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Crime and Safety in West Kirby, Merseyside

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West Kirby is among the top 5 safest small towns in Merseyside, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Merseyside's 39 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in West Kirby in 2021 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 127% lower than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, West Kirby is the 287th safest small town, and the 3,746th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, West Kirby was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Merseyside for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for West Kirby residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other theft, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.94 per 1,000 residents. West Kirby recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in West Kirby are violence and sexual offences, with 280 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 247 offences and a difference of 2.21 from 2020's crime rate of 17. West Kirby's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

West Kirby 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Merseyside

12% lower, regional crime rate

North West

58% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in West Kirby is 12% lower than the North West and 58% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

West Kirby Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in West Kirby represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for West Kirby

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202146684
202039584
201943638
201852773
201743641
201634502

Crime in West Kirby Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in West Kirby This Year

 West KirbyMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25917.4127,40819.18 10% safer
Bicycle Theft271.821,6871.18 35% more dangerous
Burglary271.826,8974.83 165% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson805.3814,46310.12 88% safer
Drugs322.1511,4888.04 274% safer
Other Crime60.403,2362.26 465% safer
Other Theft573.837,6445.35 40% safer
Possession of Weapons10.071,1620.81 1057% safer
Public Order1167.8021,55615.08 93% safer
Shoplifting140.946,0504.23 350% safer
Theft From the Person20.131,9181.34 931% safer
Vehicle Crime422.826,4104.48 59% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28018.8265,74646.00 144% safer

West Kirby Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rainford28336.6625% safer
Eccleston42041.0212% safer
Formby96343.426% safer
Hoylake47144.672.9% safer
West Kirby68445.98-
Maghull96148.294.8% more dangerous
Rainhill54349.517% more dangerous
Halewood1,31564.6329% more dangerous
Haydock1,23977.0040% more dangerous
Newton-le-Willows2,20492.2650% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in West Kirby

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Recent Crimes in West Kirby

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Gilroy RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hilbre CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near The CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ridley GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Westbourne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Greenbank RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Eaton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fulton AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Grange Cross CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Smithy HeyUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillside RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Caldy WoodUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Albert RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Lang LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Long Hey RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Public orderOn or near Slessor AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Grafton WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillview AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Shrewsbury RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Ridley GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

West Kirby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20122817 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.10.871.8 Getting worse
Burglary53.82.41.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson754.85 Safer
Drugs1.61.12.62.2 Getting worse
Other Crime0.610.540.870.40 Safer
Other Theft4.14.42.53.8 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.200.130.130.07 Safer
Public Order53.84.18 Getting worse
Shoplifting63.62.00.94 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.270.540.200.13 Safer
Vehicle Crime63.02.22.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14151719 Getting worse

Changes In West Kirby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing West Kirby to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9315% safer
West Kirby45.98-
Birmingham49.607% more dangerous
Barnet67.0831% more dangerous
Croydon82.4844% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0349% more dangerous
Bristol90.5249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in West Kirby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
West Kirby49763First

Crime in West Kirby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in West Kirby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when West Kirby saw a 700% increase in drugs. West Kirby saw a large fall in bicycle theft during July, when it fell by 89% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+267%+190%+311%+83%+63%+130%+309%+200%+400%
Bicycle Theft---+200%-89%-----
Burglary-+100%-40%-67%-80%+50%+100%+100%-20%+20%
Criminal Damage and Arson-56%-88%-71%+14%+150%+100%+60%+450%+33%-43%
Drugs---+700%+50%+100%----
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-25%-60%-25%-56%+50%-33%-17%--57%-50%
Public Order-43%-50%+200%-30%+80%+57%+50%-+67%+67%
Shoplifting-14%--89%-89%--67%-50%-+100%-67%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--67%-60%--50%-+125%-17%-80%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+16%+4%-15%-9%-19%+154%+47%-50%--4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in West Kirby

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

How dangerous is West Kirby?
West Kirby is among the top 5 safest small towns in Merseyside.

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

What is the least common crime in West Kirby?
West Kirby's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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