Birmingham Crime Overview
Birmingham is the most dangerous major city in the West Midlands, and the third safest overall out of the UK's major cities. The overall crime rate in Birmingham in 2020 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people.
In November 2020, Birmingham had the worst crime rate in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 116 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Birmingham residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 821 crimes at a rate of 0.72 per 1,000 residents. Birmingham recorded 889 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.78 the worst for criminal damage and arson in the West Midlands that month.
The most common crimes in Birmingham are violence and sexual offences, with 46,216 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 40,603 offences and a difference of 4.92 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Birmingham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 940 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 16% from 2019's figure of 1089 crimes.
Birmingham Crime Map
Summary of Crimes in Birmingham This Year
|Criminal Damage and Arson||7,937||6.95|
|Possession of Weapons||1,362||1.19|
|Theft From the Person||1,094||0.96|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||46,216||40.48|
Birmingham Crime Trends
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||20||16||13||19||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||9||9||9||7||Safer|
|Other Crime||1.3||1.2||1.5||1.6||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.73||0.90||1.2||1.2||Getting worse|
|Public Order||4.2||6||7||8||Getting worse|
|Theft From the Person||1.5||1.7||1.6||0.96||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||23||28||36||40||Getting worse|
Comparing Birmingham to the UK's Major Cities
|Major Cities||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Bristol||91.57||2.8% more dangerous|
|Leeds||91.90||3.1% more dangerous|
|Leicester||102.51||13% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||105.94||16% more dangerous|
Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Birmingham
What police force serves Birmingham?Birmingham's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Birmingham?Birmingham is the most dangerous major city in the West Midlands.
What is Birmingham's most common crime?The most common crimes in Birmingham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Birmingham?Birmingham's least common crime is bicycle theft.
Last updated: 18 Feb 2021