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Crime and Safety in Smith's Wood

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Smith's Wood 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 Smith's Wood in 2021 was 50 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the West Midlands rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Smith's Wood is the 346th safest small town, and the 3,183rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Smith's Wood was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in the West Midlands for drugs, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Smith's Wood residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Smith's Wood recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Smith's Wood are violence and sexual offences, with 299 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 91% lower than 2020's figure of 570 offences and a difference of 25.01 from 2020's crime rate of 53. Smith's Wood's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Smith's Wood 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, The West Midlands

6% lower, regional crime rate

West Midlands

45% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Smith's Wood is 6% lower than the West Midlands and 45% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Smith's Wood Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Smith's 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 Smith's Wood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202150546
20201001,084
201988949
2018941,021
201774804
201661662

Crime in Smith's Wood Compared To West Midlands

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Summary of Crimes in Smith's Wood This Year

 Smith's WoodWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour625.7218,6446.37 11% safer
Burglary322.956,9632.38 19% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson555.0810,9033.72 27% more dangerous
Drugs131.203,0731.05 12% more dangerous
Other Crime111.022,8720.98 3.9% more dangerous
Other Theft181.667,4542.55 54% safer
Possession of Weapons60.551,8320.63 15% safer
Public Order504.6213,5274.620% safer
Robbery70.652,7330.93 43% safer
Theft From the Person20.189760.33 83% safer
Vehicle Crime534.8911,0913.79 22% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences29927.6064,58922.05 20% more dangerous

Smith's Wood Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Castle Bromwich37733.1052% safer
Brownhills78737.0936% safer
Coseley89238.3132% safer
Darlaston93444.4913% safer
Wednesbury94648.753.4% safer
Smith's Wood54650.40-
Fordbridge47454.167% more dangerous
Chelmsley Wood92667.1025% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Smith's Wood

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Recent Crimes in Smith's Wood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Birmingham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Auckland DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tame AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Ellice DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greenfinch RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Isis GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Burtons WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Vauxhall CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Barle GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Greenfinch CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022RobberyOn or near Hamble CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pheasant CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022DrugsOn or near Taw CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nightingale AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Burtons WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hillman GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Sanda CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Jersey CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Tame AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Riley DriveUnable to prosecute suspect

Smith's Wood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2113156 Safer
Burglary10963.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1814105 Safer
Drugs1.01.82.71.2 Safer
Other Crime1.61.42.11.0 Safer
Other Theft3.93.43.51.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.740.741.40.55 Safer
Public Order6594.6 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.72.31.80.65 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.090.180.18 Safer
Vehicle Crime1511104.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34385328 Safer

Changes In Smith's Wood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Smith's Wood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9326% safer
Birmingham49.601.6% safer
Smith's Wood50.40-
Barnet67.0825% more dangerous
Croydon82.4839% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0344% more dangerous
Bristol90.5244% more dangerous
Leicester111.5955% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0659% more dangerous
Bradford132.2862% more dangerous
Leeds150.9467% more dangerous

Crime in Smith's Wood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Smith's Wood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Smith's Wood saw a 500% increase in other theft. Smith's Wood saw a large fall in burglary during September, when it fell by 80% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%+50%+333%+47%+9%-30%-27%-18%+111%+17%
Burglary-33%-56%+100%-43%-70%+25%-80%-40%-44%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-67%+11%-25%+10%-33%+100%-27%-33%+100%-13%
Drugs---+50%--+50%+50%-50%-
Other Crime--+100%--50%----+25%
Other Theft-40%+50%---33%-67%-60%+150%+500%-67%
Possession of Weapons------+100%+100%+200%-
Public Order-+200%+67%+150%+125%+333%+100%-38%-20%-
Robbery+200%-60%+100%---75%-+200%--
Vehicle Crime-29%-27%-50%-63%-33%-44%+71%+18%-27%+64%
Violence and Sexual Offences+83%+32%-21%+211%+47%+12%+49%+42%+53%+35%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Smith's Wood

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

How dangerous is Smith's Wood?
Smith's Wood is the third most dangerous small town in the West Midlands.

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

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

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