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Crime and Safety in Brierley Hill, West Midlands

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Brierley Hill is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brierley Hill in 2021 was 126 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brierley Hill is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 286th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Brierley Hill was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for shoplifting, with 34 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 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 4 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Brierley Hill recorded 10 reports of drugs during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Brierley Hill are violence and sexual offences, with 1,971 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 33% higher than 2020's figure of 1,324 offences and a difference of 20.13 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Brierley Hill's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 12 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Brierley Hill 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, The West Midlands

29% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

39% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Brierley Hill is 29% higher than the West Midlands and 39% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Brierley Hill Crime Rate Over Time

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Brierley Hill Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Brierley Hill

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211264,047
2020963,097
2019963,074
20181043,331
20171063,396
2016882,829

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 Behaviour38712.0435,99312.29 2.1% safer
Bicycle Theft120.372,4390.83 124% safer
Burglary1805.6018,7756.41 14% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3099.6128,3539.68 0.73% safer
Drugs692.157,3552.51 17% safer
Other Crime892.776,6712.28 18% more dangerous
Other Theft2016.2520,3016.93 11% safer
Possession of Weapons421.315,4861.87 43% safer
Public Order43013.3835,21512.02 10% more dangerous
Robbery551.717,4092.53 48% safer
Shoplifting36911.4812,9874.43 61% more dangerous
Theft From the Person280.873,2021.09 25% safer
Vehicle Crime2929.0829,93010.22 13% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,97161.31166,64156.90 7% more dangerous

Brierley Hill Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rowley Regis3,57799.9426% safer
Smethwick5,754107.2217% safer
Willenhall6,064114.4710% safer
Tipton5,334117.797% safer
Bloxwich6,444123.352.1% safer
Brierley Hill4,047125.88-
Oldbury3,325129.182.6% more dangerous
Bilston5,483163.5823% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brierley Hill

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Recent Crimes in Brierley Hill

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Waterfront EastInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lower Derry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Birch AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Brandon WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brompton DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near New TownInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Bent StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blackhorse LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moor StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Pensnett RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Charles RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Silver StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Raglan StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Waterfront EastUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woburn DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Brierley Hill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16121712 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.400.280.370.37 Safer
Burglary11876 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson910810 Safer
Drugs1.21.31.62.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.41.72.8 Getting worse
Other Theft8766 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.650.680.901.3 Getting worse
Public Order66913 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.22.21.71.7 Safer
Shoplifting1712911 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.840.780.87 Safer
Vehicle Crime151299 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29344161 Getting worse

Changes In Brierley Hill's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Brierley Hill to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0888% safer
Croydon82.4853% safer
Sheffield90.0540% safer
Bristol90.5239% safer
Coventry102.2423% safer
Leicester111.5913% safer
Liverpool123.062.3% safer
Brierley Hill125.88-
Birmingham129.642.9% more dangerous
Bradford132.284.8% more dangerous
Leeds150.9417% more dangerous

Crime in Brierley Hill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Amblecote East31447Third
Brierley Hill2,269292First
Quarry Bank79590Second
Withymoor Village22642Fourth

Brierley Hill Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWithymoor Village (13)Brierley Hill (224)
Bicycle TheftQuarry Bank (1)Brierley Hill (11)
BurglaryAmblecote East (15)Brierley Hill (84)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWithymoor Village (20)Brierley Hill (158)
DrugsWithymoor Village (2)Brierley Hill (36)
Other CrimeAmblecote East (6)Brierley Hill (38)
Other TheftAmblecote East (9)Brierley Hill (123)
Possession of WeaponsAmblecote East (1)Brierley Hill (30)
Public OrderWithymoor Village (12)Brierley Hill (257)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Withymoor Village (2)Brierley Hill (44)
ShopliftingAmblecote East (1)Brierley Hill (320)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Quarry Bank (2)Brierley Hill (24)
Vehicle CrimeAmblecote East (38)Brierley Hill (136)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWithymoor Village (101)Brierley Hill (1,008)

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.

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