Famous for it’s football teams, Everton F.C. and Liverpool F.C. and for being the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom, with a population of over 450,000 as of 2011.
This population of 450,000 is a 5.5% increase on Liverpool’s population in 2001. With an increasing population is Liverpool a safe place for inhabitants and business owners within the area?
In the graph below by police.uk, the crime rates between January 2018 and December 2018 is shown, separated by type of crime.
Liverpool’s Most Common Crimes
Violence and Sexual offences ranked as Liverpool’s most common type of crime, this includes homicide, murder, assault, manslaughter, sexual assault, rape, robbery, negligence, endangerment, kidnapping, extortion and harassment.
6431 total crimes of violence and sexual offences occurred from January 2018 to December 2018, 23.36% of all crime committed in Liverpool.
The second most common crime within Liverpool in 2018 was Anti-social behaviour which includes nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours, vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting, street drinking, environmental damage such as littering, prostitution, begging, fireworks misuse and inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles. 17.53% of all crime committed within Liverpool was anti-social behaviour, with 4826 cases.
Petty Crime and “Weekend Warriors” in Liverpool
Although in the city center and in 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 center is rather safe, however it can get rowdy on weekends, young people flock to town and there is a lot of partying. This is usually harmless however sometimes things can get 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.
Retail Crime in Liverpool
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”.
2006 accounts of Shoplifting were recorded in Liverpool in 2018, 7.58% of the total crimes committed in the area.
To help prevent their businesses from suffering financially, Retail Owners can consider hiring a Retail Security Guard. Retail Security Guards are trained to recognise theft threats, provide ongoing surveillance of all areas and act as a visual deterrent, stopping crime within the retailer before it even happens.
For more information visit our Retail Security Page.
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.
Liverpool’s drug crime rate of 6.96%, criminal damage and arson rate of 6.79%, vehicle crime rate of 5.61% and robbery crime rate of 11.2% are all things that could stop these events from going as planned and lead to catastrophic incidents.
To prevent such crimes, event organisers are encouraged to hire Event Security to make sure everything runs as smoothly as planned.
Event Security Officers can offer perimeter and backstage security, control of VIP areas, crowd management, stewarding and can also deal with any Health and Safety issues throughout the event.
For more information visit our Event Security page.
Liverpool’s Most Dangerous Streets
In a November 2018 news article, the Liverpool Echo revealed the most dangerous streets in Liverpool, where the most crime occurred.
According to an analysis of police crime data, the area within and surrounding Roe Alley is the most trouble spot in the entire city of Liverpool.
Between September 2017 and August 2018 alone 420 crimes were reported to have been committed within the location.
Of the 420 crimes, 109 were shoplifting, 100 were violent or sexual offences and the extra 59 were all thefts.
The second most dangerous street of the City would be Duke Street, where 306 total crimes were reported, 64 of these were said to be anti-social behaviour. This was followed by Sheil Road where 266 crimes were reported, then East Lancashire Road with 252 crimes, Brooks Alley, which is located in the city center with 238 crimes and Old Post Office Place with 209 total crimes.
For comparison the most dangerous location across all of the United Kingdom was Meridian Square in Newham, London, with around 1,898 crimes reported within the location between August 2017 and 2018 alone, with 253 of these being violent of sexual offences.
In Comparison to Other Cities in the UK
In Birmingham, the crime rate for Robbery is currently at 12.7%, higher than Liverpool’s Robbery crime rate of 11.2%, Birmingham’s burglary crime rate is also higher, at 4.1%, compared to Liverpool’s 2.9%. However, Liverpool’s rate of Violence and Sexual Offences is much higher at 46.3%, compared to Birmingham’s 23.4%.
Liverpool’s overall crime rates are much lower than other northern cities such as Manchester, Newcastle, Burnley, however, Liverpool’s overall crime rate of 266 crimes per 1,000 people is still 78% over the national average of 149 crimes per 1,000 people.
One of Liverpool’s biggest issues is its rise in Antisocial Behaviour, not only is it Liverpool’s most-recorded crime, as previously mentioned, but the rate of 94.68 crimes per 1,000 people is almost double the 49.55 national average.
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 correctly and securely locked up at the end of each working day to prevent trespassers and theft. Here at Region Security Guarding we offer a quality and affordable Key Holding service ready to retain the keys to your premises at any time at a low cost.
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When simply locking up your business does not work a Static Security Guard may be required to provide a visual presence to deter theft, vandalism and trespassing as well as reducing risks of fires and floods.
Our Static Security Guards are Region Security are fully SIA Licensed and experienced, making sure your business is as safe as it possibly can be.
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Tips for staying safe in Liverpool
With Antisocial 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, Police should be contacting immediately:
- 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:
- General Vandalism
- General Graffiti
- Uncontrolled Pets
- Abandoned Vehicles
- Unkempt Gardens and Flytipping
- Shouting and Verbal Abuse
What To Do If You See or are a Victim to Crime
If you’ve witnessed a crime or have been a victim of crime please report it on Merseyside Police’s “Report a Crime” page HERE.
Answer the questions presented on the page for information on what to do and who to contact in response.