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Drugs in the UK

Drugs Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 169,046 crime reports about drugs. This is a decrease of 13% from 2020's figure of 191,575 reports of drugs, giving an overall crime rate of 2.8 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 3.2 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangeroues cities for drugs are Liverpool, Westminster, and Belfast City, with crime rates of 11, 11, and 8 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for drugs is Merseyside, which recorded a drugs rate of 8 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for drugs is Antrim, with a crime rate of 6, followed by Londonderry in third, with a drugs rate of 6 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for drugs is Milton Keynes, which had a crime rate of 0.74 in 2021. Next safest is Wolverhampton, followed by Coventry in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 0.83 and 1.2 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Drugs

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Liverpool11.37
2Westminster10.55
3Belfast City7.71
4Tower Hamlets7.30
5Nottingham7.27
6Lambeth6.60
7Barking and Dagenham6.54
8Southwark6.53
9Newham6.08
10Greenwich5.60

The Safest Towns & Cities for Drugs

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Milton Keynes0.74
2Wolverhampton0.83
3Coventry1.20
4Birmingham1.22
5Stoke-on-Trent1.53
6Bristol1.84
7Richmond upon Thames1.99
8Bournemouth2.20
9Swindon2.22
10Kingston upon Hull2.24

Drugs Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
2.412.843.202.82Getting worse

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Drugs

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Merseyside8.04
2Antrim6.45
3Londonderry6.28
4Fermanagh5.99
5Tyrone5.00
6Armagh4.91
7London4.83
8South Glamorgan3.86
9Nottinghamshire3.43
10Dyfed3.41

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021