Today’s statistics show the crime rate is stable.

Crime in the West Midlands has remained stable during the last year according to latest national policing statistics.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (17 July) show there were around 260,000 crimes recorded in the force area between April 2019 and March 2020 which is a small increase on 2018/2019.

Although the crime rate has remained static compared to last year there have been some notable increases in reports of violence.

The ONS figures show domestic abuse rose by 24 per cent and hate crime by 17 per cent during the recording period.

Burglaries have fallen by 16 per cent, vehicle crime is down by 13 per cent and robbery has also reduced by six per cent.

Whilst theft and robbery offences saw a decrease, violence against the person and public order offences have seen a 20% and 21% increase respectively.

The COVID-19 lockdown was introduced on 23rd March 2020 and accounts for a small proportion of these figures.

The Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has called for a change in approach from the government on police funding, he said: “These statistics show crime is not falling across the country and they prove that the West Midlands is sadly not immune.

“COVID-19 has had an impact on crime with acquisitive crime falling over the lockdown period. However, reports of domestic abuse have risen throughout the lockdown period. I have led on a multi-agency campaign to encourage those who are suffering from domestic abuse to contact the police or other services so they can get the help they need.

“The government seems to be finally acknowledging that its cuts to policing have gone too far, but it still hasn’t pledged to increase police budgets in the long-term.

“These statistics are a wake-up call for the government to ensure that our police forces are adequately funded.

“Since 2010, due to cuts in government funding West Midlands Police has lost over 2,200 police officers. Under government plans West Midlands Police are only due to get half the number of those officers back by 2023.

“I continue to have concerns about the increase in violent crime which has risen significantly in the past few years both across the country and here in the West Midlands. The government to invest in preventative services to tackle the root causes of crime.

“Despite the financial challenges we face, we are determined to get on with the job of keeping the people of the West Midlands safe and we are taking tough action. With more resources from the government and more officers we could do much more”.

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