Sandwell Crime Overview

Sandwell is the second most dangerous city in the West Midlands, and the 24th most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Sandwell in 2020 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people.

In October 2020, Sandwell was the second-worst city in the West Midlands for burglary, with 232 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.71 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Sandwell residents, when it was the West Midlands's second-most dangerous city for drugs, recording 60 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Sandwell recorded 150 reports of other theft during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.46 the second-worst city for other theft in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Sandwell are violence and sexual offences, with 12,374 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 11,034 offences and a difference of 4.08 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Sandwell's least common crime is theft from the person, with 144 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 47% from 2019's figure of 212 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Sandwell This Year

 Sandwell
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,52516.82
Bicycle Theft1870.57
Burglary2,0616.27
Criminal Damage and Arson2,2546.86
Drugs6391.95
Other Crime5811.77
Other Theft1,6114.90
Possession of Weapons2650.81
Public Order2,4357.41
Robbery6662.03
Shoplifting1,2983.95
Theft From the Person1440.44
Vehicle Crime2,9548.99
Violence and Sexual Offences12,37437.67

Sandwell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19151217Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.790.700.420.57Safer
Burglary91196Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9997Safer
Drugs1.41.62.22.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.41.41.8Getting worse
Other Theft9974.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.670.830.81Getting worse
Public Order3.64.867Getting worse
Robbery2.32.42.42.0Safer
Shoplifting7664.0Safer
Theft From the Person0.680.800.650.44Safer
Vehicle Crime1313109Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21273438Getting worse

Comparing Sandwell to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5017% safer
Sheffield73.9913% safer
Kirklees74.2313% safer
Croydon77.188% safer
Bradford79.196% safer
London80.703.6% safer
Sandwell83.63-
Birmingham89.026% more dangerous
Bristol91.579% more dangerous
Leeds91.909% more dangerous
Leicester102.5118% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9421% more dangerous

Crime in Sandwell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sandwell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Sandwell saw a 240% increase in bicycle theft. Sandwell saw a large fall in theft from the person during July, when it fell by 82% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%+149%+161%+47%+16%+46%+63%+43%+111%
Bicycle Theft-54%+6%-+85%+27%+160%+143%+109%+240%
Burglary-29%-48%-59%-16%-39%-23%-17%+13%-11%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-27%-14%-8%+8%+18%-7%-16%+13%
Drugs+25%+18%+26%-13%-12%-23%-36%-38%+18%
Other Crime+40%+24%-2%-12%+12%+69%+46%+27%+27%
Other Theft-15%-44%-39%-23%-23%-20%-1%-3%+10%
Possession of Weapons-11%+16%-41%-45%-10%+9%+50%+29%+4%
Public Order+40%-3%+58%+89%+47%+44%+51%+28%+33%
Robbery--62%-52%-4%-21%+9%+15%+29%+40%
Shoplifting-48%-70%-46%-48%-27%+9%+68%+13%-30%
Theft From the Person-15%-25%-13%-64%-82%-55%-+19%-29%
Vehicle Crime-10%-12%-32%-27%-2%+7%-2%+5%+40%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-6%+15%+28%+30%+42%+33%+24%+30%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sandwell

What police force serves Sandwell?
Sandwell's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Sandwell?
Sandwell is the second most dangerous city in the West Midlands.
What is Sandwell's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sandwell are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sandwell?
Sandwell's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021