Crime in the city at an all time low

By on 25/04/2013 in Cllr McKay, News

Crime in Birmingham is going down and new figures out today show that crime is lower than it has been for several years across the country too.

In 2012, overall recorded crime fell by 13.6 per cent in Birmingham. This compares to an 8 per cent reduction across England and Wales. This is equivalent to 11, 727 fewer victims in Birmingham compared to in 2011.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics released today show that recorded crime has fallen nationally and this is backed up by the Crime Survey for England & Wales, which shows that levels of victimisation have fallen by 5 per cent across England and Wales.

Birmingham Community Safety Partnership (BCSP) is responsible for delivering community safety and crime reduction activity across the city through working in partnership with West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council and other partner organisations. Working in partnership is key to this success, helping to achieve results for those who live, visit and work in Birmingham.

In order to understand the fall in recorded crime, BCSP is working with the other seven Community Safety Partnerships for the core cities across the country, the Local Government Association and the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at the University College London. Each of the core cities experienced a reduction of crime form 2007 to 2012 greater than 28 per cent and in Birmingham, the figure was 32 per cent.

Across the eight core cities, the main reasons why crime has fallen is reductions in theft from vehicles, criminal damage to vehicles and criminal damage to dwellings. In Birmingham, the fall in these three types of crime accounted for 36 per cent of the overall drop in crime. Birmingham has also seen a dramatic reduction in assault with injury, and this contributed to 25 per cent of the overall drop in crime.

Councillor James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City said: “We are very pleased that crime is falling in Birmingham and across the country too as the effect of crime can have a devastating impact on people's lives. Although recorded crime has fallen, we recognise the importance of reducing fear of crime and making sure people feel safe across the city.

“The communities of Birmingham have helped us to achieve these results by being more aware of the safety of their property and personal safety and we thank everyone for doing this. We all want to continue to work together to make sure that Birmingham remains one of the safest places in the country to live.”

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, Chairperson of BCSP added: “It's important that we understand why crime has gone down and collaborating with the other Community Safety Partnerships and the Jill Dando Institute to undertake this work has been very beneficial.

“The first phase of this work has shown us what types of crime have dropped the most and the second phase will be looking to the future with a focus on theft from the person which remains a problem across all of the core cities, and also an examination of 'why' the main types of crimes that have fallen have done so.”

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Notes to Editors

1.    For more details please contact Natasha Bhandal, Public Reassurance & Communications Manager on 0121 303 8727.

2.    Birmingham Community Safety Partnership is a joint partnership between Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and other agencies that work together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour that affects our communities.

3.    The eight core cities in England & Wales are; Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

4.    Information taken from 'Understanding the crime fall - examining changes in crime in the core cities since 2007.'  Research conducted by University College London Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science and the Community Safety Partnerships from the eight core cities, in England and Wales, and supported by the Local Government Association - bulletin is attached. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/scs/research-consultancy/geographical-analysis/CrimeFall

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