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Crime and Safety in Whiston, Merseyside

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Whiston is among the top 5 most dangerous small 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 Whiston in 2021 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the Merseyside rate of 105 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whiston is the 93rd most dangerous small town, and the 635th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Whiston was the worst small town in Merseyside for drugs, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Whiston residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Whiston recorded 18 reports of public order during January 2021, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst small town for public order in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Whiston are violence and sexual offences, with 658 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 542 offences and a difference of 8.91 from 2020's crime rate of 42. Whiston's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Whiston 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Merseyside

47% higher, regional crime rate

North West

21% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whiston is 47% higher than the North West and 21% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whiston Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Whiston 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 Whiston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021971,268
2020801,039
2019791,025
201875979
201760784
201657737

Crime in Whiston Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Whiston This Year

 WhistonMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28421.8027,40819.18 12% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.541,6871.18 119% safer
Burglary262.006,8974.83 142% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1158.8314,46310.12 15% safer
Drugs735.6011,4888.04 44% safer
Other Crime322.463,2362.26 8% more dangerous
Other Theft443.387,6455.35 58% safer
Possession of Weapons70.541,1620.81 50% safer
Public Order22417.1921,55615.08 12% more dangerous
Robbery20.151,1890.83 453% safer
Shoplifting90.696,0504.23 513% safer
Theft From the Person141.071,9181.34 25% safer
Vehicle Crime574.386,4104.48 2.3% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences65850.5165,74646.00 9% more dangerous

Whiston Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Maghull96148.29102% safer
Rainhill54349.5197% safer
Halewood1,31564.6351% safer
Haydock1,23977.0026% safer
Newton-le-Willows2,20492.265% safer
Whiston1,26897.33-
Knowsley1,184101.884.5% more dangerous
Litherland1,963103.856% more dangerous
Prescot1,583132.1526% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whiston

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Recent Crimes in Whiston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Warrington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Redstone WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ariss GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shelley PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cherry Tree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Ropers Bridge CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022DrugsOn or near Hostock CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Keats AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HaslemereUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ariss GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greene'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near KingsnorthUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chater CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ivy AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cook StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Peel CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MartockUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Abbeywood GroveUnable to prosecute suspect

Whiston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25213122 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.460.920.380.54 Safer
Burglary562.32.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson911119 Safer
Drugs2.33.24.26 Getting worse
Other Crime2.52.11.82.5 Getting worse
Other Theft54.12.43.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.540.540.54 Getting worse
Public Order1071017 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.380.310.15 Safer
Shoplifting1.50.841.60.69 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.610.380.311.1 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime873.94.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30344251 Getting worse

Changes In Whiston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whiston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0845% safer
Croydon82.4818% safer
Sheffield90.058% safer
Bristol90.528% safer
Whiston97.33-
Coventry102.244.8% more dangerous
Leicester111.5913% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0621% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6425% more dangerous
Bradford132.2826% more dangerous
Leeds150.9436% more dangerous

Crime in Whiston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whiston North77196Second
Whiston South63299First

Crime in Whiston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whiston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Whiston saw a 800% increase in public order. Whiston saw a large fall in burglary during August, when it fell by 90% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+113%+80%+52%-40%-14%+100%+38%+310%+343%
Bicycle Theft--------+100%-
Burglary-83%+67%---67%-90%-44%-40%-86%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+57%+8%-20%-58%+86%+20%-50%-39%-70%+57%
Drugs-60%+250%-40%+50%-40%-38%-17%+600%+150%+200%
Other Crime+300%--50%--50%-+200%+25%--
Other Theft-67%-50%-50%--86%--75%+50%-33%-29%
Possession of Weapons-------50%---
Public Order-44%+800%+38%-38%+133%+71%+300%+42%-33%-33%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting----+200%-----
Vehicle Crime+233%-78%-43%--89%-73%-29%+57%-88%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%+79%+11%-+44%+61%+33%+9%-3%+21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whiston

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

How dangerous is Whiston?
Whiston is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Merseyside.

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

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

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