Rainford Crime Overview

Rainford is the second safest small town in Merseyside, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rainford in 2020 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 175% lower than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rainford is the 140th safest small town, and the 5,437th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Rainford was the worst small town in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2019 was also a bad month for Rainford residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 1.7 per 1,000 residents. Rainford recorded 15 reports of vehicle crime during October 2018, making its crime rate of 1.9 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Rainford are violence and sexual offences, with 98 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 50% lower than 2019's figure of 147 offences and a difference of 6.35 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Rainford's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Rainford Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Rainford This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11214.5140,66028.4596% safer
Bicycle Theft20.261,5121.06308% safer
Burglary324.157,2855.1023% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson212.7213,6509.55251% safer
Drugs141.8112,2518.57373% safer
Other Crime121.552,8461.9928% safer
Other Theft91.176,9194.84314% safer
Public Order182.3314,0409.82321% safer
Robbery20.261,0670.75188% safer
Shoplifting111.425,6903.98180% safer
Vehicle Crime303.896,5194.5617% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9812.6952,19836.52188% safer

Rainford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Eccleston23723.1539% safer
Halewood68533.664.2% more dangerous
Formby81536.7512% more dangerous
Hoylake41439.2618% more dangerous
West Kirby58439.2618% more dangerous
Maghull78839.6019% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rainford

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Rainford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour20151015Safer
Bicycle Theft0.520.78-0.26Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8552.7Safer
Drugs0.650.521.01.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.781.00.131.6Getting worse
Other Theft3.
Public Order2.
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.65--0.26Safer
Shoplifting0.650.261.21.4Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2. worse
Violence and Sexual Offences12131913Safer

Changes In Rainford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Rainford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7152% more dangerous
Coventry77.4158% more dangerous
Croydon83.2261% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8162% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4467% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2870% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1076% more dangerous

Crime in Rainford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

Crime in Rainford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rainford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Rainford saw a 600% increase in anti-social behaviour. Rainford saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 85% compared to April in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Rainford's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+600%+433%-13%-44%+75%+14%+160%+140%+133%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+200%--67%-60%--50%--50%-
Other Crime+200%---------
Other Theft---50%--50%--67%---
Public Order--+300%-50%-20%--67%--50%-60%
Vehicle Crime+400%+100%---50%-67%-75%-25%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+80%-10%-75%-25%-74%-75%-27%-47%-9%-44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rainford

What police force serves Rainford?
Rainford's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is Rainford?
Rainford is the second safest small town in Merseyside.
What is Rainford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rainford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Rainford?
Rainford's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021