Brierley Hill Crime Overview

Brierley Hill is the third most dangerous medium-sized town 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 Brierley Hill in 2020 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 5% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brierley Hill is the 43rd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 567th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Brierley Hill was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for shoplifting, with 57 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Brierley Hill residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for theft from the person, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Brierley Hill recorded 8 reports of bicycle theft during September 2017, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Brierley Hill are violence and sexual offences, with 1,324 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 1,102 offences and a difference of 6.90 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Brierley Hill's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 25% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Brierley Hill Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Brierley Hill This Year

 Brierley HillWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour55717.3354,08418.477% safer
Bicycle Theft120.372,2770.78111% safer
Burglary2136.6319,5956.690.90% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2618.1221,9107.488% more dangerous
Drugs501.565,9122.0229% safer
Other Crime541.685,4801.8711% safer
Other Theft1845.7216,5355.651.2% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons290.903,2831.1224% safer
Public Order2949.1423,7988.1311% more dangerous
Robbery561.746,8322.3334% safer
Shoplifting3059.4911,5353.9458% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.782,1620.745% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2909.0226,8569.171.7% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,32441.18120,78041.240.15% safer

Brierley Hill Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rowley Regis2,80678.4023% safer
Smethwick4,35481.1419% safer
Willenhall4,50184.9613% safer
Bloxwich4,64888.978% safer
Oldbury2,43094.412.0% safer
Brierley Hill3,09796.33-
Tipton4,48699.072.8% more dangerous
Bilston4,303128.3825% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brierley Hill

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Recent Crimes in Brierley Hill

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
July 2021Other crimeOn or near Tarvin MewsFurther action is not in the public interest
May 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A4100Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High Ercal AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wallows PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Other theftOn or near Dudley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dudley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheriff DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheriff DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Leys RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leys RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Other theftOn or near Church HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Other crimeOn or near Anne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nagersfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Other crimeOn or near Fenton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Brierley Hill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23161217Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.20.400.280.37Safer
Burglary91187Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson129108Safer
Drugs1.21.21.31.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.61.41.7Getting worse
Other Theft13876Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.650.680.90Getting worse
Public Order6669Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.72.22.21.7Safer
Shoplifting2117129Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.781.10.840.78Safer
Vehicle Crime1615129Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23293441Getting worse

Changes In Brierley Hill's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Brierley Hill to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7142% safer
Coventry77.4124% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8112% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Brierley Hill96.33-
Leicester97.441.1% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Brierley Hill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Amblecote East23735Fourth
Brierley Hill1,686217First
Quarry Bank62070Second
Withymoor Village19236Third

Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWithymoor Village (43)Brierley Hill (269)
Bicycle TheftAmblecote East (1)Brierley Hill (8)
BurglaryWithymoor Village (21)Brierley Hill (69)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAmblecote East (18)Brierley Hill (127)
DrugsWithymoor Village (1)Brierley Hill (39)
Other CrimeAmblecote East (2)Brierley Hill (27)
Other TheftAmblecote East (5)Brierley Hill (114)
Possession of WeaponsAmblecote East (2)Brierley Hill (17)
Public OrderWithymoor Village (9)Brierley Hill (146)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Withymoor Village (3)Brierley Hill (34)
ShopliftingAmblecote East (11)Brierley Hill (247)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Amblecote East (1)Brierley Hill (24)
Vehicle CrimeQuarry Bank (45)Brierley Hill (151)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAmblecote East (89)Brierley Hill (683)

Crime in Brierley Hill During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brierley Hill change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Brierley Hill saw a 600% increase in other crime. Brierley Hill saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-23%+95%+102%--11%+26%+90%+116%+231%+130%
Bicycle Theft---+300%--+100%---
Burglary-16%+7%-72%-61%-61%+23%+15%-10%+15%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-52%-35%-38%-22%+50%+43%-4%+45%-26%+9%
Drugs-33%-50%-50%+150%-25%+33%-25%+67%+100%-14%
Other Crime-+33%-67%+100%+600%+25%+150%--25%+60%
Other Theft+7%-50%-57%-70%+100%+18%+25%+7%-30%+90%
Possession of Weapons--25%--+100%+200%+150%-67%+33%-
Public Order+50%-+56%+61%+81%+138%+52%-20%+24%+39%
Robbery+200%+100%-86%-44%+33%-38%+133%-+25%-40%
Shoplifting-33%-61%-66%-72%-58%+15%+13%+68%-29%-4%
Theft From the Person---50%-50%+200%+50%---50%-33%
Vehicle Crime--25%-76%-69%-49%-31%+20%+4%-26%+24%
Violence and Sexual Offences+6%-7%-9%+24%+36%+24%+4%+37%+15%+59%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brierley Hill

What police force serves Brierley Hill?
Brierley Hill's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Brierley Hill?
Brierley Hill is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in the West Midlands.
What is Brierley Hill's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brierley Hill are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brierley Hill?
Brierley Hill's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021