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Crime and Safety in Oakengates

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Oakengates is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Oakengates in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oakengates is the 169th most dangerous small town, and the 1,057th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Oakengates had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for robbery, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Oakengates are violence and sexual offences, with 387 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 22% higher than 2020's figure of 303 offences and a difference of 9.32 from 2020's crime rate of 34. Oakengates's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 67% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Oakengates 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Shropshire

10% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Oakengates is 10% lower than the West Midlands and 6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Oakengates Crime Rate Over Time

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Oakengates Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Oakengates 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 Oakengates

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202181731
202066598
201979713
201876688
201776684
201664578

Crime in Oakengates Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Oakengates This Year

 OakengatesShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35839.7215,97331.72 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.332450.49 48% safer
Burglary384.221,6113.20 24% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson798.773,1756.31 28% more dangerous
Drugs141.558251.64 6% safer
Other Crime131.445761.14 21% more dangerous
Other Theft475.222,4534.87 7% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.893200.64 28% more dangerous
Public Order647.102,4794.92 31% more dangerous
Robbery40.442020.40 9% more dangerous
Shoplifting161.782,3314.63 160% safer
Theft From the Person50.551220.24 56% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime535.881,4922.96 50% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences38742.9415,60430.99 28% more dangerous

Oakengates Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ludlow60358.7038% safer
Market Drayton72959.1437% safer
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton1,08268.5618% safer
Oswestry1,30671.6913% safer
Hadley & Leegomery1,18975.597% safer
Oakengates73181.11-
Wellington2,20699.9519% more dangerous
Stirchley and Brookside1,156109.5926% more dangerous
Great Dawley1,471121.8933% more dangerous
Madeley2,395128.1237% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oakengates

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Recent Crimes in Oakengates

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near GreenacresInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Limes RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fourth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trinity ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Mossey GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hill Top RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hartsbridge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Trench Lock 3Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Juniper DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sixth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wesley DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sadlers FoldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Buttery GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Oakengates Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42353040 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.440.670.550.33 Safer
Burglary54.764.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9769 Safer
Drugs1.81.22.91.6 Safer
Other Crime1.71.71.01.4 Safer
Other Theft64.84.35 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.441.40.890.89 Getting worse
Public Order5.0657 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.670.780.890.44 Safer
Shoplifting672.21.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.330.220.55 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.93.01.96 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences37403443 Getting worse

Changes In Oakengates's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Oakengates to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0821% safer
Oakengates81.11-
Croydon82.481.7% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0510% more dangerous
Bristol90.5210% more dangerous
Coventry102.2421% more dangerous
Leicester111.5927% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6437% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Oakengates During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Oakengates change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Oakengates saw a 300% increase in criminal damage and arson. Oakengates saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 93% compared to August in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Oakengates's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+33%+107%+53%------
Bicycle Theft--67%--------
Burglary+67%-67%-40%+50%-33%-67%-+100%+14%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-67%+25%+300%+50%+20%-33%--25%-25%-40%
Drugs-50%-+300%-+100%+50%+100%---
Other Crime--50%----67%--50%--
Other Theft-63%---50%-50%-60%+100%-+167%-
Possession of Weapons---+100%---50%-67%--
Public Order+25%-40%-50%-+233%-50%-67%--29%+100%
Robbery---------+200%
Shoplifting-75%--75%-40%-90%-93%-78%--+200%
Vehicle Crime--75%-50%---75%-+50%--50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-32%+50%-4%-45%-41%-31%-17%-18%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Oakengates

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

How dangerous is Oakengates?
Oakengates is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire.

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

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

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