Wellington Crime Overview

Wellington is among the top 5 safest small towns in Shropshire, and is the 63rd most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wellington in 2020 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 50% lower than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wellington is the 221st safest small town, and the 4,700th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2018, Wellington had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2017 was also a bad month for Wellington residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Wellington recorded 9 reports of other crime during April 2017, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst for other crime in Shropshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wellington are violence and sexual offences, with 441 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 1.8% lower than 2019's figure of 449 offences and a difference of 0.36 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Wellington's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 450% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Wellington Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wellington This Year

 WellingtonShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29613.4110,74621.3459% safer
Bicycle Theft20.092180.43378% safer
Burglary592.671,9283.8343% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson753.403,2876.5392% safer
Drugs221.009451.8888% safer
Other Crime150.685981.1975% safer
Other Theft582.632,2764.5272% safer
Possession of Weapons50.233640.72213% safer
Public Order632.851,7683.5123% safer
Robbery60.271980.3944% safer
Shoplifting823.722,0174.018% safer
Theft From the Person60.271590.3219% safer
Vehicle Crime150.681,3392.66291% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44119.9813,88627.5838% safer

Wellington Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St Georges and Priorslee32227.4840% safer
Newport39132.0320% safer
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton51932.8917% safer
Wellington84938.47-
Oakengates35439.282.1% more dangerous
Bridgnorth50841.237% more dangerous
Hadley & Leegomery69243.9913% more dangerous
Madeley1,05556.4432% more dangerous
Shifnal48856.5932% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wellington

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Recent Crimes in Wellington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Public orderOn or near Limekiln LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Limekiln LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Limekiln LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oaks CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Forest CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Apley AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near Old Hall CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Hall CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Hall CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near St Marks CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Millfields RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Millfields RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glebe StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Lidgates GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Lidgates GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wellington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23212113Safer
Bicycle Theft0.680.540.500.09Safer
Burglary2.44.62.82.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5.064.33.4Safer
Drugs0.590.631.41.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.681.00.68Safer
Other Theft4.94.84.22.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.410.410.23Safer
Public Order2.42.53.12.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.410.590.27Safer
Shoplifting98113.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.230.270.320.27Safer
Vehicle Crime2.32.01.10.68Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17192020Getting worse

Changes In Wellington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wellington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wellington38.47-
Barnet67.7143% more dangerous
Coventry77.4150% more dangerous
Croydon83.2254% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8155% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4461% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8763% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% 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 vehicle crime. Wellington saw a large fall in other theft during October, when it fell by 91% compared to October in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Wellington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+35%+83%+129%+30%------
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+83%-63%--67%-50%-33%-73%---60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+140%-+10%-50%+14%-25%-64%+10%-31%+9%
Drugs-67%+50%--40%--50%-40%---
Other Crime+200%-67%+100%-80%---50%-+100%-33%
Other Theft-53%-50%-44%-42%+233%+100%-33%-91%-50%+33%
Possession of Weapons----33%---+100%--
Public Order-25%-60%+160%-10%+267%-70%-29%--80%-17%
Robbery+50%--50%-+100%----67%-67%
Shoplifting-18%-81%-33%-30%-60%-71%-74%-30%--64%
Theft From the Person--------50%--
Vehicle Crime-40%+25%+400%-86%+200%-+25%---
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-29%-4%-35%+5%-4%+32%-36%-45%-16%

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 safest small towns 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021