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Possession of Weapons in the UK

Possession of Weapons Overview

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.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Birmingham2.43
2Wolverhampton1.84
3Nottingham1.71
4Southampton1.62
5Portsmouth1.57
6Coventry1.56
7Derby1.55
8Leeds1.45
9Peterborough1.36
10Northampton1.34

The Safest Towns & Cities for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Richmond upon Thames0.22
2Harrow0.29
3Barnet0.32
4Bexley0.33
5Sutton0.33
6Wandsworth0.37
7Bromley0.39
8Kingston upon Thames0.39
9Havering0.41
10Merton0.42

Possession of Weapons Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
0.750.760.690.70Safer

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1West Midlands1.87
2South Yorkshire1.03
3Northamptonshire1.00
4Isle of Wight0.95
5Nottinghamshire0.92
6West Yorkshire0.91
7Hampshire0.89
8East Sussex0.84
9Derbyshire0.83
10Antrim0.83

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021