West Midlands

Crime and Safety in Birmingham

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Birmingham is the most dangerous major city in the West Midlands, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Birmingham in 2021 was 137 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birmingham is the second most dangerous major city, and the 238th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Birmingham had the worst crime rate in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 52 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Birmingham residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 893 crimes at a rate of 0.77 per 1,000 residents. Birmingham recorded 1,093 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.94 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 78,062 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 67. This is 28% higher than 2020's figure of 56,402 offences and a difference of 18.67 from 2020's crime rate of 49. Birmingham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1,057 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 0.95% from 2020's figure of 1047 crimes.

Birmingham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Cities, The West Midlands

35% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

44% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Birmingham is 35% higher than the West Midlands and 44% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Birmingham Crime Rate Over Time

West Midlands
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Birmingham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Birmingham represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Summary of Crimes in Birmingham This Year

 BirminghamWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16,27214.0235,99312.29 12% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,0570.912,4390.83 9% more dangerous
Burglary9,1017.8418,7756.41 18% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson12,54910.8228,3539.68 11% more dangerous
Drugs3,5243.047,3552.51 17% more dangerous
Other Crime2,8662.476,6712.28 8% more dangerous
Other Theft9,7118.3720,3016.93 17% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2,8192.435,4861.87 23% more dangerous
Public Order16,42714.1635,21512.02 15% more dangerous
Robbery4,1133.547,4092.53 29% more dangerous
Shoplifting4,8554.1812,9874.43 6% safer
Theft From the Person1,7981.553,2021.09 30% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime12,27110.5829,93010.22 3.4% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences78,06267.28166,64156.90 15% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Birmingham

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Recent Crimes in Birmingham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stornoway RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wilton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Draycott AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lea Hill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022BurglaryOn or near Thurlestone RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coppice DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Salisbury RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springmeadow RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sycamore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Albert RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Regent Park RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wetherby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dornton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brindley DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022RobberyOn or near M6Investigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022Public orderOn or near Lancaster Circus QueenswayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Birmingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour17142214 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.30.990.900.91 Safer
Burglary11988 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010811 Getting worse
Drugs2. Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft10978 Safer
Possession of Weapons1. Getting worse
Public Order671014 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting663.74.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime14121011 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31394967 Getting worse

Changes In Birmingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Birmingham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Aldridge Road Recreation Ground2----00.16
Allens Cross Community Association Playing Fields1-211725
Billesley Common8----00.41
Bleak Hill Recreation Ground9---13979
Brookvale Park7-411161.2
Cannon Hill Park48141715241.6
Chapelhouse Park1---273.8
Cotteridge Park10-12552.4
Dawberry Fields Neighbourhood Park3---582.9
Handsworth Park3-22770.76
Hay Barn Recreation Ground-1--331.8
Henry Barber Recreation Ground6-11427
Highbury Park5-21720.60
Hodge Hill Common1-5-962.6
Kents Moat Recreation Ground1---7411
King's Heath Park11----11.1
King's Norton Park21117754.2
Kingstanding Recreation Ground214157392211
Moseley Park1---321.3
Oaklands Recreation Ground16-14661.7
Perry Hall Playing Fields71-4100.21
Rowheath Playing Fields3----00.29
Rowheath Playing Fields7----02.0
Salford Park181--2113.3
Sandwell Recreation Ground1----00.26
Shenley Fields Road Recreation Ground-111676
Small Heath Park18-24642.0
St Paul's Church9---2514
Stechford Hall Park2--2451.5
Swanshurst Park9--2751.3
The Leys-----10.44
Victoria Common6-11321.5
Woodlands Park1-1-942.2

Comparing Birmingham to the UK's Major Cities

Major CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08104% safer
Croydon82.4866% safer
Sheffield91.1051% safer
Bristol93.7746% safer
Coventry102.3734% safer
Leicester111.7523% safer
Liverpool127.907% safer
Bradford145.606% more dangerous
Leeds153.0610% more dangerous

Crime in Birmingham's Neighbourhoods

Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Birmingham, followed by Digbeth in second place, and North Central & Dartmouth Circus as the third most dangerous area. Birmingham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hollywood & Drakes Cross, Wythall & Gay Hill, and Yardley Wood East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Acocks Green East1,79814736th
Acocks Green West1,16112072nd
Allens Cross1,28717023rd
Aston Park1,10113646th
Attwood Green & Park Central1,77218018th
Balsall Heath East99312171st
Balsall Heath West & Kingswood Road1,04014438th
Belchers Lane & Eastfield Road1,20511677th
Billesley Common91211284th
Birches Green1,18015231st
Birchfield East2,195205Seventh
Birchfield West1,39912859th
Bordesley Green North1,15011480th
Bournville East & Stirchley West81110299th
Bournville West74212073rd
Brandwood East55888111st
Brandwood End64779114th
Brandwood North51078115th
Buckland End1,05912958th
Castle Vale1,995205Eighth
Chelmsley Wood West1,18219811th
Druids Heath1,11617819th
Edgbaston North1,59814242nd
Edgbaston South & University1,17297101st
Erdington Town1,763213Sixth
Five Ways North1,905226Fourth
Five Ways South & Calthorpe Park70296104th
Fox Hollies1,31713054th
Glebe Farm1,48515132nd
Gravelly Hill & South Erdington2,878201Ninth
Greet & Sparkhill South2,07413350th
Hall Green Central48269121st
Hall Green East69910692nd
Handsworth East1,29614045th
Handsworth South2,332200Tenth
Handsworth West1,24913351st
Handsworth Wood72671118th
Harborne East88410595th
Harborne West79996105th
Hay Mills & Tyseley1,22915829th
Hockley & Jewellery Quarter1,14911974th
Hodge Hill89994106th
Hollywood & Drakes Cross33155124th
Kent's Moat65197102nd
King's Norton62289109th
Kings Heath1,21615430th
Kings Heath Park & Stirchley East77310689th
Kingstanding South East1,54114835th
Kingstanding South West47471117th
Kitts Green1,44417421st
Ladywood -Summer Hill1,61619712th
Lifford & Walkers Heath78413056th
Little Bromwich94210594th
Longbridge North1,17514143rd
Longbridge South83011382nd
Lozells East1,09614144th
Lozells West1,49516426th
Lyndon Green36758123rd
Moor Green & Cannon Hill60688110th
Moseley Village1,35115033rd
North Central & Dartmouth Circus3,938269Third
Northfield Victoria Common94012467th
Old Oscott64210690th
Perry Barr & South Hamstead1,05012762nd
Perry Beeches East47373116th
Perry Beeches West52870120th
Perry Common - College Road1,28413547th
Pype Hayes Park96910987th
Quinton East1,05512466th
Quinton Ridgacre1,04711479th
Rotton Park1,19711578th
Rubery East79311776th
Saltley East1,43712269th
Saltley West1,22013548th
Selly Oak1,85510497th
Selly Oak Park & Lodge Hill70210298th
Shard End & Kingfisher92912664th
Sheldon North1,29314439th
Sheldon South1,23912468th
Shenley Lane76696103rd
Short Heath89210986th
Small Heath Park1,03210888th
Smith's Wood North74712761st
Smith's Wood South82612565th
Sparkbrook North1,819219Fifth
Sparkbrook South98913253rd
Sparkhill North77787112nd
Springfield & Hall Green West1,16510691st
Stirchley North & Selly Park1,04613252nd
Stockland Green - Marsh Hill1,18916525th
Turves Green1,57117024th
Upper Witton92913055th
Wake Green East & Moseley Bog69785113rd
Ward End & Bromford West1,41311185th
Warley South43871119th
Warley West74392108th
Washwood Heath1,29812860th
Weoley Castle96612270th
West Heath76199100th
Winson Green & Gib Heath2,22018617th
Wythall & Gay Hill29547126th
Yardley Fields1,57214341st
Yardley South91115034th
Yardley Wood East41954125th
Yardley Wood West79412957th

Birmingham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourPerry Beeches West (35)Central (588)
Bicycle TheftSaltley East (1)Central (110)
BurglarySparkhill North (19)Hawkesley (144)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPerry Beeches East (22)Central (325)
DrugsHollywood & Drakes Cross (2)Central (235)
Other CrimeWythall & Gay Hill (3)Summerfield (86)
Other TheftYardley Wood East (16)Central (451)
Possession of WeaponsWythall & Gay Hill (1)Central (157)
Public OrderHollywood & Drakes Cross (17)Central (737)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Yardley Wood East (2)Central (224)
ShopliftingBirchfield West (1)Central (553)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Glebe Farm (1)Central (291)
Vehicle CrimeSparkhill North (30)Central (238)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWythall & Gay Hill (102)Central (1,912)

Crime in Birmingham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Birmingham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Birmingham saw a 138% increase in anti-social behaviour. Birmingham saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 72% compared to May in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Birmingham's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+129%+138%+49%+0%+48%+55%+82%+131%+74%
Bicycle Theft-57%-39%-31%--11%-28%-14%+51%+27%+21%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-32%-16%-5%+2%+6%-2%-2%+11%+9%
Other Crime+2%-20%-3%+15%+17%-3%+66%+54%+39%+72%
Other Theft-16%-41%-43%-41%-22%-26%-13%-22%-16%-15%
Possession of Weapons-37%-22%-20%-18%-3%+8%+6%+23%+36%+65%
Public Order+5%+2%+34%+38%+29%+42%+50%+29%+41%+53%
Theft From the Person-22%-67%-72%-72%-41%-45%-26%-29%-41%-46%
Vehicle Crime-27%-42%-39%-33%-26%-12%+1%+1%-5%-9%
Violence and Sexual Offences+0%+0%+12%+24%+21%+31%+38%+31%+42%+47%

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.

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