Walsall Crime Overview

Walsall is the most dangerous major town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Walsall in 2020 was 110 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Walsall is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 359th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Walsall was the worst major town in the West Midlands for burglary, with 46 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.63 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Walsall residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 57 crimes at a rate of 0.78 per 1,000 residents. Walsall recorded 23 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst major town for drugs in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Walsall are violence and sexual offences, with 3,568 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 16% higher than 2019's figure of 2,986 offences and a difference of 7.95 from 2019's crime rate of 41. Walsall's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 61 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 61 crimes.

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

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Crime in Walsall Compared To West Midlands

Summary of Crimes in Walsall This Year

 WalsallWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,59421.7754,08418.4715% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft610.832,2770.786% more dangerous
Burglary5157.0319,5956.694.8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6679.1121,9107.4818% more dangerous
Drugs2102.875,9122.0230% more dangerous
Other Crime1381.885,4801.870.53% more dangerous
Other Theft5647.7016,5355.6527% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1522.083,2831.1246% more dangerous
Public Order79910.9123,7988.1325% more dangerous
Robbery1992.726,8322.3314% more dangerous
Shoplifting4265.8211,5353.9432% more dangerous
Theft From the Person640.872,1620.7415% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7029.5926,8569.174.4% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,56848.73120,78041.2415% more dangerous

Walsall Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton Coldfield5,20548.40128% safer
Stourbridge3,95361.1780% safer
Solihull6,63361.2080% safer
Dudley8,739103.047% safer
West Bromwich8,610109.011.0% safer
Walsall8,065110.14-

Crime Over Time in Walsall

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Walsall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27201622Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.780.810.830.83Getting worse
Burglary131097Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010109Safer
Drugs2.31.63.12.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.31.81.9Getting worse
Other Theft101288Safer
Possession of Weapons0.601.31.72.1Getting worse
Public Order4.56811Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.13.53.42.7Safer
Shoplifting1211116Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.61.60.87Safer
Vehicle Crime13151110Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25344149Getting worse

Changes In Walsall's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Walsall to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7163% safer
Coventry77.4142% safer
Croydon83.2232% safer
Sheffield85.8128% safer
Bristol86.2128% safer
Leicester97.4413% safer
Birmingham102.877% safer
Liverpool107.282.7% safer
Walsall110.14-
Bradford133.0217% more dangerous
Leeds137.1020% more dangerous

Crime in Walsall's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Leamore66092Fifth
Palfrey88382Seventh
Pleck983111Third
The Delves57386Sixth
Walsall Central2,584234First
Walsall East41963Eighth
Walsall North East698100Fourth
Walsall South East24436Ninth
Walsall West985119Second

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 (53)Walsall Central (516)
Bicycle TheftPalfrey (2)Walsall Central (34)
BurglaryWalsall South East (25)Walsall Central (160)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWalsall South East (18)Walsall Central (192)
DrugsWalsall South East (7)Walsall Central (86)
Other CrimeWalsall South East (6)Walsall Central (42)
Other TheftWalsall South East (12)Pleck (153)
Possession of WeaponsWalsall South East (4)Walsall Central (58)
Public OrderWalsall South East (28)Walsall Central (274)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Walsall South East (1)Walsall Central (89)
ShopliftingWalsall South East (2)Walsall Central (243)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Pleck (1)Walsall Central (47)
Vehicle CrimePalfrey (64)Walsall North East (101)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWalsall South East (96)Walsall Central (1,054)

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 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021