Kirkdale North1,894218Sixth
Kirkdale South & Vauxhall1,350193Tenth
Knotty Ash72510037th
Mosscroft & Bakers Green5599440th
Mossley Hill East2854761st
Mossley Hill West & Sefton Park9219539th
Muirhead Avenue6529144th
Netherley5098846th
Norris Green East99311829th
Norris Green West74010535th
Orrell Park6788748th
Page Moss & Fincham94015916th
Pier Head1,773212Seventh
Princes Park92913522nd
Sandfield Park & Holly Lodge6236655th
Speke East1,09911331st
St Michael's & Otterspool6418350th
Stoneycroft75411232nd
Toxteth1,20712725th
Toxteth Park1,30913124th
Tuebrook1,24913920th
Walton East92812227th
Walton Hall1,17117612th
Walton North1,414197Ninth
Walton South1,693241Fourth
Walton Vale6259243rd
Wavertree East87911430th
Wavertree Penny Lane4935858th
Wavertree South1,35312228th
Wavertree West1,36713821st
West Allerton2643766th
Woolton4676356th
Yewtree81810534th

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 (50)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (567)
Bicycle TheftCourt Hey & Swanside (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (92)
BurglaryCroxteth East (10)Central & Islington (282)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHalewood Central (13)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (271)
DrugsMossley Hill East (6)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (636)
Other CrimeChildwall West & Wavertree Green (3)Walton South (56)
Other TheftChildwall East (4)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (438)
Possession of WeaponsBroad Green (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (41)
Public OrderChildwall East (28)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (592)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Fazakerley South (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (68)
ShopliftingBroad Green (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (276)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Huyton East (1)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (424)
Vehicle CrimeHalewood Central (6)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (126)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChildwall East (74)Albert Dock & Queen's Dock (1,717)

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 93% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+83%+49%+54%+23%+14%+57%+66%+93%+89%
Bicycle Theft+35%-43%-34%-+13%+37%-29%-38%-47%+12%
Burglary-14%-29%-45%-19%-12%+18%+22%+8%-16%-15%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-40%-22%+1%-5%+11%+21%-15%-7%-4%
Drugs-2%+3%+39%+53%+37%+15%+54%-4%-24%0%
Other Crime-23%-13%+16%+6%+11%-9%+16%+41%+24%+4%
Other Theft-16%-54%-50%-26%-26%-22%-12%-29%-25%-38%
Possession of Weapons+13%-26%+54%+24%+17%+3%+12%-33%-38%-3%
Public Order+10%-15%-6%+39%+14%+33%+27%-1%+15%+16%
Robbery-4%-36%-37%-31%-51%-13%-27%-10%-18%-26%
Shoplifting-38%-37%-44%-48%-30%-29%-26%-33%-21%-31%
Theft From the Person-6%-69%-86%-79%-72%-51%-51%-69%-73%-60%
Vehicle Crime-6%-41%-46%-32%-29%-17%-30%-34%-36%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-9%-8%+10%+17%+29%+16%-6%-1%+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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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