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Crime and Safety in Bilston, West Midlands

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Bilston is the most dangerous medium-sized town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bilston in 2021 was 164 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bilston is the second most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 130th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bilston was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Bilston residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 32 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents. Bilston recorded 16 reports of other crime during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Bilston are violence and sexual offences, with 2,556 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 76. This is 25% higher than 2020's figure of 1,916 offences and a difference of 19.10 from 2020's crime rate of 57. Bilston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 32 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 28% from 2020's figure of 23 crimes.

Bilston 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, The West Midlands

46% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

53% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bilston is 46% higher than the West Midlands and 53% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bilston Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Bilston 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 Bilston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211645,483
20201284,303
20191204,029
20181204,013
20171083,610
2016943,166

Crime in Bilston Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Bilston This Year

 BilstonWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour57417.1335,99312.29 28% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft491.462,4390.83 43% more dangerous
Burglary2888.5918,7756.41 25% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson49814.8628,3539.68 35% more dangerous
Drugs692.067,3552.51 22% safer
Other Crime1133.376,6712.28 32% more dangerous
Other Theft34110.1720,3016.93 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons702.095,4861.87 11% more dangerous
Public Order56216.7735,21512.02 28% more dangerous
Robbery872.607,4092.53 2.7% more dangerous
Shoplifting1995.9412,9874.43 25% more dangerous
Theft From the Person320.953,2021.09 15% safer
Vehicle Crime61918.4729,93010.22 45% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,55676.26166,64156.90 25% more dangerous

Bilston Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willenhall6,064114.4743% safer
Tipton5,334117.7939% safer
Bloxwich6,444123.3533% safer
Brierley Hill4,047125.8830% safer
Oldbury3,325129.1827% safer
Bilston5,483163.58-

Crime Over Time in Bilston

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Recent Crimes in Bilston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Talbot PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cadgwith GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Queen StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Skemp CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Curtin DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Chem RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Union StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wolverhampton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Dartmouth CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Railway StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Poplar RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gozzard StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hartshorn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lawnside GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Teal GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Talbot PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Great Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Tramway CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Merstone CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bilston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18182417 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.11.21.5 Safer
Burglary101089 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12131115 Getting worse
Drugs1.92.32.42.1 Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.52.83.4 Getting worse
Other Theft1710910 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.41.92.1 Getting worse
Public Order671217 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.72.72.22.6 Getting worse
Shoplifting9966 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.20.690.95 Safer
Vehicle Crime20171518 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36435776 Getting worse

Changes In Bilston's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bilston's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Greenway Road Playing Fields4-2-449
Hickman Park----210.58

Comparing Bilston to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08144% safer
Croydon82.4898% safer
Sheffield90.0582% safer
Bristol90.5281% safer
Coventry102.2460% safer
Leicester111.5947% safer
Liverpool123.0633% safer
Birmingham129.6426% safer
Bradford132.2824% safer
Leeds150.948% safer
Bilston163.58-

Crime in Bilston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bilston Lunt & Loxdale1,563206First
Bilston North East818110Fourth
Bradley1,312159Third
Darlaston West84996Fifth
Ettingshall1,781165Second

Bilston Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDarlaston West (98)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (143)
Bicycle TheftBilston North East (5)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (14)
BurglaryBilston North East (37)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (104)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDarlaston West (66)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (160)
DrugsBradley (9)Ettingshall (32)
Other CrimeDarlaston West (18)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (31)
Other TheftDarlaston West (31)Bradley (144)
Possession of WeaponsDarlaston West (9)Ettingshall (37)
Public OrderDarlaston West (76)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (154)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Darlaston West (8)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (25)
ShopliftingBilston North East (6)Bradley (75)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bilston North East (2)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (17)
Vehicle CrimeBilston North East (66)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (175)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDarlaston West (457)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (733)

Crime in Bilston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bilston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bilston saw a 900% increase in bicycle theft. Bilston saw a large fall in robbery during June, when it fell by 91% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-31%+142%+181%+5%+5%-16%+43%+62%+105%+39%
Bicycle Theft--+50%-83%-+150%+900%--71%-
Burglary--13%+5%-8%-47%+25%-21%-31%+59%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-43%-50%-33%-16%-11%+38%+27%-29%+11%
Drugs+200%-20%-56%+57%-+75%-44%-25%-50%+60%
Other Crime+50%-33%+80%-+33%+50%-+67%+25%-20%
Other Theft-30%-58%-55%-50%-24%+37%+38%-28%+11%+36%
Possession of Weapons+20%+400%+100%-40%-63%+50%+125%-60%+100%+200%
Public Order+41%-21%+131%+300%+58%+223%+50%+62%+81%+78%
Robbery-38%+100%-90%-91%+71%+14%+29%+50%-36%-57%
Shoplifting-56%-68%-46%-10%-39%-47%+217%+19%+13%+7%
Theft From the Person-50%-50%--60%+100%-50%+100%--50%-60%
Vehicle Crime-4%+11%-57%-31%-18%-10%-27%+24%+35%-44%
Violence and Sexual Offences+25%+17%+13%+41%+50%+63%+39%+28%+36%+31%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bilston

What police force serves Bilston?
Bilston's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.

How dangerous is Bilston?
Bilston is the most dangerous medium-sized town in the West Midlands.

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

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

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