Rainhill Crime Overview

Rainhill is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Merseyside, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rainhill in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 88% lower than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rainhill is the 355th safest small town, and the 3,380th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Rainhill was the worst small town in Merseyside for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Rainhill residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Rainhill recorded 1 report of theft from the person during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for theft from the person in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Rainhill are violence and sexual offences, with 211 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 24% higher than 2019's figure of 161 offences and a difference of 4.56 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Rainhill's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 67% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Rainhill Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Rainhill This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18717.0540,66028.4567% safer
Bicycle Theft50.461,5121.06130% safer
Burglary353.197,2855.1060% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson766.9313,6509.5538% safer
Drugs201.8212,2518.57371% safer
Other Crime111.002,8461.9999% safer
Other Theft524.746,9194.842.1% safer
Possession of Weapons70.641,3200.9244% safer
Public Order575.2014,0409.8289% safer
Robbery40.361,0670.75108% safer
Shoplifting121.095,6903.98265% safer
Theft From the Person30.271,2650.89230% safer
Vehicle Crime242.196,5194.56108% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21119.2452,19836.5290% safer

Rainhill Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Formby81536.7528% safer
Hoylake41439.2620% safer
West Kirby58439.2620% safer
Maghull78839.6019% safer
Knowsley50543.468% safer
Haydock1,03764.4527% more dangerous
Whiston1,00376.9939% more dangerous
Newton-le-Willows1,84477.1939% more dangerous
Litherland1,74992.5349% more dangerous
Prescot1,264105.5255% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rainhill

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Rainhill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour16131217Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.82-0.360.46Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.974.97Getting worse
Drugs0.731.31.81.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.730.820.641.0Getting worse
Other Theft8764.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.090.180.550.64Getting worse
Public Order3.154.65Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.180.270.36Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) worse
Vehicle Crime664.82.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10121519Getting worse

Changes In Rainhill's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Rainhill to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7130% more dangerous
Coventry77.4139% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8145% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4452% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2856% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Rainhill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rainhill North28552First
Rainhill South23242Second

Crime in Rainhill During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rainhill change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Rainhill saw a 400% increase in criminal damage and arson. Rainhill saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+160%+90%+160%+77%-82%+17%+50%-15%-23%+125%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+67%--20%+67%+150%-44%+250%-50%-30%+400%
Other Crime----+100%-----
Other Theft+33%-+33%-33%+20%+133%-58%-57%-75%-73%
Public Order-38%-33%+400%+20%+67%+20%+267%-50%-50%+67%
Vehicle Crime+200%+200%--50%---67%-57%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-42%-11%-+133%+140%+167%+31%-7%+31%+13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rainhill

What police force serves Rainhill?
Rainhill's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is Rainhill?
Rainhill is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Merseyside.
What is Rainhill's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rainhill are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Rainhill?
Rainhill's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021