Smethwick Crime Overview

Smethwick is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns in the West Midlands, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Smethwick in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 12% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Smethwick is the 80th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 952nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Smethwick was the worst medium-sized town in the West Midlands for drugs, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Smethwick residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Smethwick recorded 25 reports of burglary during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.47 the worst medium-sized town for burglary in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Smethwick are violence and sexual offences, with 2,034 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 1,751 offences and a difference of 5.27 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Smethwick's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 23 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 22% from 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

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Crime in Smethwick Compared To West Midlands

Summary of Crimes in Smethwick This Year

 SmethwickWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour88916.5754,08418.4711% safer
Bicycle Theft230.432,2770.7881% safer
Burglary2825.2619,5956.6927% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3145.8521,9107.4828% safer
Drugs1352.525,9122.0220% more dangerous
Other Crime711.325,4801.8742% safer
Other Theft2384.4416,5355.6527% safer
Possession of Weapons601.123,2831.120% safer
Public Order3937.3223,7988.1311% safer
Robbery1472.746,8322.3315% more dangerous
Shoplifting1623.0211,5353.9430% safer
Theft From the Person230.432,1620.7472% safer
Vehicle Crime4728.8026,8569.174.2% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,03437.90120,78041.249% safer

Smethwick Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kingswinford2,60050.8859% safer
Aldridge2,16154.7648% safer
Halesowen3,44057.6541% safer
Sedgley1,91261.2333% safer
Rowley Regis2,80678.403.5% safer
Smethwick4,35481.14-
Willenhall4,50184.964.5% more dangerous
Bloxwich4,64888.979% more dangerous
Oldbury2,43094.4114% more dangerous
Brierley Hill3,09796.3316% more dangerous
Tipton4,48699.0718% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Smethwick

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Smethwick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15121017Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.450.800.340.43Safer
Burglary7875Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8776Safer
Drugs1.61.82.42.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.611.11.21.3Getting worse
Other Theft4.654.24.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.540.671.1Getting worse
Public Order2.94.14.97Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.72.93.02.7Safer
Shoplifting4.44.363.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.910.450.43Safer
Vehicle Crime101289Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19263338Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7120% safer
Coventry77.414.8% safer
Smethwick81.14-
Croydon83.222.5% more dangerous
Sheffield85.815% more dangerous
Bristol86.216% more dangerous
Leicester97.4417% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8721% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2824% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% more dangerous

Crime in Smethwick's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bearwood & Warley Woods78770Fifth
Smethwick East1,585111First
Smethwick North & West1,17488Second
Smethwick South77279Fourth
Warley East63780Third

Smethwick Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Smethwick for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSmethwick South (132)Smethwick East (411)
Bicycle TheftWarley East (2)Bearwood & Warley Woods (7)
BurglarySmethwick South (35)Warley East (66)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBearwood & Warley Woods (48)Smethwick East (102)
DrugsBearwood & Warley Woods (13)Smethwick North & West (51)
Other CrimeBearwood & Warley Woods (10)Smethwick North & West (24)
Other TheftSmethwick South (32)Smethwick East (102)
Possession of WeaponsSmethwick South (6)Smethwick East (36)
Public OrderBearwood & Warley Woods (65)Smethwick East (149)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Smethwick South (21)Bearwood & Warley Woods (46)
ShopliftingWarley East (4)Smethwick East (91)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Warley East (1)Smethwick East (17)
Vehicle CrimeSmethwick North & West (95)Bearwood & Warley Woods (127)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBearwood & Warley Woods (290)Smethwick East (714)

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021