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Figures highlight the crime divide

YOU’RE ten times more likely to be a victim of crime in Chelmsley Wood than Knowle, new figures show.

YOU’RE ten times more likely to be a victim of crime in Chelmsley Wood than Knowle, new figures show.

Statistics taken from a Home Office website, launched last week, show the extent of the borough’s north/south divide.

In December, there were 352 offences reported on the council estate, compared to just 35 in Knowle village.

Solihull town centre comes somewhere in the middle, with 219 crimes reported in the space of a month.

But last week we reported that there had been an outpouring of criticism about the area-by-area breakdown, with some branding it misleading.

Bickenhill Lane was named among the country’s top ten crime hotspots, to the confusion of many local residents.

And days later, a residential home in Olton came forward to complain that it had been labelled a blackspot.

Sir Josiah Mason Trust’s complex, off Hartshill Road, has not had a crime in the last 20 years.

However, figures suggest there were 11 offences recorded on the site in December last year.

It’s thought that crimes at a nearby petrol station and shops have been wrongly attributed to the home’s postcode.

Richard Hall, the trust’s chief executive, has written to police to complain about the suspect statistics.

“It just goes to show how misleading such information can be,” he said.

“People are influenced by league tables and statistics but things like this can have an adverse effect.”

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman argued the website would make crime-fighting more transparent.

“By providing crime data in an open format that anyone can access, even from their mobile, we can all hold the police to account,” she said.

 

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