Chelmsley Wood Crime Overview

Chelmsley Wood is among the top 5 safest small towns 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 Chelmsley Wood in 2020 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 59% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chelmsley Wood is the 353rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,309th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Chelmsley Wood was the worst small town in the West Midlands for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Chelmsley Wood residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Chelmsley Wood recorded 4 reports of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst small town for possession of weapons in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Chelmsley Wood are violence and sexual offences, with 404 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 330 offences and a difference of 5.37 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Chelmsley Wood's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Chelmsley Wood Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Chelmsley Wood This Year

 Chelmsley WoodWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13810.0054,08418.4785% safer
Bicycle Theft30.222,2770.78255% safer
Burglary433.1219,5956.69114% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson805.8021,9107.4829% safer
Drugs181.305,9122.0255% safer
Other Crime251.815,4801.873.3% safer
Other Theft282.0316,5355.65178% safer
Possession of Weapons100.723,2831.1256% safer
Public Order695.0023,7988.1363% safer
Robbery130.946,8322.33148% safer
Shoplifting110.8011,5353.94392% safer
Vehicle Crime876.3026,8569.1746% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40429.28120,78041.2441% safer

Chelmsley Wood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Castle Bromwich36231.7880% safer
Fordbridge40646.3924% safer
Kingshurst39247.6520% safer
Chelmsley Wood79157.32-
Smith's Wood67161.937% more dangerous
Coseley1,62969.9618% more dangerous
Brownhills1,50971.1219% more dangerous
Darlaston2,158102.7944% more dangerous
Wednesbury2,139110.2448% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chelmsley Wood

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Recent Crimes in Chelmsley Wood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Larch CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ely CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021BurglaryOn or near Arbor WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near Arbor WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arbor WayAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arbor WayAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2021Other crimeOn or near Arbor WayAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Public orderOn or near Maple Leaf DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near Chelmsley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Public orderOn or near Chelmsley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rowan WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Compton CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Compton CroftUnable to prosecute suspect

Chelmsley Wood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour139810Safer
Bicycle Theft0.800.510.220.22Safer
Burglary4.553.63.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Drugs0.870.580.801.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.61.71.8Getting worse
Other Theft2.22.21.62.0Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.220.510.650.72Getting worse
Public Order2.01.94.45Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.51.90.94Safer
Shoplifting4.42.82.30.80Safer
Vehicle Crime9976Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16172429Getting worse

Changes In Chelmsley Wood's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chelmsley Wood's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bluebell Recreation Ground3-21411.7

Comparing Chelmsley Wood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsley Wood57.32-
Barnet67.7115% more dangerous
Coventry77.4126% more dangerous
Croydon83.2231% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8133% more dangerous
Bristol86.2134% more dangerous
Leicester97.4441% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8744% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2847% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1058% more dangerous

Crime in Chelmsley Wood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chelmsley Wood East1,187123First

Crime in Chelmsley Wood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chelmsley Wood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Chelmsley Wood saw a 700% increase in public order. Chelmsley Wood saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during March, when it fell by 75% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-75%+163%+100%+50%+13%-17%-13%-31%+129%+25%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-+25%-67%--75%+150%-50%+117%+17%+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%+43%+13%-71%-13%+100%+8%-11%+67%+267%
Drugs-+200%-------+50%
Other Crime-67%-67%--+100%+400%---+500%
Other Theft--50%+50%-33%-+100%+400%--50%+100%
Possession of Weapons--67%---+100%----
Public Order-20%-50%-30%-50%+133%+17%+700%+250%+300%-
Robbery----67%--50%--50%--
Shoplifting-67%----50%----67%-
Vehicle Crime--25%-54%-30%-20%+43%-73%+550%-13%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-42%-8%+28%+28%+35%+74%+44%+3%+31%+46%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chelmsley Wood

What police force serves Chelmsley Wood?
Chelmsley Wood's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Chelmsley Wood?
Chelmsley Wood is among the top 5 safest small towns in the West Midlands.
What is Chelmsley Wood's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Chelmsley Wood are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Chelmsley Wood?
Chelmsley Wood's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021