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Possession of Weapons in the UK

Possession of Weapons Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 38,231 crime reports about possession of weapons. This is a decrease of 8% from 2020's figure of 41,432 reports of possession of weapons, giving an overall crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangeroues cities for possession of weapons are Nottingham, Southampton, and Portsmouth, with crime rates of 1.7, 1.6, and 1.5 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for possession of weapons is South Yorkshire, which recorded a possession of weapons rate of 1.0 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for possession of weapons is Northamptonshire, with a crime rate of 1.0, followed by Isle of Wight in third, with a possession of weapons rate of 0.95 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 Milton Keynes, followed by Harrow in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 0.28 and 0.29 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Nottingham1.69
2Southampton1.61
3Portsmouth1.54
4Leeds1.44
5Derby1.39
6Middlesbrough1.34
7Northampton1.26
8Brighton and Hove1.24
9Luton1.23
10Peterborough1.17

The Safest Towns & Cities for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Richmond upon Thames0.22
2Milton Keynes0.28
3Harrow0.29
4Barnet0.32
5Bexley0.33
6Sutton0.33
7Wandsworth0.37
8Bromley0.39
9Kingston upon Thames0.39
10Havering0.41

Possession of Weapons Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
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Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Possession of Weapons

PositionNameCrime Rate
1South Yorkshire1.03
2Northamptonshire1.00
3Isle of Wight0.95
4Nottinghamshire0.92
5West Yorkshire0.91
6Hampshire0.89
7East Sussex0.84
8Antrim0.83
9Tyne & Wear0.82
10Merseyside0.81

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021