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Crime and Safety in Market Drayton

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Market Drayton is among the top 10 safest small towns in Shropshire, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Market Drayton 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, Market Drayton is the 375th most dangerous small town, and the 2,319th 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. December 2019 was also a bad month for Market Drayton residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Market Drayton recorded 3 reports of robbery during January 2019, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst for robbery in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Market Drayton are violence and sexual offences, with 403 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 2.5% higher than 2020's figure of 393 offences and a difference of 0.81 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Market Drayton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Market Drayton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Shropshire

51% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

29% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Market Drayton is 51% lower than the West Midlands and 29% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Market Drayton Crime Rate Over Time

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Market Drayton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Market Drayton 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 Market Drayton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202159729
202060741
201967832
201864786
201764790
201666811

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 Behaviour49940.4815,97331.72 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.082450.49 512% safer
Burglary272.191,6113.20 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson766.173,1756.31 2.3% safer
Drugs141.148251.64 44% safer
Other Crime50.415761.14 178% safer
Other Theft614.952,4534.87 1.6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.413200.64 56% safer
Public Order625.032,4794.92 2.2% more dangerous
Robbery100.812020.40 51% more dangerous
Shoplifting423.412,3314.63 36% safer
Theft From the Person40.321220.24 25% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime191.541,4922.96 92% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40332.6915,60430.99 5% more dangerous

Market Drayton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Newport53944.1634% safer
Whitchurch Urban57354.588% safer
Shifnal49757.642.6% safer
St Georges and Priorslee68158.131.7% safer
Ludlow60358.700.75% safer
Market Drayton72959.14-
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton1,08268.5614% more dangerous
Oswestry1,30671.6918% more dangerous
Hadley & Leegomery1,18975.5922% more dangerous
Oakengates73181.1127% more dangerous
Wellington2,20699.9541% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Market Drayton

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Recent Crimes in Market Drayton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Simons RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Goosefield CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SunnysideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cheshire GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near The OvalUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sutton WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Smithfield CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near School LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ridings CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clive RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Frogmore RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pezenas DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cheshire StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cheshire GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dalelands EstateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheshire StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Market Drayton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35382840 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.160.080.240.08 Safer
Burglary63.63.32.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766 Safer
Drugs1.01.00.811.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.891.11.50.41 Safer
Other Theft664.45.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.731.20.41 Safer
Public Order3.93.14.45 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.730.730.81 Getting worse
Shoplifting563.03.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.970.970.650.32 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.43.21.81.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28343233 Getting worse

Changes In Market Drayton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Market Drayton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Market Drayton59.14-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Market Drayton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Market Drayton73460First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+41%+124%+64%+77%------
Burglary-+300%-50%----33%-+80%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-55%-50%-44%+20%-17%+143%+175%-27%-29%-60%
Drugs-----50%-+100%---
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%--
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-63%--50%-50%+67%-+25%-25%+500%-
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 safest small town 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.

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