Darlaston Crime Overview

Darlaston is the second most dangerous small town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Darlaston in 2020 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Darlaston is the 54th most dangerous small town, and the 453rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Darlaston was the worst small town in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Darlaston residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents. Darlaston recorded 4 reports of drugs during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst small town for drugs in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Darlaston are violence and sexual offences, with 1,095 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 20% higher than 2019's figure of 877 offences and a difference of 10.39 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Darlaston's least common crime is theft from the person, with 8 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Darlaston Compared To West Midlands

Summary of Crimes in Darlaston This Year

 DarlastonWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41719.8654,08418.477% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.712,2770.7810% safer
Burglary1376.5319,5956.692.5% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2039.6721,9107.4823% more dangerous
Drugs281.335,9122.0252% safer
Other Crime612.915,4801.8736% more dangerous
Other Theft874.1416,5355.6536% safer
Possession of Weapons211.003,2831.1212% safer
Public Order21910.4323,7988.1322% more dangerous
Robbery371.766,8322.3332% safer
Shoplifting291.3811,5353.94186% safer
Theft From the Person80.382,1620.7495% safer
Vehicle Crime21810.3826,8569.1712% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,09552.16120,78041.2421% more dangerous

Darlaston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingshurst39247.65116% safer
Chelmsley Wood79157.3279% safer
Smith's Wood67161.9366% safer
Coseley1,62969.9647% safer
Brownhills1,50971.1245% safer
Darlaston2,158102.79-
Wednesbury2,139110.247% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Darlaston

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Darlaston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18131320Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.810.330.71Safer
Burglary81097Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8101110Getting worse
Drugs1.01.01.51.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.811.42.52.9Getting worse
Other Theft4.5764.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.620.621.0Getting worse
Public Order4.94.3610Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.82.81.8Safer
Shoplifting3.53.83.61.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.671.00.570.38Safer
Vehicle Crime16161310Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20294252Getting worse

Changes In Darlaston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Darlaston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7152% safer
Coventry77.4133% safer
Croydon83.2224% safer
Sheffield85.8120% safer
Bristol86.2119% safer
Leicester97.445% safer
Darlaston102.79-
Birmingham102.870.08% more dangerous
Liverpool107.284.2% more dangerous
Bradford133.0223% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% more dangerous

Crime in Darlaston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Darlaston Central77596Second
Darlaston East1,059144First

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 the second most dangerous small town 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021