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Crime and Safety in Oswestry

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Oswestry is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Oswestry in 2021 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oswestry is the 241st most dangerous small town, and the 1,469th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Oswestry had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Oswestry residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Oswestry recorded 6 reports of other crime during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for other crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Oswestry are violence and sexual offences, with 649 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 583 offences and a difference of 3.63 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Oswestry's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 14% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Oswestry 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Shropshire

24% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

7% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Oswestry is 24% lower than the West Midlands and 7% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Oswestry Crime Rate Over Time

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Oswestry Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Oswestry 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 Oswestry

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021721,306
2020691,252
2019771,399
2018801,463
2017711,294
2016781,419

Crime in Oswestry Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Oswestry This Year

 OswestryShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour69938.3715,97331.72 17% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.382450.49 29% safer
Burglary452.471,6113.20 30% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1538.403,1756.31 25% more dangerous
Drugs301.658251.64 0.61% more dangerous
Other Crime241.325761.14 14% more dangerous
Other Theft1126.152,4534.87 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons100.553200.64 16% safer
Public Order834.562,4794.92 8% safer
Robbery130.712020.40 44% more dangerous
Shoplifting1327.252,3314.63 36% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.491220.24 51% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime392.141,4922.96 38% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences64935.6315,60430.99 13% more dangerous

Oswestry Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Shifnal49757.6424% safer
St Georges and Priorslee68158.1323% safer
Ludlow60358.7022% safer
Market Drayton72959.1421% safer
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton1,08268.564.6% safer
Oswestry1,30671.69-
Hadley & Leegomery1,18975.595% more dangerous
Oakengates73181.1112% more dangerous
Wellington2,20699.9528% more dangerous
Stirchley and Brookside1,156109.5935% more dangerous
Great Dawley1,471121.8941% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oswestry

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Recent Crimes in Oswestry

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ardmillan LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chapel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Morda RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hampton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Glovers MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fitzalan RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Weston LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Maes-Y-ClawddInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Findon DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gate StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beech GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cherry Tree DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cross StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Oswestry Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44352338 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.440.330.330.38 Safer
Burglary53.42.12.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11998 Safer
Drugs1.71.72.21.6 Safer
Other Crime1.41.31.41.3 Getting worse
Other Theft8876 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.930.820.55 Safer
Public Order2.43.83.64.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.330.440.71 Getting worse
Shoplifting111077 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.20.770.49 Safer
Vehicle Crime73.12.12.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30343236 Getting worse

Changes In Oswestry's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Oswestry to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.087% safer
Oswestry71.69-
Croydon82.4813% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0520% more dangerous
Bristol90.5221% more dangerous
Coventry102.2430% more dangerous
Leicester111.5936% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0642% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6445% more dangerous
Bradford132.2846% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in Oswestry's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Oswestry East49348Second
Oswestry West88188First

Crime in Oswestry During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Oswestry change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Oswestry saw a 400% increase in public order. Oswestry saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+70%+36%+56%------
Bicycle Theft-----+100%----
Burglary-75%--83%--17%-40%-70%-67%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-61%-23%-17%+108%+10%+38%+44%-26%-
Drugs-60%-60%+33%-+100%-50%--+100%+33%
Other Crime--+100%-+50%---25%-80%-
Other Theft-8%-31%-56%-29%-73%-62%+29%--27%+86%
Possession of Weapons+100%--67%-50%+100%---75%--
Public Order+67%-71%+400%-33%-22%-57%-80%+25%+43%-
Robbery-----+100%----
Shoplifting-27%-77%-69%-33%-19%+13%+67%-22%-57%+11%
Theft From the Person-67%--50%------75%-
Vehicle Crime-11%-40%-33%+100%-60%-50%--33%+300%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-42%-41%-+14%+25%+3%-19%+25%-18%-45%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Oswestry

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

How dangerous is Oswestry?
Oswestry is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire.

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

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

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