Warrington Crime Overview

Warrington is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in the North West, and among the top 20 safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Warrington in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people.

And in August 2020, Warrington was the second-worst city in the North West for bicycle theft, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Warrington are violence and sexual offences, with 3,881 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 3.2% lower than 2019's figure of 4,004 offences and a difference of 0.59 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Warrington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 33 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 267% from 2019's figure of 121 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Warrington This Year

 Warrington
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour2,45411.68
Bicycle Theft1930.92
Burglary2601.24
Criminal Damage and Arson7473.56
Drugs1930.92
Other Crime1620.77
Other Theft4682.23
Possession of Weapons430.20
Public Order1,3086.23
Robbery550.26
Shoplifting5842.78
Theft From the Person330.16
Vehicle Crime2091.00
Violence and Sexual Offences3,88118.48

Warrington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16111012Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.41.30.92Safer
Burglary2.01.91.81.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.84.54.63.6Safer
Drugs0.990.971.00.92Safer
Other Crime0.700.840.810.77Safer
Other Theft3.13.43.62.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.400.340.20Safer
Public Order9986Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.250.370.26Safer
Shoplifting4.04.33.62.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.460.580.16Safer
Vehicle Crime1.81.81.61.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13161918Getting worse

Comparing Warrington to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Warrington38.74-
Coventry71.5046% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9948% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2348% more dangerous
Croydon77.1850% more dangerous
Bradford79.1951% more dangerous
London80.7052% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0256% more dangerous
Bristol91.5758% more dangerous
Leeds91.9058% more dangerous
Leicester102.5162% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9463% more dangerous

Crime in Warrington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Warrington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Warrington saw a 133% increase in other crime. Warrington saw a large fall in theft from the person during August, when it fell by 91% compared to August in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Warrington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+123%+43%-15%-7%-27%-5%+32%+73%
Bicycle Theft+17%-67%-40%-50%-52%+21%-28%-55%-56%
Burglary+10%+4%--17%-38%-57%-64%-24%-10%
Criminal Damage and Arson+17%-27%-18%-16%+13%-39%-20%-56%-3%
Drugs-29%---+100%+55%-25%-35%+113%
Other Crime+24%-27%-36%+58%+60%-29%-30%-16%+133%
Other Theft-29%-59%-57%-17%-13%-32%-46%-7%-53%
Possession of Weapons-67%-80%-78%+33%-17%-20%-67%-55%-17%
Public Order-37%-42%-11%+11%-16%+12%-2%-26%-6%
Robbery-54%-40%-50%-13%--38%-33%+50%-33%
Shoplifting+7%-57%-41%-42%-11%-34%-5%-16%-4%
Theft From the Person-50%-75%--67%-64%-91%-81%-77%-78%
Vehicle Crime+35%-53%-43%-69%+36%-76%-32%-46%-68%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-10%-10%+55%+8%-4%-10%-12%+37%

Warrington's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Warrington
Appleton3143126% safer
Birchwood7147044% more dangerous
Burtonwood and Westbrook5534922% more dangerous
Culcheth and Glazebury3674310% more dangerous
Grappenhall and Thelwall2752935% safer
Great Sankey1,3094310% more dangerous
Lymm532427% more dangerous
Penketh2563123% safer
Poulton-with-Fearnhead9275530% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Warrington

What police force serves Warrington?
Warrington's local territorial police force is the Cheshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Warrington?
Warrington is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in the North West.
What is Warrington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Warrington are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Warrington?
Warrington's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021