During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 41,995 crime reports about possession of weapons. This is an increase of 1.3% from 2020's figure of 41,432 reports of possession of weapons, giving an overall crime rate of 0.70 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 people for 2020.
The most dangerous cities for possession of weapons are Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Nottingham, with crime rates of 2.4, 1.8, and 1.7 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for possession of weapons is West Midlands, which recorded a possession of weapons rate of 1.9 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for possession of weapons is South Yorkshire, with a crime rate of 1.0, followed by Northamptonshire in third, with a possession of weapons rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents.
The safest area in England and Wales for possession of weapons is Richmond upon Thames, which had a crime rate of 0.22 in 2021. Next safest is Harrow, followed by Barnet in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 0.29 and 0.32 respectively.
|1||Richmond upon Thames||0.22|
|8||Kingston upon Thames||0.39|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|4||Isle of Wight||0.95|
Last updated: 22 Mar 2021