Oldbury Crime Overview

Oldbury is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized 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 Oldbury in 2020 was 94 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 3.5% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Oldbury is the 50th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 611st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Oldbury was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for other theft, with 27 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Oldbury residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Oldbury recorded 9 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Oldbury are violence and sexual offences, with 1,045 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 16% higher than 2019's figure of 875 offences and a difference of 6.61 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Oldbury's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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See how Oldbury shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Oldbury and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Oldbury Compared To West Midlands

Summary of Crimes in Oldbury This Year

 OldburyWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46117.9154,08418.473.1% safer
Bicycle Theft120.472,2770.7866% safer
Burglary1877.2619,5956.698% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1726.6821,9107.4812% safer
Drugs662.565,9122.0221% more dangerous
Other Crime522.025,4801.877% more dangerous
Other Theft1907.3816,5355.6523% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons230.893,2831.1226% safer
Public Order1967.6123,7988.137% safer
Robbery311.206,8322.3394% safer
Shoplifting1666.4511,5353.9439% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.392,1620.7490% safer
Vehicle Crime28010.8826,8569.1716% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,04540.60120,78041.241.6% safer

Oldbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sedgley1,91261.2354% safer
Rowley Regis2,80678.4020% safer
Smethwick4,35481.1416% safer
Willenhall4,50184.9611% safer
Bloxwich4,64888.976% safer
Brierley Hill3,09796.332.0% more dangerous
Tipton4,48699.074.7% more dangerous
Bilston4,303128.3826% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Oldbury

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Oldbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour16131018Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.701.10.390.47Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9987Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime0.931.61.42.0Getting worse
Other Theft1816117Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.741.30.89Getting worse
Public Order3.7578Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.660.620.470.39Safer
Vehicle Crime16171111Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23293441Getting worse

Changes In Oldbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Oldbury to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7139% safer
Coventry77.4122% safer
Croydon83.2213% safer
Sheffield85.8110% safer
Bristol86.2110% safer
Leicester97.443.1% more dangerous
Birmingham102.878% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2812% more dangerous
Bradford133.0229% more dangerous
Leeds137.1031% more dangerous

Crime in Oldbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Langley Green74786Third
North Tividale1,028101First
Oldbury & Rood End75293Second

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+69%+123%+216%+38%+10%+54%+35%+25%+331%+267%
Bicycle Theft+100%----+100%----
Criminal Damage and Arson--59%-50%-8%+40%+14%--6%-14%+64%
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%
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 among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021