Wednesbury Crime Overview

Wednesbury is the most dangerous small town in the West Midlands, and is the third most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wednesbury 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, Wednesbury is the 36th most dangerous small town, and the 358th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Wednesbury was the worst small town in the West Midlands for burglary, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Wednesbury residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Wednesbury recorded 16 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Wednesbury are violence and sexual offences, with 846 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 33% higher than 2019's figure of 569 offences and a difference of 14.28 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Wednesbury's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 90% from 2019's figure of 19 crimes.

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

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Crime in Wednesbury Compared To West Midlands

Summary of Crimes in Wednesbury This Year

 WednesburyWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37919.5354,08418.475% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft130.672,2770.7816% safer
Burglary20010.3119,5956.6935% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1899.7421,9107.4823% more dangerous
Drugs371.915,9122.026% safer
Other Crime542.785,4801.8733% more dangerous
Other Theft1668.5516,5355.6534% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons180.933,2831.1220% safer
Public Order1919.8423,7988.1317% more dangerous
Robbery261.346,8322.3374% safer
Shoplifting1588.1411,5353.9452% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.522,1620.7442% safer
Vehicle Crime23111.9026,8569.1723% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences84643.60120,78041.245% more dangerous

Wednesbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsley Wood79157.3292% safer
Smith's Wood67161.9378% safer
Coseley1,62969.9658% safer
Brownhills1,50971.1255% safer
Darlaston2,158102.797% safer

Crime Over Time in Wednesbury

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Wednesbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour20211320Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.30.570.670.67Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1091010Getting worse
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft131379Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.671.20.93Getting worse
Public Order3.46610Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.310.670.980.52Safer
Vehicle Crime16141412Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19262944Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Wednesbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7163% safer
Coventry77.4142% safer
Croydon83.2232% safer
Sheffield85.8128% safer
Bristol86.2128% safer
Leicester97.4413% safer
Birmingham102.877% safer
Liverpool107.282.8% safer
Bradford133.0217% more dangerous
Leeds137.1020% more dangerous

Crime in Wednesbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wood Green & Old Park910104Second
Woods & Mesty Croft63081Third

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+69%+121%+96%+86%+153%+37%+63%-+42%+127%
Bicycle Theft--50%---67%--+200%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-40%-7%-29%+87%+167%+30%-52%+37%+7%
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%
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 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021