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Crime and Safety in Wednesbury, West Midlands

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Wednesbury is the second most dangerous small 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 Wednesbury in 2021 was 135 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wednesbury is the 25th most dangerous small town, and the 235th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Wednesbury was the worst small town in the West Midlands for burglary, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.93 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Wednesbury residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.05 per 1,000 residents. Wednesbury recorded 10 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.52 the worst small town for drugs in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Wednesbury are violence and sexual offences, with 1,146 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 59. This is 26% higher than 2020's figure of 846 offences and a difference of 15.46 from 2020's crime rate of 44. Wednesbury's least common crime is theft from the person, with 20 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Wednesbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, The West Midlands

34% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

43% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wednesbury is 34% higher than the West Midlands and 43% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wednesbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Wednesbury Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wednesbury 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 Wednesbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211352,615
20201102,139
2019961,858
20181021,977
2017961,862
2016791,541

Crime in Wednesbury Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Wednesbury This Year

 WednesburyWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25212.9935,99312.29 5% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft241.242,4390.83 33% more dangerous
Burglary1829.3818,7756.41 32% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson20210.4128,3539.68 7% more dangerous
Drugs562.897,3552.51 13% more dangerous
Other Crime432.226,6712.28 2.7% safer
Other Theft1789.1720,3016.93 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons402.065,4861.87 9% more dangerous
Public Order26413.6135,21512.02 12% more dangerous
Robbery492.537,4092.530% safer
Shoplifting1537.8812,9874.43 44% more dangerous
Theft From the Person201.033,2021.09 6% safer
Vehicle Crime25813.3029,93010.22 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,14659.06166,64156.90 3.7% more dangerous

Wednesbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brownhills2,04196.2040% safer
Coseley2,29098.3437% safer
Darlaston2,496118.8913% safer
Smith's Wood1,341123.789% safer
Fordbridge1,169133.570.90% safer
Wednesbury2,615134.77-
Chelmsley Wood2,366171.4521% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wednesbury

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Recent Crimes in Wednesbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ShamblesUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hazel AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Terrace StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Poplar RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Churchfields RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Solway CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Melia DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Trident DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Albert StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hydes RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shaftesbury RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Goldby DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Fred Smith CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Old Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bridge StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wednesbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21132013 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.570.670.671.2 Getting worse
Burglary1411109 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9101010 Getting worse
Drugs1.02.01.92.9 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.32.82.2 Getting worse
Other Theft13799 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.671.20.932.1 Getting worse
Public Order661014 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.41.81.32.5 Getting worse
Shoplifting151088 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.980.521.0 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime14141213 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26294459 Getting worse

Changes In Wednesbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wednesbury's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Wednesbury that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Brunswick Park3----10.48

Comparing Wednesbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08101% safer
Croydon82.4863% safer
Sheffield90.0550% safer
Bristol90.5249% safer
Coventry102.2432% safer
Leicester111.5921% safer
Liverpool123.0610% safer
Birmingham129.644.0% safer
Bradford132.281.9% safer
Wednesbury134.77-
Leeds150.9411% more dangerous

Crime in Wednesbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wednesbury1,255185First
Wood Green & Old Park1,042119Second
Woods & Mesty Croft77399Third

Crime in Wednesbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wednesbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Wednesbury saw a 700% increase in other crime. Wednesbury saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+69%+121%+96%+86%+153%+37%+63%-+42%+127%
Bicycle Theft--50%---67%--+200%--
Burglary-18%-42%-75%+5%-63%-27%-11%+257%-31%-32%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-40%-7%-29%+87%+167%+30%-52%+37%+7%
Drugs+100%-50%-+67%+33%--40%-50%+133%-71%
Other Crime+600%-33%-50%+200%+100%+700%+33%-+67%+100%
Other Theft-+18%+7%+14%+58%+40%+17%+130%+50%+100%
Possession of Weapons-33%----50%-67%-+150%-50%+100%
Public Order+143%+157%+86%+118%+70%+24%+133%+56%-31%+100%
Robbery+100%-67%-+100%-63%--+300%-50%-25%
Shoplifting-39%-83%-53%-73%+27%-18%+133%+80%+25%-
Theft From the Person-50%--67%----50%-33%--50%
Vehicle Crime--29%-59%-13%+13%-15%+33%-55%-22%-5%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%+50%+57%+36%+119%+100%+61%+34%-27%+58%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wednesbury

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

How dangerous is Wednesbury?
Wednesbury is the second most dangerous small town in the West Midlands.

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

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

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