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Crime and Safety in Wolverhampton

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Wolverhampton is the most dangerous city 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 Wolverhampton in 2021 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 1.7% higher than the West Midlands rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wolverhampton is the third safest city, and the 3,772nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Wolverhampton had the worst crime rate in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.02 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Wolverhampton residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.03 per 1,000 residents. Wolverhampton recorded 13 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst for criminal damage and arson in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Wolverhampton are violence and sexual offences, with 5,802 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 91% lower than 2020's figure of 11,080 offences and a difference of 21.44 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Wolverhampton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 108 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 95% from 2020's figure of 211 crimes.

Wolverhampton 2022 Crime Scorecard

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59% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wolverhampton is 17% lower than the West Midlands and 59% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wolverhampton Crime Rate Over Time

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Wolverhampton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wolverhampton represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Wolverhampton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20214611,262
20209322,870
20198821,744
20188621,293
20177117,539
20166616,204

Crime in Wolverhampton Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Wolverhampton This Year

 WolverhamptonWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,5306.2118,6446.37 2.6% safer
Bicycle Theft1080.448190.28 36% more dangerous
Burglary5482.236,9632.38 7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8993.6510,9033.72 1.9% safer
Drugs2050.833,0731.05 27% safer
Other Crime2761.122,8720.98 12% more dangerous
Other Theft6122.497,4542.55 2.4% safer
Possession of Weapons1550.631,8320.630% safer
Public Order1,1154.5313,5274.62 2.0% safer
Robbery1710.692,7330.93 35% safer
Shoplifting4201.714,7571.62 5% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1100.459760.33 27% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime8413.4211,0913.79 11% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,80223.5664,58922.05 6% more dangerous

Wolverhampton Compared to Nearby Cities)

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry15,25839.9315% safer
Wolverhampton11,26245.73-

Crime Over Time in Wolverhampton

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Recent Crimes in Wolverhampton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022DrugsOn or near Hill PlaceLocal resolution
February 2022Public orderOn or near Dean'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pritchard AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fieldhouse RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carisbrooke RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tithe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Church Hill DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Epsom CloseOffender given a caution
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Meon GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Wolverhampton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Watery LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Knox RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Hampton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Theft from the personOn or near Lowcroft GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near West GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Waterloo RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Chadwick CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bluebell CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pritchard AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Showell LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wolverhampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1411186 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.20.970.860.44 Safer
Burglary8762.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8873.6 Safer
Drugs1.72.01.90.83 Safer
Other Crime1.51.82.01.1 Safer
Other Theft8652.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.971.10.63 Safer
Public Order5684.5 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.91.60.69 Safer
Shoplifting764.51.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.860.890.45 Safer
Vehicle Crime121083.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30364524 Safer

Changes In Wolverhampton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wolverhampton's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bradmore Recreation Ground2-11-22.3
Bushbury Memorial Recreation Ground10-1-657
Fowler Playing Fields7-11460.78
Goodyear Neighbourhood Park5---742.9
Northwood Park----100.17
Phoenix Park141451376
St Chad's Recreation Ground11----312
Wednesfield Park3-1-311.1
West Park8251791.7
Windsor Avenue Playing Fields2--3-00.47

Comparing Wolverhampton to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9315% safer
Wolverhampton45.73-
Birmingham49.608% more dangerous
Barnet67.0832% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0349% more dangerous
Bristol90.5249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5959% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Wolverhampton's Neighbourhoods

Wolverhampton Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Wolverhampton, followed by Wednesfield Town in second place, and Bushbury Hill as the third most dangerous area. Wolverhampton's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Compton & Merryhill North, Tettenhall North, and Tettenhall South.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashmore Park2623616th
Bilston North West2073318th
Blakenhall85158Ninth
Bradmore2513319th
Bushbury3483617th
Bushbury Hill40364Third
Compton & Merryhill North1982325th
East Park61163Fourth
Ettingshall Park2554014th
Goldthorn Park2483021st
Heath Town75958Eighth
Low Hill39062Fifth
Merryhill South2703615th
Oxley Park2954612th
Park Lane3154911th
Tettenhall North2072724th
Tettenhall South1692226th
Upper Penn2013220th
Waterloo Road48661Sixth
Wednesfield North East2203023rd
Wednesfield Town49065Second
West Park45355Tenth
Whitmore Reans & Dunstall Hill43160Seventh
Wolverhampton Central1,289103First
Wood End2463022nd
Woodcross2794313th

Wolverhampton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourTettenhall South (14)Wolverhampton Central (186)
Bicycle TheftBushbury (1)Wolverhampton Central (41)
BurglaryUpper Penn (3)Wednesfield Town (36)
Criminal Damage and ArsonTettenhall South (11)Bushbury Hill (55)
DrugsWednesfield North East (2)Wolverhampton Central (30)
Other CrimeUpper Penn (2)East Park (19)
Other TheftWednesfield North East (7)Wolverhampton Central (82)
Possession of WeaponsCompton & Merryhill North (1)Wolverhampton Central (21)
Public OrderTettenhall South (12)Wolverhampton Central (167)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bilston North West (1)Wolverhampton Central (31)
ShopliftingTettenhall South (1)Wednesfield Town (57)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bradmore (1)Wolverhampton Central (27)
Vehicle CrimeAshmore Park (13)Wednesfield Town (44)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCompton & Merryhill North (85)Wolverhampton Central (583)

Crime in Wolverhampton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wolverhampton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Wolverhampton saw a 200% increase in theft from the person. Wolverhampton saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 70% compared to May in 2019. Rates of burglary and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Wolverhampton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%+148%+157%+37%+33%+46%+64%+96%+103%+75%
Bicycle Theft-67%+6%-19%-63%-38%+39%+33%-5%+72%-44%
Burglary-24%-15%-8%-29%-25%+2%-21%-24%-11%-19%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-15%-3%-14%-6%+12%+21%+15%-16%-12%
Drugs-43%-21%+53%+29%-14%-34%+3%+7%+18%-32%
Other Crime-37%+10%-33%+28%+12%+50%-15%+21%+89%+53%
Other Theft-13%-45%-26%-23%-2%-2%-7%-4%-9%-24%
Possession of Weapons-16%-44%-28%-27%+60%+9%+105%+38%+24%+125%
Public Order+14%-2%+5%+62%+43%+52%+51%+10%+19%+68%
Robbery-18%-66%-33%-42%+13%-18%+24%-+19%-14%
Shoplifting-31%-62%-61%-52%-30%-19%-23%-24%+1%+9%
Theft From the Person-8%+6%-70%-44%-33%-21%+200%+111%-24%+63%
Vehicle Crime+8%-18%-55%-51%-9%-27%-9%-17%-17%-18%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-10%+10%+19%+31%+43%+32%+50%+48%+57%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wolverhampton

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

How dangerous is Wolverhampton?
Wolverhampton is the most dangerous city in the West Midlands.

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

What is the least common crime in Wolverhampton?
Wolverhampton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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