Sutton Coldfield Crime Overview

Sutton Coldfield is the safest major town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sutton Coldfield in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 88% lower than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sutton Coldfield is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 3,241st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Sutton Coldfield was the worst major town in the West Midlands for possession of weapons, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Sutton Coldfield residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous major town for shoplifting, recording 52 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Sutton Coldfield recorded 78 reports of vehicle crime during September 2019, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst major town for vehicle crime in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in Sutton Coldfield are violence and sexual offences, with 2,130 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 19% higher than 2019's figure of 1,719 offences and a difference of 3.82 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Sutton Coldfield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 24 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 30 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Sutton Coldfield This Year

 Sutton ColdfieldWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,20811.2354,08418.4764% safer
Bicycle Theft310.292,2770.78169% safer
Burglary4544.2219,5956.6959% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3403.1621,9107.48137% safer
Drugs790.735,9122.02177% safer
Other Crime800.745,4801.87153% safer
Other Theft3563.3116,5355.6571% safer
Possession of Weapons500.463,2831.12143% safer
Public Order4474.1623,7988.1395% safer
Robbery1421.326,8322.3377% safer
Shoplifting3563.3111,5353.9419% safer
Theft From the Person240.222,1620.74236% safer
Vehicle Crime7166.6626,8569.1738% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,13019.81120,78041.24108% safer

Crime in Sutton Coldfield Compared To West Midlands

Sutton Coldfield Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton Coldfield5,20548.40-
Stourbridge3,95361.1721% more dangerous
Solihull6,63361.2021% more dangerous
Dudley8,739103.0453% more dangerous
West Bromwich8,610109.0156% more dangerous
Walsall8,065110.1456% more dangerous

Sutton Coldfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour119711Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.770.720.270.29Safer
Burglary7974.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.03.84.23.2Safer
Drugs0.650.810.710.73Getting worse
Other Crime0.470.590.620.74Getting worse
Other Theft664.43.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.260.400.46Getting worse
Public Order2.22.83.64.2Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.21.21.3Getting worse
Shoplifting7553.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.400.280.22Safer
Vehicle Crime8977Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10131620Getting worse

Changes In Sutton Coldfield's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Sutton Coldfield to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton Coldfield48.40-
Barnet67.7129% more dangerous
Coventry77.4137% more dangerous
Croydon83.2242% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8144% more dangerous
Bristol86.2144% more dangerous
Leicester97.4450% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8753% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2855% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Sutton Coldfield's Neighbourhoods

Sutton Coldfield South & Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Sutton Coldfield, followed by Reddicap Heath in second place, and New Oscott as the third most dangerous area. Sutton Coldfield's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hill Hook, Little Sutton & Roughley, and Streetly North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chester Road63565Fifth
Four Oaks33948Seventh
Hill Hook1913011th
Kingstanding North33458Sixth
Little Sutton & Roughley2562912th
New Oscott64068Third
Rectory Park & New Hall Valley53167Fourth
Reddicap Heath69869Second
Streetly North1572613th
Streetly South25739Ninth
Sutton Coldfield North & Park44447Eighth
Sutton Coldfield South & Central70286First
Wylde Green18834Tenth

Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWylde Green (29)Chester Road (213)
Bicycle TheftStreetly South (1)Sutton Coldfield South & Central (13)
BurglaryRectory Park & New Hall Valley (18)Sutton Coldfield South & Central (65)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLittle Sutton & Roughley (15)Chester Road (62)
DrugsNew Oscott (1)Chester Road (17)
Other CrimeSutton Coldfield North & Park (3)Reddicap Heath (16)
Other TheftHill Hook (6)Streetly South (53)
Possession of WeaponsHill Hook (1)Sutton Coldfield South & Central (10)
Public OrderHill Hook (10)Rectory Park & New Hall Valley (64)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hill Hook (1)Sutton Coldfield South & Central (48)
ShopliftingStreetly North (2)Sutton Coldfield South & Central (112)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Little Sutton & Roughley (1)Sutton Coldfield South & Central (9)
Vehicle CrimeHill Hook (24)Sutton Coldfield South & Central (96)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWylde Green (55)Reddicap Heath (402)

Crime in Sutton Coldfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sutton Coldfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Sutton Coldfield saw a 1,000% increase in robbery. Sutton Coldfield saw a large fall in drugs during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+116%+195%+74%+17%+36%+112%+31%+117%+38%
Bicycle Theft-50%--+500%--25%-60%+133%--
Burglary-33%-82%-64%-52%--17%-46%--23%-45%
Criminal Damage and Arson-28%-42%+4%-44%-14%-58%+25%-13%+62%-26%
Drugs--92%+43%-14%+200%-44%+33%-13%+100%+300%
Other Crime-25%+20%-43%+100%-11%+33%---29%+150%
Other Theft-13%-59%-32%-18%-27%+9%-19%-35%+3%-42%
Possession of Weapons-20%----75%+400%-33%--60%+33%
Public Order-28%-21%-33%+18%+69%+19%+2%+5%+129%+75%
Robbery+9%-87%+33%-65%+160%+1,000%-8%+25%+78%-31%
Shoplifting-43%-54%-62%-43%-64%-42%-40%-41%-63%-33%
Theft From the Person-----50%-67%-50%-+50%+50%
Vehicle Crime+9%-32%-56%-21%+2%-39%-1%-21%-8%+2%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%+8%+17%+27%+46%+22%+13%+16%+98%+21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sutton Coldfield

What police force serves Sutton Coldfield?
Sutton Coldfield's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is Sutton Coldfield?
Sutton Coldfield is the safest major town in the West Midlands.
What is Sutton Coldfield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sutton Coldfield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sutton Coldfield?
Sutton Coldfield's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021