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Crime and Safety in Lichfield

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Lichfield is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Staffordshire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 197 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lichfield in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 5% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lichfield is the 66th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,449th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Lichfield had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Lichfield residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.03 per 1,000 residents. Lichfield recorded 2 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst for drugs in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Lichfield are violence and sexual offences, with 829 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 49% higher than 2020's figure of 423 offences and a difference of 12.30 from 2020's crime rate of 13. Lichfield's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 15 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 13% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Lichfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Staffordshire

6% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

28% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lichfield is 6% higher than the West Midlands and 28% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lichfield Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Lichfield 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 Lichfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021571,882
202028912
2019531,753
2018571,890
2017581,908
2016541,771

Crime in Lichfield Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Lichfield This Year

 LichfieldStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour72221.8724,58421.65 1.0% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.457140.63 40% safer
Burglary682.063,0972.73 33% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2216.697,8976.96 4.0% safer
Drugs230.701,1841.04 49% safer
Other Crime300.911,1200.99 9% safer
Other Theft1344.065,7705.08 25% safer
Possession of Weapons180.555250.46 16% more dangerous
Public Order1183.574,8144.24 19% safer
Robbery230.706550.58 17% more dangerous
Shoplifting2557.724,3123.80 51% more dangerous
Theft From the Person200.613670.32 48% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1283.883,9303.46 11% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences82925.1133,89229.85 19% safer

Lichfield Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burntwood1,27248.2518% safer
Lichfield1,88257.00-

Crime Over Time in Lichfield

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Recent Crimes in Lichfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022Other theftOn or near Stowe StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kean CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beechfield RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Sandford StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Lomax CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dimbles LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Birmingham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Conduit StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St John StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hermes RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Pinfold RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Greenhough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Beecroft AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beech GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beacon StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Windmill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Weston RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near LeyfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lichfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29281222 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.10.820.390.45 Safer
Burglary3.82.51.32.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson762.57No change
Drugs1.31.71.00.70 Safer
Other Crime1.00.940.360.91 Safer
Other Theft663.04.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.420.120.55 Getting worse
Public Order3.23.41.33.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.700.450.300.70 Getting worse
Shoplifting752.58 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.700.730.180.61 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.23.71.83.9 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21211325 Getting worse

Changes In Lichfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lichfield's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Lichfield that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beacon Park10---310.49

Comparing Lichfield to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9343% safer
Birmingham49.6015% safer
Lichfield57.00-
Barnet67.0815% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0337% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Lichfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Lichfield Central1,10298First
Lichfield East39434Third
Lichfield West & South38637Second

Crime in Lichfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lichfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Lichfield saw a 240% increase in vehicle crime. Lichfield saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during June, when it fell by 99% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-1%+10%+6%-------21%
Bicycle Theft-80%-33%--------
Burglary-50%--94%-------38%
Criminal Damage and Arson+133%-17%-94%------94%-11%
Drugs+150%+20%+25%-----78%--50%
Other Crime+150%---------80%
Other Theft+46%-18%-65%----95%-92%--56%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--58%-93%----92%---30%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-24%-40%-75%------+14%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+240%-43%-80%-------62%
Violence and Sexual Offences+117%+3%-68%-99%-97%---93%--16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lichfield

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

How dangerous is Lichfield?
Lichfield is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Staffordshire.

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

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

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