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Crime and Safety in Lawley and Overdale

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Lawley and Overdale is the safest small town in Shropshire, and is the 78th safest overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lawley and Overdale in 2021 was 24 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 160% lower than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lawley and Overdale is the 90th safest small town, and the 3,268th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Lawley and Overdale was the worst small town in Shropshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Lawley and Overdale are violence and sexual offences, with 111 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 105 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2020's crime rate of 10. Lawley and Overdale's least common crime is burglary, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Lawley and Overdale 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Shropshire

271% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

218% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lawley and Overdale is 271% lower than the West Midlands and 218% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lawley and Overdale Crime Rate Over Time

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Lawley and Overdale Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Lawley and Overdale 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 Lawley and Overdale

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202124259
202020219
201918195
201820214
201713137
201613145

Crime in Lawley and Overdale Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Lawley and Overdale This Year

 Lawley and OverdaleShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13812.8015,97331.72 148% safer
Bicycle Theft141.302450.49 62% more dangerous
Burglary20.191,6113.20 1584% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131.213,1756.31 421% safer
Drugs111.028251.64 61% safer
Other Crime100.935761.14 23% safer
Other Theft211.952,4534.87 150% safer
Possession of Weapons30.283200.64 129% safer
Public Order232.132,4794.92 131% safer
Robbery20.192020.40 111% safer
Shoplifting343.152,3314.63 47% safer
Vehicle Crime151.391,4922.96 113% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11110.3015,60430.99 201% safer

Lawley and Overdale Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lawley and Overdale25924.03-
Bridgnorth52942.9344% more dangerous
Newport53944.1646% more dangerous
Whitchurch Urban57354.5856% more dangerous
Shifnal49757.6458% more dangerous
St Georges and Priorslee68158.1359% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lawley and Overdale

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Recent Crimes in Lawley and Overdale

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A442Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gresham DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Euston WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near A5223Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Smallhill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawley DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Delamere CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hengrave MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawley DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Churchward DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A5223Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Davenham WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Lawley DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Delamere CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near A5Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawley DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Delamere CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Churchward DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lawley and Overdale Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour66713 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.00.740.281.3 Getting worse
Burglary1.30.840.740.19 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1.32.11.61.2 Safer
Drugs0.191.01.21.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.370.280.090.93 Getting worse
Other Theft1.92.02.02.0 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.19-0.740.28 Getting worse
Public Order1.71.71.92.1 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.090.190.190.19 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.80.651.03.2 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.00.930.741.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences871010 Getting worse

Changes In Lawley and Overdale's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Lawley and Overdale to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Lawley and Overdale24.03-
Barnet67.0864% more dangerous
Croydon82.4871% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0573% more dangerous
Bristol90.5273% more dangerous
Coventry102.2476% more dangerous
Leicester111.5978% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0680% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6481% more dangerous
Bradford132.2882% more dangerous
Leeds150.9484% 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 May, when Lawley and Overdale saw a 1,800% increase in anti-social behaviour. Lawley and Overdale saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during December, when it fell by 67% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%+283%+1,800%+100%------
Bicycle Theft------+100%---
Burglary----+100%-+200%---50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-33%-----+100%-50%-67%
Drugs-----50%--50%+100%--
Other Theft-+100%--+100%-33%----50%
Public Order--+100%-+25%+200%+100%--+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%+17%-25%-+600%+183%-38%-40%+233%+14%

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 safest 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 burglary.

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