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Crime and Safety in Wellington, Shropshire

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Wellington is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wellington in 2021 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 38% higher than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wellington is the 86th most dangerous small town, and the 591st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Wellington had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for possession of weapons, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Wellington residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Wellington recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for theft from the person in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wellington are violence and sexual offences, with 995 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 919 offences and a difference of 3.44 from 2020's crime rate of 42. Wellington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 9% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Wellington 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Shropshire

11% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

24% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wellington is 11% higher than the West Midlands and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wellington Crime Rate Over Time

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Wellington Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wellington 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 Wellington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211002,206
2020861,888
20191112,442
20181012,231
2017942,077
2016932,053

Crime in Wellington Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wellington This Year

 WellingtonShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,01345.9015,97331.72 31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.632450.49 22% more dangerous
Burglary1195.391,6113.20 41% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1848.343,1756.31 24% more dangerous
Drugs452.048251.64 20% more dangerous
Other Crime391.775761.14 36% more dangerous
Other Theft1597.202,4534.87 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons341.543200.64 58% more dangerous
Public Order2209.972,4794.92 51% more dangerous
Robbery120.542020.40 26% more dangerous
Shoplifting25311.462,3314.63 60% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.501220.24 52% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1215.481,4922.96 46% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences99545.0815,60430.99 31% more dangerous

Wellington Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Market Drayton72959.1469% safer
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton1,08268.5646% safer
Oswestry1,30671.6939% safer
Hadley & Leegomery1,18975.5932% safer
Oakengates73181.1123% safer
Wellington2,20699.95-
Stirchley and Brookside1,156109.599% more dangerous
Great Dawley1,471121.8918% more dangerous
Madeley2,395128.1222% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wellington

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Recent Crimes in Wellington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Constitution HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near New Hall RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodlands AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Vineyard DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Alverley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near New Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Mill BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Marks CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crescent RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Groom'S AlleyInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Exeter DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lea CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hornbeam CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nevil RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect

Wellington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44442946 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.91.60.540.63 Safer
Burglary854.85 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111088 Safer
Drugs2.02.82.72.0 Safer
Other Crime1.42.02.11.8 Safer
Other Theft101057 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.21.21.5 Getting worse
Public Order77610 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.821.41.10.54 Safer
Shoplifting1419911 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.00.540.50 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.62.62.25 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences39464245 Getting worse

Changes In Wellington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wellington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0849% safer
Croydon82.4821% safer
Sheffield90.0511% safer
Bristol90.5210% safer
Wellington99.95-
Coventry102.242.2% more dangerous
Leicester111.5910% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0619% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6423% more dangerous
Bradford132.2824% more dangerous
Leeds150.9434% more dangerous

Crime in Wellington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wellington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Wellington saw a 400% increase in drugs. Wellington saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Wellington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+34%+63%+96%+18%------
Bicycle Theft---60%-67%------50%
Burglary+75%-43%+60%-64%-45%+50%-82%-11%-22%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson--78%--71%+100%-13%-56%---16%
Drugs-50%+100%+400%-33%+25%+100%-50%-60%+17%-43%
Other Crime+67%-83%+100%-67%-+50%-+150%+200%-33%
Other Theft-48%-58%-18%-42%-7%--31%-79%-8%-38%
Possession of Weapons+250%--75%+33%-+100%+100%+300%-67%-
Public Order+9%-60%+100%-21%+157%-62%+8%-21%-65%-38%
Robbery---50%-67%+100%-80%---75%-
Shoplifting-24%-86%-39%-48%-67%-77%-73%-44%-24%-65%
Theft From the Person-----33%-----67%
Vehicle Crime-43%+50%+100%-60%+200%---83%-86%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+7%-37%-19%-33%+12%-18%+14%-25%-29%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wellington

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

How dangerous is Wellington?
Wellington is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in Shropshire.

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

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

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