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Crime and Safety

Please note: The information contained on these pages should be considered as accurate when produced in 2019 but more recent data and insight may now be available

This is Wirral: Crime and Safety (December 2019)


  • Wirral Residents’ Survey - Wirral residents consider low levels of crime and anti-social behaviour to be the most important aspect of a good neighbourhood and say this should be the Council’s highest priority. This is most important to younger residents. Key issues concerning residents are drug dealing and usage and groups hanging around the streets.

  • Crime and Anti-social Behaviour - Wirral’s crime, anti-social behaviour and drug offence rates are the lowest in Merseyside (per 1,000 population).

  • Safer Wirral - The Wirral Safety Partnership (Safer Wirral) is made up of local agencies who work together to make Wirral safer by policing, safeguarding and supporting the local community and individuals.

  • Safer Wirral - Amongst services Safer Wirral provide are: Safeguarding communities and preventing criminality and anti-social behaviour; Wrap-around response for victims and offenders of child exploitation; Combat effects of domestic abuse; Integrated offender management; and Target and disrupt serious and organised crime.

  • Safer Wirral - ‘County Lines’ is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs. A common feature in county lines drug supply is the exploitation of young and vulnerable people. The dealers will frequently target children and adults - often with mental health or addiction problems - to act as drug runners or move cash so they can stay under the radar of law enforcement. Through Safer Wirral, Merseyside Police is able to work with multi-agency partners in developing a whole-system approach which is vital to ensuring that vulnerable people are identified and safeguarded, understand factors behind demand for drugs, and recover proceeds of crime

  • Wirral Neighbourhoods and Deprivation - Wirral’s neighbourhoods contain areas amongst the most and least deprived in England.

  • Wirral Neighbourhoods and Deprivation - Deprivation is high in large areas of some neighbourhoods in Birkenhead and Wallasey, predominantly Bidston & James, Seacombe and Birkenhead. These neighbourhoods have higher rates of anti-social behaviour and crime (per 1,000 population).

  • Wirral Neighbourhoods and Deprivation - West Wirral and South Wirral have large areas in some neighbourhoods with some of the lowest deprivation in England, predominantly Heswall, Greasby, Frankby & Irby and Clatterbridge. These neighbourhoods have some of the lowest anti-social behaviour and crime (per 1,000 population) in England.

Wirral JSNA: Crime and Disorder Summary provided by Wirral Community Safety Partnership