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Crime and Safety in St Helens, Merseyside

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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 2021 was 126 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Merseyside rate of 105 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 293rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, St Helens was the worst major town in Merseyside for burglary, with 47 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.45 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for St Helens residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 105 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. St Helens recorded 26 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst major town for other crime in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in St Helens are violence and sexual offences, with 6,101 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 58. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 4,833 offences and a difference of 12.06 from 2020's crime rate of 46. St Helens's least common crime is robbery, with 72 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 26% from 2020's figure of 53 crimes.

St Helens 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Merseyside

59% higher, regional crime rate

North West

39% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in St Helens is 59% higher than the North West and 39% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

St Helens Crime Rate Over Time

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St Helens Crime Map

Incidents mapped in St Helens 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 St Helens

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202112613,193
202010511,072
201910210,768
20189710,217
2017899,315
2016828,577

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 Behaviour2,48623.6527,40819.18 19% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1051.001,6871.18 18% safer
Burglary4904.666,8974.83 3.6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,38013.1314,46310.12 23% more dangerous
Drugs6796.4611,4888.04 24% safer
Other Crime2752.623,2362.26 14% more dangerous
Other Theft5755.477,6455.35 2.2% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1071.021,1620.81 21% more dangerous
Public Order2,04419.4421,55615.08 22% more dangerous
Robbery720.681,1890.83 22% safer
Shoplifting7437.076,0504.23 40% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1061.011,9181.34 33% safer
Vehicle Crime5164.916,4104.48 9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,10158.0365,74646.00 21% more dangerous

St Helens Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southport8,05585.7846% safer
Wallasey5,74494.3733% safer
St Helens13,193125.50-
Birkenhead12,233135.047% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St Helens

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Recent Crimes in St Helens

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beacon GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holly Bank StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Birch Tree AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Downland WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Extension ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hamblett CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cross StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bentinck StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Tickle AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Graham StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Canterbury StreetFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crab StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Teal CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sutton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beacon GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blackstone AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

St Helens Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30253424 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.870.841.01.0 Getting worse
Burglary7654.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131213 Safer
Drugs4.3686 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.12.72.6 Getting worse
Other Theft764.65 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.961.31.0 Getting worse
Public Order10111219 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.870.800.500.68 Safer
Shoplifting8667 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.941.20.531.0 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime5654.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37424658 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0887% safer
Croydon82.4852% safer
Sheffield90.0539% safer
Bristol90.5239% safer
Coventry102.2423% safer
Leicester111.5912% safer
Liverpool123.062.0% safer
St Helens125.50-
Birmingham129.643.2% more dangerous
Bradford132.285% more dangerous
Leeds150.9417% 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 Hill998145Third
Moss Bank94393Sixth
Sutton Leach96794Fifth
Thatto Heath & Lea Green1,757120Fourth
Town Centre East & Fingerpost2,354323Second
Town Centre West2,727369First
West Park90786Seventh

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 (200)Town Centre West (437)
Bicycle TheftSutton Leach (2)Town Centre West (37)
BurglaryWest Park (26)Town Centre West (103)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Park (91)Town Centre East & Fingerpost (255)
DrugsWest Park (39)Town Centre West (179)
Other CrimeMoss Bank (17)Town Centre West (60)
Other TheftSutton Leach (34)Town Centre East & Fingerpost (135)
Possession of WeaponsSutton Leach (5)Town Centre West (30)
Public OrderWest Park (114)Town Centre West (419)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Sutton Leach (1)Town Centre West (19)
ShopliftingMoss Bank (5)Town Centre West (327)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Moss Bank (2)Town Centre West (29)
Vehicle CrimeWest Park (45)Town Centre East & Fingerpost (72)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSutton Leach (450)Town Centre West (1,089)

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+9%+108%+88%+41%-6%+3%+18%+33%+20%+84%
Bicycle Theft-33%+11%-60%+83%+71%+138%+50%+11%-14%-
Burglary+27%-4%-35%-29%+35%-23%-28%-32%-53%-36%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-43%-18%+14%+23%+8%+3%-26%--21%
Drugs+27%+53%+89%+40%+25%-35%+30%+17%-10%-12%
Other Crime+88%+13%-7%+20%+40%+42%-13%+42%+6%+5%
Other Theft-26%-41%-45%-8%-33%-20%-25%-18%-36%-4%
Possession of Weapons-46%+13%+75%+220%+57%-31%+33%+122%+57%-30%
Public Order-16%-6%-10%+2%+17%+34%+59%+8%+3%+19%
Robbery-43%-14%-62%-50%+333%-75%+75%-92%--
Shoplifting+78%-42%-19%-35%-19%+23%-13%-51%+13%+48%
Theft From the Person-55%-75%-89%-40%-50%+11%-50%-73%-85%-25%
Vehicle Crime+22%-30%-17%+35%-48%+27%-32%-6%+22%-37%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-5%-2%+7%+23%+18%+14%+3%+2%+5%

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).

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