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Crime and Safety in Whitchurch Urban

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Whitchurch Urban is among the top 5 safest small towns in Shropshire, and is the 36th most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 215 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitchurch Urban in 2021 was 55 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% lower than the Shropshire rate of 62 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitchurch Urban is the 394th safest small town, and the 2,775th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2018, Whitchurch Urban had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for theft from the person, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2016 was also a bad month for Whitchurch Urban residents, when it was Shropshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Whitchurch Urban are violence and sexual offences, with 291 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 9% lower than 2020's figure of 316 offences and a difference of 2.38 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Whitchurch Urban's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Whitchurch Urban 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Shropshire

63% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

40% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whitchurch Urban is 63% lower than the West Midlands and 40% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whitchurch Urban Crime Rate Over Time

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Whitchurch Urban Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Whitchurch Urban 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 Whitchurch Urban

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202155573
202060630
201966694
201873764
201768712
201652549

Crime in Whitchurch Urban Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Whitchurch Urban This Year

 Whitchurch UrbanShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33131.5315,97331.72 0.60% safer
Bicycle Theft70.672450.49 27% more dangerous
Burglary262.481,6113.20 29% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson716.763,1756.31 7% more dangerous
Drugs161.528251.64 8% safer
Other Crime100.955761.14 20% safer
Other Theft333.142,4534.87 55% safer
Possession of Weapons111.053200.64 39% more dangerous
Public Order484.572,4794.92 8% safer
Robbery10.102020.40 300% safer
Shoplifting353.332,3314.63 39% safer
Theft From the Person30.291220.24 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime212.001,4922.96 48% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29127.7215,60430.99 12% safer

Whitchurch Urban Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Lawley and Overdale25924.03127% safer
Bridgnorth52942.9327% safer
Newport53944.1624% safer
Whitchurch Urban57354.58-
Shifnal49757.645% more dangerous
St Georges and Priorslee68158.136% more dangerous
Ludlow60358.707% more dangerous
Market Drayton72959.148% more dangerous
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton1,08268.5620% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitchurch Urban

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Recent Crimes in Whitchurch Urban

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BeechesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Chester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Liverpool RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Oatfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wayland CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Joyce WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Liverpool RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near WatergateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Liverpool RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bathfields CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fraser CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near B5395Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waterside CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BargatesUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect

Whitchurch Urban Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35271832 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.380.290.380.67 Getting worse
Burglary873.12.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8687 Safer
Drugs1.11.01.21.5 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.41.20.95 Safer
Other Theft6753.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.190.570.761.0 Getting worse
Public Order3.93.13.44.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.380.100.10 Safer
Shoplifting963.43.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.570.670.29 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.32.62.62.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29303028 Safer

Changes In Whitchurch Urban's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitchurch Urban to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitchurch Urban54.58-
Barnet67.0819% more dangerous
Croydon82.4834% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0539% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5951% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Whitchurch Urban's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitchurch57355First

Crime in Whitchurch Urban During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whitchurch Urban change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Whitchurch Urban saw a 300% increase in drugs. Whitchurch Urban saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during October, when it fell by 95% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+17%+135%+121%+30%----95%-94%-
Burglary-67%+200%-83%-58%-80%-88%-69%-67%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+117%+20%--17%-+33%+140%+29%-+60%
Drugs----+300%----+100%
Other Crime-33%+100%---50%--+100%-50%-
Other Theft-64%-57%-20%+100%--82%-67%-+25%+40%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+300%+150%+67%+67%--83%+100%-50%+300%+100%
Shoplifting+40%-88%-17%-33%-75%-+67%---40%
Vehicle Crime--+200%----50%---67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-10%+36%+121%-29%+32%+28%-26%-42%-23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whitchurch Urban

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

How dangerous is Whitchurch Urban?
Whitchurch Urban is among the top 5 safest small towns in Shropshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Whitchurch Urban?
Whitchurch Urban's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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