New West Midlands crime figures released by police

West Midlands Police officers Credit: West Midlands Police

Crime statistics for the West Midlands reveal that murder, burglary and robbery rates have fallen, while domestic abuse and rape is on the rise.

Figures for 2014-15 show a 10 per cent fall in burglary compared to the previous 12 months with 1,276 fewer people having their homes broken into, and 474 fewer reported robberies.

West Midlands Police force says the stats mean that "people across the region are safer now than they’ve ever been against home intruders and street thieves."

The murder rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2002-2003, with detectives investigating just 23 murders in the last 12 months.

However, the force recorded more than 17,000 domestic abuse crimes between April 2014 and last March up from a low of around 12,000 in 2011-12.

Reports of rape and serious sexual offences have rocketed by 20 per cent compared to 2013 to 2014.

West Midlands Police answered 535,759 emergency 999 calls and almost 1.2-million non-emergency 101 calls in 2014-15.

The force says that crime is up by 1.1 per cent, but adds that when compared with similar sized police regions like Merseyside, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire, the West Midlands has the lowest crime rate per head of population.