Telford Crime Overview

Telford is the safest major town in Shropshire, and is the 71st most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Telford in 2020 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 57% lower than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Telford is among the top 10 safest major towns, and the 5,033rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Telford had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for burglary, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Telford residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 46 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Telford recorded 8 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst for other crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Telford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,729 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 3,090 offences and a difference of 2.37 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Telford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 28 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 114% from 2019's figure of 60 crimes.

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Crime in Telford Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Telford This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,05013.4710,74621.3458% safer
Bicycle Theft360.242180.4379% safer
Burglary2871.891,9283.83103% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6053.973,2876.5364% safer
Drugs1621.069451.8877% safer
Other Crime1340.885981.1935% safer
Other Theft3302.172,2764.52108% safer
Possession of Weapons860.563640.7229% safer
Public Order3532.321,7683.5151% safer
Robbery530.351980.3911% safer
Shoplifting5653.712,0174.018% safer
Theft From the Person280.181590.3278% safer
Vehicle Crime2221.461,3392.6682% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,72917.9313,88627.5854% safer

Telford Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Shrewsbury5,23068.2646% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Telford

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Telford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour21201813Safer
Bicycle Theft0.300.530.450.24Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.84.64.0Safer
Drugs0.780.741.01.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.790.780.740.88Getting worse
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0.400.450.650.56Getting worse
Public Order2.
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.270.450.35Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.450.390.18Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences18182018Safer

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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
The Fields3---211.2

Comparing Telford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7146% more dangerous
Coventry77.4153% more dangerous
Croydon83.2256% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8157% more dangerous
Bristol86.2157% more dangerous
Leicester97.4462% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8764% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2866% more dangerous
Bradford133.0272% more dangerous
Leeds137.1073% more dangerous

Crime in Telford's Neighbourhoods

Wellington East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Telford, followed by Brookside in second place, and Horsehay & The Rock 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 & Leegomery39465Seventh
Dothill & Shawbirch31140Tenth
Hadley & Horton71368Sixth
Horsehay & The Rock1,46499Third
St George's37364Eighth
Wellington East939130First
Wellington West63892Fourth
Wrockwardine Wood & Trench36456Ninth

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 (105)Wellington East (313)
Bicycle TheftDothill & Shawbirch (1)Hadley & Horton (10)
BurglaryApley & Leegomery (14)Wellington East (51)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPriorslee (23)Brookside (115)
DrugsDothill & Shawbirch (3)Brookside (48)
Other CrimePriorslee (5)Wellington East (31)
Other TheftDothill & Shawbirch (17)Wellington East (54)
Possession of WeaponsPriorslee (2)Donnington (18)
Public OrderDothill & Shawbirch (11)Wellington East (65)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hadley & Horton (1)Brookside (17)
ShopliftingBrookside (1)Horsehay & The Rock (382)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dothill & Shawbirch (1)Horsehay & The Rock (13)
Vehicle CrimeDothill & Shawbirch (6)Brookside (29)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPriorslee (128)Brookside (475)

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 September, when Telford saw a 200% increase in theft from the person. Telford saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 83% compared to March in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Telford's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+108%+107%+28%------
Bicycle Theft-83%-82%-57%-+50%-71%-67%+20%-67%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-34%-36%-11%-34%-15%-23%+29%-13%-13%-30%
Other Crime-+9%+100%+25%+11%+33%+167%--38%-10%
Other Theft-25%-50%-6%-48%-58%-30%-8%-46%-28%-9%
Possession of Weapons+150%--74%+14%+29%-8%+75%+29%-40%-50%
Public Order-3%-36%-5%-27%-22%-47%-38%-44%-30%-20%
Theft From the Person-60%-71%-50%---+200%---40%
Vehicle Crime-19%-10%+63%-10%+11%-16%-50%+6%-39%-65%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-27%-18%-7%-4%-13%-12%-24%-11%-16%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021