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Crime and Safety in Great Dawley

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Great Dawley is the second most dangerous small town in Shropshire, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Dawley in 2021 was 122 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 49% higher than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Dawley is the 38th most dangerous small town, and the 323rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Great Dawley had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Great Dawley residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.66 per 1,000 residents. Great Dawley recorded 11 reports of vehicle crime during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.91 the worst for vehicle crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Great Dawley are violence and sexual offences, with 794 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 66. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 726 offences and a difference of 5.63 from 2020's crime rate of 60. Great Dawley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 8 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 62% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Great Dawley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Shropshire

27% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

37% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Great Dawley is 27% higher than the West Midlands and 37% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Great Dawley Crime Rate Over Time

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Great Dawley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Great Dawley represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Great Dawley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211221,471
20201091,311
20191321,591
20181161,403
20171211,463
20161091,317

Crime in Great Dawley Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Great Dawley This Year

 Great DawleyShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour76963.7215,97331.72 50% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.832450.49 41% more dangerous
Burglary463.811,6113.20 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson14812.263,1756.31 49% more dangerous
Drugs332.738251.64 40% more dangerous
Other Crime282.325761.14 51% more dangerous
Other Theft937.712,4534.87 37% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons211.743200.64 63% more dangerous
Public Order12110.032,4794.92 51% more dangerous
Robbery231.912020.40 79% more dangerous
Shoplifting705.802,3314.63 20% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.661220.24 64% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime766.301,4922.96 53% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences79465.7915,60430.99 53% more dangerous

Great Dawley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Oswestry1,30671.6970% safer
Hadley & Leegomery1,18975.5961% safer
Oakengates73181.1150% safer
Wellington2,20699.9522% safer
Stirchley and Brookside1,156109.5911% safer
Great Dawley1,471121.89-
Madeley2,395128.124.9% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Great Dawley

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Recent Crimes in Great Dawley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Crown StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queen Elizabeth WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Webb CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gloucester AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashbourne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Davids CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Withywood DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Deepfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beames CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Anslem CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grange CentralUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Springfield CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Grizedale DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old WharfUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Attwood TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Beames CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westerdale CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grange CentralInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langley FoldUnable to prosecute suspect

Great Dawley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour73634964 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.11.10.83 Safer
Burglary8863.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15151212 Safer
Drugs2.22.63.12.7 Getting worse
Other Crime1.73.22.52.3No change
Other Theft8968 Safer
Possession of Weapons2.32.31.51.7 Safer
Public Order910710 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.31.11.9 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.44.83.96 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.40.990.250.66 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.13.66 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences57696066 Getting worse

Changes In Great Dawley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Great Dawley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0882% safer
Croydon82.4848% safer
Sheffield90.0535% safer
Bristol90.5235% safer
Coventry102.2419% safer
Leicester111.599% safer
Great Dawley121.89-
Liverpool123.060.95% more dangerous
Birmingham129.646% more dangerous
Bradford132.288% more dangerous
Leeds150.9419% more dangerous

Crime in Great Dawley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Malinslee1,174143First

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 July, when Great Dawley saw a 233% increase in shoplifting. Great Dawley saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+127%+92%+45%------
Bicycle Theft---+100%------
Burglary+22%-64%-50%-40%-50%-44%-13%+13%-71%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-48%-77%-41%-14%+8%+36%+10%-13%--46%
Drugs+33%-33%+100%-+20%+50%+50%-75%+100%-
Other Crime--67%+100%+33%---67%-50%-50%+150%
Other Theft-56%-38%+33%-58%-77%+117%-36%-25%-29%-40%
Possession of Weapons---71%-----+100%+100%
Public Order+10%-69%-50%--29%-18%-44%+17%-17%-60%
Robbery+50%-67%-+100%+100%-+100%---
Shoplifting-70%+20%-83%-+233%+20%-+100%-25%+50%
Theft From the Person--50%--------
Vehicle Crime+67%+133%+33%+150%-60%-40%-60%-33%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-35%-41%-35%-22%-15%+21%+6%-6%+9%-7%

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 the second most dangerous small town 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).

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