West Bromwich Crime Overview

West Bromwich is the second most dangerous major town in the West Midlands, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of the West Midlands's 44 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in West Bromwich in 2020 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to the West Midlands's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the West Midlands rate of 91 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, West Bromwich is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 371st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, West Bromwich was the worst major town in the West Midlands for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for West Bromwich residents, when it was the West Midlands's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 66 crimes at a rate of 0.84 per 1,000 residents. West Bromwich recorded 69 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.87 the worst major town for criminal damage and arson in the West Midlands that month.

The most common crimes in West Bromwich are violence and sexual offences, with 3,899 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 21% higher than 2019's figure of 3,094 offences and a difference of 10.20 from 2019's crime rate of 39. West Bromwich's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 64 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 50% from 2019's figure of 32 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in West Bromwich This Year

 West BromwichWest Midlands 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,60620.3354,08418.479% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft640.812,2770.783.7% more dangerous
Burglary5717.2319,5956.697% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7068.9421,9107.4816% more dangerous
Drugs2082.635,9122.0223% more dangerous
Other Crime1722.185,4801.8714% more dangerous
Other Theft5557.0316,5355.6520% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons871.103,2831.121.8% safer
Public Order79110.0123,7988.1319% more dangerous
Robbery2332.956,8322.3321% more dangerous
Shoplifting4385.5511,5353.9429% more dangerous
Theft From the Person831.052,1620.7430% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime80310.1726,8569.1710% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,89949.37120,78041.2416% more dangerous

Crime in West Bromwich Compared To West Midlands

West Bromwich Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sutton Coldfield5,20548.40125% safer
Stourbridge3,95361.1778% safer
Solihull6,63361.2078% safer
Dudley8,739103.046% safer
West Bromwich8,610109.01-
Walsall8,065110.141.0% more dangerous

West Bromwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25181320Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.20.970.410.81Safer
Burglary1115107Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1110109Safer
Drugs1.62.22.82.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.51.72.2Getting worse
Other Theft131497Safer
Possession of Weapons0.700.890.961.1Getting worse
Public Order4.57710Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.72.92.93.0Getting worse
Shoplifting121176Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.41.11.0Safer
Vehicle Crime13151010Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25333949Getting worse

Changes In West Bromwich's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing West Bromwich to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7161% safer
Coventry77.4141% safer
Croydon83.2231% safer
Sheffield85.8127% safer
Bristol86.2126% safer
Leicester97.4412% safer
Birmingham102.876% safer
Liverpool107.281.6% safer
West Bromwich109.01-
Bradford133.0218% more dangerous
Leeds137.1020% more dangerous

Crime in West Bromwich's Neighbourhoods

Greets Green East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in West Bromwich, followed by West Bromwich East & Kenrick Park in second place, and West Bromwich North as the third most dangerous area. West Bromwich's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Friar Park, Stone Cross & Hateley Heath, and Yew Tree & Tamebridge.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Friar Park40972Seventh
Greets Green East1,256203First
Greets Green West735106Fourth
Stone Cross & Hateley Heath99586Sixth
Wednesbury South96996Fifth
West Bromwich East & Kenrick Park1,341152Second
West Bromwich North1,290115Third
Yew Tree & Tamebridge50565Eighth

West Bromwich Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFriar Park (72)Greets Green East (205)
Bicycle TheftYew Tree & Tamebridge (1)Greets Green East (19)
BurglaryFriar Park (24)West Bromwich East & Kenrick Park (95)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFriar Park (36)Greets Green East (120)
DrugsFriar Park (6)Greets Green East (57)
Other CrimeWednesbury South (17)West Bromwich East & Kenrick Park (28)
Other TheftYew Tree & Tamebridge (14)Greets Green East (87)
Possession of WeaponsYew Tree & Tamebridge (2)West Bromwich East & Kenrick Park (19)
Public OrderYew Tree & Tamebridge (38)Greets Green East (140)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Friar Park (2)Greets Green East (41)
ShopliftingYew Tree & Tamebridge (4)West Bromwich East & Kenrick Park (107)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wednesbury South (1)West Bromwich East & Kenrick Park (36)
Vehicle CrimeFriar Park (29)Greets Green East (88)
Violence and Sexual OffencesYew Tree & Tamebridge (253)Greets Green East (539)

Crime in West Bromwich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in West Bromwich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when West Bromwich saw a 600% increase in bicycle theft. West Bromwich saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 81% compared to May in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of West Bromwich's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+186%+84%+48%-2%+63%+51%+33%+92%+120%
Bicycle Theft+50%+100%-25%+200%+117%+233%-+100%+600%-
Burglary-31%-55%-81%-40%-57%-27%-38%+35%-5%-15%
Criminal Damage and Arson+15%-21%-49%-+9%+22%-11%+27%+45%-23%
Drugs+13%+25%-15%-16%-50%-20%-63%+8%-5%-19%
Other Crime+60%-+70%+22%-53%+64%-8%-14%+9%+46%
Other Theft+15%-44%-60%-8%-29%-30%+6%-27%+14%-5%
Possession of Weapons-+133%-50%-25%-20%+50%+17%-25%-50%+267%
Public Order+71%-10%+69%+71%+37%+54%+79%+9%+19%+64%
Robbery-42%-62%-67%+40%-33%-33%+167%+59%+4%-
Shoplifting-17%-52%-37%-66%-26%+5%+69%+21%-45%-27%
Theft From the Person+25%-17%-14%-50%-56%-63%-22%+233%-33%+57%
Vehicle Crime+22%-35%-33%-42%-5%+19%+3%+13%+41%-4%
Violence and Sexual Offences+7%-6%+55%+20%+34%+34%+11%+42%+28%+44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in West Bromwich

What police force serves West Bromwich?
West Bromwich's local territorial police force is the West Midlands Police.
How dangerous is West Bromwich?
West Bromwich is the second most dangerous major town in the West Midlands.
What is West Bromwich's most common crime?
The most common crimes in West Bromwich are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in West Bromwich?
West Bromwich's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021