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How safe is your city?

This table shows crime (crime against the general public) in towns and cities with two or more universities in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Through a ranking of the crime rates, these data can help you to see which are the safest student cities in the UK.

See notes for information about compilation of data.

We also list crime rates specific to where students live during term time.

City crime statistics – England and Wales

Town/City *Burglary in a dwelling Robbery **Violence against the person – with injury Total 2017 Rank
Bath 1.8 0.3 4.5 6.6 2
Birmingham 4.8 2.3 9.2 16.4 28
Bournemouth 3.6 0.6 8.3 12.5 15
Bradford 6.8 1.1 7.7 15.6 27
Brighton 2.8 0.9 9.2 12.9 16
Bristol 5.0 1.2 9.0 15.2 25
Cambridge 3.8 0.7 6.0 10.5 9
Canterbury 2.2 0.4 7.6 10.2 7
Cardiff 3.6 0.5 9.3 13.4 17
Chichester 1.3 0.1 4.6 6.0 1
Colchester 3.1 0.5 7.7 11.3 11
Coventry 4.9 1.2 7.4 13.6 18
Derby 4.1 1.3 10.1 15.4 26
Exeter 2.2 0.4 7.7 10.3 8
Guildford 1.7 0.2 5.4 7.2 3
Hull 5.7 1.1 12.7 19.6 35
Lancaster 3.2 0.3 8.9 12.3 13
Leeds 6.5 1.1 9.0 16.6 29
Leicester 5.5 1.3 7.6 14.4 23
Lincoln 4.4 0.6 8.9 14.0 21
Liverpool 6.7 1.2 10.5 18.4 32
Manchester 8.8 3.2 10.4 22.5 37
Middlesbrough 6.4 0.9 11.9 19.2 34
Newcastle 3.4 0.8 10.1 14.3 22
Newport 3.5 0.6 8.4 12.5 14
Northampton 4.6 1.5 11.5 17.6 31
Norwich 2.7 0.9 10.8 14.4 24
Nottingham 5.3 1.8 13.5 20.6 36
Oxford 2.7 0.6 5.9 9.2 6
Plymouth 2.5 0.3 10.8 13.6 19
Portsmouth 2.6 0.6 14.3 17.5 30
Reading 2.9 0.9 8.0 11.8 12
Sheffield 5.7 1.0 7.1 13.8 20
Southampton 3.8 1.1 13.7 18.6 33
Swansea 2.5 0.3 8.1 10.9 10
Winchester 1.3 0.2 5.9 7.4 4
York 2.1 0.3 6.2 8.5 5


City crime statistics – Northern Ireland

Town/city *Burglary in a dwelling Robbery **Violence against the person – with injury
Total
2017 Rank
Belfast 6.2 1.2 13.5 21.0 ––


City crime statistics – Scotland

Town/city *Burglary in a dwelling Robbery **Violence against the person – with injury
Total
2017 Rank
Aberdeen 4.1 0.4 0.8 5.4 3
Dundee 3.3 0.5 0.8 4.5 2
Edinburgh 8.0 0.5 0.7 9.3 5
Glasgow 4.3 0.5 1.4 6.1 4
Stirling 2.9 0.2 0.5 3.7 1

Notes

Methodology

  • Towns and cities with two or more universities.
  • Three-year rolling average of crime per 1,000 population.

Sources

England & Wales England & Wales Definition Latest Data
*Burglary in a dwelling Burglary in a dwelling www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables
**Violence against the person – with Injury Violence against the person – with injury www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables
Robbery of personal property Robbery of personal property www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables
  Population www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

 

Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Definition Latest Data
*Burglary in a dwelling Burglary – Dwelling www.nisra.gov.uk
**Violence against the person – with Injury Serious Violent Crime www.nisra.gov.uk
Robbery of personal property Robbery – Personal www.nisra.gov.uk
  Population  www.nisra.gov.uk

 

Scotland Scotland Definition Latest Data
*Burglary in a dwelling Burglary in a Dwelling = Housebreaking www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice
**Violence against the person – with Injury Violence against the person – with Injury = Homicide, Attempted Murder & Serious Assault and Other Violence www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice
Robbery of personal property Robbery www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice
  Population www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice

Last updated November 2017.