Whitchurch Urban Crime Overview

Whitchurch Urban is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Shropshire, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitchurch Urban in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.1% higher than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitchurch Urban is the 312nd most dangerous small town, and the 2,084th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Whitchurch Urban had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 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 316 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 0.32% higher than 2019's figure of 315 offences and a difference of 0.10 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Whitchurch Urban's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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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 Behaviour18417.5310,74621.3422% safer
Bicycle Theft40.382180.4313% safer
Burglary333.141,9283.8322% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson817.723,2876.5315% more dangerous
Drugs131.249451.8852% safer
Other Crime131.245981.194.0% more dangerous
Other Theft555.242,2764.5214% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.763640.725% more dangerous
Public Order363.431,7683.512.3% safer
Robbery10.101980.39290% safer
Shoplifting363.432,0174.0117% safer
Theft From the Person70.671590.3252% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime272.571,3392.663.5% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31630.1013,88627.588% more dangerous

Whitchurch Urban Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Oakengates35439.2853% safer
Bridgnorth50841.2346% safer
Hadley & Leegomery69243.9936% safer
Madeley1,05556.446% safer
Shifnal48856.596% safer
Whitchurch Urban63060.01-
Market Drayton74160.110.17% more dangerous
Great Dawley73961.242.0% more dangerous
Ludlow63561.822.9% more dangerous
Stirchley and Brookside71868.0712% more dangerous
Lawley and Overdale73968.5712% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitchurch Urban

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Whitchurch Urban Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41352718Safer
Bicycle Theft0.670.380.290.38Safer
Burglary7873.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8868Getting worse
Drugs0.861.11.01.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.861.31.41.2Getting worse
Other Theft8675Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.190.570.76Getting worse
Public Order2.33.93.13.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.380.480.380.10Safer
Shoplifting5963.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.671.00.570.67Safer
Vehicle Crime3.44.32.62.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30293030Getting worse

Changes In Whitchurch Urban's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitchurch Urban to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitchurch Urban60.01-
Barnet67.7111% more dangerous
Coventry77.4122% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2130% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Whitchurch Urban's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitchurch63060First

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 10 most dangerous 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021