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Crime and Safety in Ludlow

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Ludlow is among the top 10 safest small towns in Shropshire, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ludlow in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ludlow is the 384th most dangerous small town, and the 2,357th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2015, Ludlow had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Ludlow are violence and sexual offences, with 267 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 1.5% lower than 2020's figure of 271 offences and a difference of 0.39 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Ludlow's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Ludlow 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Shropshire

52% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

30% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ludlow is 52% lower than the West Midlands and 30% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ludlow Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Ludlow 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 Ludlow

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202159603
202062635
201964654
201868700
201761630
201657585

Crime in Ludlow Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ludlow This Year

 LudlowShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38237.1915,97331.72 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.292450.49 69% safer
Burglary555.351,6113.20 40% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson545.263,1756.31 20% safer
Drugs131.278251.64 29% safer
Other Crime70.685761.14 68% safer
Other Theft545.262,4534.87 7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.783200.64 18% more dangerous
Public Order474.582,4794.92 7% safer
Robbery30.292020.40 38% safer
Shoplifting686.622,3314.63 30% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.291220.24 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime212.041,4922.96 45% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26725.9915,60430.99 19% safer

Ludlow Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bridgnorth52942.9337% safer
Newport53944.1633% safer
Whitchurch Urban57354.588% safer
Shifnal49757.641.8% safer
St Georges and Priorslee68158.130.98% safer
Ludlow60358.70-
Market Drayton72959.140.74% more dangerous
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton1,08268.5614% more dangerous
Oswestry1,30671.6918% more dangerous
Hadley & Leegomery1,18975.5922% more dangerous
Oakengates73181.1128% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ludlow

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Recent Crimes in Ludlow

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Clee GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hucklemarsh RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tollgate RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hamlet CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Corve StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Upper GaldefordUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pepper LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bromfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near New StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Steventon New RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tollgate RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Foldgate ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bringewood RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Milton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Foldgate LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tollgate RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Corve StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ludlow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43362237 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.290.190.390.29 Safer
Burglary4.14.23.35 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson12975 Safer
Drugs1.11.81.21.3 Safer
Other Crime0.971.40.290.68 Safer
Other Theft564.95 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.390.880.78 Getting worse
Public Order2.63.04.84.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.100.390.29 Getting worse
Shoplifting117117 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.290.190.29 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.64.51.82.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25262626 Getting worse

Changes In Ludlow's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ludlow's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Ludlow that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ludlow Boxing Club1---244.0

Comparing Ludlow to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ludlow58.70-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0535% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2443% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6455% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Ludlow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ludlow Town62557First

Crime in Ludlow During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ludlow change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Ludlow saw a 300% increase in drugs. Ludlow saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 93% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+28%+43%+28%------
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+50%+200%-20%+100%-67%--20%-25%--78%
Criminal Damage and Arson+60%-40%-60%-56%-25%-+20%-17%-38%-33%
Drugs-------50%+300%-50%-67%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-14%-57%+25%+100%+150%-+100%-29%-50%+40%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-+100%+40%-17%+233%-25%-+167%+100%-
Shoplifting+200%-50%-93%-+33%+275%+100%+214%+20%-43%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--20%-80%--50%-20%+200%---50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%+20%-44%-+33%-18%+95%-48%-48%+25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ludlow

What police force serves Ludlow?
Ludlow's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.

How dangerous is Ludlow?
Ludlow is among the top 10 safest small towns in Shropshire.

What is Ludlow's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ludlow are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Ludlow?
Ludlow's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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