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Crime and Safety in Prescot

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Prescot is the most dangerous small towns in Merseyside, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Prescot in 2021 was 132 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Prescot is the 28th most dangerous small town, and the 257th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Prescot was the worst small town in Merseyside for criminal damage and arson, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Prescot residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 1.7 per 1,000 residents. Prescot recorded 8 reports of other theft during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.67 the worst small town for other theft in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Prescot are violence and sexual offences, with 722 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 60. This is 29% higher than 2020's figure of 513 offences and a difference of 17.45 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Prescot's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 33% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Prescot 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Merseyside

61% higher, regional crime rate

North West

42% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Prescot is 61% higher than the North West and 42% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Prescot Crime Rate Over Time

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Prescot Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Prescot 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 Prescot

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211321,583
20201061,264
20191181,411
20181181,414
20171081,299
2016951,139

Crime in Prescot Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Prescot This Year

 PrescotMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34228.5527,40819.18 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.251,6871.18 372% safer
Burglary443.676,8974.83 32% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18715.6114,46310.12 35% more dangerous
Drugs1109.1811,4888.04 12% more dangerous
Other Crime211.753,2362.26 29% safer
Other Theft756.267,6455.35 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.251,1620.81 224% safer
Public Order25821.5421,55615.08 30% more dangerous
Robbery40.331,1890.83 152% safer
Shoplifting947.856,0504.23 46% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.671,9181.34 100% safer
Vehicle Crime544.516,4104.48 0.67% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences72260.2765,74646.00 24% more dangerous

Prescot Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haydock1,23977.0072% safer
Newton-le-Willows2,20492.2643% safer
Whiston1,26897.3336% safer
Knowsley1,184101.8830% safer
Litherland1,963103.8527% safer
Prescot1,583132.15-

Crime Over Time in Prescot

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Recent Crimes in Prescot

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Manchester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Preston AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Knowsley Park LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chorley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mitchell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kemble StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Speakman WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rufford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Egerton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Park RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Yates' CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mitchell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Evelyn AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Layton WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Manchester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Hill StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knowsley Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Prescot Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34273629 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.671.20.170.25 Safer
Burglary91073.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15141516No change
Drugs5669 Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.62.01.8 Safer
Other Theft6776 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.501.41.20.25 Safer
Public Order12101322 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.580.750.580.33 Safer
Shoplifting161168 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.581.10.830.67 Safer
Vehicle Crime101054.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40424360 Getting worse

Changes In Prescot's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Prescot's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Prescot that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Prescot Community Church--1--15

Comparing Prescot to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0897% safer
Croydon82.4860% safer
Sheffield90.0547% safer
Bristol90.5246% safer
Coventry102.2429% safer
Leicester111.5918% safer
Liverpool123.067% safer
Birmingham129.641.9% safer
Prescot132.15-
Bradford132.280.10% more dangerous
Leeds150.9412% more dangerous

Crime in Prescot's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Prescot1,352153First

Crime in Prescot During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Prescot change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Prescot saw a 200% increase in drugs. Prescot saw a large fall in drugs during September, when it fell by 92% compared to September in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Prescot's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+113%+63%+30%+59%+59%+38%+20%-37%+6%+33%
Bicycle Theft---67%-------
Burglary-64%-17%-42%+8%-50%-91%-40%-56%-11%-36%
Criminal Damage and Arson+91%-13%-6%-21%-+78%-42%-20%-5%-7%
Drugs+33%--25%+150%-18%-17%-92%-33%+50%+200%
Other Crime-33%--60%-+67%+100%-50%+100%-80%-
Other Theft+60%--14%+100%-67%-38%+60%-18%+100%-11%
Possession of Weapons-33%-50%---33%---75%-67%-
Public Order-54%+10%+180%+46%-27%+33%+45%+6%+17%+63%
Robbery--------+100%-
Shoplifting+60%-75%-60%--64%-43%-40%-60%-87%-54%
Theft From the Person-67%-------50%--75%
Vehicle Crime-67%-62%-86%-60%-80%-50%-38%-29%-87%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences--21%-13%-16%-32%+35%+15%+59%-13%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Prescot

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

How dangerous is Prescot?
Prescot is the most dangerous small town in Merseyside.

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

What is the least common crime in Prescot?
Prescot's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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