Prescot Crime Overview

Prescot is the 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 Prescot in 2020 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Prescot is the 49th most dangerous small town, and the 421st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Prescot was the worst small town in Merseyside for criminal damage and arson, with 21 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Prescot residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.75 per 1,000 residents. Prescot recorded 5 reports of other crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst small town for other crime in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Prescot are violence and sexual offences, with 513 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 1.2% higher than 2019's figure of 507 offences and a difference of 0.50 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Prescot's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 600% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Prescot This Year

 PrescotMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour42735.6540,66028.4520% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.171,5121.06524% safer
Burglary796.597,2855.1023% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson17414.5313,6509.5534% more dangerous
Drugs715.9312,2518.5745% safer
Other Crime242.002,8461.990.50% more dangerous
Other Theft836.936,9194.8430% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons141.171,3200.9221% more dangerous
Public Order15112.6114,0409.8222% more dangerous
Robbery70.581,0670.7529% safer
Shoplifting736.095,6903.9835% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.831,2650.897% safer
Vehicle Crime635.266,5194.5613% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences51342.8252,19836.5215% more dangerous

Crime in Prescot Compared To Merseyside

Prescot Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rainhill51747.14124% safer
Haydock1,03764.4564% safer
Whiston1,00376.9937% safer
Newton-le-Willows1,84477.1937% safer
Litherland1,74992.5314% safer
Prescot1,264105.52-

Prescot Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46342736Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.30.671.20.17Safer
Burglary99107Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18151415Safer
Drugs3.8566Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.82.62.0Safer
Other Theft7677Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.830.501.41.2Getting worse
Public Order6121013Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.670.580.750.58Safer
Shoplifting2216116Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.581.10.83Safer
Vehicle Crime1110105Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26404243Getting worse

Changes In Prescot's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Prescot to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7156% safer
Coventry77.4136% safer
Croydon83.2227% safer
Sheffield85.8123% safer
Bristol86.2122% safer
Leicester97.448% safer
Birmingham102.872.6% safer
Prescot105.52-
Liverpool107.281.6% more dangerous
Bradford133.0221% more dangerous
Leeds137.1023% more dangerous

Crime in Prescot's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Prescot1,075121First

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.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021