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Anti-Social Behaviour in the UK

Anti-Social Behaviour Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 1,416,946 crime reports about anti-social behaviour. This is a decrease of 24% from 2020's figure of 1,752,174 reports of anti-social behaviour, giving an overall crime rate of 24 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 29 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangerous cities for anti-social behaviour are Westminster, Belfast City, and Tower Hamlets, with crime rates of 60, 59, and 56 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for anti-social behaviour is Fermanagh, which recorded a anti-social behaviour rate of 57 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for anti-social behaviour is Armagh, with a crime rate of 48, followed by Lancashire in third, with a anti-social behaviour rate of 48 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for anti-social behaviour is Reading, which had a crime rate of 11 in 2021. Next safest is Milton Keynes, followed by Wolverhampton in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 11 and 12 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Anti-Social Behaviour

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Westminster60.37
2Belfast City59.02
3Tower Hamlets56.44
4Newcastle upon Tyne55.02
5Middlesbrough50.86
6Nottingham49.81
7Hackney41.74
8Camden41.67
9Haringey41.62
10Islington41.40

The Safest Towns & Cities for Anti-Social Behaviour

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Reading10.51
2Milton Keynes10.74
3Wolverhampton11.55
4Leicester11.95
5Coventry12.71
6Birmingham14.02
7Norwich17.21
8Sheffield20.13
9Portsmouth20.21
10Bradford20.37

Anti-Social Behaviour Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
23.8822.0929.2423.65Safer

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Anti-Social Behaviour

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Fermanagh56.55
2Armagh48.25
3Lancashire48.18
4Antrim47.03
5Tyrone44.66
6Londonderry39.00
7Tyne & Wear36.87
8Down34.76
9Worcestershire34.67
10North Yorkshire34.12

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021