Dodgy Areas, Birmingham
there is no serious problems in birmingham its just what people always think but times have changed i have lived in all over uk because of my job i lived in london,cardiff,manchester,swindon,and i think birmingham is not half bad as people thinks you can get mugged outside buckingham palace it did happen to my friend my point is every towns and cities have there good bad and ugly side to it one city might have high level of robbery and another for assault there is no hiding from it after travling all over uk i settled in barnt green on the edge of birmingham the reason i chose this city is simple not too big not too small plus bang in middle of uk shopping is excellent wide range of people from all over the world yes it sometimes feel bit odd when driving/walking in some areas ethnic minority areas but you get that in all towns and cities and you do get used to it in all i think birmingham is a very good city take it from a guy who travels alot.
Nearly everyone has mentioned, Handsworth, Aston and Lozells etc., in fact some taxi drivers won't drop you off on Lozells Road, as they say it's too dangerous, and they have a point.
But there are lots of nice places as well. Erdington is quite rough, but there are some nice areas (near Pype Hayes Park), also Edgbaston, Moseley and Harborne are nice.
Sutton Coldfield is a nice area, especially in Four Oaks and Mere Green. However, there are places in Sutton you need to stay away from, like Falcon Lodge
As somebody born and bred in Birmingham, my view of the city is probably more accurate than most. Whilst not politically correct to say so, the city is very much divided on wealth and class lines and is less 'mixed' than London.
Edgbaston and the private estates in Sutton Coldfield are the wealthiest areas of the city; here you will find sprawling houses with tennis courts and swimming pools. Next in the hierachy are the leafy and interesting suburbs of Harborne, Moseley, Selly Park and Bournville - all concentrated in the professionals' haunt of south Birmingham. Aside from Sutton Coldfield, parts of Erdington (i.e. around Orphanage Road/Grange Road and Pype Hayes Park); Great Barr (Red House Park/St Margarets); and Castle Bromwich (village) are very pleasant areas in north Birmingham.
Further afield, other nice areas include King's Heath, parts of King's Norton, parts of Hall Green and the leafier fringes of Solihull (technically not in Birmingham but another very affluent area).
The rest of suburban Birmingham is rather a hotchpotch of good and bad; working class residential areas intertwined with council estates.
Don't go anywhere near the inner city areas. Unfortunately, Birmingham's inner city is now frighteningly ghettorised. These areas include Newtown and Lozells, Handsworth (and sadly now Handsworth Wood), Winson Green, Highgate, Ladywood, Sparkbrook, Small Heath, Saltley and Aston.
Whilst in all other respects, Birmingham is generally a safe city, do take care if using the buses at night. These have always been bad for crime and you should avoid sitting on the top deck. A cab is always preferable if you're willing to spare a little extra money.
It's difficult to pigeon-hole the different parts of Brum, particularly as there are pockets of nice areas all over the place, but where these are surrounded by rough-ends, then you're only a walking distance away from crime - Erdington, A-G, Edgbaston, Hodge Hill, Selly Oak etc., are all examples of this.
There are 40 wards in Birmingham (A map can be found on the Council's website). I'd break these 40 down as follows:-
Dodgy = Aston, Bordesley Green, Washwood Heath, Kings Norton, Kingstanding, Ladywood, Longbridge, Lozells and East Handsworth, Nechells, Perry Barr, Soho, Sparkbrook, Stockland Green.
Not as Dodgy = Northfield, Shard End, Springfield, Stechford and Yardley North, Weoley.
Some ok bits = Acocks Green, Brandwood, Erdington, Handsworth Wood, Hodge Hill, Quinton, Sheldon.
More ok bits = Billesley, Bournville, Edgbaston, Moseley and Kings Heath, Oscott, Selly Oak, South Yardley, Tyburn.
Mostly ok (some Dodgy bits) = Hall Green, Harborne.
Ok = Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton New Hall, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey.
I've read the reviews on here and as a brummie born and bred it is not just places like Handsworth, Aston, Nechells and Newton you need to watch out for. You may get mugged in these areas, but I feel safer in these areas than the ones I'm about to mention.
I think people need to be more careful in the dodgy 'indigenous' areas like Kingstanding, Chemsley Wood, Smiths Wood, Castle Vale, Castle Bromwich, Northfield, parts of Sutton Coldfield, Falcon Lodge and places like these. In these areas you are more likely to become a victim of mindless violent crime, you'll be walking down the street in broad daylight minding your own business when jobless drunken louts will chase you and beat you to a pulp for a 'laugh'. If I get my watch or money stolen, I can replace them, but if I am beaten to death.............
Birmingham does have a low crime rate compared to alot of the other major cities in England, but don't let this fool you. I have lived in and around the city most of my life and have seen and heard my fair share of violence and crime. The majority of the city is made up of ethnic minorities, but they are not the sole cause of crime and shouldn't be avoided. There are a lot of areas that I would recommend are avoided, but as a lot of people have said there isn't really any reason to visit these areas anyway. The worst of these areas would be Alum Rock, Small Heath, Ladywood, parts of Handsworth and Lozzels. I would definitely avoid these areas but also I wouldn't go out of my way to visit areas such as Maypole, Edgbaston (believe it or not, not as nice as it used to be), Erdington, Nechells, Balsall Heath, parts of Chelmsleywood, Bordesley Green, Kings Norton and Northfield. As for the city centre its a brilliant place to visit in the day and at night. I have never felt threatened there, just don't stray into back streets and alleyways and you will be fine. There are a lot more shootings and stabbings than "only a couple a year" but they are usually in the areas in mention, although in recent years the gang violence has been leaking into the city centre but it is directed at specific groups and I've never heard of innocent people being gunned down in the city centre. Just be sensible and follow the same rules you would in any major city and Birmingham is brilliant place to visit.
By the way for the food lovers, Birmingham has some of the finest restaurants in the country.
As long as you dont wander round acting like a hardman, or as a woman by yourself in virtually no clothing you will be absolutely fine in the main areas of birmingham. there are a couple of rougher areas further out such as aston or lozelles, but 1. as a tourist a doubt you'll encounter them and 2. they arent half as bad as people make out, its not like as soon as you set foot there you get shot! birmingham actually has an extremely low crime rate for a major city.
if you are going on a night out as long as you make sure if someone does start on you (which is rare in my experience) you are polite, nice and avoid conflictnothing will come of it. As long as you respect people and are nice they respect you! and dont listen to all the rubbish about the minority areas being really rough, places like spark hill are a brilliant place to visit and i have never encountered any problems!
have lived in birmingham for 20 years and never got into any trouble, im female and walk round mosely and kings heath after dark loads, and even the city centre, its no big deal and ive never had a problem. as long as you take the same precautions you would in any large city and arent stupid you will be fine.
I live in birmingham and have my whole life! when your in birmingham i suggest you dont go out by yourself at night! i've been on the recieving end of a knife attack and i am a true born brummie so imagine what they would do to an outsider! i suggest that you keep out of these areas for your own safety: Any where in north birmingham, bordesely green, stechford, chelmsley wood, castle bromwich ( between shard end and smithswood),alum rock, small heath, erdington and a few more!
there are quite a few areas u wanna avoid walking threw such as bordesley green , alum rock, small heath, handsworth, lozells and nechells and aston. iv seen some comments saying that birmingams not that bad i think in actual facet those people have just been lucky. but the good thing about birmingham is that if you keep youre self to ure self u dont always get bothered but if u go on like ure a hardnock or flash around cash, stare at people then ure seriously asking for it!
I came to live in Birmingham from Darlington in the north east of England. I have also lived in Manchester. I now live in Witton which is an area of Aston in Birmingham. Everyone says Aston area is rough but I have not encountered any problems. I have been mugged in Darlington and in Manchester but never in Birmingham.
All the brummies seem to be very nervous and their defination of rough seems to be given much more readily than what other people call rough. If you read some reviews on Birmingham you will see that half the suberbs in Birmingham are mentioned as rough areas. Most people can think the place is rough if they have been called a name once or had one bad experience of the place. Let's face it there are only a few cases of gun crime a year and Birmingham has well over a million inhabitants.
Because of the cultural diversity many people have disagreements with others. Birmingham also has a drugs problem. If you keep out of it all they leave you alone. If you smile at people they smile back. People often mention the ethic areas are being the rough areas but in actual fact I decided not to listen to the Brummies and mix with the different cultures and found them to be more friendly than the native white brummies (on the whole). If you move to Birmingham and area afriad the area might be rough just follow the sensible actions: be careful that you do not carry too much money in your pocket, avoid lonely and quiet places on a night time, be polite to people and make a point of smiling. Do not give people dirty looks or look down on people for being black or muslim!
Ok if there are some areas to avoid then I might have to say Nechells, Newtown, Soho Road Area and Lozells Road Area. I only know the north of Birmingham so I cannot comment much on the south. However if you ask people which areas of Birmingham are ok they will normally tell you the posh areas like Edgebaston and Harbourne. You cannot just avoid most areas of the city. Birmingham is very interesting city with many cultures and many different areas. There are cheaper areas which are ok too. Just be sensible and look at the houses and see if they are well maintained and then you will probably have nice neighbours.
i have lived in brum all my life and i grew up in an area called perry bar and about 5 years ago moved to shard end: i would say that Birmingham is is a ruff place to live, places like Aston, handsworth, lozzells, highgate, ward end, washwood heath, great bar, bromford, newtown, ladywood, boardsly green, bearwood and many other places across Birmingham are full of gun crime, knife crime, drugs, prostitutes, crack heads and *** like that. another reason why its so bad because of how multicultural the city is i would say that 60% of the city is black or Asian. so if you could try and avoid those particular areas.
There are many areas in Brum that you should avoid if you are not familiar, in other words don't go wandering around these areas and looking out of place (especially at night) if you are an outsider.... off the top these would be: Lozells, Newtown, Hockley, Aston, Nechells, Handsworth, Alum Rock, Small Heath, Ladywood, Washwood Heath, Saltley, Winson Green, Perry Barr, Bordsely Green, Highgate, Lee Bank, Five Ways, most of Smethwick, most of Quinton, most of Bromfrod, Balsall Heath, some of Erdington, some Stechford, some of Edgbaston and Moseley , Sparkhill/Sparkbrook
if i were u i wudnt step foot in lozells, aston, handsworth, newtown, balsall heath, alum rock, nechells, ward end, washwood heath, small heath, mosely, ladywood, winson green, bordsely green, acocks green.
places lyk castle vale , chelmsley wood, great barr and kingstanding r stil dodgy places but not as bad be careful
Birmingham has the lowest combined crime rate of the 8 major cities in England. This surprises many people, but this is because burglary, robbery and car crime have been much reduced. One of the reasons is the booming economy but the big reason for the reduction in the city
centre is CCTV. The pedestrian areas of New Street and Corporation Street are monitored and well patrolled.
Gun crime is sadly on the increase, but this tends to occur in areas where gangland activity is rife - Nechells, Lozells, Aston, Handsworth into West Brom. These are not usually places that tourists or day shoppers venture into. These aren't no go areas by any means, and the majority of the victims knew who shot them and shootings happened close to where they lived. Again, sadly, local teenagers seem most at risk. All this said, you are much more likely to be killed by a car mounting the curb, as Birmingham, due to large highways going through the centre, has a higher death toll from road accidents than slow driving London, for example.
The mugging hotspot, at least in the centre, is around the end of Five Ways. This is because it is on a drunken route home to the university halls of residence from Broad Street and many students from comparatively affluent backgrounds aren't 'streetwise'. 18 year olds staggering back to their rooms on their own at 4 in the morning is a common sight. There are less cameras here too. Don't use a cashpoint around midnight; a favourite trick is to make you get a standard 250 a day limit out just before 12 and then just after.
Lozells, Handsworth and Aston are the places to avoid if u can. Shootings and stabbings a weekly event here. Majority of the people are sound, normal people, but until the problems are under control, try to avoid!!