Public Order Overview

During 2020, England & Wales's police forces received 431,962 crime reports about public order. This is an increase of 2.0% from 2019's figure of 423,257 reports of public order, giving an overall crime rate of 7 per 1,000 people in 2020 and a rate of 7 per 1,000 people for 2019.

The most dangeroues cities for public order are Bradford, Leeds, and Kingston upon Hull, with crime rates of 16, 16, and 15 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for public order is Bristol, which recorded a public order rate of 16 offences per 1,000 people in 2020. The second most dangerous area for public order is Gwent, with a crime rate of 13, followed by West Yorkshire in third, with a public order rate of 13 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for public order is Belfast City, which had a crime rate of 1.2 in 2020. Next safest is Stoke-on-Trent, followed by Milton Keynes in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 2.5 and 2.9 respectively.

Map of Public Order in the UK

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The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Public Order

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Bradford16.41
2Leeds16.26
3Kingston upon Hull14.57
4Middlesbrough14.17
5Newcastle upon Tyne13.83
6Bristol12.84
7Leicester12.76
8Portsmouth12.59
9Westminster12.37
10Southampton12.25

The Safest Towns & Cities for Public Order

Public Order Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2017201820192020Trend
5.857.117.067.21Getting worse

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Public Order

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Bristol16.00
2Gwent13.39
3West Yorkshire13.00
4Tyne & Wear12.33
5Cheshire11.67
6East Riding of Yorkshire10.90
7South Glamorgan10.40
8South Yorkshire10.14
9Northumberland10.04
10Mid Glamorgan9.84

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021