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Crime and Safety in Oldbury, West Midlands

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Oldbury is the second most dangerous medium-sized 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 Oldbury in 2021 was 129 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oldbury is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 270th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Oldbury was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for drugs, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.70 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Oldbury residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Oldbury recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Oldbury are violence and sexual offences, with 1,527 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 59. This is 32% higher than 2020's figure of 1,045 offences and a difference of 18.72 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Oldbury's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 16 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 25% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Oldbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, The West Midlands

31% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

41% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Oldbury is 31% higher than the West Midlands and 41% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Oldbury Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Oldbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211293,325
2020942,430
20191002,570
20181012,597
2017932,382
2016822,107

Crime in Oldbury Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Oldbury This Year

 OldburyWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27410.6435,99312.29 16% safer
Bicycle Theft160.622,4390.83 34% safer
Burglary1606.2218,7756.41 3.1% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2318.9728,3539.68 8% safer
Drugs1435.567,3552.51 55% more dangerous
Other Crime652.536,6712.28 10% more dangerous
Other Theft2037.8920,3016.93 12% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons522.025,4861.87 7% more dangerous
Public Order38514.9635,21512.02 20% more dangerous
Robbery522.027,4092.53 25% safer
Shoplifting1114.3112,9874.43 2.8% safer
Theft From the Person160.623,2021.09 76% safer
Vehicle Crime36414.1429,93010.22 28% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,52759.32166,64156.90 4.1% more dangerous

Oldbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Smethwick5,754107.2220% safer
Willenhall6,064114.4713% safer
Tipton5,334117.7910% safer
Bloxwich6,444123.354.7% safer
Brierley Hill4,047125.882.6% safer
Oldbury3,325129.18-
Bilston5,483163.5821% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oldbury

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Recent Crimes in Oldbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Newfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Starkie DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bromford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arden GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Alston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Underhill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parkfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Farm RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Causeway Green RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Martley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brunel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wolverhampton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Freeth StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Titford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brades RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Ivy House RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect

Oldbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13101811 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.10.390.470.62 Safer
Burglary111176 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9879 Getting worse
Drugs2.13.02.66 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.42.02.5 Getting worse
Other Theft161178 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.741.30.892.0 Getting worse
Public Order57815 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.61.81.22.0 Safer
Shoplifting61064.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.620.470.390.62 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime17111114 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29344159 Getting worse

Changes In Oldbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Oldbury to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0893% safer
Croydon82.4857% safer
Sheffield90.0543% safer
Bristol90.5243% safer
Coventry102.2426% safer
Leicester111.5916% safer
Liverpool123.065.0% safer
Oldbury129.18-
Birmingham129.640.35% more dangerous
Bradford132.282.3% more dangerous
Leeds150.9414% more dangerous

Crime in Oldbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Langley Green1,078124Second
North Tividale1,258124Third
Oldbury & Rood End1,060130First

Crime in Oldbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Oldbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Oldbury saw a 331% increase in anti-social behaviour. Oldbury saw a large fall in drugs during June, when it fell by 80% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+69%+123%+216%+38%+10%+54%+35%+25%+331%+267%
Bicycle Theft+100%----+100%----
Burglary-50%-78%-71%+56%-36%-31%+20%-35%-13%+9%
Criminal Damage and Arson--59%-50%-8%+40%+14%--6%-14%+64%
Drugs+80%-25%+125%-80%--50%-63%-18%+40%-40%
Other Crime+100%+100%-33%+100%-25%-50%+67%-+100%+167%
Other Theft+4%-15%-74%--34%-30%-26%--32%-59%
Possession of Weapons-75%--33%--50%-+50%--60%+200%
Public Order+27%-36%+17%+14%+46%-6%-21%+20%-25%+47%
Robbery-50%--63%-75%-20%+75%--+20%-
Shoplifting-41%-79%-80%-58%--26%+117%-19%-53%-59%
Theft From the Person--+200%---50%----
Vehicle Crime+12%+35%-50%-53%-15%-5%-20%-4%+48%+6%
Violence and Sexual Offences-35%-32%+3%+26%-1%+58%+39%+41%+25%+61%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Oldbury

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

How dangerous is Oldbury?
Oldbury is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in the West Midlands.

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

What is the least common crime in Oldbury?
Oldbury's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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