Stroud Crime Overview

Stroud is the most dangerous small town in Gloucestershire, and the among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 267 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stroud in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 46% higher than Gloucestershire's rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Stroud ranks as the the 105th most dangerous small town, and the the 759th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Stroud was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Stroud residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Stroud recorded 19 reports of criminal damage and arson during May 2020, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Gloucestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Stroud are violence and sexual offences, with 419 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 27% lower than 2019's figure of 533 offences and a difference of 8.24 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Stroud's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 180% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Stroud This Year

 StroudGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour99471.8825,80337.3648% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft171.236030.8729% more dangerous
Burglary684.922,1373.0937% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson15511.213,7455.4252% more dangerous
Drugs574.121,2681.8455% more dangerous
Other Crime161.165520.8031% more dangerous
Other Theft846.072,5283.6640% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.362350.346% more dangerous
Public Order1007.232,6543.8447% more dangerous
Robbery120.872810.4153% more dangerous
Shoplifting956.871,8852.7360% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.581440.2164% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime825.932,2013.1946% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences41930.3012,08517.5042% more dangerous

Stroud Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coleford39743.4886% safer
Quedgeley1,02146.3874% safer
Cirencester94848.1368% safer
Tewkesbury54948.2668% safer
Cinderford46050.8259% safer
Stroud1,11880.85-

Stroud Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour61665472Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.81.81.2Safer
Burglary10974.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13161511Safer
Drugs2.53.64.14.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.580.871.51.2Getting worse
Other Theft99106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.651.01.00.36Safer
Public Order3.45107Getting worse
Robbery1.21.30.870.87Safer
Shoplifting2618117Safer
Theft From the Person0.431.01.70.58Safer
Vehicle Crime7656Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24303930Safer

Comparing Stroud to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5013% safer
Sheffield73.999% safer
Kirklees74.239% safer
Croydon77.184.8% safer
Bradford79.192.1% safer
London80.700.19% safer
Stroud80.85-
Birmingham89.029% more dangerous
Bristol91.5712% more dangerous
Leeds91.9012% more dangerous
Leicester102.5121% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9424% more dangerous

Crime in Stroud During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stroud change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Stroud saw a 600% increase in drugs. Stroud saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Stroud's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+67%+148%+157%+35%+7%+8%+28%+6%+79%
Bicycle Theft--67%+50%---67%--25%-
Burglary-43%-91%-88%-50%-50%-57%+100%-33%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-44%-30%-48%-29%-33%-57%-33%-14%
Drugs+133%+600%-22%-80%+350%-+100%+17%-33%
Other Crime----33%--50%-33%--33%
Other Theft-38%-46%-46%-6%-33%-10%-42%-36%-86%
Possession of Weapons----67%-----
Public Order+30%+50%+200%-62%--37%-71%-18%-59%
Robbery-------50%--
Shoplifting-81%-17%-36%-11%-23%+38%+63%+250%+80%
Theft From the Person-60%-------50%-
Vehicle Crime+100%-50%-67%+13%--75%+50%+38%+86%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%-37%+7%+38%-11%-42%-46%-23%-47%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stroud

What police force serves Stroud?
Stroud's local territorial police force is the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Stroud?
Stroud is the most dangerous small town in Gloucestershire.
What is Stroud's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Stroud are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Stroud?
Stroud's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021