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Crime and Safety in Darlaston, West Midlands

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Darlaston is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in the West Midlands, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Darlaston in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 0.99% lower than the West Midlands rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Darlaston is the 256th safest small town, and the 3,948th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Darlaston was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Darlaston residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson, recording 27 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Darlaston recorded 18 reports of burglary during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.86 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Darlaston are violence and sexual offences, with 474 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 131% lower than 2020's figure of 1,095 offences and a difference of 29.58 from 2020's crime rate of 52. Darlaston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 700% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Darlaston 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, The West Midlands

20% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

64% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Darlaston is 20% lower than the West Midlands and 64% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

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Incidents mapped in Darlaston represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Darlaston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202144934
20201032,158
2019982,059
2018861,816
2017691,449
2016631,331

Crime in Darlaston Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Darlaston This Year

 DarlastonWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1175.5718,6446.37 14% safer
Bicycle Theft90.438190.28 35% more dangerous
Burglary552.626,9632.38 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson773.6710,9033.72 1.4% safer
Drugs110.523,0731.05 102% safer
Other Crime281.332,8720.98 26% more dangerous
Other Theft562.677,4542.55 4.5% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.571,8320.63 11% safer
Public Order1115.2913,5274.62 13% more dangerous
Robbery130.622,7330.93 50% safer
Shoplifting160.764,7571.62 113% safer
Theft From the Person10.059760.33 560% safer
Vehicle Crime713.3811,0913.79 12% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47422.5864,58922.05 2.3% more dangerous

Darlaston Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingshurst91.093982% safer
Castle Bromwich37733.1034% safer
Brownhills78737.0920% safer
Coseley89238.3116% safer
Darlaston93444.49-
Wednesbury94648.759% more dangerous
Smith's Wood54650.4012% more dangerous
Fordbridge47454.1618% more dangerous
Chelmsley Wood92667.1034% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Darlaston

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Recent Crimes in Darlaston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ironmill WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Theft from the personOn or near Michael RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wood StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Georges CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Salisbury StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St John'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Midland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waldron CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parklands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Latches CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Lawrence WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bell CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near King Edward StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Slater StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Allen RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ironmill WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Mill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Accord MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hampton PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect

Darlaston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1313206 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.810.330.710.43 Safer
Burglary10972.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011103.7 Safer
Drugs1.01.51.30.52 Safer
Other Crime1.42.52.91.3 Safer
Other Theft764.12.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.621.00.57 Getting worse
Public Order4.36105 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.82.81.80.62 Safer
Shoplifting3.83.61.40.76 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.570.380.05 Safer
Vehicle Crime1613103.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29425223 Safer

Changes In Darlaston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Darlaston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9311% safer
Darlaston44.49-
Birmingham49.6010% more dangerous
Barnet67.0834% more dangerous
Croydon82.4846% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0351% more dangerous
Bristol90.5251% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Darlaston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Darlaston Central33641Second
Darlaston East46363First

Crime in Darlaston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Darlaston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Darlaston saw a 1,100% increase in other crime. Darlaston saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+108%+47%+73%+19%+76%+118%+79%+74%+150%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%-50%+100%--
Burglary--53%--8%-73%-43%-30%-+42%-59%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%+14%-30%--4%+24%-+33%-29%-27%
Drugs-50%-33%--17%-75%+100%--60%-67%-33%
Other Crime-20%+25%-20%-20%-50%+20%+25%+1,100%+100%-33%
Other Theft-40%-67%-88%--21%-30%-43%-25%+25%+60%
Possession of Weapons----+100%+100%+400%-67%+300%-
Public Order+120%+133%+44%+108%+14%+200%+100%+7%+43%+70%
Robbery--67%--43%-+50%-50%-+33%-33%
Shoplifting-50%-83%-63%-88%--33%---83%-
Theft From the Person-----33%-----
Vehicle Crime+20%-21%-54%-59%-47%-21%+33%-26%-18%-23%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-16%+15%+18%-4%+79%+22%+26%+45%+29%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Darlaston

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

How dangerous is Darlaston?
Darlaston is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in the West Midlands.

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

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

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