Wirral Crime Overview

Wirral is the second most dangerous city in the North West, and the 39th safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Wirral in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Wirral was the second-worst city in the North West for criminal damage and arson, with 253 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.78 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Wirral residents, when it was the North West's second-most dangerous city for bicycle theft, recording 31 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Wirral recorded 120 reports of burglary during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.37 the second-worst city for burglary in the North West that month.

The most common crimes in Wirral are violence and sexual offences, with 9,506 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 10,264 offences and a difference of 2.34 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Wirral's least common crime is theft from the person, with 148 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 39% from 2019's figure of 205 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Wirral This Year

 Wirral
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour8,37725.85
Bicycle Theft2010.62
Burglary9312.87
Criminal Damage and Arson2,7098.36
Drugs1,4414.45
Other Crime5321.64
Other Theft1,1723.62
Possession of Weapons2100.65
Public Order2,5287.80
Robbery1650.51
Shoplifting1,1143.44
Theft From the Person1480.46
Vehicle Crime9893.05
Violence and Sexual Offences9,50629.34

Wirral Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28201626Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.731.10.670.62Safer
Burglary674.92.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1111108Safer
Drugs2.12.93.74.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.61.71.6Getting worse
Other Theft664.93.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.540.630.65Getting worse
Public Order4.7788Getting worse
Robbery0.520.560.450.51No change
Shoplifting64.84.93.4Safer
Theft From the Person0.520.520.630.46Safer
Vehicle Crime764.63.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22303229Getting worse

Comparing Wirral to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Wirral66.81-
Coventry71.507% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9910% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2310% more dangerous
Croydon77.1813% more dangerous
Bradford79.1916% more dangerous
London80.7017% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0225% more dangerous
Bristol91.5727% more dangerous
Leeds91.9027% more dangerous
Leicester102.5135% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9437% more dangerous

Crime in Wirral During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wirral change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Wirral saw a 233% increase in robbery. Wirral saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 76% compared to May in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Wirral's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+58%+134%+128%+95%+38%+45%+37%+85%+82%
Bicycle Theft+13%-71%-45%-16%-27%+62%-19%+200%+158%
Burglary-37%-58%-50%-37%-47%-42%-16%+40%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson+1%-25%-15%-12%+6%-8%-12%-7%-15%
Drugs+87%+85%+93%+26%-10%+41%-20%-9%+40%
Other Crime-2%--4%-20%+41%+25%-15%+48%+61%
Other Theft-4%-44%-29%-45%-42%+1%-25%-14%-18%
Possession of Weapons+160%-32%-15%--15%+33%+56%-+21%
Public Order+8%-4%+11%+39%+12%+16%+8%-20%-6%
Robbery+36%+38%-40%-+83%+233%+100%-13%+50%
Shoplifting-2%-37%-51%-38%-41%-35%-18%-52%-20%
Theft From the Person--59%-76%-13%-42%+11%-+30%-14%
Vehicle Crime-15%-70%-49%-54%-39%-30%-21%+60%-32%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-4%-3%-7%+3%+14%+9%-5%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wirral

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

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021