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Crime and Safety in Smethwick, West Midlands

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Smethwick is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns in the West Midlands, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Smethwick in 2021 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the West Midlands rate of 118 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Smethwick is the 42nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 481st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Smethwick was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for drugs, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Smethwick residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for other theft, recording 40 crimes at a rate of 0.75 per 1,000 residents. Smethwick recorded 8 reports of bicycle theft during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Smethwick are violence and sexual offences, with 2,935 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 55. This is 31% higher than 2020's figure of 2,034 offences and a difference of 16.79 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Smethwick's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 39 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 41% from 2020's figure of 23 crimes.

Smethwick 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, The West Midlands

17% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

29% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Smethwick is 17% higher than the West Midlands and 29% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Smethwick Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Smethwick 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 Smethwick

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211075,754
2020814,354
2019784,197
2018743,993
2017623,314
2016593,141

Crime in Smethwick Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Smethwick This Year

 SmethwickWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour56310.4935,99312.29 17% safer
Bicycle Theft390.732,4390.83 14% safer
Burglary2654.9418,7756.41 30% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3977.4028,3539.68 31% safer
Drugs1653.077,3552.51 18% more dangerous
Other Crime1051.966,6712.28 16% safer
Other Theft3476.4720,3016.93 7% safer
Possession of Weapons741.385,4861.87 36% safer
Public Order5139.5635,21512.02 26% safer
Robbery1582.947,4092.53 14% more dangerous
Shoplifting1613.0012,9874.43 48% safer
Theft From the Person480.893,2021.09 22% safer
Vehicle Crime54710.1929,93010.22 0.29% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,93554.69166,64156.90 4.0% safer

Smethwick Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingswinford3,26363.8668% safer
Halesowen4,11969.0355% safer
Aldridge2,99875.9641% safer
Sedgley2,50880.3233% safer
Rowley Regis3,57799.947% safer
Smethwick5,754107.22-
Willenhall6,064114.476% more dangerous
Tipton5,334117.799% more dangerous
Bloxwich6,444123.3513% more dangerous
Brierley Hill4,047125.8815% more dangerous
Oldbury3,325129.1817% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Smethwick

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Recent Crimes in Smethwick

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Little Moor HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Reginald RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cheshire RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rawlings RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milcote RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Norman RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greenfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Beechwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Short RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Weston RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Ethel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Curtis CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nine LeasowesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Unketts RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Smith CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Little Moor HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Mary'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheshire RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Edgbaston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Smethwick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12101710 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.800.340.430.73 Getting worse
Burglary8754.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7767 Getting worse
Drugs1.82.42.53.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.32.0 Getting worse
Other Theft54.24.46 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.540.671.11.4 Getting worse
Public Order4.14.9710 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.93.02.72.9 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.363.03.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.910.450.430.89 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime128910 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences26333855 Getting worse

Changes In Smethwick's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Smethwick's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Smethwick that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Londonderry Playing Fields----431.3
Smethwick Hall Park----100.28

Comparing Smethwick to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0860% safer
Croydon82.4830% safer
Sheffield90.0519% safer
Bristol90.5218% safer
Coventry102.244.9% safer
Smethwick107.22-
Leicester111.593.9% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0613% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6417% more dangerous
Bradford132.2819% more dangerous
Leeds150.9429% more dangerous

Crime in Smethwick's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bearwood & Warley Woods1,178105Third
Smethwick East2,150150First
Smethwick North & West1,565117Second
Smethwick South96698Fifth
Warley East800101Fourth

Smethwick Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSmethwick South (92)Smethwick East (233)
Bicycle TheftWarley East (1)Smethwick East (32)
BurglarySmethwick South (34)Smethwick East (90)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBearwood & Warley Woods (71)Smethwick East (162)
DrugsBearwood & Warley Woods (26)Smethwick East (57)
Other CrimeBearwood & Warley Woods (15)Smethwick North & West (32)
Other TheftWarley East (33)Smethwick East (159)
Possession of WeaponsWarley East (7)Smethwick East (35)
Public OrderSmethwick South (66)Smethwick East (206)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Warley East (15)Smethwick East (66)
ShopliftingWarley East (3)Bearwood & Warley Woods (93)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Warley East (1)Bearwood & Warley Woods (19)
Vehicle CrimeSmethwick South (73)Smethwick East (218)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBearwood & Warley Woods (496)Smethwick East (998)

Crime in Smethwick During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Smethwick change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Smethwick saw a 1,000% increase in possession of weapons. Smethwick saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 98% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+16%+119%+218%+56%+33%+48%+105%+67%+135%+78%
Bicycle Theft-+300%+100%+200%-33%+33%----
Burglary-42%-71%-45%-4%-33%-+9%+3%-38%+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-34%-46%-37%-22%+40%-13%-37%+52%-35%
Drugs+11%+57%+30%-40%+73%-40%+71%-79%+50%-38%
Other Crime-13%+125%-14%-75%-14%-+100%--17%-
Other Theft-39%-31%-13%-9%-43%-+100%+38%+11%+91%
Possession of Weapons-50%-+40%-40%--+100%+33%+1,000%+200%
Public Order+35%-37%+32%+100%+83%+71%+58%+28%+100%+32%
Robbery+29%-58%-13%-69%-32%+67%+22%-8%+50%+62%
Shoplifting-77%-98%-53%-68%-69%+4%+193%-29%-45%-53%
Theft From the Person------50%+300%-67%-50%+50%
Vehicle Crime-30%+4%-19%-+3%+9%+49%+38%+173%-14%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%+3%-19%+9%+9%+30%+52%+1%+29%+4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Smethwick

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

How dangerous is Smethwick?
Smethwick is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns in the West Midlands.

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

What is the least common crime in Smethwick?
Smethwick's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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