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Crime and Safety in Chelmsley Wood

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Chelmsley Wood is the most dangerous small town in the West Midlands, and is the second most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chelmsley Wood in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the West Midlands rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chelmsley Wood is the 272nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,673rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Chelmsley Wood was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in the West Midlands for drugs, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Chelmsley Wood residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Chelmsley Wood recorded 20 reports of criminal damage and arson during February 2021, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Chelmsley Wood are violence and sexual offences, with 486 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 75% lower than 2020's figure of 851 offences and a difference of 26.45 from 2020's crime rate of 62. Chelmsley Wood's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Chelmsley Wood 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, The West Midlands

21% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chelmsley Wood is 21% higher than the West Midlands and 9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chelmsley Wood Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Chelmsley Wood 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 Chelmsley Wood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202167926
20201321,826
20191211,666
20181211,665
20171121,551
20161001,381

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 Behaviour1107.9718,6446.37 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.228190.28 27% safer
Burglary513.706,9632.38 36% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson574.1310,9033.72 10% more dangerous
Drugs362.613,0731.05 60% more dangerous
Other Crime241.742,8720.98 44% more dangerous
Other Theft372.687,4542.55 4.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.801,8320.63 21% more dangerous
Public Order1017.3213,5274.62 37% more dangerous
Robbery191.382,7330.93 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting433.124,7571.62 48% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.229760.33 50% safer
Vehicle Crime553.9911,0913.79 5% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences48635.2264,58922.05 37% more dangerous

Chelmsley Wood Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coseley89238.3175% safer
Darlaston93444.4951% safer
Wednesbury94648.7538% safer
Smith's Wood54650.4033% safer
Fordbridge47454.1624% safer
Chelmsley Wood92667.10-

Crime Over Time in Chelmsley Wood

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Recent Crimes in Chelmsley Wood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Box RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greenlands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ely CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Durham CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Theft from the personOn or near Moorend AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Larch CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022RobberyOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Braeside CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lumley GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hedgetree CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Helmswood DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Rowan WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hiker GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Wheatcroft DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Picton CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Box RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Birch CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Marlene CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Chelmsley Wood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2018218 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.20.650.22 Safer
Burglary10973.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1311124.1 Safer
Drugs1.81.92.72.6 Getting worse
Other Crime2.32.93.31.7 Safer
Other Theft64.262.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.61.12.00.80 Safer
Public Order69147 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.84.32.81.4 Safer
Shoplifting13973.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.20.510.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime1915134.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42506235 Safer

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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bluebell Recreation Ground3-21411.7

Comparing Chelmsley Wood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9368% safer
Birmingham49.6035% safer
Barnet67.080.03% safer
Chelmsley Wood67.10-
Croydon82.4819% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0325% more dangerous
Bristol90.5226% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0645% more dangerous
Bradford132.2849% more dangerous
Leeds150.9456% more dangerous

Crime in Chelmsley Wood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chelmsley Wood East59562First

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 December, when Chelmsley Wood saw a 900% increase in other crime. Chelmsley Wood saw a large fall in possession of weapons during April, when it fell by 75% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-60%+129%+80%+120%-11%-14%-22%-9%+71%+133%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+14%-25%-69%-70%-50%+100%-57%+129%-33%+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%+22%-45%-27%+33%-+13%-6%+85%+125%
Drugs---50%---+100%+150%+33%+60%
Other Crime-33%-60%+100%-+300%+200%+50%-60%-+900%
Other Theft+50%+20%+50%+20%+133%+67%+20%-43%+167%+17%
Possession of Weapons--75%--+100%+100%-+200%--
Public Order+58%-50%+25%+38%+100%+73%+78%+130%+71%+42%
Robbery-75%-63%--33%+50%-50%-20%-+250%-38%
Shoplifting-9%-73%-50%+225%-56%+30%-67%-40%-32%-56%
Theft From the Person-------50%--50%-
Vehicle Crime+7%-21%-57%-24%-7%-15%-41%+50%-28%+73%
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%+22%+23%+22%+35%+17%+19%+28%+18%+71%

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 the most dangerous small town 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.

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