Lichfield Crime Overview

Lichfield is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Staffordshire, and is the 36th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lichfield in 2020 was 28 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lichfield is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,399th safest 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 423 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 67% lower than 2019's figure of 708 offences and a difference of 8.63 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Lichfield's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Crime in Lichfield Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Lichfield This Year

 LichfieldStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39111.8415,93514.0318% safer
Bicycle Theft130.392570.2341% more dangerous
Burglary441.332,0251.7834% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson822.484,1773.6848% safer
Drugs331.009420.8317% more dangerous
Other Crime120.367610.6786% safer
Other Theft982.972,8772.5315% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.122820.25108% safer
Public Order421.271,8471.6328% safer
Robbery100.303220.287% more dangerous
Shoplifting842.541,8671.6435% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.181660.1517% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime611.852,0221.783.8% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences42312.8115,60013.747% safer

Lichfield Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burntwood62923.8616% safer
Lichfield91227.62-

Crime Over Time in Lichfield

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Recent Crimes in Lichfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hob'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Foxglove CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Titan WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Titan WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Manley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Long Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Giles RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bird StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021DrugsOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The CloseLocal resolution
October 2021Public orderOn or near Sandford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Helens RoadFurther action is not in the public interest

Lichfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28292812Safer
Bicycle Theft0.582.10.820.39Safer
Burglary2.43.82.51.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8762.5Safer
Drugs2.01.31.71.0Safer
Other Crime1.41.00.940.36Safer
Other Theft6663.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.670.550.420.12Safer
Public Order3.43.23.41.3Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.700.450.30Safer
Shoplifting9752.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.700.730.18Safer
Vehicle Crime3.53.23.71.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19212113Safer

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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beacon Park10---310.49

Comparing Lichfield to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Lichfield27.62-
Barnet67.7159% more dangerous
Coventry77.4164% more dangerous
Croydon83.2267% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8168% more dangerous
Bristol86.2168% more dangerous
Leicester97.4472% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8773% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2874% more dangerous
Bradford133.0279% more dangerous
Leeds137.1080% more dangerous

Crime in Lichfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Lichfield Central55249First
Lichfield East18716Third
Lichfield West & South17317Second

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021