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 March 2020, Wellington was the worst small town in Shropshire for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Wellington residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Wellington recorded 4 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst small town for drugs 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

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
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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Wellington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour23212113Safer
Bicycle Theft0.680.540.500.09Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5.064.33.4Safer
Drugs0.590.631.41.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.681.00.68Safer
Other Theft4.
Possession of Weapons0.410.410.410.23Safer
Public Order2. worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.410.590.27Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime2.
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
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 July, when Wellington saw a 400% increase in public order. Wellington saw a large fall in other theft during October, when it fell by 90% compared to October in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+121%+64%+19%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-67%+63%-50%+60%-50%-73%-30%--25%
Other Crime--50%-50%----80%---
Other Theft-75%-58%-60%-14%+100%+167%--90%+50%+25%
Possession of Weapons---50%---+100%---
Public Order+100%-50%+350%+14%+400%-71%-57%-30%-75%+33%
Theft From the Person----+100%-----
Vehicle Crime-+50%--60%--50%---50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%+10%-5%-6%+21%-14%+5%-22%-40%-

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: 07 May 2021