Dudley Crime Overview

Dudley is the third safest city in the West Midlands, and the 40th safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Dudley in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people.

In February 2020, Dudley was the second-worst city in the West Midlands for burglary, with 277 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.86 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Dudley residents, when it was the West Midlands's second-most dangerous city for shoplifting, recording 183 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Dudley recorded 21 reports of theft from the person during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the second-worst city for theft from the person in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Dudley are violence and sexual offences, with 9,462 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 8,902 offences and a difference of 1.74 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Dudley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 93 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 60% from 2019's figure of 149 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Dudley This Year

Anti-Social Behaviour4,61414.35
Bicycle Theft940.29
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8575.77
Other Crime4681.46
Other Theft1,2123.77
Possession of Weapons2190.68
Public Order1,9386.03
Theft From the Person930.29
Vehicle Crime2,3077.17
Violence and Sexual Offences9,46229.42

Dudley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour19131014Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.550.300.250.29Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8886Safer
Drugs0.740.831.01.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.841.11.31.5Getting worse
Other Theft775.03.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.450.620.770.68Getting worse
Public Order2.83.74.56Getting worse
Theft From the Person0.440.520.460.29Safer
Vehicle Crime111197Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17232829Getting worse

Comparing Dudley to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.506% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9910% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2310% more dangerous
Croydon77.1813% more dangerous
Bradford79.1916% more dangerous
London80.7017% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0225% more dangerous
Bristol91.5727% more dangerous
Leeds91.9027% more dangerous
Leicester102.5135% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9437% more dangerous

Crime in Dudley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dudley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Dudley saw a 166% increase in anti-social behaviour. Dudley saw a large fall in theft from the person during September, when it fell by 82% compared to September in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour0%+166%+160%+45%+17%+21%+46%+79%+110%
Bicycle Theft-40%+50%+25%+133%-14%-10%+138%+17%-14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-16%-28%-23%-15%+7%+16%-1%+4%-5%
Other Crime-3%+44%-15%+67%+16%+26%+35%-11%+56%
Other Theft-8%-44%-24%-44%-2%-13%+25%-13%-18%
Possession of Weapons-40%-60%--7%+27%+64%-36%-36%+36%
Public Order+14%+30%+50%+98%+30%+72%+64%+30%+51%
Theft From the Person+30%-36%-80%-20%+110%-44%-82%-25%-33%
Vehicle Crime+10%-23%-41%-52%-45%-37%+2%-3%+16%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-12%+11%+14%+25%+39%+33%+25%+22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dudley

What police force serves Dudley?
Dudley's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Dudley?
Dudley is the third safest city in the West Midlands.
What is Dudley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dudley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Dudley?
Dudley's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021