West Midlands police have said city centre crime data is not representative of the rest of the city.
In an interview with Brum Transport, Sergent Andy Gregory, crime prevention manager, West Midlands Police, explained:
“The B4 area of Birmingham has a large transient population. People come to the city centre for work, shopping, etc. Very few live there.”
Brum Transport contact the West Midlands Police after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, filed by HONESTJOHN.CO.UK revealed that Birmingham has the 7th highest rate of car crimes in the country.
Talking about car crimes in the city centre and the transient populations, he said:
He said car crimes include not just ‘theft of the vehicles’, but also ‘theft from the vehicles’.
The data revealed by the FOI also includes break-ins, number plates being stolen and other car crimes:
To reduce car crimes, the West Midlands Police has urged car owners to use parking facilities certified by the ‘Park Mark’ scheme – a crime reduction initiative run by the Association of Chief Police Officers:
The West Midlands region has about 300 Park Mark certified car parks, under 7 different local authorities.