AUDIO: ‘City centre car crime data does not represent entire Brum’ – WM Police

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.

Earlier this week, Brum Transport had reported about the FOI data and carried an interview with David Ross from HONESTJOHN.CO.UK 

Audio: FOI reveals Birmingham 7th highest in car crimes in UK

Data based on a Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by HONESTJOHN.CO.UK has revealed today that Birmingham has the 7th highest rate of car crimes in the country.

While the national average is 121 offences per 10,000 vehicles, Birmingham’s car crimes rates are 2.6 times higher the national average, with 313 offences recorded per 10,000 vehicles.

Brum Transport spoke to David Ross, news cars editor, Honest John to find out more about what car owners can do keep their cars safe and reduce insurance premiums.

A press release from Honest.John.co.uk has clarified that the West Midlands police statistics do not include details of whether a vehicle was registered to a Birmingham postcode. It also does not give details of the type of car crime.

More details on vehicle crimes in the West Midlands can also be obtained from police.uk

Soon to follow: Audio interview with West Midlands police about measures being taken to reduce car crimes in the region.