Worcester Crime Overview

Worcester is the most dangerous major town in Worcestershire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Worcestershire's 198 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Worcester in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Worcestershire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the Worcestershire rate of 61 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Worcester is the 53rd safest major town, and the 967th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Worcester had the worst crime rate in Worcestershire for bicycle theft, with 20 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Worcester residents, when it was Worcestershire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 65 crimes at a rate of 0.63 per 1,000 residents. Worcester recorded 29 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst for drugs in Worcestershire that month.

The most common crimes in Worcester are violence and sexual offences, with 3,795 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 3.6% lower than 2019's figure of 3,932 offences and a difference of 1.33 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Worcester's least common crime is theft from the person, with 53 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 126% from 2019's figure of 120 crimes.

Compare Worcester to other towns and cities

See how Worcester shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Worcester and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Worcester Compared To Worcestershire

Summary of Crimes in Worcester This Year

 WorcesterWorcestershire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,97628.9513,04921.9024% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3133.055900.9968% more dangerous
Burglary4154.042,5154.224.5% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8248.023,9166.5718% more dangerous
Drugs2992.911,1791.9832% more dangerous
Other Crime1631.596601.1130% more dangerous
Other Theft5175.032,7244.579% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons850.833920.6620% more dangerous
Public Order7427.222,6224.4039% more dangerous
Robbery590.572670.4521% more dangerous
Shoplifting7066.872,9064.8829% more dangerous
Theft From the Person530.522040.3435% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3253.162,0353.428% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,79536.9216,60327.8725% more dangerous

Worcester Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redditch5,91971.3013% safer
Worcester8,29680.71-

Crime Over Time in Worcester

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Worcester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour56554629Safer
Bicycle Theft2.42.61.63.0Getting worse
Burglary64.34.64.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1112118Safer
Drugs2.62.62.92.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.21.41.6Getting worse
Other Theft9875Safer
Possession of Weapons0.880.780.860.83Safer
Public Order7687Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.780.900.740.57Safer
Shoplifting121097Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.61.20.52Safer
Vehicle Crime4.83.94.23.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33343837Getting 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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Warnden Park10-51101819

Comparing Worcester to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7119% safer
Coventry77.414.3% safer
Worcester80.71-
Croydon83.223.0% more dangerous
Sheffield85.816% more dangerous
Bristol86.216% more dangerous
Leicester97.4417% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8722% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2825% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% 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 Hill52664Sixth
Dines Green & St Johns52860Seventh
Henwick1803212th
King George's Field940105Fifth
Lower Wick & Bromwich Road43653Ninth
Lyppard Grange26945Tenth
Northwick3544411th
Ronkswood & Nunnery Wood785120Fourth
Warndon East35657Eighth
Warndon West710129Third
Worcester Town North1,381177Second
Worcester Town South1,499202First

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 (73)Worcester Town South (545)
Bicycle TheftLyppard Grange (2)Worcester Town North (94)
BurglaryLower Wick & Bromwich Road (18)Worcester Town North (60)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHenwick (16)Warndon West (113)
DrugsLyppard Grange (3)Worcester Town North (73)
Other CrimeDines Green & St Johns (5)Worcester Town South (30)
Other TheftHenwick (10)Worcester Town North (100)
Possession of WeaponsHenwick (1)Worcester Town South (23)
Public OrderHenwick (8)Worcester Town South (169)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Barbourne & Rainbow Hill (2)Warndon West (11)
ShopliftingDines Green & St Johns (11)Worcester Town South (228)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Lower Wick & Bromwich Road (1)Worcester Town North (22)
Vehicle CrimeDines Green & St Johns (7)Ronkswood & Nunnery Wood (39)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorthwick (108)Worcester Town South (569)

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. Worcester saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, other theft, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+72%+60%+34%------
Bicycle Theft+63%+300%+317%+95%+116%+5%+73%+123%+82%-22%
Burglary+30%+48%+8%-3%-8%-35%-44%-16%-46%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-55%-38%-11%+3%-10%-39%-2%-32%-40%
Drugs-57%+6%+47%-9%+76%-+14%-24%--12%
Other Crime+29%-43%-14%-11%-40%+57%+7%+63%+80%+10%
Other Theft-26%-55%-28%-16%-39%-49%+7%-16%-51%-16%
Possession of Weapons+88%-10%-11%-30%+17%--89%+13%--
Public Order-18%-15%+24%-2%-12%-10%+23%-15%-46%-26%
Robbery-40%--88%-40%+20%-67%+140%+38%-71%+150%
Shoplifting-14%-31%-51%-14%-30%-36%-18%-17%-45%-40%
Theft From the Person--92%-33%--77%-65%-73%-33%-84%+40%
Vehicle Crime-33%-13%-65%+71%-37%-51%-14%-40%-46%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences+9%-10%-14%+4%+2%+8%+3%-23%-24%-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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021