Shrewsbury Crime Overview

Shrewsbury is the most dangerous major town in Shropshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shrewsbury in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shrewsbury is the 35th safest major town, and the 1,522nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Shrewsbury had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Shrewsbury residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 41 crimes at a rate of 0.54 per 1,000 residents. Shrewsbury recorded 17 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst for drugs in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Shrewsbury are violence and sexual offences, with 2,305 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 2,631 offences and a difference of 4.26 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Shrewsbury's least common crime is robbery, with 27 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 44% from 2019's figure of 39 crimes.

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Crime in Shrewsbury Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Shrewsbury This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,04826.7310,74621.3420% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft881.152180.4363% more dangerous
Burglary2823.681,9283.834.1% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6959.073,2876.5328% more dangerous
Drugs2162.829451.8833% more dangerous
Other Crime811.065981.1912% safer
Other Theft3474.532,2764.520.22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons630.823640.7212% more dangerous
Public Order3434.481,7683.5122% more dangerous
Robbery270.351980.3911% safer
Shoplifting4255.552,0174.0128% more dangerous
Theft From the Person420.551590.3242% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3164.121,3392.6635% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,30530.0813,88627.588% more dangerous

Shrewsbury Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Telford5,59036.7286% safer

Crime Over Time in Shrewsbury

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Shrewsbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour48474227Safer
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson1010109Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime1.40.981.11.1Safer
Other Theft7664.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.720.720.82Getting worse
Public Order3.44.064.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.480.510.35Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.900.890.55Safer
Vehicle Crime4.
Violence and Sexual Offences27303430Safer

Changes In Shrewsbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Shrewsbury to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.710.81% safer
Coventry77.4112% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Shrewsbury's Neighbourhoods

Shrewsbury Town is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Shrewsbury, followed by Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange in second place, and Shrewsbury Harlescott & Sundorne as the third most dangerous area. Shrewsbury's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Shrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook, Shrewsbury Meole & Kingsland, and Shrewsbury Monkmoor.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook56355Sixth
Shrewsbury Greenfields48158Fourth
Shrewsbury Harlescott & Sundorne74390Third
Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange995123Second
Shrewsbury Meole & Kingsland41140Seventh
Shrewsbury Monkmoor51257Fifth
Shrewsbury Town1,081123First

Shrewsbury Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Shrewsbury for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (161)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (465)
Bicycle TheftShrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook (2)Shrewsbury Town (37)
BurglaryShrewsbury Monkmoor (19)Shrewsbury Harlescott & Sundorne (52)
Criminal Damage and ArsonShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (35)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (160)
DrugsShrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook (14)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (49)
Other CrimeShrewsbury Greenfields (3)Shrewsbury Harlescott & Sundorne (18)
Other TheftShrewsbury Monkmoor (19)Shrewsbury Town (101)
Possession of WeaponsShrewsbury Greenfields (2)Shrewsbury Harlescott & Sundorne (17)
Public OrderShrewsbury Monkmoor (24)Shrewsbury Town (103)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Shrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (2)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (9)
ShopliftingShrewsbury Greenfields (11)Shrewsbury Town (127)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Shrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (1)Shrewsbury Town (25)
Vehicle CrimeShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (17)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (92)
Violence and Sexual OffencesShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (148)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (399)

Crime in Shrewsbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Shrewsbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Shrewsbury saw a 250% increase in other crime. Shrewsbury saw a large fall in theft from the person during December, when it fell by 88% compared to December in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Shrewsbury's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+69%+58%+31%------
Bicycle Theft-76%--67%+20%-20%--25%-13%+71%+60%
Criminal Damage and Arson-47%-14%-14%+33%-14%+42%-28%+17%-36%-46%
Other Crime-33%-40%-17%-22%-33%+250%---45%+200%
Other Theft-44%-66%-60%-15%-51%-46%-24%-20%-9%-11%
Possession of Weapons+100%--83%+50%+250%+25%+67%-40%--33%
Public Order+3%+6%-54%+5%-33%-10%-42%-19%-35%-
Theft From the Person+14%-50%-71%-75%-50%-57%+25%+150%-17%-88%
Vehicle Crime-32%-74%-24%-52%+18%+158%-67%+70%--64%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%-30%-5%-15%-3%-8%-20%-17%-15%-34%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Shrewsbury

What police force serves Shrewsbury?
Shrewsbury's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Shrewsbury?
Shrewsbury is the most dangerous major town in Shropshire.
What is Shrewsbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Shrewsbury are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Shrewsbury?
Shrewsbury's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021