Central Solihull and Sharman’s Cross are the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Solihull, followed by Shirley West in third place with Olton and Kineton Green as the next most dangerous. Solihull's safest neighbourhoods are, in order: Monkspath North, Monkspath South, Ulverley Green and Langley.
Crime in Solihull During Coronavirus Lockdowns
Solihull saw consistent falls in the rate of several types of crime during every month of lockdown, including theft, robbery and shoplifting.
The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when the borough saw a 358% increase in public order offences. Solihull also noted a large fall in pickpocket theft during April 2020, when it fell by 90% compared to April 2019.
Which Police Force serves Solihull?
The local police force for Solihull is the West Midlands Police.
Last updated: 07 May 2021
The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull has a population of 214,909 and is one of the most affluent UK areas outside London. The historic market town of Solihull itself, with roots dating back to the 1st century BC, has a population of 123,817, according to the 2011 Census.
The Solihull Economy
In 2020, the unemployment rate in Solihull was 4.3%, below the national average of 4.5%.
Solihull is the home of the four-wheel-drive car manufacturer, Land Rover. Engineering and professional services firm, Arup have a large presence in the town and fitness apparel manufacturer, Gymshark has been based in Solihull since 2012.
In January 2021, motorcycle company Norton announced investment in a technologically advanced production site and headquarters in Solihull.
Solihull offers a variety of shopping facilities. In recent years, the town has undergone much development and its High Street has been pedestrianised since 1994. In 2014, the town was listed as one of the top five UK destinations for shopping.
Food and beverage
Food and drink production and hospitality plays an important part in the local Solihull economy. Fowlers, established since 1670, is the oldest cheese-making business in England. Cooks the Bakery retains its HQ in Solihull and the pub company, Enterprise Inns, is also based here. There is a proliferation of restaurants and eateries in Solihull, including the Michelin starred Peel’s Restaurant.
Personal loan provider, Paragon alongside retail and commercial bank, Secure Trust Bank are both based in Solihull.
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is within the borough and hosts a number of national trade shows, including The Horse of the Year Show and Crufts International Dog Show. The Blythe Valley Business Park is also in Solihull.
A number of regional and national charities are based in, or have offices in the town, including Royal Star and Garter Homes, founded in 1916 to provide care for ex-Service personnel.
House Prices in Solihull
According to Rightmove, over the last 12 months, properties in Solihull had an overall average price of £368,748, an increase of 13% over the previous year.
On average, terraced properties fetched £243,102, semi-detached £314,944 and detached properties £576,515.
Famous People from Solihull
The abolisher of the slave trade, William Wilberforce
Actress and TV star, Felicity Kendall
Former BBC newsreader and journalist Michael Buerk
Professional footballer, Jack Grealish
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THE GOOD NEWS
Solihull is ranked as the third safest major town in the West Midlands.
In 2020, the overall crime rate was 61 crimes per 1000 people, 49% lower than the West Midlands’ average of 91.
For England, Wales and Northern Ireland as a whole, Solihull is the 21st safest major town and the 1,997th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities and villages.
THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS
In September 2020, Solihull was the West Midlands’ most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 61 crimes at a rate of 0.56 per 1,000 residents.
In December 2020, Solihull was the West Midlands’ worst major town for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants.
The most common crimes in Solihull are violence and sexual offences, with 2,358 offences during 2020, 23% higher than 2019's figure of 1,815.
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