Liverpool crime statistics

The stats from the Merseyside Police Department.

Matthew Boyle
by , Mortgages & Utilities Publisher

Not only is it a good idea to be well-read and up-to-date on what’s going on in your area for safety purposes, but criminal activity can also have an effect on rent and property prices in your area.
We took it upon ourselves to do some research and found that the number of crimes in the Liverpool Metropolitan Area has actually gone down by 3.5% between 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. The biggest drop we found is in the number of offences related to anti-social behaviour, which has gone down by 28% since last year.

Quick overview

  • 164,479 crimes were reported across the Liverpool Metropolitan Area between May 2018 and May 2019.
  • That’s, on average, 13,707 crimes per month across 2018 and 2019.
  • The crime rate of 2018/2019 was 119 (per population of 1,000).
  • Violence and sex offences were the most common crimes every month in 2018/2019. These types of crimes were reported 48,583 times.
  • Drug crimes are rising in Liverpool. Drug-related crimes increased by 26% in 2018/2019 compared to 2017/2018.

The crime rate spiked in 2017/2018

Merseyside had over 170 500 reported crimes

Year-on-year statistics

After two consecutive years of increased criminality, crime rates in the Liverpool Metropolitan Area have decreased by 3.5% between 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. In 2016/2017, there was a peak in the number of reported crimes and a 14.7% increase in crimes compared to the year before (2015/2016). The following year (2017/2018) had a slight increase as well (2%), but this trend didn’t last, as the number of reports decreased in 2018/2019.

The number of crimes reported across the last 5 years

Crime rates going down

There is good news, 8 out of 14 crime categories are indeed seeing a statistical drop. The biggest decrease was in crimes related to anti-social behaviour, with 11,853 fewer cases being reported in 2018/2019 than in 2017/2018. Over the last five years, we can see an even bigger decrease, with 45% less anti-social behaviour offences being recorded in 2018/2019 than in 2014/2015. On average, these types of offences are decreasing by 13% per year.
We’ve also found that the number of burglaries is going down drastically, with 2,651 (21%) fewer burglaries recorded in 2018/2019 than in 2017/2018. Criminal damage and arson have seen the third biggest drop in the number of crimes reported, with a 12% decrease compared to a year ago.

Crimes with decreasing rates

Crime rates going up

In 2018/2019, we can see that theft from a person increased the most, with 547 (32%) more thefts being reported than in 2017/2018. Drug crimes had the second-highest increase, with 1,826 (26%) more drug-related violations being reported than in 2017/2018. This is a long-standing trend, with offences involving drugs increasing steadily over the past three years by 17% on average per year.

Crimes related to the disturbance of public order have increased by the third-highest amount, with 2,288 (22%) more instances of this type of crime being reported in 2018/2019 than in 2017/2018. Over the five year period between 2014/2015 and 2018/2019, crimes involving the disturbance of public order have increased by a huge 210%.

20% more weapon posessions

Over the last three years, the amount of reported weapon possesions has increased by an average of 20% per year.
The most recorded crimes involved violence and sex offences, which were reported 48,583 times during 2018/2019. This means that, on average, 4,049 violence and sex offence cases were reported per month, or six per hour. Possession of weapons was the least-common crime, with only 1,085 instances recorded, although this type of crime did increase by 22% since the previous year.

Crimes with increasing rates

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