Recorded Crime at an all-time low

By on 05/07/2012 in Cllr McKay, News

Recorded crime in Birmingham is going down and new figures out this week suggest that crime is lower than it has been for the last three years. This means that there have been over 5,300 less victims of crime based on figures for April to June this year, compared to the same period in 2009.

Birmingham Community Safety Partnership 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.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Green, Safe and Smart, at Birmingham City Council, said: “Although recorded crime has fallen, we recognise the importance of reducing fear of crime, of public reassurance and of public confidence in all local agencies.

“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.”

Recorded crime has been reducing in the four policing areas across the city and, when compared to 2009:

Burglary has reduced by 17% meaning 276 less burglaries
Robbery has reduced by 18% meaning 171 less robberies
Vehicle crime has reduced by almost 17% meaning 453 less vehicles stolen or broken into

There are a range of projects that the Partnership is involved in that have helped the city to achieve this success:

In Erdington in the north of the city, officers have been targeting burglary hotspots under project 'Keep Safe' by making door to door visits and providing advice to residents on keeping their homes safe. This includes providing information, alarms and property marking. Keep Safe also operates in areas of increased vehicle crime.

The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) and the police have been doing joint 'warm day' patrols in all parks in the north of the city, as a way to engage with young people to explain the risks of robbery and also to minimise the risk of violence or anti-social behaviour escalating.

In the south of the city, there has been a lot of work over the last few months to help reduce levels of violence that was expected with Euro 2012. This included identifying and engaging with licensed premises providing advice to particular problem premises (eg replacing glass with plastic, removal of pool cues etc). Part of the tactics used included visits to problem premises on key match days and outreach alcohol days at hotspot locations including local supermarkets and town centre locations.

In the east of the city, cars seized from drug dealers were reduced to scrap within minutes in front of local school children in a clear demonstration drug crime does not pay. As the climax of 'Operation No Deal', 35 suspected drug dealers were arrested in Bordesley Green during March – 11 people have so far received jail sentences of over 40 years in total. Others are awaiting trial.

Birmingham's reoffending rate is amongst the lowest in the country - 1,757 young people were helped to stop reoffending (based on a group of 2,468 young people who didn't reoffend within 12 months). 10,400 adults have been helped to stop reoffending (based on a group of 13,942 offenders who did not offend within 12 months). Birmingham has successfully reduced reoffending rates through providing support to offenders and diverting them away from a life of crime. The following is a case study of a a 39 year old man, with an offending history spanning three decades.

John (not his real name) was released from prison having served another four year sentence for burglary. Due to the seriousness of his repeat reoffending his case was passed to the integrated offender management team.

John was robustly supervised upon release with joint police and probation visits taking place three to four times a week. Throughout these visits, he was motivated to put behind him his criminal lifestyle, being provided with the necessary support and skills to do so.

Co-ordinated interventions were put in place around his substance misuse and his general lack of basic life skills. As John continued to engage he was supported into suitable long term accommodation, then education and training which ultimately saw him secure employment as warehouse operative.

To this date the individual has remained drug and crime free and recently has begun to forge links, encouraged by his Integrated Offender Management Team, with his estranged family which will support his long term re-integration into society.

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Notes to Editors

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

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 behavior that affects our communities.

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