Fears over crimewave in historic quarter
BIRMINGHAM’S Jewellery Quarter is in the grip of a crimewave after a string of high profile violent robberies in the area.
A number of serious crimes in the past year have included ram raids and daylight beatings by baton-wielding gangs.
Many business owners and residents said they struggle to feel safe, especially after the closure of the front desk of the local police station. There were 203 crimes reported within a half mile radius of the police station in Warstone Lane in March alone, including 44 reports of anti-social behaviour, 36 reports of violence or sexual offences and 39 reports of vehicle crime.
In a 12-month period up until March there were 2,629 crimes in the quarter, according to Home Office figures, up 300 on the previous 12 months.
Ana Rocha Bar and Art Gallery, in Frederick Street, was recently ram raided using a stolen Land Rover and £600,000 worth of antiques and jewellery stolen. Manager Andre Festa, said: “We don’t feel safe anymore. We take the really expensive things with us now.”
West Midlands Police said they were unable to comment unless a freedom of information request was submitted for official crime figures. The Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District was also unable to comment as a Business Investment District (BID) renewal ballot had opened.