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Crime and Safety in Willenhall, West Midlands

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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 2021 was 114 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 2.8% lower than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Willenhall is the 32nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 397th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Willenhall was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for burglary, with 29 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Willenhall residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Willenhall recorded 77 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2021, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Willenhall are violence and sexual offences, with 2,774 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 30% higher than 2020's figure of 1,949 offences and a difference of 15.57 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Willenhall's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 32 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 12% from 2020's figure of 28 crimes.

Willenhall 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, The West Midlands

22% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

33% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Willenhall is 22% higher than the West Midlands and 33% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Willenhall Crime Rate Over Time

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Willenhall Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Willenhall 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 Willenhall

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211146,064
2020844,460
2019804,254
2018834,385
2017753,998
2016623,302

Crime in Willenhall Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Willenhall This Year

 WillenhallWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour70813.3635,99312.29 8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft320.602,4390.83 38% safer
Burglary3125.8918,7756.41 9% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson62611.8228,3539.68 18% more dangerous
Drugs561.067,3552.51 137% safer
Other Crime1462.766,6712.28 17% more dangerous
Other Theft3356.3220,3016.93 10% safer
Possession of Weapons470.895,4861.87 110% safer
Public Order59811.2935,21512.02 6% safer
Robbery691.307,4092.53 95% safer
Shoplifting3546.6812,9874.43 34% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.643,2021.09 70% safer
Vehicle Crime68112.8629,93010.22 21% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,77452.36166,64156.90 9% safer

Willenhall Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Halesowen4,11969.0366% safer
Aldridge2,99875.9651% safer
Sedgley2,50880.3243% safer
Rowley Regis3,57799.9415% safer
Smethwick5,754107.227% safer
Willenhall6,064114.47-
Tipton5,334117.792.8% more dangerous
Bloxwich6,444123.357% more dangerous
Brierley Hill4,047125.889% more dangerous
Oldbury3,325129.1811% more dangerous
Bilston5,483163.5830% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Willenhall

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Recent Crimes in Willenhall

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near William Harper RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wood Lane CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Bilston LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Burleigh CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Gomer Street WestUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Lime CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Everest RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Churchill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Gipsy LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Laburnum GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wilkes StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hollow Croft RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Little Island DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Little Wood StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Quilter CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near William Harper RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kingfisher GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glamis RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Willenhall Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14121813 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.600.890.530.60 Safer
Burglary10876 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson119812 Getting worse
Drugs0.831.21.11.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.21.82.8 Getting worse
Other Theft764.36 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.680.490.89 Getting worse
Public Order4.44.2811 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.81.51.3 Safer
Shoplifting4.554.67 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.300.230.64 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime17121013 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23303752 Getting worse

Changes In Willenhall's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Willenhall to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0871% safer
Croydon82.4839% safer
Sheffield90.0527% safer
Bristol90.5226% safer
Coventry102.2412% safer
Leicester111.592.6% safer
Willenhall114.47-
Liverpool123.067% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6412% more dangerous
Bradford132.2813% more dangerous
Leeds150.9424% 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 West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashmore46677Seventh
Bentley64697Sixth
New Invention828126Third
Short Heath East654118Fourth
Short Heath West58399Fifth
Willenhall Park1,270141Second
Willenhall Town1,514185First

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 (64)Ashmore (123)
Bicycle TheftShort Heath East (2)Willenhall Town (21)
BurglaryNew Invention (22)Willenhall Town (91)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBentley (59)Willenhall Town (146)
DrugsAshmore (1)Willenhall Park (17)
Other CrimeAshmore (9)Willenhall Town (31)
Other TheftBentley (16)Willenhall Town (162)
Possession of WeaponsShort Heath West (1)Willenhall Park (13)
Public OrderAshmore (47)Willenhall Town (139)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Ashmore (4)Willenhall Town (17)
ShopliftingAshmore (9)New Invention (175)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)New Invention (1)Willenhall Town (13)
Vehicle CrimeAshmore (59)Willenhall Town (195)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAshmore (203)Willenhall Park (636)

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 400% increase in possession of weapons. Willenhall saw a large fall in drugs during March, when it fell by 83% 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%+161%+171%+58%+47%-19%+83%+72%+116%+193%
Bicycle Theft----40%+133%-33%-50%---50%
Burglary-40%-28%-47%-37%-15%-38%-20%-17%+40%-3%
Criminal Damage and Arson-12%-36%-3%+8%+14%-7%-+11%+37%+2%
Drugs-83%--57%-17%+175%-+33%-33%--83%
Other Crime+300%+20%-50%+57%+175%+17%+200%+100%+125%+150%
Other Theft-38%-21%-74%-33%+38%-40%-17%-27%-53%-55%
Possession of Weapons+400%----+100%-33%+67%--20%
Public Order+125%+9%+28%+280%+126%+104%+100%+56%+162%+33%
Robbery+80%-75%-70%+17%+267%-8%-71%+167%-38%-
Shoplifting-46%-59%-20%+140%+55%+5%-62%+26%-28%-14%
Theft From the Person-33%---+100%-33%---+100%
Vehicle Crime+73%-26%-65%-55%-7%-27%+5%-32%-8%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%-9%+12%-1%+24%+48%+27%+16%+52%+39%

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 town 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 bicycle theft.

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