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Crime and Safety in Telford

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Telford is the safest major town in Shropshire, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Telford in 2021 was 8 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 686% lower than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Telford is the safest major town, and the 708th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Telford had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for shoplifting, with 40 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Telford residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.01 per 1,000 residents. Telford recorded 5 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.03 the worst for other crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Telford are violence and sexual offences, with 454 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 3.0. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 361 offences and a difference of 0.61 from 2020's crime rate of 2.4. Telford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 175% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Telford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Shropshire

1022% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

863% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Telford is 1022% lower than the West Midlands and 863% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Telford Crime Rate Over Time

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Telford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Telford 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 Telford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202181,208
202071,080
2019101,566
2018101,536
201781,174
201671,008

Crime in Telford Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Telford This Year

 TelfordShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4142.7215,97331.72 1066% safer
Bicycle Theft90.062450.49 717% safer
Burglary160.111,6113.20 2809% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson850.563,1756.31 1027% safer
Drugs390.268251.64 531% safer
Other Crime320.215761.14 443% safer
Other Theft830.552,4534.87 785% safer
Possession of Weapons100.073200.64 814% safer
Public Order1300.852,4794.92 479% safer
Robbery80.052020.40 700% safer
Shoplifting3072.022,3314.63 129% safer
Theft From the Person40.031220.24 700% safer
Vehicle Crime310.201,4922.96 1380% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4542.9815,60430.99 940% safer

Telford Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Telford1,2087.94-
Shrewsbury5,89376.9190% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Telford

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Recent Crimes in Telford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rockall WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Malinsgate Police StationOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022RobberyOn or near Coach CentralUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hall Park WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mannerley LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Malinsgate Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farriers GreenUnable to prosecute suspect

Telford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour4.43.71.82.7 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.200.110.050.06 Safer
Burglary0.360.310.180.11 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson0.550.590.390.56 Safer
Drugs0.250.250.180.26 Getting worse
Other Crime0.170.120.230.21 Getting worse
Other Theft0.950.950.440.55 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.110.060.07 Safer
Public Order0.570.970.500.85 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.050.050.050.05No change
Shoplifting3.23.72.42.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.160.120.070.03 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.300.100.150.20 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3.23.02.43.0 Getting worse

Changes In Telford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Telford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Telford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
The Fields3---211.2

Comparing Telford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Telford7.94-
Barnet67.0888% more dangerous
Croydon82.4890% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0591% more dangerous
Bristol90.5291% more dangerous
Coventry102.2492% more dangerous
Leicester111.5993% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0694% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6494% more dangerous
Bradford132.2894% more dangerous
Leeds150.9495% more dangerous

Crime in Telford's Neighbourhoods

Wellington East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Telford, followed by Wellington West in second place, and Brookside as the third most dangerous area. Telford's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Dothill & Shawbirch, Priorslee, and Wrockwardine Wood & Trench.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Apley & Leegomery43672Eighth
Brookside837117Third
Donnington84391Fifth
Dothill & Shawbirch3444411th
Hadley & Horton79676Seventh
Horsehay & The Rock1,654111Fourth
Priorslee34247Tenth
St George's47481Sixth
Wellington East1,011140First
Wellington West851122Second
Wrockwardine Wood & Trench40762Ninth

Telford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDothill & Shawbirch (132)Wellington East (487)
Bicycle TheftDothill & Shawbirch (1)Horsehay & The Rock (23)
BurglaryDothill & Shawbirch (9)Wellington West (61)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPriorslee (16)Brookside (98)
DrugsDothill & Shawbirch (4)Brookside (36)
Other CrimePriorslee (3)Horsehay & The Rock (44)
Other TheftPriorslee (19)Wellington East (70)
Possession of WeaponsPriorslee (2)Wellington West (14)
Public OrderPriorslee (19)Wellington East (107)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Apley & Leegomery (1)Brookside (7)
ShopliftingBrookside (2)Horsehay & The Rock (341)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dothill & Shawbirch (1)Brookside (6)
Vehicle CrimePriorslee (22)Wellington West (49)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDothill & Shawbirch (173)Brookside (489)

Crime in Telford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Telford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Telford saw a 400% increase in other crime. Telford saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 92% compared to March in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Telford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-29%+6%+40%+2%------
Bicycle Theft----50%---67%---
Burglary-40%--67%-50%+33%-63%-77%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-92%-60%--57%+17%-42%-50%+44%-33%-56%
Drugs--50%+25%+200%+100%-20%-33%-33%-60%-
Other Crime+100%-33%-75%-+400%+200%+200%+100%+150%-
Other Theft-31%-80%-89%-73%-50%-18%-42%-50%-58%-14%
Possession of Weapons-----50%-----
Public Order-20%-60%-61%-62%-10%-73%-50%-37%-57%-60%
Robbery----+300%---50%--
Shoplifting-63%-60%-39%--49%-44%-43%-56%-5%-52%
Theft From the Person------+200%--+100%
Vehicle Crime-50%+150%---+50%-50%+200%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-32%-50%-12%-26%+5%-22%+15%-+4%-32%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Telford

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

How dangerous is Telford?
Telford is the safest major town in Shropshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Telford?
Telford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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