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Crime and Safety in Worcester

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Worcester is the most dangerous major towns in Worcestershire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Worcestershire's 195 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Worcester in 2021 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Worcestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Worcestershire rate of 65 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Worcester is the 51st most dangerous major town, and the 783rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Worcester had the worst crime rate in Worcestershire for bicycle theft, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Worcester residents, when it was Worcestershire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 80 crimes at a rate of 0.78 per 1,000 residents. Worcester recorded 25 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst for drugs in Worcestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Worcester are violence and sexual offences, with 4,345 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 3,929 offences and a difference of 4.05 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Worcester's least common crime is robbery, with 65 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 8% from 2020's figure of 60 crimes.

Worcester 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Worcestershire

1.7% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

16% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Worcester is 1.7% higher than the West Midlands and 16% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Worcester Crime Rate Over Time

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Worcester Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Worcester 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 Worcester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021919,318
2020838,548
2019929,499
2018909,239
2017959,806
2016889,067

Crime in Worcester Compared To Worcestershire

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Summary of Crimes in Worcester This Year

 WorcesterWorcestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,03648.9920,65334.67 29% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1221.192930.49 59% more dangerous
Burglary3923.812,2683.810% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8848.603,9366.61 23% more dangerous
Drugs3143.051,1251.89 38% more dangerous
Other Crime1511.476951.17 20% more dangerous
Other Theft6125.953,1295.25 12% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1111.084150.70 35% more dangerous
Public Order9499.233,4515.79 37% more dangerous
Robbery650.632570.43 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting8037.812,8094.71 40% more dangerous
Theft From the Person790.772310.39 49% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4914.782,1393.59 25% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,34542.2718,04930.29 28% more dangerous

Worcester Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redditch5,68868.5232% safer
Worcester9,31890.65-

Crime Over Time in Worcester

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Recent Crimes in Worcester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Angel PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Middle StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Berwick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knight StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near WoodmancoteUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shelley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nash CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crickley DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Walnut AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Larch RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wigton PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shakespeare RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Penrith CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Penhill CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Angel PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beech Avenue NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Peterborough CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Oswald'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Worcester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour57483049 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.61.73.11.2 Safer
Burglary4.64.84.23.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson121189 Safer
Drugs2.62.93.03.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.51.71.5 Safer
Other Theft8756 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.880.881.1 Getting worse
Public Order6879 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.900.740.580.63 Safer
Shoplifting10978 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.20.530.77 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.14.53.44.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences35393842 Getting worse

Changes In Worcester's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Worcester's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Warnden Park10-51101819

Comparing Worcester to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0835% safer
Croydon82.4810% safer
Sheffield90.050.67% safer
Bristol90.520.14% safer
Worcester90.65-
Coventry102.2411% more dangerous
Leicester111.5919% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0626% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6430% more dangerous
Bradford132.2831% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% more dangerous

Crime in Worcester's Neighbourhoods

Worcester Town South is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Worcester, followed by Worcester Town North in second place, and Warndon West as the third most dangerous area. Worcester's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Henwick, Lyppard Grange, and Northwick.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barbourne & Rainbow Hill52064Seventh
Dines Green & St Johns61469Sixth
Henwick1793112th
King George's Field1,071119Fourth
Lower Wick & Bromwich Road45456Ninth
Lyppard Grange33255Tenth
Northwick3724611th
Ronkswood & Nunnery Wood767117Fifth
Warndon East35156Eighth
Warndon West836152Third
Worcester Town North1,637210Second
Worcester Town South1,608217First

Worcester Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHenwick (103)Worcester Town South (911)
Bicycle TheftKing George's Field (4)Worcester Town North (44)
BurglaryWarndon East (14)Worcester Town North (64)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNorthwick (27)Worcester Town South (127)
DrugsHenwick (2)Worcester Town North (87)
Other CrimeWarndon East (2)Warndon West (16)
Other TheftLyppard Grange (14)Worcester Town North (120)
Possession of WeaponsHenwick (1)Worcester Town North (29)
Public OrderHenwick (8)Worcester Town North (214)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Warndon East (1)Worcester Town South (20)
ShopliftingHenwick (8)Worcester Town South (212)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Barbourne & Rainbow Hill (1)Worcester Town South (32)
Vehicle CrimeHenwick (13)Worcester Town South (71)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHenwick (76)Worcester Town North (756)

Crime in Worcester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Worcester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Worcester saw a 317% increase in bicycle theft. Worcester saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Worcester's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+73%+61%+35%------
Bicycle Theft+63%+314%+317%+95%+116%+5%+82%+123%+43%-22%
Burglary+15%+50%+8%-6%-5%-31%-43%-20%-45%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-32%-55%-38%-15%+3%-9%-39%+1%-29%-42%
Drugs-57%+12%+53%-6%+76%+4%+14%-24%--6%
Other Crime+29%-29%-14%--38%+38%+6%+81%+100%-
Other Theft-25%-55%-28%-16%-37%-49%+12%-16%-45%-14%
Possession of Weapons+88%-10%-11%-27%+33%+13%-89%+13%+67%-
Public Order-19%-13%+24%-4%-13%-10%+23%-15%-46%-27%
Robbery-40%--75%-40%+20%-67%+140%+38%-71%+150%
Shoplifting-14%-32%-52%-13%-30%-36%-18%-17%-45%-40%
Theft From the Person--92%-43%--69%-65%-75%-33%-84%+40%
Vehicle Crime-36%-14%-61%+82%-41%-53%-10%-39%-38%-18%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-9%-13%+8%+3%+7%+5%-21%-25%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Worcester

What police force serves Worcester?
Worcester's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.

How dangerous is Worcester?
Worcester is the most dangerous major town in Worcestershire.

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

What is the least common crime in Worcester?
Worcester's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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