Smith's Wood Crime Overview

Smith's Wood is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in the West Midlands, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Smith's Wood in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 47% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Smith's Wood is the 289th most dangerous small town, and the 1,933rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Smith's Wood was the worst small town in the West Midlands for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Smith's Wood residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Smith's Wood recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst small town for bicycle theft in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Smith's Wood are violence and sexual offences, with 366 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 35% higher than 2019's figure of 239 offences and a difference of 11.72 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Smith's Wood's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Smith's Wood Compared To West Midlands

Summary of Crimes in Smith's Wood This Year

 Smith's WoodWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour928.4954,08418.47118% safer
Burglary413.7819,5956.6977% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson605.5421,9107.4835% safer
Drugs191.755,9122.0215% safer
Other Crime141.295,4801.8745% safer
Other Theft222.0316,5355.65178% safer
Possession of Weapons80.743,2831.1251% safer
Public Order544.9823,7988.1363% safer
Robbery151.386,8322.3369% safer
Shoplifting20.1811,5353.942089% safer
Theft From the Person10.092,1620.74722% safer
Vehicle Crime696.3726,8569.1744% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36633.78120,78041.2422% safer

Smith's Wood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Castle Bromwich36231.7895% safer
Fordbridge40646.3933% safer
Kingshurst39247.6530% safer
Chelmsley Wood79157.328% safer
Smith's Wood67161.93-
Coseley1,62969.9611% more dangerous
Brownhills1,50971.1213% more dangerous
Darlaston2,158102.7940% more dangerous
Wednesbury2,139110.2444% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Smith's Wood

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Smith's Wood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour141268Safer
Burglary4.1653.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson71086Safer
Drugs0.370.371.01.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.650.460.741.3Getting worse
Other Theft2.02.41.72.0No change
Possession of Weapons0.280.090.280.74Getting worse
Public Order2.02.83.35.0Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.831.11.61.4Getting worse
Shoplifting0.180.74-0.18Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.37-0.09Safer
Vehicle Crime9776Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14182234Getting worse

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

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

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Smith's Wood61.93-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% 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 August, when Smith's Wood saw a 600% increase in criminal damage and arson. Smith's Wood saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 80% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+75%+160%+300%+17%+25%-38%-13%+100%-
Burglary-67%-75%+400%+50%-75%-40%-75%--50%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson-79%-71%-75%+125%-14%+600%-+33%+25%-18%
Drugs--50%-----+100%--
Other Crime-+50%------+100%+50%
Other Theft-50%+100%-+33%-50%--50%---67%
Public Order-+40%+33%+25%+150%-+300%-40%-50%+33%
Robbery--50%----75%-+100%--
Vehicle Crime-40%+40%-75%-80%-44%+25%+120%+80%-50%+57%
Violence and Sexual Offences+157%+25%-30%+255%+75%+61%+70%+21%+100%+34%

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 among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021