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Crime and Safety in Audley Rural

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Audley Rural is among the top 10 safest small towns in Staffordshire, and is the 70th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 197 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Audley Rural in 2021 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 53% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Audley Rural is the 186th safest small town, and the 4,824th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Audley Rural was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Staffordshire for other crime, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Audley Rural residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Audley Rural recorded 15 reports of criminal damage and arson during February 2020, making its crime rate of 1.8 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Audley Rural are violence and sexual offences, with 209 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 61% higher than 2020's figure of 81 offences and a difference of 14.98 from 2020's crime rate of 9. Audley Rural's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Audley Rural 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Staffordshire

36% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

86% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Audley Rural is 36% lower than the West Midlands and 86% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Audley Rural Crime Rate Over Time

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Audley Rural Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Audley Rural represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Audley Rural

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202139335
202020171
201936305
201845383
201748410
201648408

Crime in Audley Rural Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Audley Rural This Year

 Audley RuralStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8910.4124,58421.65 108% safer
Bicycle Theft10.127140.63 425% safer
Burglary161.873,0972.73 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson445.157,8976.96 35% safer
Drugs50.581,1841.04 79% safer
Other Crime10.121,1200.99 725% safer
Other Theft131.525,7705.08 234% safer
Possession of Weapons20.235250.46 100% safer
Public Order212.464,8144.24 72% safer
Robbery10.126550.58 383% safer
Shoplifting50.584,3123.80 555% safer
Theft From the Person10.123670.32 167% safer
Vehicle Crime161.873,9303.46 85% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20924.4533,89229.85 22% safer

Audley Rural Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hednesford482.641384% safer
Heath Hayes and Wimblebury483.451036% safer
Brewood and Coven23931.7523% safer
Codsall25832.4021% safer
Biddulph79138.960.59% safer
Audley Rural33539.19-
Great Wyrley45940.643.6% more dangerous
Wombourne59841.876% more dangerous
Penkridge38644.1511% more dangerous
Stone78446.1715% more dangerous
Rugeley84447.4517% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Audley Rural

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Recent Crimes in Audley Rural

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Farm HollowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Wesley PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near B5500Action to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Public orderOn or near Station WalksFormal action is not in the public interest
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hayeswood LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near RyehillsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station WalksFormal action is not in the public interest
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station WalksInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Other theftOn or near Mellard StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Meadowside AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nantwich RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New King StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farm HollowUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Georges WayOffender given a caution
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wood StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nantwich RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Audley Rural Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29241210 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.12--0.12No change
Burglary1.92.80.351.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11765 Safer
Drugs0.700.580.350.58 Getting worse
Other Crime0.820.940.580.12 Safer
Other Theft4.23.21.61.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.120.120.23 Getting worse
Public Order2.90.820.582.5 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.120.120.12No change
Shoplifting0.350.700.470.58 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)---0.12No change
Vehicle Crime3.22.00.581.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2017924 Getting worse

Changes In Audley Rural's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Audley Rural to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Audley Rural39.19-
Coventry39.931.9% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6021% more dangerous
Barnet67.0842% more dangerous
Croydon82.4852% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0356% more dangerous
Bristol90.5257% more dangerous
Leicester111.5965% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0668% more dangerous
Bradford132.2870% more dangerous
Leeds150.9474% more dangerous

Crime in Audley Rural's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Audley & Bignall End33539First

Crime in Audley Rural During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Audley Rural change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Audley Rural saw a 100% increase in criminal damage and arson. Audley Rural saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during July, when it fell by 96% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+53%+35%+7%--96%---94%--63%
Burglary----------67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%+100%-80%-------56%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-------75%---
Shoplifting----------
Violence and Sexual Offences+80%+33%-65%--93%---92%--14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Audley Rural

What police force serves Audley Rural?
Audley Rural's local territorial police force is the Staffordshire Police.

How dangerous is Audley Rural?
Audley Rural is among the top 10 safest small towns in Staffordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Audley Rural?
Audley Rural's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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