Coventry Crime Overview

Coventry is the safest city in the West Midlands, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Coventry in 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 18% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Coventry is among the top 20 safest cities, and the 1,082nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Coventry was the worst city in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Coventry residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous city for burglary, recording 147 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Coventry recorded 262 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.69 the worst city for criminal damage and arson in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Coventry are violence and sexual offences, with 13,247 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 24% higher than 2019's figure of 10,114 offences and a difference of 8.20 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Coventry's least common crime is theft from the person, with 222 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 278 crimes.

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Crime in Coventry Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Coventry This Year

 CoventryWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,27916.4354,08418.4712% safer
Bicycle Theft3770.992,2770.7821% more dangerous
Burglary1,9575.1219,5956.6931% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,6927.0521,9107.486% safer
Drugs7311.915,9122.026% safer
Other Crime6871.805,4801.873.9% safer
Other Theft1,7854.6716,5355.6521% safer
Possession of Weapons3790.993,2831.1213% safer
Public Order2,4916.5223,7988.1325% safer
Robbery6551.716,8322.3336% safer
Shoplifting1,2823.3611,5353.9417% safer
Theft From the Person2220.582,1620.7428% safer
Vehicle Crime3,0708.0426,8569.1714% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13,24734.67120,78041.2419% safer

Coventry Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry29,57577.41-
Wolverhampton22,76292.4416% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Coventry

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Recent Crimes in Coventry

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
October 2021Other crimeOn or near Gielgud WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Hob LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Synkere CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other crimeOn or near Synkere CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heritage DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Other theftOn or near Woods PieceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bennetts Road NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Copt Oak CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Colyere CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021DrugsOn or near Basley WayOffender given a caution
October 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Coney LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Howes LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021BurglaryOn or near Howes LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roman WayUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roman WayUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heywood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High View DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Public orderOn or near Whitehorse CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ironbridge WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Coventry Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17141216Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.02.01.50.99Safer
Burglary9975Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9887Safer
Drugs1.11.21.41.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.951.11.21.8Getting worse
Other Theft6664.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.630.810.99Getting worse
Public Order2.93.74.37Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.12.42.41.7Safer
Shoplifting554.83.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.770.730.58Safer
Vehicle Crime910108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17222635Getting worse

Changes In Coventry's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Coventry's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cash's Park1--1-00.59
Coventrians Rugby Football Club9---1256
Holbrooks Park8-3-561.9
Longford Park231625111.8
Naul's Mill Park7-1-516
Pinley Rugby Club----230.68
Red House Park17---1519
Spencer Park7---242.2

Comparing Coventry to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7114% safer
Coventry77.41-
Croydon83.227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8110% more dangerous
Bristol86.2110% more dangerous
Leicester97.4421% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8725% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2828% more dangerous
Bradford133.0242% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in Coventry's Neighbourhoods

Central Coventry is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Coventry, followed by Willenhall in second place, and Foleshill East as the third most dangerous area. Coventry's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Allesley Green & Lower Eastern Green, Finham Park, and Stivichall & Finham.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Allesley Green & Lower Eastern Green2103636th
Allesley Park2644533rd
Ash Green & Keresley End5015826th
Barras Heath4496423rd
Bell Green912107Fifth
Binley5245628th
Canley & Westwood Heath7508713th
Cannon Park & University4294335th
Central Coventry2,786160First
Chapelfields5567816th
Cheylesmore Daventry Road3924334th
Clifford Park832106Sixth
Copsewood7106522nd
Coundon3105131st
Earl Place & Lime Tree Park3625529th
Eastern Green & Tanyard Farm4144732nd
Finham Park1773038th
Foleshill East1,421116Third
Foleshill West7549611th
Hillfields1,666105Seventh
Holbrooks6867219th
Little Heath832115Fourth
Longford6978614th
Lower Stoke & Gosford Park8156324th
Naul's Mill & Bishopsgate Green1,176100Ninth
Radford East6277518th
Radford West5577817th
Ravensdale7599112th
Sherbourne5675827th
Stivichall & Finham3023437th
Stoke Heath89797Tenth
Tile Hill898101Eighth
Walsgrave & Woodway Park6898215th
Whitley & Tollbar End7326821st
Whitmore Park3936325th
Whoberley5596920th
Willenhall1,054141Second
Wyken Croft3305430th

Coventry Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCannon Park & University (44)Foleshill East (406)
Bicycle TheftHolbrooks (1)Central Coventry (137)
BurglaryCoundon (15)Chapelfields (157)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFinham Park (14)Willenhall (121)
DrugsWyken Croft (1)Central Coventry (133)
Other CrimeAllesley Green & Lower Eastern Green (3)Bell Green (37)
Other TheftFinham Park (7)Central Coventry (226)
Possession of WeaponsEastern Green & Tanyard Farm (1)Central Coventry (56)
Public OrderFinham Park (11)Central Coventry (284)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Allesley Green & Lower Eastern Green (1)Central Coventry (98)
ShopliftingChapelfields (1)Central Coventry (407)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Eastern Green & Tanyard Farm (1)Central Coventry (83)
Vehicle CrimeLower Stoke & Gosford Park (49)Walsgrave & Woodway Park (146)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFinham Park (70)Willenhall (584)

Crime in Coventry During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Coventry change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Coventry saw a 159% increase in other crime. Coventry saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 72% compared to April in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Coventry's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+107%+108%+22%+8%+13%+23%+52%+86%+64%
Bicycle Theft-57%-72%-70%-39%-59%-46%+5%-10%-8%+17%
Burglary-28%-51%-49%-39%-31%-37%-33%-38%-14%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+2%-43%-28%-3%+7%+29%+7%-3%+10%+8%
Drugs-4%-21%+133%+53%+9%-13%+75%+57%+149%+76%
Other Crime+12%+20%+47%+8%+56%+38%+145%+62%+159%+94%
Other Theft-25%-41%-31%-23%-20%-27%-16%-26%-4%-4%
Possession of Weapons-16%-7%+105%-45%-6%+27%+60%+41%+2%+41%
Public Order+6%+18%+23%+74%+51%+91%+52%+80%+90%+69%
Robbery-66%-68%-35%-20%-26%-18%-16%-28%-32%-10%
Shoplifting-50%-64%-52%-50%-38%-44%-13%+52%+8%+28%
Theft From the Person-45%-71%-61%-52%-32%-+31%+36%-28%-22%
Vehicle Crime+3%-35%-46%-45%-13%-6%-27%-29%-18%-19%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-13%+17%+35%+34%+59%+51%+38%+40%+61%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Coventry

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

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021