Walsall Crime Overview

Walsall is the third most dangerous city in the West Midlands, and the 34th most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Walsall in 2020 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people.

In October 2020, Walsall was the second-worst city in the West Midlands for criminal damage and arson, with 250 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.88 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Walsall residents, when it was the West Midlands's second-most dangerous city for possession of weapons, recording 34 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Walsall recorded 305 reports of vehicle crime during March 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the second-worst city for vehicle crime in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Walsall are violence and sexual offences, with 10,061 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 9,079 offences and a difference of 3.44 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Walsall's least common crime is theft from the person, with 96 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 93% from 2019's figure of 185 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Walsall This Year

 Walsall
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,01417.56
Bicycle Theft1510.53
Burglary1,5755.52
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1417.50
Drugs3821.34
Other Crime5021.76
Other Theft1,3224.63
Possession of Weapons2640.92
Public Order2,0677.24
Robbery4061.42
Shoplifting9293.25
Theft From the Person960.34
Vehicle Crime2,5208.83
Violence and Sexual Offences10,06135.24

Walsall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22161418Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.770.620.700.53Safer
Burglary101086Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010108Safer
Drugs1.11.01.51.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.961.31.61.8Getting worse
Other Theft8864.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.710.880.92Getting worse
Public Order3.64.657Getting worse
Robbery1.72.02.11.4Safer
Shoplifting6663.2Safer
Theft From the Person0.640.740.650.34Safer
Vehicle Crime1214119Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20263235Getting worse

Comparing Walsall to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5010% safer
Sheffield73.996% safer
Kirklees74.236% safer
Croydon77.181.7% safer
Walsall78.52-
Bradford79.190.85% more dangerous
London80.702.7% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0212% more dangerous
Bristol91.5714% more dangerous
Leeds91.9015% more dangerous
Leicester102.5123% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9426% more dangerous

Crime in Walsall During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Walsall change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Walsall saw a 114% increase in anti-social behaviour. Walsall saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 80% compared to June in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Walsall's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+114%+105%+60%+21%+9%+42%+56%+87%
Bicycle Theft+33%-38%-29%-18%-15%+6%-6%-13%-23%
Burglary-21%-28%-36%-33%-23%-34%-24%-33%+1%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-24%-24%-15%+9%-7%+6%+7%-
Drugs-31%-3%+30%-30%+19%-+7%-35%-
Other Crime+23%+48%-9%-12%+35%+15%+85%+59%+64%
Other Theft-20%-34%-47%-27%-11%-6%-24%-10%-17%
Possession of Weapons+63%-46%-10%-33%+14%+75%+38%+55%+100%
Public Order+4%+29%+23%+75%+85%+61%+70%+63%+47%
Robbery-19%-64%-41%-35%-25%-5%-40%+20%+10%
Shoplifting-59%-68%-55%-41%-24%-21%-40%-17%-19%
Theft From the Person-33%-69%-73%-80%-64%-44%-69%-33%+11%
Vehicle Crime+32%-22%-57%-52%-35%-26%-9%-23%-9%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%-9%+6%+12%+30%+37%+29%+38%+45%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Walsall

What police force serves Walsall?
Walsall's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Walsall?
Walsall is the third most dangerous city in the West Midlands.
What is Walsall's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Walsall are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Walsall?
Walsall's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021