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Crime and Safety in Southport

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Southport is the safest major 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 Southport in 2021 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 22% lower than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southport is the 52nd safest major town, and the 907th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Southport was the worst major town in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Southport residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 36 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Southport recorded 10 reports of possession of weapons during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst major town for possession of weapons in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Southport are violence and sexual offences, with 3,825 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 23% higher than 2020's figure of 2,961 offences and a difference of 9.20 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Southport's least common crime is robbery, with 44 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 30% from 2020's figure of 31 crimes.

Southport 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Merseyside

40% higher, regional crime rate

North West

11% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Southport is 40% higher than the North West and 11% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Southport Crime Rate Over Time

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Southport Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Southport 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 Southport

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021868,055
2020676,299
2019736,894
2018736,880
2017646,006
2016545,078

Crime in Southport Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Southport This Year

 SouthportMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,18012.5727,40819.18 53% safer
Bicycle Theft1131.201,6871.18 1.7% more dangerous
Burglary3924.176,8974.83 16% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5996.3814,46310.12 59% safer
Drugs4644.9411,4888.04 63% safer
Other Crime1671.783,2362.26 27% safer
Other Theft3753.997,6455.35 34% safer
Possession of Weapons590.631,1620.81 29% safer
Public Order1,11811.9121,55615.08 27% safer
Robbery440.471,1890.83 77% safer
Shoplifting4654.956,0504.23 15% more dangerous
Theft From the Person760.811,9181.34 65% safer
Vehicle Crime3583.816,4104.48 18% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,82540.7365,74646.00 13% safer

Southport Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southport8,05585.78-
Wallasey5,74494.379% more dangerous
St Helens13,193125.5032% more dangerous
Birkenhead12,233135.0436% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southport

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Recent Crimes in Southport

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rose CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knowsley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard LaneLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Baytree CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Back Forest RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near A565Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eamont AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cambridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beresford DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Blundell AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Mount StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Police StationLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillside RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest

Southport Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18131913 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.50.871.2 Safer
Burglary563.54.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766 Safer
Drugs2.64.64.84.9 Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.51.21.8 Getting worse
Other Theft663.74.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.520.620.63 Getting worse
Public Order76712 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.470.600.330.47 Safer
Shoplifting74.83.95.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.811.30.480.81 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.93.92.63.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences29293241 Getting worse

Changes In Southport's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Southport's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hesketh Park191-2101.9
St James' Church----206

Comparing Southport to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0828% safer
Croydon82.484.0% safer
Southport85.78-
Sheffield90.054.7% more dangerous
Bristol90.525% more dangerous
Coventry102.2416% more dangerous
Leicester111.5923% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0630% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6434% more dangerous
Bradford132.2835% more dangerous
Leeds150.9443% more dangerous

Crime in Southport's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hesketh Park46362Third
Hillside34447Sixth
Marshside35551Fifth
Meols Cop55274Second
Southport High Park48062Fourth
Southport South78591First

Southport Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHillside (41)Southport South (132)
Bicycle TheftHesketh Park (2)Southport South (14)
BurglaryMarshside (14)Southport South (50)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHesketh Park (26)Southport South (69)
DrugsHillside (9)Meols Cop (50)
Other CrimeMarshside (4)Hesketh Park (18)
Other TheftHillside (4)Meols Cop (25)
Possession of WeaponsHillside (1)Southport South (5)
Public OrderHillside (35)Southport South (99)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hesketh Park (1)Marshside (5)
ShopliftingSouthport High Park (11)Marshside (27)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Southport High Park (1)Hesketh Park (6)
Vehicle CrimeSouthport High Park (9)Southport South (53)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMarshside (184)Southport South (378)

Crime in Southport During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southport change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Southport saw a 300% increase in possession of weapons. Southport saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019. Rates of theft from the person and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Southport's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-15%+83%+149%+52%+26%-5%+9%+80%+95%+133%
Bicycle Theft+20%-86%--22%-44%-72%-64%-40%-64%+100%
Burglary-39%-25%-65%-56%-34%-55%-45%-40%-75%-46%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-34%-57%-13%+4%+13%-22%-9%-35%-4%
Drugs-14%-29%-3%+13%+17%+6%+125%-15%+6%-10%
Other Crime-52%-62%-23%+100%-57%-53%-33%+130%-+120%
Other Theft--41%-67%-47%+7%-56%-7%-53%-44%-39%
Possession of Weapons+20%-17%+300%--50%--+40%+100%+33%
Public Order-17%-9%+15%+66%+54%+23%-20%+8%-12%+46%
Robbery-20%-50%-67%+100%-33%--50%-67%-+25%
Shoplifting-36%+21%-24%-54%-57%-58%+8%-11%+18%+6%
Theft From the Person-60%-70%-92%--88%-30%-64%-70%-82%-25%
Vehicle Crime-25%-67%-45%-45%+22%-49%-19%-37%-35%-63%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-6%-1%+20%-+34%+18%+23%-8%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southport

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

How dangerous is Southport?
Southport is the safest major town in Merseyside.

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

What is the least common crime in Southport?
Southport's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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