Wolverhampton Crime Overview
- Wolverhampton is the most dangerous city in the West Midlands.
- The overall crime rate in Wolverhampton in 2020 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people, 1.4% higher than the West Midlands average.
- 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.
- The most common crimes in Wolverhampton are violence and sexual offences, with 11,017 offences during 2020, 21% up on the 2019 figure.
- Wolverhampton's least common crime is bike theft, with 211 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 13% on 2019.
Crime in Wolverhampton Neighbourhoods
Wolverhampton Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood, followed by Wednesfield Town and West Park. Wolverhampton's safest neighbourhoods are Compton & Merryhill North, Tettenhall South and Wood End.
Crime in Wolverhampton During Coronavirus Lockdowns
The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September 2020, when Wolverhampton saw a 200% increase in personal theft. However, rates of burglary and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year during every month of the city’s lockdown.
Which Police Force serves Wolverhampton?
The local police force for Wolverhampton is West Midlands Police.
Wolverhampton is a major city, metropolitan borough and administrative centre in the West Midlands. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 249,470. Natives of Wolverhampton are called "Wulfrunians" – after the original Anglo Saxon name of the town, Wulfruna.
It is situated to the northwest of neighbouring Birmingham, forming the second largest part of the West Midlands conurbation. The Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside are to the north and west
Historically part of Staffordshire, the city initially grew as a market town specialising in the wool trade. During the Industrial Revolution, it became a major centre for coal mining, steel production, lock making, as well as the manufacture of cars and motorcycles.
Although Wolverhampton city centre falls outside the area traditionally known as the Black Country, some districts such as Bilston and Willenhall, are within the Black Country coalfields.
England's first automatic traffic lights could be seen in Princes Square, Wolverhampton in 1927. The modern traffic lights at this location have the traditional striped poles painted on them, to commemorate this fact.
In 2021, a blue plaque was erected in the city centre in memory of British immigrant rights activist Paulette Wilson, a member of the Windrush generation
The Wolverhampton Economy
In 2020, Wolverhampton’s unemployment rate stood at 10.6%, significantly above the national average of 4.5% and one of the highest rates in England.
Traditionally, Wolverhampton's economy has been dominated by the iron, steel, automobile, engineering and manufacturing industries. Although, many of the traditional industries in the city have closed or dramatically downsized over the years, the economy of the city is still based on engineering, including a large aerospace industry and the service sector.
The largest single employer is Wolverhampton City Council, although other major employers include the Jaguar Land Rover Assembly Plant, Birmingham Midshires, Tarmac, Marstons and New Cross Hospital.
The only remaining supermarket in Wolverhampton’s central shopping area is Iceland. However, outside the Ring Road, are major branches of Sainsbury's, Asda and Tesco, which opened in June 2021. Aldi also have two stores close to the city centre.
House Prices in Wolverhampton
According to Rightmove, over the last 12 months, the average price of property in 2020 was £199,812, 13% higher than the previous year. Detached properties sold for an average of £322,419, with semi-detached £184,072 and terraced properties £150,833.
Famous People from Wolverhampton
- Former MP, Enoch Powell
- Signatory to the US Declaration of Independence, Button Gwinnet
- Footballers, Billy Wright & Steve Bull
- Monty Python’s, Eric Idle
- Olympic Swimming Gold Medallist, Anita Longsborough
- Slade members, Noddy Holder and Dave Hill
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