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Crime and Safety in Rugeley

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Rugeley is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Staffordshire, and is the 54th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 197 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rugeley in 2021 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rugeley is the 311st safest small town, and the 3,563rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Rugeley was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Staffordshire for criminal damage and arson, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.90 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Rugeley residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Rugeley recorded 1 report of robbery during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for robbery in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rugeley are violence and sexual offences, with 444 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 55% higher than 2020's figure of 199 offences and a difference of 13.77 from 2020's crime rate of 11. Rugeley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Rugeley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Staffordshire

12% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

53% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rugeley is 12% lower than the West Midlands and 53% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rugeley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Rugeley 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 Rugeley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202147844
202022383
201949871
201853950
2017641,131
2016581,030

Crime in Rugeley Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Rugeley This Year

 RugeleyStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31317.6024,58421.65 23% safer
Bicycle Theft40.227140.63 186% safer
Burglary251.413,0972.73 94% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1015.687,8976.96 23% safer
Drugs150.841,1841.04 24% safer
Other Crime140.791,1200.99 25% safer
Other Theft643.605,7705.08 41% safer
Possession of Weapons30.175250.46 171% safer
Public Order603.374,8144.24 26% safer
Robbery40.226550.58 164% safer
Shoplifting703.944,3123.80 3.6% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.113670.32 191% safer
Vehicle Crime382.143,9303.46 62% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44424.9633,89229.85 20% safer

Rugeley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Audley Rural33539.1921% safer
Great Wyrley45940.6417% safer
Wombourne59841.8713% safer
Penkridge38644.157% safer
Stone78446.172.8% safer
Rugeley84447.45-
Kidsgrove1,16849.383.9% more dangerous
Uttoxeter69051.247% more dangerous
Cheadle67455.6215% more dangerous
Leek1,20856.9517% more dangerous
Shobnall57869.1631% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rugeley

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Recent Crimes in Rugeley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022Theft from the personOn or near Bee'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Frank Rogers WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Theft from the personOn or near Speechly DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bramble WayFurther investigation is not in the public interest
February 2022Other theftOn or near Burnthill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near James Warner CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Flaxley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near School RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Landor CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chichester CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brakely CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wolseley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Cross RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Moss GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near James Warner CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near William Morris CourtUnable to prosecute suspect

Rugeley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30301418 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.670.450.280.22 Safer
Burglary2.63.11.11.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson962.56 Safer
Drugs1.51.10.280.84 Safer
Other Crime1.21.10.560.79 Safer
Other Theft4.04.41.63.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.220.390.17 Safer
Public Order2.82.61.13.4 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.510.390.170.22 Safer
Shoplifting3.53.61.73.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.560.060.11 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.12.00.562.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25241125 Safer

Changes In Rugeley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Rugeley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9319% safer
Rugeley47.45-
Birmingham49.604.3% more dangerous
Barnet67.0829% more dangerous
Croydon82.4842% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0347% more dangerous
Bristol90.5248% more dangerous
Leicester111.5957% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0661% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Rugeley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rugeley Town57469First

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).

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