Southport Crime Overview

Southport is the safest major town 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 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 31% lower than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southport is the 34th safest major town, and the 1,572nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Southport was the worst major town in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Southport residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous major town for theft from the person, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.03 per 1,000 residents. Southport recorded 28 reports of vehicle crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst major town for vehicle crime in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Southport are violence and sexual offences, with 2,988 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 2,742 offences and a difference of 2.62 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Southport's least common crime is robbery, with 31 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 81% from 2019's figure of 56 crimes.

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See how Southport shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Southport and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Southport Compared To Merseyside

Summary of Crimes in Southport This Year

 SouthportMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,82819.4740,66028.4546% safer
Bicycle Theft820.871,5121.0622% safer
Burglary3353.577,2855.1043% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5996.3813,6509.5550% safer
Drugs4504.7912,2518.5779% safer
Other Crime1161.242,8461.9960% safer
Other Theft3523.756,9194.8429% safer
Possession of Weapons580.621,3200.9248% safer
Public Order6727.1614,0409.8237% safer
Robbery310.331,0670.75127% safer
Shoplifting3693.935,6903.981.3% safer
Theft From the Person450.481,2650.8985% safer
Vehicle Crime2432.596,5194.5676% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,98831.8252,19836.5215% safer

Southport Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southport6,34067.52-
Wallasey4,63376.1211% more dangerous
St Helens11,355108.0137% more dangerous
Birkenhead10,521116.1442% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southport

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Southport Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23181319Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.91.50.87Safer
Burglary6563.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8876Safer
Drugs2.22.64.64.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.51.51.2Safer
Other Theft6663.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.470.520.62Getting worse
Public Order4.7767Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.470.600.33Safer
Shoplifting774.83.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.811.30.48Safer
Vehicle Crime3.14.03.92.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22292932Getting 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 2020.

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
Southport67.52-
Barnet67.710.28% more dangerous
Coventry77.4113% more dangerous
Croydon83.2219% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8121% more dangerous
Bristol86.2122% more dangerous
Leicester97.4431% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% more dangerous

Crime in Southport's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hesketh Park38952Fourth
Hillside28539Fifth
Marshside20930Sixth
Meols Cop46963Second
Southport High Park44157Third
Southport South56566First

Southport Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Southport for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHillside (75)Southport South (145)
Bicycle TheftMarshside (2)Southport South (7)
BurglaryMarshside (16)Meols Cop (31)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMarshside (24)Meols Cop (52)
DrugsMarshside (12)Southport South (38)
Other CrimeSouthport High Park (3)Hesketh Park (15)
Other TheftMarshside (11)Southport South (29)
Possession of WeaponsMarshside (1)Southport High Park (5)
Public OrderMarshside (23)Southport High Park (55)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Southport High Park (1)Southport South (5)
ShopliftingHesketh Park (2)Meols Cop (33)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Meols Cop (1)Southport South (3)
Vehicle CrimeHesketh Park (6)Southport South (24)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMarshside (88)Southport South (297)

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-17%+83%+154%+54%+24%-5%+6%+79%+100%+133%
Bicycle Theft+20%-86%--22%-44%-72%-64%-40%-64%+100%
Burglary-39%-23%-65%-57%-34%-56%-46%-40%-74%-46%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-32%-57%-14%+2%+13%-22%-9%-35%-2%
Drugs-14%-29%-3%+13%+17%+6%+125%-15%+6%-10%
Other Crime-52%-62%-23%+117%-57%-53%-17%+130%-+120%
Other Theft--41%-67%-45%+7%-56%-7%-53%-44%-39%
Possession of Weapons+20%-17%+300%--50%--+40%+100%+33%
Public Order-17%-9%+15%+66%+54%+24%-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%-33%-32%-63%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-6%-1%+20%0%+34%+17%+23%-7%+3%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021