Bridgnorth Crime Overview

Bridgnorth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Shropshire, and is the 54th most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bridgnorth in 2020 was 41 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 40% lower than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bridgnorth is the 267th safest small town, and the 4,189th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2016, Bridgnorth had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for theft from the person, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Bridgnorth are violence and sexual offences, with 239 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 265 offences and a difference of 2.11 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Bridgnorth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Bridgnorth Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bridgnorth This Year

 BridgnorthShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27822.5610,74621.345% more dangerous
Burglary252.031,9283.8389% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson504.063,2876.5361% safer
Drugs131.069451.8877% safer
Other Crime110.895981.1934% safer
Other Theft473.812,2764.5219% safer
Possession of Weapons50.413640.7276% safer
Public Order292.351,7683.5149% safer
Robbery80.651980.3940% more dangerous
Shoplifting342.762,0174.0145% safer
Theft From the Person50.411590.3222% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime423.411,3392.6622% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences23919.4013,88627.5842% safer

Bridgnorth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St Georges and Priorslee32227.4850% safer
Newport39132.0329% safer
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton51932.8925% safer
Wellington84938.477% safer
Oakengates35439.285.0% safer
Bridgnorth50841.23-
Hadley & Leegomery69243.996% more dangerous
Madeley1,05556.4427% more dangerous
Shifnal48856.5927% more dangerous
Whitchurch Urban63060.0131% more dangerous
Market Drayton74160.1131% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bridgnorth

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Bridgnorth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37302823Safer
Burglary673.72.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7684.1Safer
Drugs1.40.970.811.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.730.810.810.89Getting worse
Other Theft674.43.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.410.410.41Safer
Public Order2.91.82.42.4Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.160.410.240.65Getting worse
Shoplifting91182.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.491.40.650.41Safer
Vehicle Crime4.5753.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17192219Getting worse

Changes In Bridgnorth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bridgnorth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bridgnorth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Crown Meadow-----10.25

Comparing Bridgnorth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bridgnorth41.23-
Barnet67.7139% more dangerous
Coventry77.4147% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8152% more dangerous
Bristol86.2152% more dangerous
Leicester97.4458% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8760% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2862% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1070% more dangerous

Crime in Bridgnorth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bridgnorth East32551First
Bridgnorth West18331Second

Crime in Bridgnorth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bridgnorth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Bridgnorth saw a 300% increase in robbery. Bridgnorth saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Bridgnorth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+51%+278%+137%------
Burglary-67%-50%--83%-80%--50%--50%-86%
Criminal Damage and Arson-75%-91%-43%-50%-63%-71%-50%+40%-14%-43%
Drugs-33%-----+100%---
Other Crime---------+100%
Other Theft+25%-80%-+25%-67%-50%+100%+67%+25%+100%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-67%+50%-+50%--+67%-50%--50%
Robbery----+300%-----
Shoplifting-80%-29%-67%-75%-63%-89%-83%-20%-80%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-75%-67%-20%-75%-33%+100%-25%+25%--67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-50%+46%-+52%-29%+20%+15%-71%-17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bridgnorth

What police force serves Bridgnorth?
Bridgnorth's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Bridgnorth?
Bridgnorth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Shropshire.
What is Bridgnorth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bridgnorth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bridgnorth?
Bridgnorth's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021