Whiston Crime Overview

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 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Merseyside's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Merseyside rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whiston is the 143rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,099th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Whiston was the worst small town in Merseyside for vehicle crime, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.69 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2019 was also a bad month for Whiston residents, when it was Merseyside's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Whiston recorded 4 reports of other crime during October 2019, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst small town for other crime in Merseyside that month.

The most common crimes in Whiston are violence and sexual offences, with 532 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 21% higher than 2019's figure of 421 offences and a difference of 8.52 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Whiston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Whiston Compared To Merseyside

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Summary of Crimes in Whiston This Year

 WhistonMerseyside 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38529.5540,66028.453.7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.311,5121.06242% safer
Burglary292.237,2855.10129% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13410.2913,6509.557% more dangerous
Drugs473.6112,2518.57137% safer
Other Crime211.612,8461.9924% safer
Other Theft282.156,9194.84125% safer
Possession of Weapons60.461,3200.92100% safer
Public Order1259.5914,0409.822.4% safer
Robbery40.311,0670.75142% safer
Shoplifting211.615,6903.98147% safer
Theft From the Person30.231,2650.89287% safer
Vehicle Crime493.766,5194.5621% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences53240.8452,19836.5211% more dangerous

Whiston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
West Kirby58439.2696% safer
Maghull78839.6094% safer
Knowsley50543.4677% safer
Rainhill51747.1463% safer
Haydock1,03764.4519% safer
Whiston1,00376.99-
Newton-le-Willows1,84477.190.26% more dangerous
Litherland1,74992.5317% more dangerous
Prescot1,264105.5227% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whiston

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Whiston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43241930Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.840.460.920.31Safer
Burglary4.5562.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson991110Getting worse
Drugs2.42.22.93.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.842.52.11.6Safer
Other Theft4.84.74.12.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.460.380.46Getting worse
Public Order59710Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.690.230.380.31Safer
Shoplifting1.51.40.841.6Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.080.610.380.23Safer
Vehicle Crime8873.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18283241Getting worse

Changes In Whiston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whiston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7114% safer
Whiston76.99-
Coventry77.410.54% more dangerous
Croydon83.227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8110% more dangerous
Bristol86.2111% more dangerous
Leicester97.4421% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8725% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2828% more dangerous
Bradford133.0242% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in Whiston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whiston North68585First
Whiston South44369Second

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-22%+121%+75%+58%-40%-14%+100%+43%+280%+314%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-83%+67%---60%-90%-38%-40%-86%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+57%+18%-21%-67%+71%+20%-44%-35%-68%+29%
Drugs-80%+200%-40%+50%-40%-63%-+600%+100%+300%
Other Crime+300%--50%--50%-+200%---
Other Theft-67%-50%-50%--86%--75%+25%-33%-29%
Public Order-44%+800%+38%-38%+180%+71%+300%+42%-25%-36%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting----+200%-----
Vehicle Crime+233%-75%-33%--89%-67%-+67%-88%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+72%+8%+8%+46%+79%+37%+10%-3%+25%

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021