St. Helens Crime Overview

St. Helens is the most dangerous city in the North West, and the 43rd most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in St. Helens in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people.

In September 2020, St. Helens was the second-worst city in the North West for bicycle theft, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for St. Helens residents, when it was the North West's second-most dangerous city for possession of weapons, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. St. Helens recorded 93 reports of vehicle crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.51 the second-worst city for vehicle crime in the North West that month.

The most common crimes in St. Helens are violence and sexual offences, with 5,777 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 1.9% lower than 2019's figure of 5,889 offences and a difference of 0.62 from 2019's crime rate of 33. St. Helens's least common crime is robbery, with 59 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 75% from 2019's figure of 103 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in St. Helens This Year

 St. Helens
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour4,34424.06
Bicycle Theft1260.70
Burglary7083.92
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5388.52
Drugs9055.01
Other Crime3421.89
Other Theft6323.50
Possession of Weapons1620.90
Public Order1,5538.60
Robbery590.33
Shoplifting7284.03
Theft From the Person660.37
Vehicle Crime7514.16
Violence and Sexual Offences5,77731.99

St. Helens Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32232024Safer
Bicycle Theft0.790.730.600.70Safer
Burglary6653.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1210109Safer
Drugs2.83.14.45Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.61.61.9Getting worse
Other Theft6653.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.450.530.680.90Getting worse
Public Order6789Getting worse
Robbery0.500.610.570.33Safer
Shoplifting664.94.0Safer
Theft From the Person0.550.710.860.37Safer
Vehicle Crime4.44.64.74.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23293332Getting worse

Comparing St. Helens to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.503.4% safer
St. Helens73.91-
Sheffield73.990.11% more dangerous
Kirklees74.230.43% more dangerous
Croydon77.184.2% more dangerous
Bradford79.197% more dangerous
London80.708% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0217% more dangerous
Bristol91.5719% more dangerous
Leeds91.9020% more dangerous
Leicester102.5128% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9430% more dangerous

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 June, when St. Helens saw a 217% increase in possession of weapons. St. Helens saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 93% compared to May in 2019. Rates of other theft and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during St. Helens's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+100%+100%+39%+1%-3%+8%+27%+19%
Bicycle Theft-14%+11%-58%+88%+30%+109%+38%+22%-
Burglary+19%-8%-14%-46%+27%-33%-29%-39%-58%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-36%-18%-2%+16%+3%--18%-4%
Drugs+19%+46%+91%+45%+34%-27%+24%+20%+2%
Other Crime+132%+41%+32%+27%+14%+39%+17%+30%+4%
Other Theft-25%-54%-47%-10%-43%-25%-19%-19%-29%
Possession of Weapons-33%+44%+80%+217%+40%-45%+42%+150%+33%
Public Order-11%+6%+2%+2%+3%+35%+51%+1%+8%
Robbery-44%-25%-54%-55%+180%-67%--88%-25%
Shoplifting+52%-54%-37%-30%-16%-1%-12%-58%+6%
Theft From the Person-57%-73%-93%-50%-47%-15%-43%-67%-81%
Vehicle Crime+15%-30%-20%+16%-42%+25%-31%-8%+37%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-10%-6%+2%+18%+16%+17%+9%+1%

St. Helens's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from St. Helens
Eccleston3833798% safer
Rainford22529154% safer
Rainhill4774370% safer

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 most dangerous city in the North West.
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.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021