Stroud Crime Overview

Stroud is the most dangerous small town in Gloucestershire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Gloucestershire's 314 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stroud in 2020 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gloucestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 46% higher than the Gloucestershire rate of 46 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stroud is the 95th most dangerous small town, and the 804th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Stroud was the worst small town in Gloucestershire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Stroud residents, when it was Gloucestershire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 19 crimes at a rate of 1.4 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 452 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 535 offences and a difference of 6.00 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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Crime in Stroud Compared To Gloucestershire

Summary of Crimes in Stroud This Year

 StroudGloucestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,09679.2630,53933.1258% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft191.378520.9233% more dangerous
Burglary725.212,9043.1540% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson16311.795,1605.6053% more dangerous
Drugs614.411,6541.7959% more dangerous
Other Crime171.238370.9126% more dangerous
Other Theft896.443,6423.9539% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.362980.3211% more dangerous
Public Order1057.594,1194.4741% more dangerous
Robbery120.873880.4252% more dangerous
Shoplifting977.012,8023.0457% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.581860.2066% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime916.583,1973.4747% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences45232.6916,82218.2444% more dangerous

Stroud Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Yate1,14450.5370% safer
Tewkesbury60553.1962% safer
Cinderford48954.0359% safer
Patchway1,07276.1513% safer
Filton90880.167% safer
Stroud1,19186.13-

Crime Over Time in Stroud

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Stroud Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour61665479Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.81.81.4Safer
Burglary10975Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13161512Safer
Drugs2.53.64.14.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.580.871.51.2Getting worse
Other Theft99106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.651.01.00.36Safer
Public Order3.46108Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.30.870.87Safer
Shoplifting2618117Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.431.11.70.58Safer
Vehicle Crime7657Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences24303933Getting worse

Changes In Stroud's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Stroud to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7127% safer
Coventry77.4111% safer
Croydon83.223.5% safer
Sheffield85.810.37% safer
Stroud86.13-
Bristol86.210.09% more dangerous
Leicester97.4412% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8716% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2820% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% more dangerous

Crime in Stroud's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Stroud Town1,07892First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+67%+151%+157%+35%+7%+9%+28%+4%+79%+96%
Bicycle Theft--67%+50%---67%--25%-+100%
Burglary-43%-91%-88%-50%-50%-57%+100%-33%-55%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-44%-30%-48%-29%-33%-57%-33%-14%-27%
Drugs+133%+600%-22%-80%+350%-+100%+17%-33%-33%
Other Crime----33%--50%-33%--33%-
Other Theft-38%-46%-46%-6%-33%-10%-42%-36%-86%-44%
Possession of Weapons----67%------
Public Order+30%+50%+200%-62%--37%-71%-18%-59%-58%
Robbery-------50%---
Shoplifting-81%-17%-36%-11%-23%+38%+63%+250%+80%-83%
Theft From the Person-60%-------50%--
Vehicle Crime+100%-50%-67%+13%--75%+50%+38%+86%+13%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%-37%+7%+38%-11%-43%-46%-23%-47%-28%

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: 07 May 2021