Brownhills Crime Overview

Brownhills is the third most dangerous small town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brownhills in 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 28% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brownhills is the 188th most dangerous small town, and the 1,359th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Brownhills was the worst small town in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Brownhills residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.94 per 1,000 residents. Brownhills recorded 5 reports of other crime during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for other crime in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Brownhills are violence and sexual offences, with 703 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 19% higher than 2019's figure of 567 offences and a difference of 6.41 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Brownhills's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 233% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Crime in Brownhills Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Brownhills This Year

 BrownhillsWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31314.7554,08418.4725% safer
Bicycle Theft70.332,2770.78136% safer
Burglary974.5719,5956.6946% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1386.5021,9107.4815% safer
Drugs210.995,9122.02104% safer
Other Crime421.985,4801.876% more dangerous
Other Theft713.3516,5355.6569% safer
Possession of Weapons160.753,2831.1249% safer
Public Order1014.7623,7988.1371% safer
Robbery180.856,8322.33174% safer
Shoplifting763.5811,5353.9410% safer
Theft From the Person30.142,1620.74429% safer
Vehicle Crime21610.1826,8569.1710% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences70333.13120,78041.2424% safer

Brownhills Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fordbridge40646.3953% safer
Kingshurst39247.6549% safer
Chelmsley Wood79157.3224% safer
Smith's Wood67161.9315% safer
Coseley1,62969.961.7% safer
Brownhills1,50971.12-
Darlaston2,158102.7931% more dangerous
Wednesbury2,139110.2435% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brownhills

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Recent Crimes in Brownhills

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chester RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2021Public orderOn or near Common SideAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Common SideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Seeds LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021BurglaryOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warren PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warren PlaceAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Other crimeOn or near Link RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridgeside CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridgeside CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maybrook RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maybrook RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Brownhills Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17131315Safer
Bicycle Theft0.660.710.710.33Safer
Burglary9874.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8796Safer
Drugs0.280.470.850.99Getting worse
Other Crime0.571.32.12.0Getting worse
Other Theft4.04.853.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.190.520.570.75Getting worse
Public Order2.64.464.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.00.990.85Safer
Shoplifting3.655.03.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.280.380.470.14Safer
Vehicle Crime8101110Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences17232733Getting worse

Changes In Brownhills's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Brownhills's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Brownhills that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bradbury Park--1-313.3

Comparing Brownhills to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.715% safer
Brownhills71.12-
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2215% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2118% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Brownhills's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brownhills50481Second
Walsall Wood53183First

Crime in Brownhills During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brownhills change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Brownhills saw a 155% increase in vehicle crime. Brownhills saw a large fall in other theft during September, when it fell by 83% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-35%+55%+45%+38%-22%--+95%+29%+53%
Bicycle Theft---67%-------
Burglary+38%-43%-38%-63%+11%-46%-46%-50%-69%-79%
Criminal Damage and Arson-42%-27%-29%-17%-29%-19%-25%-27%-31%-18%
Drugs----75%+33%---50%--50%
Other Crime-67%-25%-+67%+25%+50%-+25%-25%-
Other Theft+14%-50%+75%-17%-77%-31%-83%-75%-29%-64%
Possession of Weapons------+150%-+50%-
Public Order-13%-63%-25%+57%+13%-29%-36%-42%-36%+75%
Robbery-----75%---67%--50%
Shoplifting-42%-71%+67%-50%+50%-69%-25%+25%+25%-17%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+155%--69%-42%-64%-53%-56%-69%-25%-6%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-31%+29%+36%+10%+64%+55%-2%+55%+48%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brownhills

What police force serves Brownhills?
Brownhills's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Brownhills?
Brownhills is the third most dangerous small town in the West Midlands.
What is Brownhills's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brownhills are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brownhills?
Brownhills's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021