Crime In Liverpool

Written by regionadmin

4th February 2019

Crime In Liverpool

Liverpool, renowned for its football teams, Everton F.C. and Liverpool F.C., and as the birthplace of The Beatles, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom. However, its large population and bustling atmosphere can attract crime. So, what is the reality of crime in Liverpool? We’ll be discussing this and more such as what the most common crimes are in Liverpool, and what are the best ways to stay safe.

Crime In Liverpool

Crimerate reports that Liverpool is viewed as the most dangerous city in Merseyside. Last year, Liverpool had an overall crime rate of 135 crimes reported by 1,000 people. This was 26% higher than Merseyside’s own crime rate of 107 crimes per 1,000 people.

Like all cities, Liverpool attracts many different types of crime such as public order crimes, shoplifting, and violent crimes. To get a better understanding of how much crime takes place in the city, we’ve listed a table using statistics from Plumplot.

Type Of Crime

How Much It Makes Up Of Liverpool’s Overall Crime

Violent & Sexual Offences


Public Order Crime


Anti-Social Behaviour


Criminal Damage & Arson Crime




Other Theft




Vehicle Theft




Other Crime


Theft From The Person


Possession Of Weapons




Bicycle Theft



Liverpool’s Most Common Crimes

From looking at the table above, we can see that Liverpool’s most common crimes are violent crimes and public order crimes.

Liverpool’s Violence And Sexual Offences Crime

Violence and sexual offences crimes are ranked as Liverpool’s most common type of crime. These types of crimes include homicide, murder, assault, manslaughter, sexual assault, rape, robbery, negligence, endangerment, kidnapping, extortion and harassment.

Violent crimes make up more than 38.4% of all crimes committed in Liverpool. Plumplot also reported that Liverpool’s violent crimes made up 134% of the national crime rate.

Liverpool’s Public Order Crime

The second most common crime in Liverpool is public order crimes. Public order crimes are often considered crimes which threaten someone in a public place; this includes threatening behaviour, harassment, or violence.

Liverpool’s public order crimes make up more than 11% of all crimes committed in the area. Plumplot reported that the city’s public order crimes made up 179% of the national crime rate.

Petty Crime And “Weekend Warriors” In Liverpool

Although in the city centre and tourist areas you are likely to be very safe and unlikely to be a victim of any violent crime, there are always thieves looking for the opportunity to steal your valuables, so make sure they are properly protected and keep an eye out for any pickpockets. Although robbery is unlikely, if you are careless with your property, somebody may take the opportunity to take something from you.

On most occasions the city centre is rather safe, however, it can get rowdy on weekends, young people flock to the town and there is a lot of partying. This is usually harmless however sometimes things can get out of hand. There are reports of drinks being spiked often, and fights can break out, especially if football games don’t go so well, with them being the reason for many of the young people’s presence in the first place.

Liverpool Retail Crime

Retailers in Liverpool City Centre are huge victims of shoplifting, with them saying it’s costing them dear and that it’s “not a victim-less crime as it could cost jobs”. Shoplifting isn’t a common crime in Liverpool, but it still takes up 5.5% of crimes in the city. According to our Plumplot, Liverpool’s shoplifting crimes had an average crime rate of 6.7 crimes committed per 1,000 people. When compared to the national crime rate, shoplifting crimes made up 90%. 

crimes in liverpool

Liverpool Event Crime

Being one of the largest metropolitan areas of the UK, a lot of events are held within Liverpool such as the Liverpool International Music Festival, The Randox Health Grand National Festival and Sound City. Some common crimes that take place at events are drug crimes, criminal damage, and vehicle crimes.

Plumplot reports that Liverpool’s drug crimes had an average crime of 9.8 crimes committed per 1,000 people. Liverpool’s drug crimes make up 355% of the national crime rate.

While Liverpool’s robbery crimes have an average crime rate of 1 crime reported per 1,000 people. Plumplot reported that robbery crimes in Liverpool make up more than 72% of the national crime rate.

When it comes to car crimes, Liverpool makes up more than 85% of the national crime rate. Plumplot reported that last year, vehicle crimes in Liverpool had an average crime rate of 5.4 crimes per 1,000 people.

Liverpool’s Most Dangerous Wards

Like all cities, Liverpool will have some areas which are more dangerous than others. At the moment, the most dangerous wards in Liverpool are:

  • City Centre North (with an average crime rate of 171 crimes)
  • City Centre South (with an average crime rate of 400 crimes)
  • Kensington & Fairfield (with an average crime of 220 crimes)
  • Walton (with an average crime of 153 crimes)
  • County (with an average crime of 212 crimes)

How Safe Is Liverpool’s Crime Compared To Other Cities?

Although the crime rate in Liverpool has risen, let’s take a look to see how it compares to other big cities such as Birmingham. We’ve used statistics from Numebo to compare the two cities. We have compared the cities based on a few different things such as the level of crime, how much crime has increased in the past three years, and how safe people feel walking in the city.


Birmingham Crime Ranking

Liverpool Crime Ranking

Level Of Crime



Crime Increasing In The Last Three Years



Worries Being Mugged Or Robbed



Drug Crimes



Property Crimes



Violent Crimes



Corruption & Bribery Crimes




Worries About Being Attacked



Feeling Safe Walking Alone In The Day



Feeling Safe Walking Alone In The Night



 From looking at the statistics, we can see that Liverpool had a lower ranking than Birmingham. Meaning Liverpool is the safer city.

liverpool crime

Staying Safe In Liverpool

With anti-social behaviour being the most-recorded crime within Liverpool it is crucial to know how to stay safe when visiting or living in the area.

If you see any of the following, the police should be contacted immediately:

  • Vandalism
  • Buying Drugs
  • Public Drinking
  • Drunken Behaviour
  • Fireworks at Unsociable Hours
  • Riding Motorbikes/Scooter Off-road

The local council should be contacted in the event of:

    • Rowdy/Noisy
    • General Vandalism
    • General Graffiti
    • Uncontrolled Pets
    • Abandoned Vehicles
    • Unkempt Gardens and Fly-tipping
    • Shouting and Verbal Abuse
    • Littering

What To Do If You See Or Are A Victim Of Crime In Liverpool

If you are a victim of a crime whilst you are in Liverpool you must report it to the Merseyside Police. The best way to report a crime to them would be to contact them online on their report a crime page.

Protecting Your Business In Liverpool

One of the simplest things you can do to protect your business in Liverpool is to make sure your property is well protected, and securely locked up at the end of each working day to prevent trespassers and theft. The best way to protect your company would be by hiring security guards to patrol your premises – as security guards have been known to be an excellent visual deterrent against thieves. 

Interested in keeping updated with all the latest North West news? Head over to our news page where you can find articles about the most dangerous areas in Liverpool and whether Liverpool is safe for students.

Also be sure to check out our official Region Security Guarding YouTube channel for more security news, tips and tricks.

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