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Crime and Safety in Shifnal

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Shifnal is among the top 5 safest small towns in Shropshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shifnal in 2021 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shifnal is the 393rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,446th 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. April 2018 was also a bad month for Shifnal residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Shifnal are violence and sexual offences, with 279 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 223 offences and a difference of 6.50 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Shifnal's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 50% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Shifnal 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Shropshire

55% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

33% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Shifnal is 55% lower than the West Midlands and 33% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Shifnal Crime Rate Over Time

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Shifnal Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Shifnal 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 Shifnal

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202158497
202057488
201966569
201858504
201757494
201645385

Crime in Shifnal Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Shifnal This Year

 ShifnalShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29634.3315,97331.72 8% more dangerous
Burglary263.021,6113.20 6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson404.643,1756.31 36% safer
Drugs161.868251.64 12% more dangerous
Other Crime91.045761.14 10% safer
Other Theft252.902,4534.87 68% safer
Possession of Weapons20.233200.64 178% safer
Public Order313.602,4794.92 37% safer
Robbery50.582020.40 31% more dangerous
Shoplifting434.992,3314.63 7% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime212.441,4922.96 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27932.3615,60430.99 4.2% more dangerous

Shifnal Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lawley and Overdale25924.03140% safer
Bridgnorth52942.9334% safer
Newport53944.1631% safer
Whitchurch Urban57354.586% safer
Shifnal49757.64-
St Georges and Priorslee68158.130.84% more dangerous
Ludlow60358.701.8% more dangerous
Market Drayton72959.142.5% more dangerous
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton1,08268.5616% more dangerous
Oswestry1,30671.6920% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Shifnal

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Recent Crimes in Shifnal

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022DrugsOn or near Worfe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Motorway Service AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Barn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Newport RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Worfe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Castle Farm WayOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Brookside CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near A464Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The WillowsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Castle Farm WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near BrookdaleUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The WillowsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mead WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Park LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jellicoe CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Aston RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Worfe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Shifnal Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23291834 Getting worse
Burglary4.352.63.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9664.6 Safer
Drugs1.21.43.21.9 Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.931.91.0 Getting worse
Other Theft11113.72.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.461.00.350.23 Safer
Public Order2.74.33.53.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.120.230.58 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.33.155.0 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.93.93.62.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22282632 Getting worse

Changes In Shifnal's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Shifnal to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Shifnal57.64-
Barnet67.0814% more dangerous
Croydon82.4830% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0536% more dangerous
Bristol90.5236% more dangerous
Coventry102.2444% more dangerous
Leicester111.5948% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0653% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Shifnal's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shifnal54558First

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 5 safest small town 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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