Brum named safest ma­jor city in UK

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

GANG shoot­ing and knife crime hit the head­lines each week – but Birm­ing­ham is the “safest” ma­jor city in the UK.

Although there is a se­ri­ous is­sue with gang and drug-re­lated vi­o­lence in the city, new fig­ures show that it has lower over­all crime rates than other re­gional “cap­i­tals”.

The streets of Birm­ing­ham are rated safer than those of Liver­pool, Man­ches­ter, Leeds and oth­ers, it has been re­vealed.

And the city’s com­mu­nity safety chief has de­clared it a “sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment”.

The 2017/18 an­nual re­port of the Birm­ing­ham Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship, which in­cludes the city coun­cil and West Mid­lands Po­lice among other agen­cies, states that the to­tal recorded crime in Birm­ing­ham com­pared to its pop­u­la­tion is “rel­a­tively low”

There were 97 crimes per 1,000 res­i­dents in the 12 months up to March 2018.

That means you have a one in 100 chance of be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime.

Birm­ing­ham is the best per­form­ing out of the “core cities”, which do not in­clude Lon­don.

Brum is fol­lowed by Sh­effield, then Leeds, Liver­pool, Bris­tol, Not­ting­ham and New­cas­tle.

Man­ches­ter had the high­est crime rate, hav­ing seen a surge from around 105 in­ci­dents per 1,000 peo­ple in 2013 to around 200 per 1,000 res­i­dents last year.

All core cities ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease in crime, although Birm­ing­ham again fared bet­ter than most with a yearly rise of 12 per cent – the sec­ond smallest after Liver­pool.

Coun­cil­lor Tris­tan Chat­field, com­mu­nity safety chief, says: “Birm­ing­ham re­mains the safest of the core cities, which is a good news mes­sage and per­haps isn’t widely known or recog­nised.

“Through the work of the po­lice and the lo­cal part­ner­ship, through all the work that agen­cies are do­ing, Birm­ing­ham re­mains – while sadly the num­bers have gone up – the safest ma­jor city in the UK, which is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment.”

The re­port also high­lights how Birm­ing­ham is out­per­form­ing its big city rivals in other key ar­eas in crime and so­cial health.

The lat­est fig­ures avail­able for re­of­fend­ing – up to June 2016 – re­veal the city had the low­est rate both over­all and for youth of­fend­ers.

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