Burton upon Trent Crime Overview

Burton upon Trent is the safest major town in Staffordshire, and is the 88th safest overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burton upon Trent in 2020 was 15 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 93% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burton upon Trent is the safest major town, and the 1,708th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Burton upon Trent had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.03 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Burton upon Trent residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.01 per 1,000 residents. Burton upon Trent recorded 1 report of criminal damage and arson during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.01 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Burton upon Trent are violence and sexual offences, with 578 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 7. This is 68% lower than 2019's figure of 970 offences and a difference of 5.06 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Burton upon Trent's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 133% from 2019's figure of 21 crimes.

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Crime in Burton upon Trent Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Burton upon Trent This Year

 Burton upon TrentStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5266.7815,93514.03107% safer
Bicycle Theft180.232570.230% safer
Burglary821.062,0251.7868% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1241.604,1773.68130% safer
Drugs540.709420.8319% safer
Other Crime200.267610.67158% safer
Other Theft871.122,8772.53126% safer
Possession of Weapons90.122820.25108% safer
Public Order781.011,8471.6361% safer
Robbery150.193220.2847% safer
Shoplifting470.611,8671.64169% safer
Theft From the Person100.131660.1515% safer
Vehicle Crime530.682,0221.78162% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5787.4515,60013.7484% safer

Burton upon Trent Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burton upon Trent1,17515.15-
Cannock1,60222.7633% more dangerous
Stafford1,85828.5447% more dangerous
Newcastle-under-Lyme2,28228.6447% more dangerous
Tamworth2,37030.9051% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burton upon Trent

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Burton upon Trent Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1616157Safer
Bicycle Theft0.830.610.710.23Safer
Burglary1.21.91.91.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.73.74.21.6Safer
Drugs0.811.01.00.70Safer
Other Crime0.890.720.740.26Safer
Other Theft3.53.72.81.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.350.270.12Safer
Public Order2.32.12.01.0Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.440.320.19Safer
Shoplifting2.51.62.20.61Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.170.140.260.13Safer
Vehicle Crime2.82.02.40.68Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1415137Safer

Changes In Burton upon Trent's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Burton upon Trent's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Burton upon Trent that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Clays Lane Park1----00.45

Comparing Burton upon Trent to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Burton upon Trent15.15-
Barnet67.7178% more dangerous
Coventry77.4180% more dangerous
Croydon83.2282% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8182% more dangerous
Bristol86.2182% more dangerous
Leicester97.4484% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8785% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2886% more dangerous
Bradford133.0289% more dangerous
Leeds137.1089% more dangerous

Crime in Burton upon Trent's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Burton Eton Park23030Third
Burton Horninglow24427Fifth
Burton Shobnall33740First
Burton Stapenhill25932Second
Burton Stretton10614Sixth
Burton Winshill23928Fourth

Burton upon Trent Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Burton upon Trent for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBurton Stretton (60)Burton Eton Park (135)
Bicycle TheftBurton Stapenhill (1)Burton Shobnall (4)
BurglaryBurton Winshill (11)Burton Eton Park (19)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBurton Stretton (11)Burton Stapenhill (37)
DrugsBurton Winshill (2)Burton Shobnall (22)
Other CrimeBurton Stretton (2)Burton Shobnall (11)
Other TheftBurton Stretton (6)Burton Shobnall (24)
Possession of WeaponsBurton Horninglow (1)Burton Shobnall (5)
Public OrderBurton Stretton (5)Burton Shobnall (23)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Burton Horninglow (1)Burton Stapenhill (4)
ShopliftingBurton Stretton (1)Burton Eton Park (13)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Burton Winshill (1)Burton Shobnall (4)
Vehicle CrimeBurton Stretton (5)Burton Eton Park (16)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBurton Stretton (53)Burton Shobnall (172)

Crime in Burton upon Trent During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Burton upon Trent change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Burton upon Trent saw a 500% increase in drugs. Burton upon Trent saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during August, when it fell by 99% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-35%+17%+17%-96%-98%-99%-99%-99%-98%-12%
Bicycle Theft-40%-50%-71%---71%-75%---
Burglary-39%+43%-75%-91%-91%--86%---13%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%+17%-72%-92%-97%--96%-95%--38%
Drugs+500%+120%+114%--88%---88%--75%
Other Crime-+100%--83%---67%---50%
Other Theft+60%-6%-68%-95%--95%---92%-67%
Possession of Weapons--80%-67%-------
Public Order-11%+50%-58%---93%-83%-88%-80%+33%
Robbery+300%---------
Shoplifting-75%-67%-89%------+133%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-43%-74%-89%-------93%
Violence and Sexual Offences+41%+18%-38%-97%-98%-94%-96%-99%-98%+84%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Burton upon Trent

What police force serves Burton upon Trent?
Burton upon Trent's local territorial police force is the Staffordshire Police.
How dangerous is Burton upon Trent?
Burton upon Trent is the safest major town in Staffordshire.
What is Burton upon Trent's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Burton upon Trent are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Burton upon Trent?
Burton upon Trent's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021