Get In Touch
Return to News

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the North

When considering a trip to the North of the country you might want to consider that some of the cities have some worryingly high crime statistics.

When considering a trip to the North of the country you might want to consider that some of the cities have some worryingly high crime statistics. When put under a microscope some of these statistics might shock you especially when seeing the amount of knife crime located in each of these areas.

In general the North of the country doesn’t have nearly as many crimes per capita as London for example but in certain cities the numbers are only continuing to rise and to find out which, you’ll simply have to read on.


The culture capital of the UK also has some of the worst crime rates in the country, especially when considering knife crime. When you look at the statistics they show a terrifying trend, out of 10,000 people there have been 16.3 stabbings which doesn’t sound like a significant amount but it adds up over time to end up as one of the areas in the UK with the most recurrent incidents. Merseyside is also sitting at the 13th place when it comes to crimes per year for every 1,000 people there are 72.2 crimes committed in the vicinity of Liverpool.


Although there is a distinction to be made between Greater Manchester and the City itself, the borough sees over 200,000 reports of crime per year. In addition to that within the city before the pandemic there was a person murdered every week, which is part of the 125,000 of violent crimes which happen there a year. The highest percentage of crimes in the city is either assault or violence against another. 


Despite being an extremely nice and beautiful town located near Leeds, Bradford has some of the worst crime statistics in the entire UK. Compared to the crime rate around the country Bradford spots a 176% increase over the average, violent crime makes up over 38.1% of every crime reported in the area. It has a crime rate of 120.13 per 1000 which is astounding as a number that high is normally reserved for counties.


Both Bradford and Leeds are located within West Yorkshire and that is not good news for the county which combined has a crime rate of 99.4 per 1000 people. Out of those 99.4 within the city itself there are 33.4 violent crimes for 1000 people which is an extremely worrying number, with a number of 120.13 for all other crimes within the city. When compared to Manchester and Liverpool the towns within West Yorkshire have noticeably higher statistics when it comes to crime.


While being a decidedly smaller town than most of the others on the list, Blackpool spots a similar trend to Bradford. When compared to the national average the crime statistics for Blackpool are 147% higher. Having a crime rate of 46.5 crimes per 1000 people and out of those 25.8% are all violent crimes, resulting in 13.02 violent crimes happening here for every 1000 people located here. Blackpool is considered a tourist attraction in the North of the country sporting some of the best casinos and rollercoasters, and is still definitely worth a visit as long as you exercise caution.


Located in South Yorkshire which similarly to its Western counterpart has an incredibly high crime rate, the city located in the centre of the county is no different. Sheffield boasts an incredibly high number of crimes per 1000 people sitting at 99, which is one of the highest we’ve seen so far. Between March 2019 and 2020 the city saw 17,478 reports of violent crimes which equals 30 crimes for every 1000 people. It is clear that Yorkshire keeps appearing in these statistics which is a shame because it’s one of the prettiest areas in the UK.


Another smaller town, Oldham just like Blackpool and Bradford sees a giant increase in crime compared to the national average sitting at 156%. The crime rate within the town is 47.7 per 1000 people and 29.5% of those are violent crimes which is only surpassed by Bradford. Located within Greater Manchester it is the worst town for crime within the county and based on the recent trend that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.


Still staying in Greater Manchester, there is also Bolton. The city is renowned for having some of the most well preserved industrial era buildings, but the crime stats are also quite high. Compared to the national average, Bolton sports an increase of 140%, with 42.8 crimes reported per 1000 people which again is not something that you’ll be happy about. Curiously it’s percentage of violent crimes is the exact same as Oldham’s at 29.5% despite Bolton being larger in size. 


One of my personal favourite spots in England, the Northern town of Preston is one of the most wonderfully quaint cities in the UK. However the same can’t be the same for it’s crime, while being lower than the ones prior to it, it still boasts a high number. Compared to the national average it is 104% higher, at a stunning 32.8 crimes being reported for every 1000 people located in the city. With most of the crime occuring in the centre of town with a shocking 26.7% of violent crimes occurring here.


The last member from Lancashire and the last entry on our list has the lowest crime statistics of the day but is still decidedly higher than plenty of other cities in England. For every 1000 people that live in Lancaster the crime rate sits at 29.7, which when compared directly to the national average is 94% higher. Just like all the other entries before it violent crime makes up a significant amount of crimes at 28.7%, which despite Lancaster being one of the smaller towns on the list is very high. 

In conclusion, if you are going to be travelling to the North of England this is something you might want to keep in mind. If you would like to find out more information regarding staying safe and security then check out our homepage and the associated services.