Wolverhampton Crime Overview

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 2020 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 1.4% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wolverhampton is the 23rd most dangerous city, and the 651st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Wolverhampton was the worst city in the West Midlands for burglary, with 131 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Wolverhampton residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous city for criminal damage and arson, recording 151 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Wolverhampton recorded 50 reports of other crime during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst city for other crime in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Wolverhampton are violence and sexual offences, with 11,017 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 21% higher than 2019's figure of 8,665 offences and a difference of 9.55 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Wolverhampton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 211 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 13% from 2019's figure of 239 crimes.

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Crime in Wolverhampton Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Wolverhampton This Year

 WolverhamptonWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,31817.5454,08418.475% safer
Bicycle Theft2110.862,2770.789% more dangerous
Burglary1,4896.0519,5956.6911% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7787.2221,9107.483.6% safer
Drugs4681.905,9122.026% safer
Other Crime5032.045,4801.878% more dangerous
Other Theft1,2685.1516,5355.6510% safer
Possession of Weapons2691.093,2831.122.8% safer
Public Order1,9928.0923,7988.130.49% safer
Robbery3941.606,8322.3346% safer
Shoplifting1,1154.5311,5353.9413% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2180.892,1620.7417% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,0408.2826,8569.1711% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11,01744.74120,78041.248% more dangerous

Wolverhampton Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry29,57577.4119% safer
Wolverhampton22,76292.44-

Crime Over Time in Wolverhampton

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Wolverhampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18141118Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.01.20.970.86Safer
Burglary8876Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8887Safer
Drugs1.81.72.01.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.51.82.0Getting worse
Other Theft6865Safer
Possession of Weapons0.760.850.971.1Getting worse
Public Order3.7568Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.81.91.6Safer
Shoplifting8764.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.900.860.89Getting worse
Vehicle Crime812108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23303545Getting worse

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7137% safer
Coventry77.4119% safer
Croydon83.2211% safer
Sheffield85.818% safer
Bristol86.217% safer
Wolverhampton92.44-
Leicester97.445% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8710% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2814% more dangerous
Bradford133.0231% more dangerous
Leeds137.1033% more dangerous

Crime in Wolverhampton's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashmore Park5477515th
Bilston North West4667416th
Blakenhall1,765121Sixth
Bradmore5196822nd
Bushbury7137317th
Bushbury Hill642102Tenth
Compton & Merryhill North4855625th
East Park1,096113Eighth
Ettingshall Park4497019th
Goldthorn Park5056223rd
Heath Town1,580121Fifth
Low Hill64310211th
Merryhill South6558813th
Oxley Park5528614th
Park Lane668104Ninth
Tettenhall North5166821st
Tettenhall South3434526th
Upper Penn4377018th
Waterloo Road995125Fourth
Wednesfield North East4986820th
Wednesfield Town1,050140Second
West Park1,107136Third
Whitmore Reans & Dunstall Hill871120Seventh
Wolverhampton Central2,870229First
Wood End4815924th
Woodcross6039412th

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 BehaviourUpper Penn (55)Wolverhampton Central (540)
Bicycle TheftBushbury (1)Wolverhampton Central (72)
BurglaryWoodcross (25)Wolverhampton Central (140)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCompton & Merryhill North (22)Wolverhampton Central (231)
DrugsTettenhall North (4)Wolverhampton Central (102)
Other CrimeTettenhall North (7)Bushbury Hill (25)
Other TheftBushbury Hill (17)Wolverhampton Central (154)
Possession of WeaponsUpper Penn (1)Wolverhampton Central (41)
Public OrderTettenhall South (23)Wolverhampton Central (290)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wood End (1)Wolverhampton Central (58)
ShopliftingWoodcross (1)Wolverhampton Central (289)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wednesfield North East (1)Wolverhampton Central (90)
Vehicle CrimeLow Hill (32)Wednesfield Town (111)
Violence and Sexual OffencesTettenhall South (136)Wolverhampton Central (1,187)

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+8%+148%+157%+41%+36%+49%+68%+98%+105%+80%
Bicycle Theft-67%+6%-19%-63%-38%+47%+33%-5%+72%-44%
Burglary-23%-14%-6%-26%-24%+2%-21%-24%-9%-18%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-14%-2%-12%-2%+14%+26%+15%-16%-12%
Drugs-43%-21%+53%+29%-14%-34%+3%+7%+18%-32%
Other Crime-35%+6%-30%+28%+18%+50%-13%+24%+89%+50%
Other Theft-15%-45%-26%-23%-2%-2%-7%-4%-9%-23%
Possession of Weapons-16%-44%-28%-27%+60%+9%+105%+38%+24%+125%
Public Order+13%-2%+6%+64%+44%+52%+51%+10%+19%+68%
Robbery-18%-66%-33%-42%+13%-18%+24%-+19%-9%
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+7%-19%-55%-50%-9%-26%-9%-16%-15%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-11%+10%+20%+32%+45%+32%+51%+49%+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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021