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Crime and Safety in Stafford, Staffordshire

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Stafford is the second most dangerous major towns in Staffordshire, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 197 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stafford in 2021 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.7% higher than the Staffordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stafford is among the top 20 safest major town, and the 2,137th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Stafford had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for violence and sexual offences, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2018 was also a bad month for Stafford residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 28 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Stafford are violence and sexual offences, with 1,955 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 54% higher than 2020's figure of 908 offences and a difference of 16.08 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Stafford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 26 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 54% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Stafford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Staffordshire

46% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

25% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Stafford is 46% lower than the West Midlands and 25% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Stafford Crime Rate Over Time

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Stafford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Stafford represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Stafford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021613,983
2020291,858
2019563,635
2018664,289
2017684,425
2016593,853

Crime in Stafford Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Stafford This Year

 StaffordStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,72626.5124,59021.66 18% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft831.277140.63 50% more dangerous
Burglary1582.433,0972.73 12% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4747.287,9006.96 4.4% more dangerous
Drugs580.891,1871.05 18% safer
Other Crime430.661,1200.99 50% safer
Other Theft3054.685,7725.08 9% safer
Possession of Weapons310.485250.46 4.2% more dangerous
Public Order2904.454,8194.24 4.7% more dangerous
Robbery390.606550.58 3.3% more dangerous
Shoplifting3986.114,3123.80 38% more dangerous
Theft From the Person260.403670.32 20% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1231.893,9313.46 83% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,95530.0333,90729.86 0.57% more dangerous

Stafford Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burton upon Trent1,58820.48199% safer
Cannock3,92755.7810% safer
Newcastle-under-Lyme4,64358.275.0% safer
Stafford3,98361.17-
Tamworth4,80262.612.3% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stafford

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Recent Crimes in Stafford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Taplin CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Globe AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Friar StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lloyd StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chaucer RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Marston DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Grey Friars' PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sycamore LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Meakin GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hunters RideAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dickson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Second AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria TerraceFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Taplin CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shepherds Bush StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Burton SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Stafford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36331527 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.71.30.281.3 Safer
Burglary62.61.42.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson873.37 Safer
Drugs1.71.70.810.89 Safer
Other Crime1.20.830.430.66 Safer
Other Theft762.64.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.770.310.48 Safer
Public Order2.93.22.14.4 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.710.610.280.60 Safer
Shoplifting652.16 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.610.180.40 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.63.00.831.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24231430 Getting worse

Changes In Stafford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Stafford's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Stafford Common1----00.02

Comparing Stafford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Stafford61.17-
Barnet67.089% more dangerous
Croydon82.4826% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0532% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Coventry102.2440% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6453% more dangerous
Bradford132.2854% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Stafford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Stafford1,520158First
Doxey & Holmcroft45554Fifth
Highfields & Burton Manor54769Third
Mosspit & Silkmore Lane42954Fourth
Stafford North East53970Second

Stafford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDoxey & Holmcroft (204)Central Stafford (594)
Bicycle TheftMosspit & Silkmore Lane (3)Central Stafford (46)
BurglaryDoxey & Holmcroft (16)Central Stafford (59)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMosspit & Silkmore Lane (48)Central Stafford (152)
DrugsMosspit & Silkmore Lane (4)Central Stafford (31)
Other CrimeStafford North East (4)Central Stafford (15)
Other TheftDoxey & Holmcroft (25)Central Stafford (133)
Possession of WeaponsMosspit & Silkmore Lane (1)Central Stafford (19)
Public OrderDoxey & Holmcroft (28)Central Stafford (132)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Stafford North East (1)Central Stafford (24)
ShopliftingDoxey & Holmcroft (11)Central Stafford (284)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Mosspit & Silkmore Lane (1)Central Stafford (21)
Vehicle CrimeHighfields & Burton Manor (12)Central Stafford (32)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMosspit & Silkmore Lane (223)Central Stafford (572)

Crime in Stafford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stafford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Stafford saw a 300% increase in drugs. Stafford saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during July, when it fell by 99% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+48%-13%-------43%
Bicycle Theft-50%-50%-71%-------33%
Burglary-22%+30%-69%-------
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-34%-63%-------28%
Drugs+300%-13%-47%-------
Other Crime+29%+100%-40%-------80%
Other Theft+33%--85%-98%------35%
Possession of Weapons+67%-67%--------
Public Order+73%+59%-65%-92%-----+47%
Robbery-+100%--------
Shoplifting-5%-67%-88%-------26%
Theft From the Person--67%-60%-------
Vehicle Crime-54%-72%-11%-------62%
Violence and Sexual Offences+75%+22%-54%--99%-96%--97%-98%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stafford

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

How dangerous is Stafford?
Stafford is the second most dangerous major town in Staffordshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Stafford?
Stafford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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