Ludlow Crime Overview

Ludlow is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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 Ludlow in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ludlow is the 292nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,945th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Ludlow was the worst small town in Shropshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Ludlow residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Ludlow recorded 22 reports of shoplifting during October 2020, making its crime rate of 2.1 the worst small town for shoplifting in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ludlow are violence and sexual offences, with 271 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 2.2% higher than 2019's figure of 265 offences and a difference of 0.58 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Ludlow's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Ludlow Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ludlow This Year

 LudlowShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour22321.7110,74621.341.7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.392180.4310% safer
Burglary343.311,9283.8316% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson696.723,2876.532.8% more dangerous
Drugs121.179451.8861% safer
Other Crime30.295981.19310% safer
Other Theft504.872,2764.527% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.883640.7218% more dangerous
Public Order494.771,7683.5126% more dangerous
Robbery40.391980.390% safer
Shoplifting11010.712,0174.0163% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.191590.3268% safer
Vehicle Crime181.751,3392.6652% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27126.3813,88627.584.5% safer

Ludlow Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Madeley1,05556.4410% safer
Shifnal48856.599% safer
Whitchurch Urban63060.013.0% safer
Market Drayton74160.112.8% safer
Great Dawley73961.240.95% safer
Ludlow63561.82-
Stirchley and Brookside71868.079% more dangerous
Lawley and Overdale73968.5710% more dangerous
Oswestry1,25268.7310% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ludlow

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Ludlow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43433622Safer
Bicycle Theft0.490.290.190.39Getting worse
Burglary54.14.23.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91297Safer
Drugs1.81.11.81.2Safer
Other Crime1.40.971.40.29Safer
Other Theft6564.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.680.390.88Getting worse
Public Order3.72.63.04.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.290.390.100.39Getting worse
Shoplifting511711Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.191.10.290.19Safer
Vehicle Crime5.03.64.51.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22252626Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Ludlow to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ludlow61.82-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Ludlow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ludlow Town65860First

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 5 most dangerous 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021