Tamworth Crime Overview

Tamworth is the most dangerous major town in Staffordshire, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Tamworth in 2020 was 31 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Tamworth is among the top 5 safest major towns, and the 5,135th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Tamworth had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.01 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Tamworth residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.01 per 1,000 residents. Tamworth recorded 2 reports of other theft during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.03 the worst for other theft in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Tamworth are violence and sexual offences, with 1,066 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 70% lower than 2019's figure of 1,812 offences and a difference of 9.73 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Tamworth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 13 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 154% from 2019's figure of 33 crimes.

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

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Crime in Tamworth Compared To Staffordshire

Summary of Crimes in Tamworth This Year

 TamworthStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour95912.5015,93514.0312% safer
Bicycle Theft210.272570.2315% more dangerous
Burglary1451.892,0251.786% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2313.014,1773.6822% safer
Drugs771.009420.8317% more dangerous
Other Crime350.467610.6746% safer
Other Theft2272.962,8772.5315% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons150.202820.2525% safer
Public Order1341.751,8471.637% more dangerous
Robbery320.423220.2833% more dangerous
Shoplifting1521.981,8671.6417% more dangerous
Theft From the Person130.171660.1512% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2222.892,0221.7838% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,06613.9015,60013.741.2% more dangerous

Tamworth Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burton upon Trent1,17515.15104% safer
Cannock1,60222.7636% safer
Stafford1,85828.548% safer
Newcastle-under-Lyme2,28228.648% safer
Tamworth2,37030.90-

Crime Over Time in Tamworth

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Tamworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30282412Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.40.720.27Safer
Burglary2.64.13.31.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9773.0Safer
Drugs1.61.21.51.0Safer
Other Crime1.71.21.10.46Safer
Other Theft7773.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.560.520.20Safer
Public Order3.43.82.91.8Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.631.10.590.42Safer
Shoplifting64.662.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.460.430.17Safer
Vehicle Crime6862.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25272414Safer

Changes In Tamworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Tamworth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Tamworth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Kettlebrook Park1----10.06
MacGregor Recreation Ground1---101.2

Comparing Tamworth to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Tamworth30.90-
Barnet67.7154% more dangerous
Coventry77.4160% more dangerous
Croydon83.2263% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8164% more dangerous
Bristol86.2164% more dangerous
Leicester97.4468% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8770% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2871% more dangerous
Bradford133.0277% more dangerous
Leeds137.1077% more dangerous

Crime in Tamworth's Neighbourhoods

Central Tamworth is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Tamworth, followed by Kettlebrook in second place, and Glascote Heath as the third most dangerous area. Tamworth's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bolehall, Coton Farm & Perry Crofts, and Dosthill & Two Gates.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Amington23230Fourth
Belgrave18927Seventh
Bolehall16723Eighth
Central Tamworth46056First
Coton Farm & Perry Crofts16017Ninth
Dosthill & Two Gates9413Tenth
Glascote Heath24936Third
Kettlebrook33255Second
Wilnecote East21629Fifth
Wilnecote West & Hockley27128Sixth

Tamworth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDosthill & Two Gates (34)Central Tamworth (174)
Bicycle TheftWilnecote West & Hockley (1)Central Tamworth (7)
BurglaryGlascote Heath (6)Kettlebrook (19)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDosthill & Two Gates (7)Kettlebrook (33)
DrugsAmington (3)Central Tamworth (27)
Other CrimeWilnecote East (1)Central Tamworth (9)
Other TheftBolehall (7)Kettlebrook (59)
Possession of WeaponsWilnecote West & Hockley (1)Belgrave (4)
Public OrderCoton Farm & Perry Crofts (6)Central Tamworth (28)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Amington (2)Kettlebrook (7)
ShopliftingAmington (1)Central Tamworth (61)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wilnecote West & Hockley (1)Central Tamworth (6)
Vehicle CrimeBolehall (6)Wilnecote East (41)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDosthill & Two Gates (40)Central Tamworth (188)

Crime in Tamworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Tamworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Tamworth saw a 129% increase in drugs. Tamworth saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during July, when it fell by 99% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+18%-2%-99%-99%-----29%
Bicycle Theft-17%--50%-------
Burglary-33%+67%-82%-------11%
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%-11%-61%---97%----30%
Drugs+44%+129%+7%-------17%
Other Crime+50%-+20%-------
Other Theft+11%-26%-83%-98%--98%-98%-98%-94%-7%
Possession of Weapons-80%-33%--------
Public Order-14%+92%-64%-96%--94%---96%+40%
Robbery+50%--75%------+100%
Shoplifting-18%-66%-81%-91%-96%--97%-80%-94%+22%
Theft From the Person-50%-33%-83%-------
Vehicle Crime+13%-15%-75%---94%-97%-94%-97%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences+39%+13%-50%-99%-99%-97%-95%-97%-96%+19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Tamworth

What police force serves Tamworth?
Tamworth's local territorial police force is the Staffordshire Police.
How dangerous is Tamworth?
Tamworth is the most dangerous major town in Staffordshire.
What is Tamworth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Tamworth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Tamworth?
Tamworth's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021