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Crime and Safety in Shrewsbury

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Shrewsbury is the most dangerous major 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 Shrewsbury in 2021 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shrewsbury is the 41st safest major town, and the 1,235th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, 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 2021 was also a bad month for Shrewsbury residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 28 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Shrewsbury recorded 41 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.54 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Shrewsbury are violence and sexual offences, with 2,881 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 2,305 offences and a difference of 7.52 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Shrewsbury's least common crime is theft from the person, with 32 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 31% from 2020's figure of 42 crimes.

Shrewsbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Shropshire

16% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

0.61% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Shrewsbury is 16% lower than the West Midlands and 0.61% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Shrewsbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Shrewsbury 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 Shrewsbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021775,893
2020685,230
2019826,309
2018735,614
2017695,276
2016604,600

Crime in Shrewsbury Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Shrewsbury This Year

 ShrewsburyShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,15741.2015,97331.72 23% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1021.332450.49 63% more dangerous
Burglary2703.521,6113.20 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6338.263,1756.31 24% more dangerous
Drugs2373.098251.64 47% more dangerous
Other Crime1001.315761.14 13% more dangerous
Other Theft3965.172,4534.87 6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons610.803200.64 20% more dangerous
Public Order4595.992,4794.92 18% more dangerous
Robbery380.502020.40 20% more dangerous
Shoplifting4886.372,3314.63 27% more dangerous
Theft From the Person320.421220.24 43% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1962.561,4922.96 16% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,88137.6015,60430.99 18% more dangerous

Shrewsbury Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Telford1,2087.94869% safer
Shrewsbury5,89376.91-

Crime Over Time in Shrewsbury

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Recent Crimes in Shrewsbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hinton DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rushton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Berwick CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Castle GatesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vennington WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beaufort GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Long RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Austin'S StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Combermere DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near TawnyleaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Wyle CopInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Moston GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Morris CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Arlington WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Shrewsbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour47422741 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.71.21.3 Safer
Burglary4.64.73.73.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101098 Safer
Drugs2.42.22.83.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.11.11.3 Getting worse
Other Theft664.55 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.720.720.820.80 Getting worse
Public Order4.064.56 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.510.350.50 Getting worse
Shoplifting8966 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.890.550.42 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.25.04.12.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30343038 Getting worse

Changes In Shrewsbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Shrewsbury to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0815% safer
Shrewsbury76.91-
Croydon82.487% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0515% more dangerous
Bristol90.5215% more dangerous
Coventry102.2425% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0638% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6441% more dangerous
Bradford132.2842% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% 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 Greenfields, and Shrewsbury Meole & Kingsland.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook60258Sixth
Shrewsbury Greenfields52663Fifth
Shrewsbury Harlescott & Sundorne70886Third
Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange956118Second
Shrewsbury Meole & Kingsland48947Seventh
Shrewsbury Monkmoor63070Fourth
Shrewsbury Town1,523173First

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 Copthorne & Bowbrook (235)Shrewsbury Town (897)
Bicycle TheftShrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook (4)Shrewsbury Town (41)
BurglaryShrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook (13)Shrewsbury Town (95)
Criminal Damage and ArsonShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (37)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (125)
DrugsShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (14)Shrewsbury Town (64)
Other CrimeShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (9)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (17)
Other TheftShrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook (29)Shrewsbury Town (106)
Possession of WeaponsShrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook (3)Shrewsbury Town (20)
Public OrderShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (34)Shrewsbury Town (147)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Shrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (1)Shrewsbury Town (19)
ShopliftingShrewsbury Monkmoor (10)Shrewsbury Town (161)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Shrewsbury Monkmoor (1)Shrewsbury Town (20)
Vehicle CrimeShrewsbury Copthorne & Bowbrook (19)Shrewsbury Harlescott Grange (34)
Violence and Sexual OffencesShrewsbury Meole & Kingsland (211)Shrewsbury Town (687)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+69%+58%+31%------
Bicycle Theft-76%--67%+20%-20%--25%-13%+71%+60%
Burglary-44%-74%+10%+33%-7%-7%-17%-22%-15%-14%
Criminal Damage and Arson-47%-14%-14%+33%-14%+42%-28%+17%-36%-46%
Drugs-60%+71%+12%+59%+111%+43%+150%+29%+9%+21%
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%-
Robbery-83%-+80%---50%--71%-50%-67%
Shoplifting-51%-57%-56%-12%-42%-42%+2%-36%-63%-41%
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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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