Market Drayton Crime Overview

Market Drayton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Market Drayton in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.2% higher than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Market Drayton is the 310th most dangerous small town, and the 2,074th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Market Drayton had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Market Drayton residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Market Drayton recorded 22 reports of vehicle crime during March 2016, making its crime rate of 1.8 the worst for vehicle crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Market Drayton are violence and sexual offences, with 393 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 414 offences and a difference of 1.70 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Market Drayton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 67% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Market Drayton Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Market Drayton This Year

 Market DraytonShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34728.1510,74621.3424% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.242180.4379% safer
Burglary413.331,9283.8315% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson776.253,2876.534.5% safer
Drugs100.819451.88132% safer
Other Crime181.465981.1918% more dangerous
Other Theft544.382,2764.523.2% safer
Possession of Weapons151.223640.7241% more dangerous
Public Order544.381,7683.5120% more dangerous
Robbery90.731980.3947% more dangerous
Shoplifting373.002,0174.0134% safer
Theft From the Person80.651590.3251% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime221.781,3392.6649% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39331.8813,88627.5813% more dangerous

Market Drayton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bridgnorth50841.2346% safer
Hadley & Leegomery69243.9937% safer
Madeley1,05556.447% safer
Shifnal48856.596% safer
Whitchurch Urban63060.010.17% safer
Market Drayton74160.11-
Great Dawley73961.241.8% more dangerous
Ludlow63561.822.8% more dangerous
Stirchley and Brookside71868.0712% more dangerous
Lawley and Overdale73968.5712% more dangerous
Oswestry1,25268.7313% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Market Drayton

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Market Drayton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour41353828Safer
Bicycle Theft0.810.160.080.24Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9876Safer
Other Crime2.00.891.11.5Getting worse
Other Theft4.8664.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.490.731.2Getting worse
Public Order3. worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.410.730.73Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.970.970.65Safer
Vehicle Crime1.
Violence and Sexual Offences31283432Getting worse

Changes In Market Drayton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Market Drayton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Market Drayton60.11-
Barnet67.7111% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Market Drayton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Market Drayton74861First

Crime in Market Drayton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Market Drayton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Market Drayton saw a 500% increase in public order. Market Drayton saw a large fall in other crime during December, when it fell by 80% compared to December in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+41%+124%+64%+77%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-55%-50%-44%+20%-17%+143%+175%-27%-29%-60%
Other Crime----+300%--33%---80%
Other Theft-20%+25%-40%+25%-56%-20%-67%-50%-50%+33%
Possession of Weapons--------67%--
Public Order+100%--14%+400%-57%+250%+500%+40%--
Theft From the Person--------+100%-
Vehicle Crime+150%--+200%--25%-67%-67%-50%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%+25%-10%-16%+3%+5%+30%-53%-28%-60%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Market Drayton

What police force serves Market Drayton?
Market Drayton's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Market Drayton?
Market Drayton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire.
What is Market Drayton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Market Drayton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Market Drayton?
Market Drayton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021