St Helens Crime Overview

St Helens is the second most dangerous major town in Merseyside, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St Helens in 2020 was 108 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St Helens is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 383rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, St Helens was the worst major town in Merseyside for burglary, with 41 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for St Helens residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 90 crimes at a rate of 0.86 per 1,000 residents. St Helens recorded 82 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.78 the worst major town for drugs in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in St Helens are violence and sexual offences, with 4,955 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 4,601 offences and a difference of 3.36 from 2019's crime rate of 44. St Helens's least common crime is robbery, with 53 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 66% from 2019's figure of 88 crimes.

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Crime in St Helens Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in St Helens This Year

 St HelensMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,68435.0440,66028.4519% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1071.021,5121.063.9% safer
Burglary5955.667,2855.1010% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,34612.8013,6509.5525% more dangerous
Drugs8187.7812,2518.5710% safer
Other Crime2872.732,8461.9927% more dangerous
Other Theft5024.786,9194.841.3% safer
Possession of Weapons1371.301,3200.9229% more dangerous
Public Order1,31612.5214,0409.8222% more dangerous
Robbery530.501,0670.7550% safer
Shoplifting6125.825,6903.9832% more dangerous
Theft From the Person560.531,2650.8968% safer
Vehicle Crime5715.436,5194.5616% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,95547.1352,19836.5223% more dangerous

St Helens Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southport6,34067.5260% safer
Wallasey4,63376.1242% safer
St Helens11,355108.01-
Birkenhead10,521116.147% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St Helens

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St Helens Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43312635Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.00.900.861.0Getting worse
Burglary7876Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17141413Safer
Drugs4.04.468Getting worse
Other Crime1.62.12.22.7Getting worse
Other Theft7764.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.650.780.991.3Getting worse
Public Order8101113Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.710.880.840.50Safer
Shoplifting8866Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.951.20.53Safer
Vehicle Crime6665Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30384447Getting worse

Changes In St Helens's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in St Helens's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in St Helens that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Fosters Park614-12187
King George V Playing Fields--1-110.45

Comparing St Helens to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7160% safer
Coventry77.4140% safer
Croydon83.2230% safer
Sheffield85.8126% safer
Bristol86.2125% safer
Leicester97.4411% safer
Birmingham102.875.0% safer
Liverpool107.280.68% safer
St Helens108.01-
Bradford133.0219% more dangerous
Leeds137.1021% more dangerous

Crime in St Helens's Neighbourhoods

Town Centre West is the most dangerous neighbourhood in St Helens, followed by Town Centre East & Fingerpost in second place, and Derbyshire Hill as the third most dangerous area. St Helens's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Moss Bank, Sutton Leach, and West Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Derbyshire Hill771112Third
Moss Bank90188Fifth
Sutton Leach88186Sixth
Thatto Heath & Lea Green1,480101Fourth
Town Centre East & Fingerpost1,887259Second
Town Centre West2,207299First
West Park84880Seventh

St Helens Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWest Park (269)Town Centre West (573)
Bicycle TheftDerbyshire Hill (2)Town Centre West (40)
BurglarySutton Leach (39)Town Centre West (117)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Park (81)Town Centre West (261)
DrugsDerbyshire Hill (38)Town Centre West (197)
Other CrimeMoss Bank (23)Town Centre West (43)
Other TheftSutton Leach (22)Town Centre East & Fingerpost (119)
Possession of WeaponsDerbyshire Hill (3)Town Centre West (40)
Public OrderWest Park (96)Town Centre West (260)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Moss Bank (3)Town Centre East & Fingerpost (10)
ShopliftingMoss Bank (8)Town Centre West (247)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)West Park (2)Town Centre West (19)
Vehicle CrimeSutton Leach (46)Town Centre East & Fingerpost (69)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSutton Leach (367)Town Centre West (810)

Crime in St Helens During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in St Helens change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when St Helens saw a 333% increase in robbery. St Helens saw a large fall in robbery during October, when it fell by 92% compared to October in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of St Helens's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+109%+93%+44%-8%+6%+18%+36%+24%+86%
Bicycle Theft-33%--60%+83%+50%+150%+50%+22%-14%-
Burglary+28%--36%-27%+51%-21%-34%-33%-54%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-42%-19%+9%+26%+7%+1%-25%+1%-20%
Drugs+29%+55%+96%+42%+27%-35%+28%+19%-12%-7%
Other Crime+58%-5%-6%+25%+38%+36%-22%+36%+6%+16%
Other Theft-29%-43%-48%-11%-32%-17%-28%-14%-38%-4%
Possession of Weapons-46%+13%+75%+220%+50%-35%+33%+122%+57%-30%
Public Order-14%-10%-11%+4%+16%+35%+56%+8%-2%+17%
Robbery-43%-14%-64%-55%+333%-75%+40%-92%--
Shoplifting+74%-42%-19%-33%-19%+23%-12%-50%+12%+47%
Theft From the Person-55%-75%-89%-40%-50%+11%-50%-73%-85%-25%
Vehicle Crime+5%-30%-18%+30%-46%+24%-29%-9%+18%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-6%-2%+6%+23%+16%+13%+2%+3%+3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in St Helens

What police force serves St Helens?
St Helens's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is St Helens?
St Helens is the second most dangerous major town in Merseyside.
What is St Helens's most common crime?
The most common crimes in St Helens are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in St Helens?
St Helens's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021