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Crime and Safety in Dudley

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Dudley is the third most dangerous major town 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 Dudley in 2021 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 4.5% higher than the West Midlands rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dudley is among the top 10 safest major towns, and the 3,618th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Dudley had the worst crime rate in the West Midlands for other crime, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.01 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Dudley are violence and sexual offences, with 1,995 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 106% lower than 2020's figure of 4,100 offences and a difference of 24.82 from 2020's crime rate of 48. Dudley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 10 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 210% from 2020's figure of 31 crimes.

Dudley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Major Towns, The West Midlands

13% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

55% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Dudley is 13% lower than the West Midlands and 55% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Dudley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Dudley 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 Dudley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021473,990
20201038,739
20191008,453
2018958,067
2017826,985
2016736,225

Crime in Dudley Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Dudley This Year

 DudleyWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5366.3218,6446.37 0.79% safer
Bicycle Theft100.128190.28 133% safer
Burglary2162.556,9632.38 7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3424.0310,9033.72 8% more dangerous
Drugs1131.333,0731.05 21% more dangerous
Other Crime1221.442,8720.98 32% more dangerous
Other Theft2052.427,4542.55 5% safer
Possession of Weapons400.471,8320.63 34% safer
Public Order4645.4713,5274.62 16% more dangerous
Robbery740.872,7330.93 7% safer
Shoplifting851.004,7571.62 62% safer
Theft From the Person130.159760.33 120% safer
Vehicle Crime3113.6711,0913.79 3.3% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,99523.5264,58922.05 6% more dangerous

Dudley Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton Coldfield2,57523.9596% safer
Solihull2,92026.9475% safer
Stourbridge1,95030.1856% safer
Dudley3,99047.04-
Walsall3,83652.3910% more dangerous
West Bromwich4,44356.2516% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dudley

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Recent Crimes in Dudley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pennant RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Birmingham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Lukes StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022DrugsOn or near Corngreaves WalkLocal resolution
February 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Double RowUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Middlepark RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chestnut AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Copse RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Priory CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Poplar CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Somery RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Alexandra StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Lavender RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Lukes StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Dudley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1814186 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.310.510.370.12 Safer
Burglary101082.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111094.0 Safer
Drugs1.41.92.31.3 Safer
Other Crime1.51.52.71.4 Getting worse
Other Theft8862.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.31.10.47 Safer
Public Order57105 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.42.62.40.87 Safer
Shoplifting74.83.71.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.740.620.520.15 Safer
Vehicle Crime131193.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33404824 Safer

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.9318% safer
Dudley47.04-
Birmingham49.605% more dangerous
Barnet67.0830% more dangerous
Croydon82.4843% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0348% more dangerous
Bristol90.5248% more dangerous
Leicester111.5958% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0662% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Dudley's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brockmoor & Woodside49362Second
Cradley Heath31446Seventh
Dibdale1662011th
Dixons Green39750Fifth
Dudley Priory & Wrens Nest45948Sixth
Dudley Wood & Saltwells28836Tenth
Kates Hill41860Third
Netherton38544Eighth
New Dock & Eve Hill50963First
Old Hill45143Ninth
Russell's Hall45153Fourth

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 (24)Cradley Heath (61)
Bicycle TheftNetherton (1)Cradley Heath (2)
BurglaryDibdale (12)New Dock & Eve Hill (45)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDudley Wood & Saltwells (17)Kates Hill (42)
DrugsCradley Heath (2)New Dock & Eve Hill (22)
Other CrimeDibdale (5)Brockmoor & Woodside (28)
Other TheftDibdale (3)New Dock & Eve Hill (32)
Possession of WeaponsRussell's Hall (2)Dudley Priory & Wrens Nest (7)
Public OrderDibdale (10)Kates Hill (51)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Netherton (2)New Dock & Eve Hill (15)
ShopliftingDudley Wood & Saltwells (1)Kates Hill (22)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dudley Priory & Wrens Nest (1)Brockmoor & Woodside (4)
Vehicle CrimeDibdale (19)Dudley Priory & Wrens Nest (42)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDibdale (90)Brockmoor & Woodside (275)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+144%+110%+6%+29%+9%+75%+46%+62%+23%
Bicycle Theft--50%------17%+75%-25%
Burglary+6%-39%-59%-20%-43%-5%-48%+13%-2%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%-7%-15%-16%+29%+33%-1%-11%-2%-9%
Drugs-52%+50%+144%+27%+38%+75%+42%-24%-+6%
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%
Robbery-25%--26%-45%+67%-13%-21%-13%+91%-20%
Shoplifting-68%-23%-56%-61%-28%-22%-8%+90%-65%+5%
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.

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