Shifnal Crime Overview

Shifnal is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shifnal in 2020 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.7% lower than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shifnal is the 364th most dangerous small town, and the 2,378th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Shifnal was the worst small town in Shropshire for drugs, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Shifnal residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Shifnal recorded 8 reports of vehicle crime during September 2019, making its crime rate of 0.93 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Shifnal are violence and sexual offences, with 223 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 244 offences and a difference of 2.44 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Shifnal's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 50% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Shifnal Compared To Shropshire

Summary of Crimes in Shifnal This Year

 ShifnalShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15317.7410,74621.3420% safer
Burglary222.551,9283.8350% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson526.033,2876.538% safer
Drugs283.259451.8842% more dangerous
Other Crime161.865981.1936% more dangerous
Other Theft323.712,2764.5222% safer
Possession of Weapons30.353640.72106% safer
Public Order303.481,7683.510.86% safer
Robbery20.231980.3970% safer
Shoplifting465.332,0174.0125% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.351590.329% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime313.601,3392.6626% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences22325.8613,88627.587% safer

Shifnal Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wellington84938.4747% safer
Oakengates35439.2844% safer
Bridgnorth50841.2337% safer
Hadley & Leegomery69243.9929% safer
Madeley1,05556.440.27% safer
Shifnal48856.59-
Whitchurch Urban63060.016% more dangerous
Market Drayton74160.116% more dangerous
Great Dawley73961.248% more dangerous
Ludlow63561.828% more dangerous
Stirchley and Brookside71868.0717% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Shifnal

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Shifnal Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25232918Safer
Burglary84.352.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7966Safer
Drugs1.01.21.43.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.701.30.931.9Getting worse
Other Theft1211113.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.120.461.00.35Safer
Public Order2.32.74.33.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.120.120.23Getting worse
Shoplifting4.22.33.15Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.230.230.460.35Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.62.93.93.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18222826Getting worse

Changes In Shifnal's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Shifnal to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Shifnal56.59-
Barnet67.7116% more dangerous
Coventry77.4127% more dangerous
Croydon83.2232% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8134% more dangerous
Bristol86.2134% more dangerous
Leicester97.4442% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8745% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2847% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Shifnal's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shifnal52856First

Crime in Shifnal During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Shifnal change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Shifnal saw a 400% increase in criminal damage and arson. Shifnal saw a large fall in other theft during August, when it fell by 89% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+138%+29%+11%------
Burglary+50%---33%-50%-50%-57%-25%-60%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%+400%+300%--78%-50%-67%+150%+25%+17%
Drugs+150%--+300%+400%-+200%---
Other Crime--50%-----+100%--
Other Theft-67%-83%-82%-75%--89%--67%-+20%
Public Order+50%+200%-67%-25%-67%+25%-83%-67%+33%+300%
Shoplifting+200%+200%+100%+100%+300%-+100%--57%-25%
Vehicle Crime--33%+100%-29%+100%--63%+100%-50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%+5%-40%+5%-64%-10%+35%+33%+44%-66%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Shifnal

What police force serves Shifnal?
Shifnal's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Shifnal?
Shifnal is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire.
What is Shifnal's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Shifnal are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Shifnal?
Shifnal's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021