Dudley Crime Overview

Dudley is the third most dangerous major 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 Dudley in 2020 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 12% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dudley is the 27th most dangerous major town, and the 450th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Dudley was the worst major town in the West Midlands for criminal damage and arson, with 92 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Dudley residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 48 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Dudley recorded 25 reports of other crime during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst major town for other crime in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Dudley are violence and sexual offences, with 4,100 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 16% higher than 2019's figure of 3,424 offences and a difference of 7.97 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Dudley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 31 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 39% from 2019's figure of 43 crimes.

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Crime in Dudley Compared To West Midlands

Summary of Crimes in Dudley This Year

 DudleyWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,56918.5054,08418.470.16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft310.372,2770.78111% safer
Burglary6457.6019,5956.6912% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7909.3121,9107.4820% more dangerous
Drugs1962.315,9122.0213% more dangerous
Other Crime2292.705,4801.8731% more dangerous
Other Theft5256.1916,5355.659% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons951.123,2831.120% safer
Public Order8069.5023,7988.1314% more dangerous
Robbery2032.396,8322.332.5% more dangerous
Shoplifting3153.7111,5353.946% safer
Theft From the Person440.522,1620.7442% safer
Vehicle Crime7608.9626,8569.172.3% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,10048.34120,78041.2415% more dangerous

Dudley Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton Coldfield5,20548.40113% safer
Stourbridge3,95361.1768% safer
Solihull6,63361.2068% safer
West Bromwich8,610109.015% more dangerous
Walsall8,065110.146% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dudley

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Dudley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour26181418Safer
Bicycle Theft0.840.310.510.37Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011109Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft9886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.831.11.31.1Getting worse
Public Order4.15710Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.740.740.620.52Safer
Vehicle Crime1113119Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26334048Getting worse

Changes In Dudley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Dudley's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Mary McArthur Gardens--13426
Netherton Cricket Ground1-2-503.9
Netherton Park1-1-410.84
Roseland Playing Fields-----21.1

Comparing Dudley to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7152% safer
Coventry77.4133% safer
Croydon83.2224% safer
Sheffield85.8120% safer
Bristol86.2120% safer
Leicester97.446% safer
Birmingham102.870.17% safer
Liverpool107.284.0% more dangerous
Bradford133.0223% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% more dangerous

Crime in Dudley's Neighbourhoods

New Dock & Eve Hill is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Dudley, followed by Kates Hill in second place, and Dixons Green as the third most dangerous area. Dudley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Cradley Heath, Dibdale, and Dudley Wood & Saltwells.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brockmoor & Woodside881111Fourth
Cradley Heath61489Ninth
Dixons Green884112Third
Dudley Priory & Wrens Nest1,012106Fifth
Dudley Wood & Saltwells62878Tenth
Kates Hill887128Second
New Dock & Eve Hill1,203148First
Old Hill1,02698Eighth
Russell's Hall876103Sixth

Dudley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDibdale (94)New Dock & Eve Hill (189)
Bicycle TheftDudley Wood & Saltwells (2)Cradley Heath (5)
BurglaryDibdale (36)New Dock & Eve Hill (106)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDibdale (26)New Dock & Eve Hill (97)
DrugsDibdale (5)New Dock & Eve Hill (45)
Other CrimeDibdale (7)Dudley Priory & Wrens Nest (42)
Other TheftDudley Wood & Saltwells (19)Old Hill (111)
Possession of WeaponsDibdale (2)New Dock & Eve Hill (18)
Public OrderDibdale (20)Kates Hill (96)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Russell's Hall (9)Kates Hill (37)
ShopliftingDudley Wood & Saltwells (9)Kates Hill (58)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Netherton (1)Kates Hill (12)
Vehicle CrimeDudley Priory & Wrens Nest (65)Dixons Green (101)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDibdale (175)New Dock & Eve Hill (573)

Crime in Dudley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dudley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Dudley saw a 360% increase in other crime. Dudley saw a large fall in possession of weapons during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Dudley's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+144%+110%+6%+29%+9%+75%+46%+62%+23%
Bicycle Theft--50%------17%+75%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%-7%-15%-16%+29%+33%-1%-11%-2%-9%
Other Crime-38%+175%+40%+45%+31%+45%+42%+73%+360%+150%
Other Theft-35%-40%-23%-46%-2%-29%+22%+14%+5%-30%
Possession of Weapons-9%-82%-30%-33%-17%+67%-8%-9%+11%-13%
Public Order+12%+58%+60%+36%+13%+71%+38%+77%+42%+50%
Theft From the Person-+33%-75%+100%+200%-60%-33%-75%--
Vehicle Crime-12%-10%-34%-53%-30%-35%-12%+18%-5%-45%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-8%+29%-2%+22%+60%+48%+32%+16%+16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dudley

What police force serves Dudley?
Dudley's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Dudley?
Dudley is the third most dangerous major town in the West Midlands.
What is Dudley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dudley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Dudley?
Dudley's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021