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Liverpool crime statistics

The crime rate stats from the Merseyside Police Department.

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It’s 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 gone up by 1% between 2018/19 and 2019/20. The biggest raise we found is in the number of offences related to possession of weapons, which has increased up by 26% since 2018/19.

Quick overview

  • 166,837 crimes were reported across the Liverpool Metropolitan Area between May 2019 and June 2020.
  • That was 1% more than between May 2018 and June 2019.
  • That’s, on average, 13,903 crimes per month across 2018 and 2019.
  • In total, there were 163,246 crimes committed in Liverpool during the calendar year 2019.
  • 902,000 people live in Liverpool, making the crime rate of 2019/20 185.0 (per population of 1,000).
  • Violence and sex offences were the most common crimes every month in 2019/20. These types of crimes were reported 51,235 times, 6% higher than the previous year.
  • Drug crimes are rising in Liverpool. Drug-related crimes increased by 37% in 2019/20, compared to 2018/19.

The most common crime in Liverpool is violence and sexual offences

Merseyside had over 51,235 reported cases in 2019/20.

Year-on-year statistics

After two consecutive years of increased criminality, crime rates in the Liverpool Metropolitan Area have decreased by 4% between 2017/2018 and 2018/19. In 2016/17, there was a peak in the number of reported crimes and a 15% increase in crimes compared to the year before (2015/16). The following year (2017/18) had a slight increase as well (2%), but this trend didn’t last, as the number of reports decreased in 2018/19.

The number of crimes reported the last 6 years

Year (June-May) Number of crimes Y-o-Y percentage change
2019/20 166,837 1.43%
2018/19 164,479 -3.54%
2017/18 170,513 2.01%
2016/17 167,151 14.73%
2015/16 145,695 -3.91%
2014/15 151,620

Crime rates going down

There is good news, 9 out of 14 crime categories are indeed seeing a statistical drop. The biggest decrease is in crimes related to vehicles, with 1,749 fewer cases being reported (-17%) in 2019/20 than in 2018/19. The second biggest decrease is in the category called “other theft” (that is, not from a person) which had a 16% decrease this year with 8,471 committed crimes in 2019/20 versus 10,039 crimes in 2018/19.

Looking at the past five years, the biggest average decrease is found in burglaries, which have been decreasing by 5%.

Crimes with decreasing rates: The statistics in graphs

Crimes with decreasing rates: The statistics in tables

Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 8,255 -17.48%
2018/19 10,004 -10.96%
2017/18 11,235 12.27%
2016/17 10,007 11.71%
2015/16 8,958 1.37%
2014/15 8,837 Average: -0.62%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 8,329 -15.68%
2018/19 9,878 -21.16%
2017/18 12,529 10.13%
2016/17 11,377 8.16%
2015/16 10,519 -6.06%
2014/15 11,197 Average: -4.92%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 8,471 -15.62%
2018/19 10,039 -6.90%
2017/18 10,783 -2.06%
2016/17 11,010 49.31%
2015/16 7,374 -19.74%
2014/15 9,188 Average: +1.00%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 1,619 -12.63%
2018/19 1,853 -4.78%
2017/18 1,946 1.73%
2016/17 1,913 24.06%
2015/16 1,542 -19.69%
2014/15 1,920 Average: -2.26%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 1,234 -12.05%
2018/19 1,403 -2.03%
2017/18 1,432 12.14%
2016/17 1,277 31.38%
2015/16 972 -5.45%
2014/15 1,028 Average: +4.80%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 7,250 -11.10%
2018/19 8,155 -7.03%
2017/18 8,772 -10.94%
2016/17 9,849 20.46%
2015/16 8,176 -13.71%
2014/15 9,475 Average: -4.46%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 14,673 -6.27%
2018/19 15,654 -11.96%
2017/18 17,780 3.37%
2016/17 17,200 10.76%
2015/16 15,529 -3.27%
2014/15 16,054 Average: -1.47%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 2,138 -5.81%
2018/19 2,270 31.75%
2017/18 1,723 -9.22%
2016/17 1,898 54.31%
2015/16 1,230 -23.46%
2014/15 1,607 Average: +9.51%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 2,679 -3.49%
2018/19 2,776 8.18%
2017/18 2,566 27.47%
2016/17 2,013 29.20%
2015/16 1,558 15.32%
2014/15 1,351 Average: +15.34%

Crime rates going up

In 2019/20, we can see that drug crimes increased the most, with 3,235 (37%) more offences being reported than in 2018/19. This is a longstanding trend, with offences involving drugs increasing steadily over the past four years by 22% on average per year. Weapon crimes and possessions had the second-highest increase, with 284 (26%) more weapon-related violations being reported this year compared to 2019/20.

Crimes related to antisocial behaviour have increased by the third-highest amount, with 3,227 (10%) more instances of this type of crime being reported in 2019/20 than in 2018/19.

Over the 5-year period between 2014/15 and 2019/20, crimes involving the disturbance of public order have increased on average 28%, more than any other crime.

112% increase

Over the last 6 years, the amount of reported weapon possessions has increased from 646 in 2014/15, to 1,369 in 2019/20, which is 112% more.

The most recorded crimes involved violence and sex offences, which were reported 51,235 times during 2019/20. This means that, on average, 4,270 violence and sex offence cases were reported per month, or 6 per hour. Robbery was the least-common crime this year, with only 1,234 instances recorded.

Crimes with increasing rates: The statistics in graphs

Crimes with increasing rates: The statistics in tables

Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 12,068 36.62%
2018/19 8,833 26.06%
2017/18 7,007 20.66%
2016/17 5,807 3.60%
2015/16 5,605 -28.15%
2014/15 7,801 Average: +11.76%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 1,369 26.18%
2018/19 1,085 21.77%
2017/18 891 23.92%
2016/17 719 13.59%
2015/16 633 -2.01%
2014/15 646 Average: +16.69%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 34,486 10.32%
2018/19 31,259 -27.49%
2017/18 43,112 -20.89%
2016/17 54,497 0.20%
2015/16 54,389 -4.78%
2014/15 57,120 Average: -8.53%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 51,235 5.46%
2018/19 48,583 20.44%
2017/18 40,338 24.60%
2016/17 32,373 30.47%
2015/16 24,813 16.45%
2014/15 21,308 Average: +19.48%
Year Number of crimes Percentage change
2019/20 13,031 2.71%
2018/19 12,687 22.00%
2017/18 10,399 44.21%
2016/17 7,211 64.00%
2015/16 4,397 7.56%
2014/15 4,088 Average: +28.10%

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