Great Dawley Crime Overview

Great Dawley is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Dawley in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Dawley is the 300th most dangerous small town, and the 1,986th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Great Dawley was the worst small town in Shropshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Great Dawley residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Great Dawley recorded 5 reports of other crime during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst small town for other crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Great Dawley are violence and sexual offences, with 404 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 458 offences and a difference of 4.47 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Great Dawley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 350% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Great Dawley Compared To Shropshire

Summary of Crimes in Great Dawley This Year

 Great DawleyShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28623.7010,74621.3410% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.752180.4343% more dangerous
Burglary413.401,9283.8313% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson796.553,2876.530.31% more dangerous
Drugs211.749451.888% safer
Other Crime211.745981.1932% more dangerous
Other Theft423.482,2764.5230% safer
Possession of Weapons110.913640.7221% more dangerous
Public Order544.471,7683.5121% more dangerous
Robbery60.501980.3922% more dangerous
Shoplifting302.492,0174.0161% safer
Theft From the Person20.171590.3288% safer
Vehicle Crime191.571,3392.6669% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40433.4813,88627.5818% more dangerous

Great Dawley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hadley & Leegomery69243.9939% safer
Madeley1,05556.449% safer
Shifnal48856.598% safer
Whitchurch Urban63060.012.0% safer
Market Drayton74160.111.9% safer
Great Dawley73961.24-
Ludlow63561.820.94% more dangerous
Stirchley and Brookside71868.0710% more dangerous
Lawley and Overdale73968.5711% more dangerous
Oswestry1,25268.7311% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Great Dawley

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Great Dawley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44413324Safer
Bicycle Theft0.830.830.660.75Safer
Burglary63.53.83.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7877Safer
Drugs1.51.21.21.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.750.992.11.7Getting worse
Other Theft64.553.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.581.21.30.91Safer
Public Order6574.5Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.910.580.500.50Safer
Shoplifting73.62.92.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.750.750.17Safer
Vehicle Crime2.52.22.21.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27323833Getting worse

Changes In Great Dawley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Great Dawley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Great Dawley61.24-
Barnet67.7110% more dangerous
Coventry77.4121% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Great Dawley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Malinslee1,047127First

Crime in Great Dawley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Great Dawley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Great Dawley saw a 300% increase in other theft. Great Dawley saw a large fall in other theft during June, when it fell by 83% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+112%+53%+61%------
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+40%-60%-33%-50%+100%-17%-20%--75%-
Criminal Damage and Arson--55%-44%-33%-+100%-14%+13%+13%-55%
Drugs+100%-------50%+200%-
Other Crime-------67%-50%-67%+150%
Other Theft-60%-50%+300%-83%-33%+300%-38%-43%--29%
Possession of Weapons---50%------+100%
Public Order+17%-77%-33%-14%+17%-25%-75%-17%-20%-60%
Robbery---+100%------
Shoplifting-50%--67%-+233%-40%-60%+100%+50%+100%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-+100%+100%--75%-67%-67%+100%--33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-44%-48%-33%-13%+12%-4%+19%+13%-18%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Great Dawley

What police force serves Great Dawley?
Great Dawley's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Great Dawley?
Great Dawley is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire.
What is Great Dawley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Great Dawley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Great Dawley?
Great Dawley's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021