Rugeley Crime Overview

Rugeley is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Staffordshire, and is the 63rd most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rugeley in 2020 was 22 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rugeley is the 46th safest small town, and the 3,026th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Rugeley was the worst small town in Staffordshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Rugeley residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. Rugeley recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rugeley are violence and sexual offences, with 199 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 11. This is 113% lower than 2019's figure of 424 offences and a difference of 12.65 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Rugeley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 900% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Rugeley This Year

 RugeleyStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25014.0615,93514.030.21% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.282570.2318% more dangerous
Burglary201.122,0251.7859% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson452.534,1773.6845% safer
Drugs50.289420.83196% safer
Other Crime100.567610.6720% safer
Other Theft281.572,8772.5361% safer
Possession of Weapons70.392820.2536% more dangerous
Public Order201.121,8471.6346% safer
Robbery30.173220.2865% safer
Shoplifting301.691,8671.643.0% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.061660.15150% safer
Vehicle Crime100.562,0221.78218% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19911.1915,60013.7423% safer

Crime in Rugeley Compared To Staffordshire

Rugeley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wombourne26318.4117% safer
Biddulph38619.0113% safer
Brewood and Coven14419.1313% safer
Audley Rural17120.008% safer
Stone35020.614.5% safer
Rugeley38321.53-
Uttoxeter29621.982.0% more dangerous
Shobnall18622.253.2% more dangerous
Penkridge19922.765% more dangerous
Cheadle30124.8413% more dangerous
Great Wyrley28625.3215% more dangerous

Rugeley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46303014Safer
Bicycle Theft0.620.670.450.28Safer
Burglary1.82.63.11.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10962.5Safer
Drugs0.731.51.10.28Safer
Other Crime1.41.21.10.56Safer
Other Theft4.94.04.41.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.390.220.39Safer
Public Order4.22.82.61.1Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.510.390.17Safer
Shoplifting73.53.61.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.450.340.560.06Safer
Vehicle Crime3.02.12.00.56Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29252411Safer

Changes In Rugeley's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Rugeley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Rugeley21.53-
Barnet67.7168% more dangerous
Coventry77.4172% more dangerous
Croydon83.2274% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8175% more dangerous
Bristol86.2175% more dangerous
Leicester97.4478% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8779% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2880% more dangerous
Bradford133.0284% more dangerous
Leeds137.1084% more dangerous

Crime in Rugeley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rugeley Town27433First

Crime in Rugeley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rugeley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Rugeley saw a 250% increase in public order. Rugeley saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during August, when it fell by 97% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+20%-3%-------31%
Burglary---67%-------80%
Criminal Damage and Arson+13%+33%+33%-------38%
Drugs-80%--75%-------
Other Crime+200%---------
Other Theft+133%-78%-83%-------33%
Public Order+250%+50%-50%-------50%
Shoplifting-43%-60%-75%-------50%
Theft From the Person--50%--------
Vehicle Crime---67%-------67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+47%-15%-38%---97%--94%--61%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rugeley

What police force serves Rugeley?
Rugeley's local territorial police force is the Staffordshire Police.
How dangerous is Rugeley?
Rugeley is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Staffordshire.
What is Rugeley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rugeley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Rugeley?
Rugeley's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021