How Safe is Your City?

Crime levels in university cities and towns with two or more universities in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

  • We also list the best and worst for student-relevant crimes in England and Wales, by university and by region.
  • Click on the city/town name below to see a profile of that place.
  • See notes at the foot of the tables for information about compilation of data.

University city crime statistics – England and Wales

 City/town Burglary* Violence** Robbery Total 2013 Rank 2012 Rank
Bath 2.2 4.8 0.3 7.3 1 1
Canterbury 2.6 5.6 0.5 8.6 2 2
York 3.2 5.9 0.4 9.4 3 4
Lancaster 2.3 6.8 0.4 9.5 4 3
Swansea 3.8 6.5 0.4 10.6 5 5
Brighton 4.0 6.7 1.2 11.9 6 6
Newcastle 4.1 7.2 0.7 12.0 7 8
Oxford 4.2 6.3 1.5 12.0 8 9
Norwich 3.4 8.1 0.8 12.3 9 7
Sheffield 5.8 5.7 1.0 12.6 10 11
Cardiff 4.8 7.4 0.7 12.9 11 12
Cambridge 5.7 6.1 1.1 13.0 12 14
Plymouth 3.1 9.6 0.5 13.3 13 10
Lincoln 5.5 8.9 0.8 15.2 14 13
Liverpool 7.5 6.4 1.9 15.8 15 16
Bournemouth 5.2 10.3 0.8 16.3 16 15
Leeds 9.5 6.2 1.4 17.1 17 18
Southampton 4.5 11.8 1.5 17.9 18 19
Leicester 7.0 8.9 2.0 18.0 19 20
Coventry 7.0 9.2 1.9 18.1 20 17
Bristol 7.8 8.9 2.1 18.8 21 22
Birmingham 6.3 9.5 3.5 19.3 22 21
Nottingham 8.8 12.1 3.1 24.0 23 24
Manchester 10.7 9.5 4.2 24.4 24 23

 

University city crime statistics – Northern Ireland

City/town Burglary* Violence** Robbery Grand
Total
Rank
2012
Rank
2011
Belfast 8.0 15.2 1.9 25.1 –– ––

 

University city crime statistics – Scotland

City/town Burglary* Violence** Robbery Grand
Total
Rank
2012
Rank
2011
Edinburgh 4.8 0.8 0.9 6.4 3 3
Dundee 3.9 0.8 0.8 5.5 2 2
Aberdeen 3.1 1.0 0.6 4.7 1 1
Glasgow 3.6 2.8 1.5 7.9 4 4

 

Compilation of data

  • Burglary = Burglary in a dwelling*;
  • Violence = Violence against the person – with injury**;
  • Robbery = Robbery of personal property.

Cities and towns in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • 3 year rolling averages per 1,000 population 2009–11
  • **Serious violent crime in Northern Ireland

Cities in Scotland

  • 3 year figures per 1,000 population 2008–10.
  • *Domestic housebreaking in Scotland.
  • **Serious assault in Scotland.
  • Please note that crime is recorded in a different way in Scotland so accurate comparisons are not appropriate between Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

 NB: the data in these tables are compiled from different sources (see below) to the crime tables published here.

England & Wales Historic Data
Burglary in a dwelling* Data taken from Home Office website (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/local-police-recorded-crime/rec-crime-la.csv), data as at 1st June 2011
Violence against the person - with Injury** Data taken from Home Office website (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/local-police-recorded-crime/rec-crime-la.csv), data as at 1st June 2011
Robbery of personal property Data taken from Home Office website (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/local-police-recorded-crime/rec-crime-la.csv), data as at 1st June 2011
Population Office For National Statistics - http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/method-quality/specific/population-and-migration/an-overview-of-ons-s-population-statistics/index.html
   
Scotland  
Housebreaking - Domestic/dwelling Justice Analytical Services, Scottish Government
Serious Assault Justice Analytical Services, Scottish Government
Robbery (& attempted) Justice Analytical Services, Scottish Government
Population Justice Analytical Services, Scottish Government
   
Northern Ireland  
Robbery - Personal Central Statistics Unit, PSNI
Burglary - Dwelling Central Statistics Unit, PSNI
Serious Violent Crime Central Statistics Unit, PSNI
Population www.nisra.gov.uk 
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