Fordbridge Crime Overview

Fordbridge is the second safest small town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 5 safest overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Fordbridge in 2020 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 96% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Fordbridge is the 340th safest small town, and the 3,471st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Fordbridge was the worst small town in the West Midlands for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2017 was also a bad month for Fordbridge residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.34 per 1,000 residents. Fordbridge recorded 2 reports of drugs during September 2017, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst small town for drugs in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Fordbridge are violence and sexual offences, with 208 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 22% higher than 2019's figure of 163 offences and a difference of 5.15 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Fordbridge's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Fordbridge Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Fordbridge This Year

 FordbridgeWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour718.1154,08418.47128% safer
Bicycle Theft10.112,2770.78609% safer
Burglary394.4619,5956.6950% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson303.4321,9107.48118% safer
Drugs70.805,9122.02152% safer
Other Crime111.265,4801.8748% safer
Other Theft101.1416,5355.65396% safer
Possession of Weapons50.573,2831.1296% safer
Public Order293.3123,7988.13146% safer
Robbery80.916,8322.33156% safer
Theft From the Person10.112,1620.74573% safer
Vehicle Crime576.5126,8569.1741% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20823.77120,78041.2473% safer

Fordbridge Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Castle Bromwich36231.7846% safer
Fordbridge40646.39-
Kingshurst39247.652.6% more dangerous
Chelmsley Wood79157.3219% more dangerous
Smith's Wood67161.9325% more dangerous
Coseley1,62969.9634% more dangerous
Brownhills1,50971.1235% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Fordbridge

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Recent Crimes in Fordbridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2021Other crimeOn or near A452Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Witney DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021BurglaryOn or near Coleford DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Coleford DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Buckden CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elmore CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maytree CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maytree CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maytree CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tower CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tower CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021BurglaryOn or near Perch AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021RobberyOn or near Perch AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Perch AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Perch AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lowerstack CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Hilleys CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hilleys CroftAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Fordbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour974.88Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.230.23-0.11Safer
Burglary4.14.93.94.5Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson53.04.73.4Safer
Drugs0.690.690.460.80Getting worse
Other Crime0.570.460.691.3Getting worse
Other Theft1.81.81.41.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.34-0.57Getting worse
Public Order1.41.71.53.3Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.60.911.00.91Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.110.110.11No change
Vehicle Crime8567Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences9151924Getting worse

Changes In Fordbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Fordbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Fordbridge46.39-
Barnet67.7131% more dangerous
Coventry77.4140% more dangerous
Croydon83.2244% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2146% more dangerous
Leicester97.4452% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% 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 October, when Fordbridge saw a 800% increase in anti-social behaviour. Fordbridge saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during August, when it fell by 86% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-67%+17%+150%-+150%+200%-+800%--50%
Burglary-+200%-+200%+300%-67%-25%+25%+50%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson--75%-33%+150%--86%+200%-+33%-
Drugs--50%------+200%-
Other Crime-------+50%--
Other Theft-----50%-75%-+100%--50%
Public Order--67%+400%+200%--+200%+100%-+50%
Robbery----------
Vehicle Crime-33%-75%--33%+67%--33%+133%-50%-60%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%-19%+36%-+90%+100%-38%-14%+40%+64%

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 second safest 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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021