Sefton Crime Overview

Sefton is the third most dangerous city in the North West, and the 30th safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Sefton in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people.

In October 2020, Sefton was the second-worst city in the North West for bicycle theft, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Sefton residents, when it was the North West's second-most dangerous city for burglary, recording 99 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Sefton recorded 137 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.50 the second-worst city for drugs in the North West that month.

The most common crimes in Sefton are violence and sexual offences, with 7,333 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 0.63% lower than 2019's figure of 7,379 offences and a difference of 0.17 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Sefton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 100 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 126% from 2019's figure of 226 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Sefton This Year

 Sefton
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,10418.47
Bicycle Theft2150.78
Burglary9583.47
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7176.21
Drugs1,4095.10
Other Crime3161.14
Other Theft7992.89
Possession of Weapons1420.51
Public Order1,7916.48
Robbery1110.40
Shoplifting7312.64
Theft From the Person1000.36
Vehicle Crime7782.81
Violence and Sexual Offences7,33326.53

Sefton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25171418Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.41.20.78Safer
Burglary754.83.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9886Safer
Drugs3.5555Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.41.31.1Safer
Other Theft54.64.32.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.580.560.51Getting worse
Public Order4.1666Getting worse
Robbery0.630.530.580.40Safer
Shoplifting4.64.23.52.6Safer
Theft From the Person0.570.570.820.36Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.64.42.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19252727Getting worse

Comparing Sefton to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Sefton59.33-
Coventry71.5017% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9920% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2320% more dangerous
Croydon77.1823% more dangerous
Bradford79.1925% more dangerous
London80.7026% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0233% more dangerous
Bristol91.5735% more dangerous
Leeds91.9035% more dangerous
Leicester102.5142% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9444% more dangerous

Crime in Sefton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sefton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Sefton saw a 137% increase in anti-social behaviour. Sefton saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 90% compared to May in 2019. Sefton saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, shoplifting, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+78%+137%+56%+22%+8%+18%+42%+76%
Bicycle Theft-4%-69%-21%+5%-61%-43%-29%-11%-49%
Burglary-10%-20%-38%-38%-36%-17%-20%-33%-27%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-32%-25%-18%-28%+16%+2%-20%-13%
Drugs+1%+36%+94%-8%-41%-36%+24%+4%+10%
Other Crime-22%-46%-11%+44%-24%-22%-18%+83%+25%
Other Theft-28%-64%-39%-40%+3%-31%+4%-49%-17%
Possession of Weapons+67%-29%+86%+100%-26%-24%+33%-13%-36%
Public Order+13%-2%+2%+42%+18%+39%+15%+11%+7%
Robbery-20%-42%-9%+20%-33%-39%-18%-13%-27%
Shoplifting-7%-8%-29%-49%-38%-36%-10%-12%-4%
Theft From the Person-41%-60%-90%-76%-67%-19%-40%-55%-67%
Vehicle Crime-30%-57%-41%-24%-3%-34%-40%+1%-52%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%+1%+8%+8%+4%+21%+19%+9%-1%

Sefton's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Sefton
Formby7583474% safer
Maghull7133666% safer

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sefton

What police force serves Sefton?
Sefton's local territorial police force is the Merseyside Police.
How dangerous is Sefton?
Sefton is the third most dangerous city in the North West.
What is Sefton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sefton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sefton?
Sefton's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021