Crime decline

Crime statistics can make for grim reading, especially if offences are on the rise in your area. But what about the places where crime rates are actually improving?

We’ve analysed police recorded crime data to highlight which parts of the country have seen an improvement in levels of recorded crime.

Note that the latest crime data relates to the year ending March 2020, so the effects of the coronavirus lockdown (which saw crime rates drop across the board) won’t be seen in the numbers.

The areas with the biggest decline in all crimes

Rank

Local Authority

Police Force Area

Population

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2019)

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2020)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2019)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2020)

Change per
1,000 People

(%)

Change per
1,000 People

The areas with the biggest drop in violent crime

Rank

Local Authority

Police Force Area

Population

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2019)

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2020)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2019)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2020)

Change per
1,000 People

(%)

Change per
1,000 People

The areas with the biggest drop in robberies

Rank

Local Authority

Police Force Area

Population

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2019)

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2020)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2019)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2020)

Change per
1,000 People

(%)

Change per
1,000 People

The areas with the biggest drop in theft offences

Rank

Local Authority

Police Force Area

Population

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2019)

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2020)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2019)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2020)

Change per
1,000 People

(%)

Change per
1,000 People

The areas with the biggest drop in drug offences

Rank

Local Authority

Police Force Area

Population

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2019)

Total Crimes
(Year Ending
March 2020)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2019)

Crimes per
1,000 people

(2020)

Change per
1,000 People

(%)

Change per
1,000 People

Methodology

All data sourced from the Office for National Statistics’ recorded crime data at Community Safety Partnership area..

Figures are a rolling 12-month total for the year ending March 2019 compared to the year ending March 2020.

For each authority, we calculated the number of crimes per 1,000 people and the year on year change per 1,000 people, as well as the percentage change.

Note that local authorities with less than 50 crimes have been omitted and that data for Greater Manchester was unavailable due to the implementation of a new IT system in July 2019, so a fair comparison was not possible.

This data only includes local authorities in England and Wales, as those in Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate criminal justice systems.

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