How safe is Birmingham? The most dangerous areas for crime in England and Wales revealed

Regions across England and Wales that have the highest crime rates have been named - but is Birmingham on the list?

Official data has emerged that reveals the areas across England and Wales that have the highest crime rates.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has compiled crime statistics per 1,000 people in England and Wales for the year leading to June 2021.

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The West Midlands was among the the top four areas of the country for crimes. You can see full details below.

Figures found that Cleveland, Yorkshire is the region with the highest number of crimes in proportion to its population, recording 114.9 crimes per 1,000 residents.

West Yorkshire Police had to deal with the second most with 111.6 crimes.

Kent is the only southern police force that makes the top 10 list.

Across both nations, the most frequently reported crime was violence against a person with more than 1.8 million reported.

1.35 million theft offences were recorded, as well as 716,521 cases of violence without injury.

There were 673,605 reports of stalking and harassment across England and Wales, with a record number of rape crimes as 61,158 were noted.

In total, it is estimated that there were 12.7 million offences altogether in the year ending June 2021 - nearly 9% of adults across the two countries have been affected.

How safe is Birmingham?

The West Midlands was among the top five most dangerous counties in 2020, with an average of 91 crimes reported per 1,000 residents.

Fast-forward to the year ending June 2021, the crime rate in Birmingham and the West Midlands region has increased to 102.9 - the fourth most dangerous area in England and Wales.

Not only that, but the region only narrowly misses out on top spot for the area with the most violent crime, finishing second to West Yorkshire (47.4) with 46.8 per 1,000 Brummies.

The county also ranks fifth in the amount of sex offences recorded using the same measurements with 3.3 cases.

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Police Simon Foster had launched a new ‘Crime Plan 2021-25’ to help make West Midlands streets a safer place.

“My core mission during my term of office will be to rebuild community policing,” he said in a statement.

“Community policing is the bedrock of British policing. It embodies the principle of policing by consent on which policing in our country is built.

“I will begin the crucial work of rebuilding it to keep our communities safe. As a start, on my mission to rebuild community policing,

“I will aim to put 450 additional officers into neighbourhood policing, strengthening the local bonds between the public and the police and improving our ability to proactively solve local issues before they become critical.”

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