Stafford Crime Overview

Stafford is the third most dangerous major town in Staffordshire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stafford in 2020 was 29 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.3% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stafford is the third safest major town, and the 4,590th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Stafford had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for public order, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.02 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Stafford residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous area for violence and sexual offences, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Stafford recorded 8 reports of bicycle theft during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for bicycle theft in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Stafford are violence and sexual offences, with 908 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 67% lower than 2019's figure of 1,516 offences and a difference of 9.33 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Stafford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 233% from 2019's figure of 40 crimes.

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See how Stafford shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Stafford and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Stafford Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Stafford This Year

 StaffordStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour99815.3315,93514.038% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft180.282570.2318% more dangerous
Burglary931.432,0251.7824% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2143.294,1773.6812% safer
Drugs530.819420.832.5% safer
Other Crime280.437610.6756% safer
Other Theft1722.642,8772.534.2% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons200.312820.2519% more dangerous
Public Order1342.061,8471.6321% more dangerous
Robbery180.283220.280% safer
Shoplifting1342.061,8671.6420% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.181660.1517% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime540.832,0221.78114% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences90813.9515,60013.741.5% more dangerous

Stafford Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burton upon Trent1,17515.1588% safer
Cannock1,60222.7625% safer
Stafford1,85828.54-
Newcastle-under-Lyme2,28228.640.35% more dangerous
Tamworth2,37030.908% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stafford

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Stafford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37363315Safer
Bicycle Theft2.93.71.30.28Safer
Burglary3.062.61.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8873.3Safer
Drugs2.01.71.70.81Safer
Other Crime1.31.20.830.43Safer
Other Theft7762.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.950.770.31Safer
Public Order4.22.93.22.1Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.860.710.610.28Safer
Shoplifting7652.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.450.370.610.18Safer
Vehicle Crime3.94.63.00.83Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27242314Safer

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 2020.

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

Comparing Stafford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Stafford28.54-
Barnet67.7158% more dangerous
Coventry77.4163% more dangerous
Croydon83.2266% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8167% more dangerous
Bristol86.2167% more dangerous
Leicester97.4471% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8772% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2873% more dangerous
Bradford133.0279% more dangerous
Leeds137.1079% more dangerous

Crime in Stafford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Stafford63766First
Doxey & Holmcroft19823Fifth
Highfields & Burton Manor27635Second
Mosspit & Silkmore Lane24130Third
Stafford North East21628Fourth

Stafford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Stafford for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourStafford North East (85)Central Stafford (345)
Bicycle TheftMosspit & Silkmore Lane (1)Central Stafford (11)
BurglaryDoxey & Holmcroft (11)Central Stafford (26)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDoxey & Holmcroft (31)Central Stafford (56)
DrugsStafford North East (2)Central Stafford (20)
Other CrimeStafford North East (2)Central Stafford (7)
Other TheftStafford North East (13)Central Stafford (73)
Possession of WeaponsStafford North East (1)Central Stafford (7)
Public OrderDoxey & Holmcroft (11)Central Stafford (47)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Doxey & Holmcroft (1)Central Stafford (14)
ShopliftingStafford North East (1)Central Stafford (107)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Mosspit & Silkmore Lane (3)Central Stafford (8)
Vehicle CrimeMosspit & Silkmore Lane (5)Central Stafford (16)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDoxey & Holmcroft (102)Central Stafford (245)

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 third 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021