Possession of Weapons Overview

During 2020, England & Wales's police forces received 41,432 crime reports about possession of weapons. This is a decrease of 10% from 2019's figure of 45,556 reports of possession of weapons, giving an overall crime rate of 0.69 per 1,000 people in 2020 and a rate of 0.76 per 1,000 people for 2019.

The most dangeroues cities for possession of weapons are Brighton and Hove, Southampton, and Nottingham, with crime rates of 1.5, 1.5, and 1.4 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for possession of weapons is West Midlands, which recorded a possession of weapons rate of 1.1 offences per 1,000 people in 2020. The second most dangerous area for possession of weapons is South Yorkshire, with a crime rate of 1.1, followed by East Sussex in third, with a possession of weapons rate of 0.96 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for possession of weapons is Swansea, which had a crime rate of 0.21 in 2020. Next safest is Richmond upon Thames, followed by Barnet in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 0.26 and 0.36 respectively.

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The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Brighton and Hove1.47
2Southampton1.46
3Nottingham1.43
4Birmingham1.39
5Leeds1.39
6Portsmouth1.38
7Middlesbrough1.36
8Peterborough1.29
9Belfast City1.23
10Plymouth1.22

The Safest Towns & Cities for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Swansea0.21
2Richmond upon Thames0.26
3Barnet0.36
4Harrow0.37
5Cardiff0.39
6Kingston upon Thames0.39
7Stoke-on-Trent0.41
8Bexley0.43
9Wandsworth0.43
10Havering0.45

Possession of Weapons Trends

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Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Possession of Weapons

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021