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Crime and Safety in Fordbridge

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Fordbridge is the third most dangerous small 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 Fordbridge in 2021 was 134 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 12% higher than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Fordbridge is the 27th most dangerous small town, and the 247th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Fordbridge was the worst small town in the West Midlands for criminal damage and arson, with 20 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Fordbridge residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Fordbridge recorded 6 reports of other crime during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.69 the worst small town for other crime in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Fordbridge are violence and sexual offences, with 645 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 74. This is 29% higher than 2020's figure of 459 offences and a difference of 21.25 from 2020's crime rate of 52. Fordbridge's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Fordbridge 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, The West Midlands

33% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

43% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Fordbridge is 33% higher than the West Midlands and 43% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Fordbridge Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Fordbridge 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 Fordbridge

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211341,169
2020113987
201995831
201885740
201775660
201673639

Crime in Fordbridge Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Fordbridge This Year

 FordbridgeWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10411.8835,99312.29 3.5% safer
Bicycle Theft40.462,4390.83 80% safer
Burglary434.9118,7756.41 31% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12914.7428,3539.68 34% more dangerous
Drugs262.977,3552.51 15% more dangerous
Other Crime212.406,6712.28 5% more dangerous
Other Theft445.0320,3016.93 38% safer
Possession of Weapons242.745,4861.87 32% more dangerous
Public Order12614.4035,21512.02 17% more dangerous
Robbery161.837,4092.53 38% safer
Shoplifting50.5712,9874.43 677% safer
Theft From the Person30.343,2021.09 221% safer
Vehicle Crime839.4829,93010.22 8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences64573.70166,64156.90 23% more dangerous

Fordbridge Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Castle Bromwich89778.7570% safer
Brownhills2,04196.2039% safer
Coseley2,29098.3436% safer
Darlaston2,496118.8912% safer
Smith's Wood1,341123.788% safer
Fordbridge1,169133.57-
Wednesbury2,615134.770.89% more dangerous
Chelmsley Wood2,366171.4522% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Fordbridge

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Recent Crimes in Fordbridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Craneberry RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Heathmere DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Chester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Perch AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lowerstack CroftAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Buckden CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Yorklea CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brickhill DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oak CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodclose RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bosworth DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Tower CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moat CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Kelsull CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yorklea CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hilleys CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Moat CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Kington GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Bosworth DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grandys CroftUnable to prosecute suspect

Fordbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17151612 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.30.690.460.46 Safer
Burglary111194.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson811915 Getting worse
Drugs2.21.62.73.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.82.92.4 Getting worse
Other Theft54.13.75 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.911.01.12.7 Getting worse
Public Order4.74.61114 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)3.13.02.61.8 Safer
Shoplifting1.30.460.230.57 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.230.110.340.34 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1215179 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32405274 Getting worse

Changes In Fordbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Fordbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0899% safer
Croydon82.4862% safer
Sheffield90.0548% safer
Bristol90.5248% safer
Coventry102.2431% safer
Leicester111.5920% safer
Liverpool123.069% safer
Birmingham129.643.0% safer
Bradford132.280.98% safer
Fordbridge133.57-
Leeds150.9412% more dangerous

Crime in Fordbridge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Fordbridge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Fordbridge saw a 700% increase in drugs. Fordbridge saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during March, when it fell by 83% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-83%+47%+89%-36%+67%+325%+240%+167%-6%+60%
Burglary+14%+250%-50%-+17%-14%-30%+67%--56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-54%-56%+60%+167%+43%-82%+83%---17%
Drugs---33%--50%-+300%-+700%-50%
Other Crime-------+67%+300%+50%
Other Theft---25%+500%-50%-75%-+33%--50%
Possession of Weapons--------50%+100%-
Public Order+200%-80%+150%+67%+333%+200%+550%+50%+450%-
Robbery+50%-75%--------40%
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime+20%-33%-45%-42%+150%-38%+46%+340%-41%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-27%+8%-11%+111%+33%+16%+2%+44%+107%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Fordbridge

What police force serves Fordbridge?
Fordbridge's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.

How dangerous is Fordbridge?
Fordbridge is the third most dangerous small town in the West Midlands.

What is Fordbridge's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Fordbridge are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Fordbridge?
Fordbridge's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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