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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 50 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the West Midlands rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birmingham is the safest major city, and the 3,268th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Birmingham had the worst crime rate in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.00 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Birmingham residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 642 crimes at a rate of 0.55 per 1,000 residents. Birmingham recorded 17 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.01 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 28,513 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 87% lower than 2020's figure of 53,227 offences and a difference of 21.31 from 2020's crime rate of 46. Birmingham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 307 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 233% from 2020's figure of 1022 crimes.

Birmingham 2022 Crime Scorecard

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7% lower, regional crime rate

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47% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Birmingham is 7% lower than the West Midlands and 47% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Birmingham Crime Rate Over Time

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Birmingham Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Birmingham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20215057,545
2020100115,913
201997112,963
201892106,824
20178396,359
20167385,071

Crime in Birmingham Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Birmingham This Year

 BirminghamWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,8596.7718,6446.37 6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3070.268190.28 8% safer
Burglary3,1852.756,9632.38 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4,6614.0210,9033.72 7% more dangerous
Drugs1,4211.223,0731.05 14% more dangerous
Other Crime1,1090.962,8720.98 2.1% safer
Other Theft3,3232.867,4542.55 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons9030.781,8320.63 19% more dangerous
Public Order6,0265.1913,5274.62 11% more dangerous
Robbery1,4311.232,7330.93 24% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,7121.484,7571.62 9% safer
Theft From the Person4940.439760.33 23% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4,4603.8411,0913.79 1.3% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences28,51324.5764,58922.05 10% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Birmingham

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Recent Crimes in Birmingham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The ParklandsUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Kelverdale GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near The BroadwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Priestfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022RobberyOn or near B4144Unable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near North HolmeUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Phillips StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Coplow StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Warwick RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Herondale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022DrugsOn or near Cherrywood RoadLocal resolution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak Tree RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kelverdale GroveAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near M6Unable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Pemberly RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Birmingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1613217 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.20.950.880.26 Safer
Burglary10972.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9984.0 Safer
Drugs2.02.52.41.2 Safer
Other Crime1.21.51.90.96 Safer
Other Theft9862.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.911.21.40.78 Safer
Public Order6795 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.84.23.21.2 Safer
Shoplifting653.41.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.71.61.00.43 Safer
Vehicle Crime131193.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29364625 Safer

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
Coventry39.9324% safer
Birmingham49.60-
Barnet67.0826% more dangerous
Croydon82.4840% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0345% more dangerous
Bristol90.5245% more dangerous
Leicester111.5956% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0660% more dangerous
Bradford132.2863% more dangerous
Leeds150.9467% 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, Moseley, Perry Beeches East, and Yardley Wood East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Acocks Green East7225933rd
Acocks Green West4604869th
Allens Cross5507316th
Aston Park4435546th
Attwood Green & Park Central5315450th
Balsall Heath East4054966th
Balsall Heath West & Kingswood Road3945547th
Belchers Lane & Eastfield Road4904770th
Billesley Common3624485th
Birches Green4485835th
Birchfield East84879Eighth
Birchfield West5955448th
Bordesley1,0506723rd
Bordesley Green North4094196th
Bournville East & Stirchley West29237103rd
Bournville West2774584th
Brandhall26432116th
Brandwood East21233111st
Brandwood End28034110th
Brandwood North2734291st
Bromford3195738th
Brookvale6937118th
Buckland End4345356th
California4035063rd
Castle Vale85688Fourth
Central1,834219First
Chelmsley Wood West4417413th
Cotteridge3024486th
Digbeth71196Second
Druids Heath4467117th
Edgbaston North5755161st
Edgbaston South & University39533114th
Erdington Town64177Tenth
Five Ways North4505353rd
Five Ways South & Calthorpe Park26236106th
Fordbridge3495543rd
Fox Hollies5185159th
Frankley6197021st
Glebe Farm6196325th
Gravelly Hill & South Erdington1,0597414th
Greet & Sparkhill South8305354th
Hall Green Central18026123rd
Hall Green East2694194th
Handsworth East5536029th
Handsworth South97984Sixth
Handsworth West5415737th
Handsworth Wood28728121st
Harborne East3303999th
Harborne West31438102nd
Hawkesley61081Seventh
Hay Mills & Tyseley4786126th
Hockley & Jewellery Quarter3914195th
Hodge Hill28430118th
Hollywood & Drakes Cross3265451st
Kent's Moat2834289th
King's Norton24836107th
Kings Heath4615934th
Kings Heath Park & Stirchley East3074288th
Kingstanding South East6246028th
Kingstanding South West20631117th
Kitts Green5827020th
Ladywood -Summer Hill4865931st
Lifford & Walkers Heath2854772nd
Little Bromwich3674193rd
Longbridge North3894774th
Longbridge South3464773rd
Lozells East4756127th
Lozells West6256922nd
Lyndon Green16426122nd
Metchley4965640th
Middlemore84077Ninth
Minworth20638100th
Moor Green & Cannon Hill2774097th
Moseley15223125th
Moseley Village5165736th
Nechells3885739th
North Central & Dartmouth Circus1,31790Third
Northfield Victoria Common3534776th
Old Oscott2504192nd
Perry Barr & South Hamstead3604487th
Perry Beeches East16625124th
Perry Beeches West22330119th
Perry Common - College Road5295641st
Pype Hayes Park4094681st
Queslett2554098th
Quinton East4144967th
Quinton Ridgacre4264778th
Rotton Park4854777th
Rubery East24436105th
Saltley East6035160th
Saltley West4975545th
Selly Oak64636104th
Selly Oak Park & Lodge Hill26138101st
Shard End & Kingfisher3905355th
Sheldon North5696324th
Sheldon South4734771st
Shenley Lane27735109th
Short Heath3824775th
Small Heath Park4434680th
Smith's Wood North3155452nd
Smith's Wood South3204868th
Sparkbrook North72387Fifth
Sparkbrook South3715064th
Sparkhill North29233113rd
Springfield & Hall Green West4614290th
Stechford6127119th
Stirchley North & Selly Park4115257th
Stockland Green - Marsh Hill4306030th
Summerfield7887415th
Turves Green6877411th
Upper Witton3945544th
Wake Green East & Moseley Bog27133112nd
Ward End & Bromford West5734583rd
Warley South17628120th
Warley West26232115th
Washwood Heath5004965th
Weoley Castle4025162nd
West Heath27035108th
Winson Green & Gib Heath8857412th
Woodgate3725449th
Wythall & Gay Hill2904679th
Yardley3834582nd
Yardley Fields6115642nd
Yardley South3585932nd
Yardley Wood East17422126th
Yardley Wood West3205258th

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 BehaviourBrandwood North (12)Wythall & Gay Hill (173)
Bicycle TheftBordesley (1)Central (43)
BurglaryHandsworth Wood (7)Hawkesley (96)
Criminal Damage and ArsonYardley Wood East (6)Central (128)
DrugsMoseley (1)Central (119)
Other CrimeWarley South (1)Summerfield (26)
Other TheftYardley Wood East (5)Central (183)
Possession of WeaponsShort Heath (1)Central (66)
Public OrderHandsworth Wood (17)Central (278)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Old Oscott (1)Central (57)
ShopliftingEdgbaston North (1)Central (210)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ward End & Bromford West (1)Central (74)
Vehicle CrimeRubery East (4)Sparkbrook North (91)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHall Green Central (67)Central (570)

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 139% increase in anti-social behaviour. Birmingham saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 73% compared to May in 2019. Robbery saw a fall in every month of Birmingham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-1%+135%+139%+47%+3%+52%+60%+88%+139%+76%
Bicycle Theft-57%-38%-30%-2%-13%-25%-14%+58%+31%+21%
Burglary-24%-33%-34%-23%-25%-4%-4%0%-10%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-30%-14%-3%+2%+8%-2%0%+10%+8%
Drugs-34%-3%+9%-20%-21%-7%-20%-6%+32%+15%
Other Crime+5%-19%-4%+13%+14%-4%+59%+59%+36%+65%
Other Theft-16%-40%-41%-39%-19%-24%-12%-19%-11%-11%
Possession of Weapons-36%-11%-15%-6%-2%+9%+20%+29%+40%+74%
Public Order+4%+2%+36%+40%+26%+41%+49%+29%+43%+54%
Robbery-34%-60%-46%-23%-18%+1%-21%-26%-2%-23%
Shoplifting-36%-58%-55%-55%-45%-38%-22%-32%-20%-11%
Theft From the Person-20%-66%-73%-71%-40%-46%-24%-29%-40%-47%
Vehicle Crime-27%-42%-38%-33%-28%-11%+2%+1%-1%-9%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%0%+13%+24%+21%+32%+39%+32%+44%+48%

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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