Bilston Crime Overview

Bilston is the most dangerous medium-sized town in the West Midlands, and is the second most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bilston in 2020 was 128 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bilston is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 214th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Bilston was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Bilston residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Bilston recorded 10 reports of other crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 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 1,916 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 25% higher than 2019's figure of 1,439 offences and a difference of 14.23 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Bilston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 23 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 74% from 2019's figure of 40 crimes.

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Crime in Bilston Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Bilston This Year

 BilstonWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour79323.6654,08418.4722% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft391.162,2770.7833% more dangerous
Burglary2688.0019,5956.6916% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson35810.6821,9107.4830% more dangerous
Drugs802.395,9122.0215% more dangerous
Other Crime942.805,4801.8733% more dangerous
Other Theft2878.5616,5355.6534% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons631.883,2831.1240% more dangerous
Public Order40011.9323,7988.1332% more dangerous
Robbery722.156,8322.338% safer
Shoplifting2156.4111,5353.9439% more dangerous
Theft From the Person230.692,1620.747% safer
Vehicle Crime48814.5626,8569.1737% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,91657.16120,78041.2428% more dangerous

Bilston Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willenhall4,50184.9651% safer
Bloxwich4,64888.9744% safer
Oldbury2,43094.4136% safer
Brierley Hill3,09796.3333% safer
Tipton4,48699.0730% safer
Bilston4,303128.38-

Crime Over Time in Bilston

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Recent Crimes in Bilston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2021Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Russell RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Russell RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashley StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021BurglaryOn or near Stom RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lees RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lees RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Sidwick CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sidwick CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lonsdale RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lambah CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Other crimeOn or near Lambah CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Public orderOn or near Sycamore PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sycamore PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Railway StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Railway StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021DrugsOn or near Mount PleasantUnable to prosecute suspect

Bilston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21181824Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.91.61.11.2Safer
Burglary1010108Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121311Safer
Drugs1.01.92.32.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.52.22.52.8Getting worse
Other Theft1417109Safer
Possession of Weapons0.601.01.41.9Getting worse
Public Order4.56712Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.82.72.72.2Safer
Shoplifting10996Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.901.21.20.69Safer
Vehicle Crime21201715Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28364357Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7190% safer
Coventry77.4166% safer
Croydon83.2254% safer
Sheffield85.8150% safer
Bristol86.2149% safer
Leicester97.4432% safer
Birmingham102.8725% safer
Liverpool107.2820% safer
Bilston128.38-
Bradford133.023.5% more dangerous
Leeds137.106% more dangerous

Crime in Bilston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bilston Lunt & Loxdale1,149152First
Bilston North East766103Fourth
Bradley991120Third
Darlaston West75085Fifth
Ettingshall1,407131Second

Bilston Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBilston North East (105)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (215)
Bicycle TheftDarlaston West (3)Bilston North East (8)
BurglaryBradley (36)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (95)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEttingshall (89)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (100)
DrugsBilston North East (9)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (30)
Other CrimeBilston North East (17)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (27)
Other TheftDarlaston West (31)Bradley (93)
Possession of WeaponsDarlaston West (7)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (15)
Public OrderDarlaston West (67)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (101)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Darlaston West (2)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (21)
ShopliftingBilston North East (2)Bradley (84)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Darlaston West (2)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (11)
Vehicle CrimeDarlaston West (76)Bilston Lunt & Loxdale (130)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDarlaston West (403)Ettingshall (690)

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).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021