Wolverhampton Crime Overview

Wolverhampton is the most dangerous city in the West Midlands, and among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Wolverhampton in 2020 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people.

In May 2020, Wolverhampton was the second-worst city in the West Midlands for burglary, with 151 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.57 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Wolverhampton residents, when it was the West Midlands's second-most dangerous city for other crime, recording 57 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Wolverhampton recorded 164 reports of other theft during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.62 the second-worst city for other theft in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Wolverhampton are violence and sexual offences, with 11,377 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 9,918 offences and a difference of 5.54 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Wolverhampton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 206 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 247 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Wolverhampton This Year

 Wolverhampton
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour4,62217.55
Bicycle Theft2340.89
Burglary1,5916.04
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8877.17
Drugs4941.88
Other Crime5211.98
Other Theft1,4135.37
Possession of Weapons2971.13
Public Order2,1308.09
Robbery4301.63
Shoplifting1,1664.43
Theft From the Person2060.78
Vehicle Crime2,2628.59
Violence and Sexual Offences11,37743.20

Wolverhampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19151218Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.31.00.89Safer
Burglary8986Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9997Safer
Drugs1.81.82.21.9Safer
Other Crime1.21.71.92.0Getting worse
Other Theft7975Safer
Possession of Weapons0.770.891.01.1Getting worse
Public Order3.9578Getting worse
Robbery1.52.02.11.6Safer
Shoplifting9874.4Safer
Theft From the Person0.790.980.940.78Safer
Vehicle Crime913119Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25313843Getting worse

Comparing Wolverhampton to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5027% safer
Sheffield73.9923% safer
Kirklees74.2323% safer
Croydon77.1818% safer
Bradford79.1915% safer
London80.7013% safer
Birmingham89.022.4% safer
Wolverhampton91.16-
Bristol91.570.45% more dangerous
Leeds91.900.81% more dangerous
Leicester102.5111% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9414% more dangerous

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 190% increase in theft from the person. Wolverhampton saw a large fall in bicycle theft during June, when it fell by 71% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+150%+159%+36%+33%+41%+67%+91%+117%
Bicycle Theft-70%--5%-71%-13%+61%+68%-+38%
Burglary-20%-12%-6%-22%-29%+3%-21%-25%-6%
Criminal Damage and Arson-5%-20%-11%-14%-5%+9%+29%+18%-16%
Drugs-35%-18%+29%+42%-12%-25%-7%-+2%
Other Crime-28%+3%-16%+27%+16%+50%-16%+23%+82%
Other Theft-22%-49%-31%-28%-6%+6%-1%-5%-6%
Possession of Weapons-10%-18%-15%-30%+30%+15%+100%+45%+38%
Public Order+15%-6%+15%+80%+45%+66%+50%+17%+31%
Robbery-21%-59%-39%-53%+23%-13%+25%+4%+11%
Shoplifting-37%-63%-56%-45%-32%-21%-6%-19%-
Theft From the Person-19%--71%-45%-23%-29%+190%+133%-26%
Vehicle Crime+2%-13%-56%-48%-6%-22%-14%-7%-10%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-10%+10%+24%+35%+48%+34%+48%+47%

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 theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021