Is Liverpool safe?

With over 450,000 inhabitants as of the last census, Liverpool is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the UK, and one of the most culturally rich northern cities. Of course, it is most well-known for its musical heritage, being the home of the Beatles.

Liverpool has enjoyed a steady population growth in recent years, with a 5.5% increase between the 2001 and 2011 census. But is Liverpool safe?

The graph below takes a look at Liverpool crime rates between January 2015 and December 2016, separated by type of crime.


Antisocial behaviour is by far the most frequent Liverpool crime, with 44,064 incidents recorded in this time frame, making up 35% of total crimes. It’s likely that this number is so high due to the city’s thriving nighttime culture.

The second-highest recorded crime in Liverpool is violent crime, with 20,917 offences in 2015 and 2016. This type of crime accounts for 16.8% of total recorded crimes in Liverpool for this time period. The next two most committed crimes are criminal damage, accounting for 9% of total crime, and burglary, accounting for 7%.


Liverpool crime comparison

This chart shows the council areas with the 20th to 30th highest crime rates between January 2015 and December 2016. Liverpool has the 21st highest crime rate in the country.


Although much lower than in other northern cities such as Manchester, Newcastle and Burnley, the crime rate in Liverpool is still high, with 266 crimes per 1,000 people. This is 78% higher than the national average of 149.


Antisocial behaviour is a significant problem in Liverpool. Not only is it the most-recorded crime, but the rate of 94.68 crimes per 1,000 people is almost double the national average of 49.55.

Liverpool crime statistics and trends

Is the Liverpool crime rate increasing or decreasing? This graph shows the total number of recorded crimes between January 2011 and December 2016. We can see from the data that although crime has declined steadily since 2011, recent years have shown a large fluctuation, with numbers of recorded crimes reaching a decade high in 2016.


Safest area in Liverpool

Liverpool is a diverse city with some areas of vast wealth and others with high rates of poverty. Crime mostly is concentrated in the city centre, especially the Ropewalks area, where there’s a big problem with violent and antisocial crime due to the high concentration of bars and clubs. Check out our crime-map tool to take a closer look at crime rates in different areas of Liverpool.

Liverpool crime map

Contact Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police cover the entire Liverpool urban area, as well as the surrounding towns of Birkenhead, Southport and St Helens, covering 249 square miles, with a population of 1.39 million. In the most recent PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment, the force was found to have a ‘good’ performance in the following areas:


●      The extent to which the force is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime

●      The extent to which the force is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime

●      The extent to which the force is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime


For a non-emergency, contact Merseyside Police on the hotline number 101.

Always dial 999 if it’s an emergency.

You can visit Merseyside Police headquarters at Canning Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8JX.

Contact Merseyside Police

Liverpool safety tips

As antisocial behaviour is by far the most-recorded crime in Liverpool, it’s important to know your rights and how to protect yourself. Merseyside Police advise you to record when and where you observe these incidents, ensuring that you note any descriptions of people or vehicles involved.

Antisocial behaviour is a broad term and can include anything from vandalism to uncontrolled pets. For some instances, the police should be involved directly. These include:

●    Vandalism linked to threatening/offensive behaviour

●    Graffiti linked to threatening/offensive behaviour (e.g., racism or other hate speech)

●    Buying drugs

●    Drinking in public

●     Drunken behaviour

●     Setting off fireworks at unsociable hours

●    Riding motorbikes/scooters off-road


You can report antisocial behaviour either by calling 101, or 999 for an emergency.

Your local council should be contacted to report:


●     Rowdy/noisy neighbours

●     General vandalism

●     General graffiti

●     Uncontrolled pets

●     Abandoned vehicles

●     Unkempt gardens and flytipping

●     Shouting and verbal abuse

●     Littering


Liverpool safety tips
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