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Public Order in the UK

Public Order Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 488,969 crime reports about public order. This is an increase of 12% from 2020's figure of 431,962 reports of public order, giving an overall crime rate of 8 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 7 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangeroues cities for public order are Leeds, Bradford, and Middlesbrough, with crime rates of 21, 18, and 18 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for public order is Bristol, which recorded a public order rate of 17 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for public order is West Yorkshire, with a crime rate of 16, followed by Merseyside in third, with a public order rate of 15 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for public order is Belfast City, which had a crime rate of 1.3 in 2021. Next safest is Milton Keynes, followed by Coventry in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 3.3 and 4.0 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Public Order

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Leeds20.86
2Bradford18.25
3Middlesbrough18.07
4Liverpool17.34
5Kingston upon Hull16.43
6Southampton16.04
7Leicester16.02
8Portsmouth14.92
9Newcastle upon Tyne14.18
10Derby14.18

The Safest Towns & Cities for Public Order

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Belfast City1.29
2Milton Keynes3.34
3Coventry3.96
4Richmond upon Thames4.13
5Harrow4.18
6Wolverhampton4.53
7Kingston upon Thames4.71
8Sutton4.76
9Bexley4.95
10Havering5.07

Public Order Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
7.117.067.218.16Getting worse

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Public Order

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Bristol16.95
2West Yorkshire16.18
3Merseyside15.08
4Gwent13.57
5Cheshire12.07
6Tyne & Wear11.92
7East Riding of Yorkshire11.77
8Clwyd11.77
9Isle of Wight11.57
10South Glamorgan11.56

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021