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Crime and Safety in Walsall

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Walsall is the second 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 Walsall in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the West Midlands rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Walsall is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,948th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Walsall was the worst LargeTown.ToInlineText() in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Walsall residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous LargeTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 70 crimes at a rate of 0.96 per 1,000 residents. Walsall recorded 2 reports of drugs during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.03 the worst LargeTown.ToInlineText() for drugs in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Walsall are violence and sexual offences, with 1,860 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 92% lower than 2020's figure of 3,568 offences and a difference of 23.33 from 2020's crime rate of 49. Walsall's least common crime is theft from the person, with 25 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 156% from 2020's figure of 64 crimes.

Walsall 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, The West Midlands

1.8% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

39% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Walsall is 1.8% lower than the West Midlands and 39% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Walsall Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Walsall 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 Walsall

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021523,836
20201108,065
20191108,028
20181087,890
2017967,030
2016886,450

Crime in Walsall Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Walsall This Year

 WalsallWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5287.2118,6446.37 12% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft270.378190.28 24% more dangerous
Burglary2002.736,9632.38 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2863.9110,9033.72 4.9% more dangerous
Drugs891.223,0731.05 14% more dangerous
Other Crime731.002,8720.98 2.0% more dangerous
Other Theft2253.077,4542.55 17% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons741.011,8320.63 38% more dangerous
Public Order4095.5913,5274.62 17% more dangerous
Robbery881.202,7330.93 22% more dangerous
Shoplifting1351.844,7571.62 12% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.349760.33 2.9% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3454.7111,0913.79 20% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,86025.4064,58922.05 13% more dangerous

Walsall Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton Coldfield2,57523.95119% safer
Solihull2,92026.9494% safer
Stourbridge1,95030.1874% safer
Dudley3,99047.0411% safer
Walsall3,83652.39-
West Bromwich4,44356.257% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Walsall

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Recent Crimes in Walsall

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Queen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Dawley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Follyhouse LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Whitmore StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Madison AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Vincent StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Emery StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Dog Kennel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen Mary StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bescot DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warwick StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shrubbery CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Spring WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Freer StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Segundo RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Jessel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Dawley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Cornmill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Walsall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2016227 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.810.830.830.37 Safer
Burglary10972.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101093.9 Safer
Drugs1.63.12.91.2 Safer
Other Crime1.31.81.91.0 Safer
Other Theft12883.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.72.11.0 Safer
Public Order68116 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.53.42.71.2 Safer
Shoplifting111161.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.60.870.34 Safer
Vehicle Crime1511104.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34414925 Safer

Changes In Walsall's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Walsall to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9331% safer
Birmingham49.606% safer
Walsall52.39-
Barnet67.0822% more dangerous
Croydon82.4836% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0342% more dangerous
Bristol90.5242% more dangerous
Leicester111.5953% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0657% more dangerous
Bradford132.2860% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Walsall's Neighbourhoods

Walsall Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Walsall, followed by Walsall West in second place, and Walsall North East as the third most dangerous area. Walsall's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Palfrey, Walsall East, and Walsall South East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leamore32646Fifth
Palfrey38236Seventh
Pleck43149Fourth
The Delves25238Sixth
Walsall Central1,240112First
Walsall East20731Eighth
Walsall North East35050Third
Walsall South East12218Ninth
Walsall West51362Second

Walsall Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWalsall South East (15)Walsall Central (170)
Bicycle TheftPleck (1)Walsall Central (12)
BurglaryWalsall South East (7)Walsall Central (61)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWalsall South East (6)Walsall Central (95)
DrugsLeamore (1)Walsall Central (44)
Other CrimePalfrey (3)Walsall Central (28)
Other TheftWalsall South East (6)Pleck (58)
Possession of WeaponsWalsall South East (1)Walsall Central (37)
Public OrderWalsall South East (9)Walsall Central (158)
Robbery (inc. mugging)The Delves (3)Walsall Central (33)
ShopliftingWalsall East (2)Walsall Central (73)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Pleck (1)Walsall Central (21)
Vehicle CrimeWalsall South East (12)Walsall North East (45)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWalsall South East (71)Walsall Central (556)

Crime in Walsall During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Walsall change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Walsall saw a 250% increase in bicycle theft. Walsall saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%+130%+57%+46%-2%+27%+64%+70%+101%+78%
Bicycle Theft+150%-25%+250%--42%+40%+133%-56%-33%-50%
Burglary-31%-40%-45%-19%+7%-15%-41%-55%-6%+63%
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%-2%-24%-32%-7%-5%+12%+23%-6%-8%
Drugs-23%+18%+33%-25%+20%-41%-27%-46%+27%-18%
Other Crime+11%+14%+50%-22%+20%-8%+38%+40%+27%-25%
Other Theft-21%-50%-22%-+43%+8%+15%+24%-4%+4%
Possession of Weapons+9%-38%+9%+67%-8%+25%+20%+89%+167%-15%
Public Order-25%+35%+18%+14%+96%+25%+56%+84%+33%+66%
Robbery-43%-33%-6%-48%-45%-16%-38%+23%+40%-
Shoplifting-73%-71%-61%-68%-45%-25%-29%-33%-31%-48%
Theft From the Person-11%-90%-62%-71%-71%-29%-38%-50%-43%-22%
Vehicle Crime+19%-44%-60%-48%-42%-38%+7%-8%-32%+21%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-14%+1%+8%+31%+17%+17%+61%+42%+48%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Walsall

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

How dangerous is Walsall?
Walsall is the second most dangerous major town in the West Midlands.

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

What is the least common crime in Walsall?
Walsall's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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