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Crime in Birmingham compared with crime in similar areas

In the year ending September 2020, the crime rate in Birmingham was lower than the average crime rate across similar areas.

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The red and green lines show how far the crime rate would normally vary from the average. Birmingham lies below the green line, so its crime rate is lower than normal for the group.

About this chart

This chart compares the crime rate in your local area to the average crime rate across similar areas. It shows the total number of crimes over a twelve month period per thousand residents, for the crime type selected.

Where your area lies in relation to the red and green lines is more important than its rank among similar areas. If your area lies between the red and green lines, its crime rate is normal for the group. If your area lies above the red line, its crime rate is higher than normal for the group, and similarly, if your area lies below the green line, its crime rate is lower than normal.

The areas shown in this chart are those that have been assessed to be most similar to your own. However, the circumstances within these areas do still vary and these variations can have an impact on the crime rates observed.

Source: ONS

Data bounds information for crime in a local police team area compared with other similar areas
Data bounds Crime rate
Upper bound 133.69
Most Similar Group average 119.80
Lower bound 107.36
Crime in a local police team area compared with other similar areas
Area Crime rate
Coventry 75.72
Sandwell 87.29
Wolverhampton 94.81
Birmingham 97.75
Stoke on Trent 101.43
Sunderland 105.59
Leicester 113.65
Nottingham 115.10
Liverpool 119.92
Salford 123.01
Lincoln 134.66
Kingston upon Hull 147.90
Middlesbrough 155.55
Manchester 159.38
Blackpool 165.29

Source: ONS


Crime in Birmingham compared with crime in other areas in the West Midlands force area

In the year ending September 2020, the crime rate in Birmingham was higher than average for the West Midlands force area.

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This chart compares the crime rate in your local area to the average crime rate across the force area. It shows the total number of crimes over a twelve month period per thousand residents, for the crime type selected. 

Source: ONS

Crime in a local police team area compared with other areas within the police force
Area Crime rate
Force average 87.21
Dudley 70.81
Solihull 71.15
Coventry 75.72
Walsall 83.27
Sandwell 87.29
Wolverhampton 94.81
Birmingham 97.75

Source: ONS


Crime changes over time in Birmingham and in the West Midlands force area

In the quarter ending September 2020, crime rates were:

  • up in Birmingham
  • up in the West Midlands force area

compared with the corresponding quarter in 2019.

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This chart shows how crime rates in your local area and police force area have changed over time. It also shows how the average crime rates in similar areas to your local area have changed over time.

The chart shows the quarterly crimes per thousand residents, for the crime type selected, over a three year period. Note that some crime types have distinct seasonal patterns and this should be borne in mind when viewing the chart.

Source: ONS

Crime changes over time
Date Birmingham most similar group average West Midlands Birmingham
September 2017 28.21 19.78 21.91
December 2017 29.49 20.52 21.91
March 2018 29.20 20.17 22.40
June 2018 28.56 21.10 22.37
September 2018 32.13 22.13 23.31
December 2018 32.68 23.31 24.13
March 2019 32.45 22.55 25.63
June 2019 30.78 22.04 25.29
September 2019 31.88 22.03 25.08
December 2019 30.83 22.44 25.41
March 2020 30.99 22.90 25.38
June 2020 26.35 18.52 20.91
September 2020 30.76 23.36 26.05

Source: ONS


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