Lawley and Overdale Crime Overview

Lawley and Overdale is the second most dangerous small town in Shropshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lawley and Overdale in 2020 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lawley and Overdale is the 207th most dangerous small town, and the 1,495th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Lawley and Overdale was the worst small town in Shropshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Lawley and Overdale residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Lawley and Overdale recorded 4 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst small town for other crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Lawley and Overdale are violence and sexual offences, with 327 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 307 offences and a difference of 1.86 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Lawley and Overdale's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Lawley and Overdale This Year

 Lawley and OverdaleShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21720.1310,74621.346% safer
Bicycle Theft90.842180.4349% more dangerous
Burglary272.511,9283.8353% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson534.923,2876.5333% safer
Drugs312.889451.8835% more dangerous
Other Crime201.865981.1936% more dangerous
Other Theft635.852,2764.5223% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons161.483640.7251% more dangerous
Public Order575.291,7683.5134% more dangerous
Robbery40.371980.395% safer
Shoplifting11210.392,0174.0161% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.191590.3268% safer
Vehicle Crime181.671,3392.6659% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32730.3413,88627.589% more dangerous

Crime in Lawley and Overdale Compared To Shropshire

Lawley and Overdale Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitchurch Urban63060.0114% safer
Market Drayton74160.1114% safer
Great Dawley73961.2412% safer
Ludlow63561.8211% safer
Stirchley and Brookside71868.070.73% safer
Lawley and Overdale73968.57-
Oswestry1,25268.730.23% more dangerous

Lawley and Overdale Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32413220Safer
Bicycle Theft0.282.11.30.84Safer
Burglary4.03.92.02.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.64.864.9Safer
Drugs1.02.82.82.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.91.31.9Getting worse
Other Theft89106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.371.40.461.5Getting worse
Public Order4.0575Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.560.280.37Safer
Shoplifting12161410Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.650.740.19Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.51.51.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20342830Getting worse

Changes In Lawley and Overdale's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Lawley and Overdale to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.711.3% safer
Lawley and Overdale68.57-
Coventry77.4111% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2120% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8733% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Lawley and Overdale During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lawley and Overdale change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Lawley and Overdale saw a 300% increase in other crime. Lawley and Overdale saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-34%+39%+71%+69%------
Bicycle Theft-----67%-+50%-75%--
Burglary-33%---+100%-33%+150%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-50%--80%+25%-67%-+114%-43%-50%
Drugs-67%-25%-+50%--20%-+50%--
Other Crime--67%-67%-+300%+100%-+100%+100%-
Other Theft-44%-78%-64%-40%--30%-38%--40%-43%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-67%-75%-73%-75%+67%+13%+40%-18%--
Shoplifting-77%-83%-29%-33%-38%-+40%-50%+89%-73%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-+300%--50%-+100%-+200%-+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-34%-31%-18%-18%+57%+23%+91%-9%+47%-29%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lawley and Overdale

What police force serves Lawley and Overdale?
Lawley and Overdale's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Lawley and Overdale?
Lawley and Overdale is the second most dangerous small town in Shropshire.
What is Lawley and Overdale's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Lawley and Overdale are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Lawley and Overdale?
Lawley and Overdale's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021