Willenhall Crime Overview

Willenhall is among the top 10 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 Willenhall in 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Willenhall is the 68th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 833rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Willenhall was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Willenhall residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 38 crimes at a rate of 0.72 per 1,000 residents. Willenhall recorded 24 reports of other theft during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.45 the worst medium-sized town for other theft in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Willenhall are violence and sexual offences, with 1,974 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 19% higher than 2019's figure of 1,603 offences and a difference of 7.00 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Willenhall's least common crime is theft from the person, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 16 crimes.

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Crime in Willenhall Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Willenhall This Year

 WillenhallWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour99618.8054,08418.471.8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft280.532,2770.7847% safer
Burglary3676.9319,5956.693.5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4328.1521,9107.488% more dangerous
Drugs571.085,9122.0287% safer
Other Crime931.765,4801.876% safer
Other Theft2334.4016,5355.6528% safer
Possession of Weapons260.493,2831.12129% safer
Public Order4248.0023,7988.131.6% safer
Robbery791.496,8322.3356% safer
Shoplifting2454.6211,5353.9415% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.232,1620.74222% safer
Vehicle Crime53110.0226,8569.178% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,97437.26120,78041.2411% safer

Willenhall Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aldridge2,16154.7655% safer
Halesowen3,44057.6547% safer
Sedgley1,91261.2339% safer
Rowley Regis2,80678.408% safer
Smethwick4,35481.144.7% safer
Willenhall4,50184.96-
Bloxwich4,64888.974.5% more dangerous
Oldbury2,43094.4110% more dangerous
Brierley Hill3,09796.3312% more dangerous
Tipton4,48699.0714% more dangerous
Bilston4,303128.3834% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Willenhall

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Recent Crimes in Willenhall

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The GablesUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near The GablesUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wakeman CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Forrest AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other crimeOn or near Stafford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other crimeOn or near Stafford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other crimeOn or near Stafford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Forrest AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meadow ViewFurther action is not in the public interest
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wakeman CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2021Other theftOn or near St Johns RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Forrest AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Forrest AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hough WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Rosewood GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Other theftOn or near Bloor Mill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bramble CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Druid Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Other theftOn or near Sweetbriar LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021BurglaryOn or near Arundel RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Willenhall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20141319Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.600.890.53Safer
Burglary111187Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101198Safer
Drugs0.680.831.31.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.21.21.8Getting worse
Other Theft8764.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.640.720.49Safer
Public Order3.64.44.38Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.21.61.81.5Safer
Shoplifting4.74.554.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.400.430.300.23Safer
Vehicle Crime14171210Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19243037Getting worse

Changes In Willenhall's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Willenhall to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7125% safer
Coventry77.4110% safer
Croydon83.222.1% safer
Willenhall84.96-
Sheffield85.810.99% more dangerous
Bristol86.211.4% more dangerous
Leicester97.4413% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8717% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2821% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% more dangerous

Crime in Willenhall's Neighbourhoods

Willenhall Town is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Willenhall, followed by Willenhall Park in second place, and New Invention as the third most dangerous area. Willenhall's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Ashmore, Bentley, and Short Heath East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashmore36560Seventh
Bentley48974Sixth
New Invention58990Third
Short Heath East41374Fifth
Short Heath West43974Fourth
Willenhall Park89599Second
Willenhall Town1,181145First

Willenhall Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBentley (93)Willenhall Town (233)
Bicycle TheftAshmore (1)Willenhall Town (16)
BurglaryNew Invention (31)Willenhall Town (124)
Criminal Damage and ArsonShort Heath East (34)Ashmore (66)
DrugsNew Invention (2)Willenhall Town (21)
Other CrimeAshmore (3)Willenhall Town (21)
Other TheftAshmore (12)Willenhall Town (99)
Possession of WeaponsBentley (1)Willenhall Park (8)
Public OrderAshmore (33)Willenhall Town (98)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Ashmore (1)Willenhall Town (30)
ShopliftingShort Heath East (4)New Invention (93)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Willenhall Park (1)Willenhall Town (10)
Vehicle CrimeNew Invention (47)Willenhall Town (151)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAshmore (138)Willenhall Town (411)

Crime in Willenhall During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Willenhall change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Willenhall saw a 300% increase in other crime. Willenhall saw a large fall in drugs during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Willenhall's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+153%+174%+48%+29%-19%+74%+60%+86%+182%
Bicycle Theft----40%+133%-33%-50%---50%
Burglary-33%-28%-44%-40%-18%-39%-23%-19%+35%-3%
Criminal Damage and Arson-16%-36%-7%+3%+11%-7%-+11%+28%+2%
Drugs-88%--57%-17%+175%-+33%-33%--83%
Other Crime+300%+20%-50%+57%+175%+17%+200%+100%+125%+150%
Other Theft-35%-16%-74%-33%+38%-40%-17%-27%-53%-54%
Possession of Weapons+150%----+100%-33%+67%--20%
Public Order+125%-+21%+280%+126%+104%+100%+50%+162%+33%
Robbery+80%-75%-70%+17%+267%-8%-71%+167%-38%-
Shoplifting-46%-59%-24%+140%+55%+5%-62%+26%-28%-14%
Theft From the Person-33%---+100%-33%---+100%
Vehicle Crime+75%-30%-65%-55%-7%-28%+3%-32%-10%-24%
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%-8%+11%-4%+23%+48%+26%+16%+52%+42%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Willenhall

What police force serves Willenhall?
Willenhall's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Willenhall?
Willenhall is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in the West Midlands.
What is Willenhall's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Willenhall are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Willenhall?
Willenhall's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021