Manchester crime statistics


The latest stats on crime rates in Manchester.

Matthew Boyle
by , Mortgages & Utilities Publisher

When moving to a new area, you may have thought about checking the local crime rates to give yourself peace of mind and to help with security preparations. However, it’s an especially important thing to consider given the fact that local crime rates are likely to impact your home and car insurance premiums. We’ve looked into the crime rates in Manchester to find out more about the criminal activity occurring in this area.

Quick overview

For the first time in five years, crime rates in Manchester have decreased. In particular, reports of incidences involving the disturbance of public order have decreased by 18.6% and criminal damage and arson have decreased by 13%.

  • After five years of increasing crime rates, this year (2018/2019), the number of crimes in Greater Manchester have decreased by 4.4% since last year.
  • 389,951 crimes were reported across Manchester in 2018/2019.
  • This means that, on average, 32,496 crimes were reported per month, or 1,077 per day.
  • The most common type of crime in 2018/2019 was violence and sexual offences, with 108,713 reported cases.
  • There was a 22% increase in drug-related crimes in 2018/2019 compared to the previous year.
  • Offences involving the disturbance public order had the biggest decrease. The number of reported cases dropped by 19%.

Anti-social behaviour

Over the last five years, the number of crimes relating to anti-social behaviour in Manchester have halved.

Year-on-year statistics

In Greater Manchester, crime rates have been on the rise. That is until 2018/2019 when they decreased by 4.4%. During the last five years, 2017/2018 was the year that the rate of criminal reports reached its peak. 407,993 crimes were reported, which was a 4% increase from the year before (2016/2017).

In 2017/2018, offences involving the disturbance of public order rose dramatically by 77%, with 22,602 more reports being filed than in 2016/2017. Furthermore, crimes involving the possession of weapons increased from 1,894 cases in 2016/2017 to 3,030 in 2017/2018, resulting in a 60% rise.
Between 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, the percentage increase was 12.2%, as crime rates rose from 349,004 to 391,644 reported cases, a difference of 42,640.

Manchester crime rates from the last 5 years

Crime rates going down

What kinds of crimes are we seeing less of in 2018/2019 compared to 2017/2018? The police department sorts all cases into 14 different types of crime, 5 of which have decreased over the last year in the Greater Manchester area. The biggest decrease was seen in crimes related to the disturbance of public order. 9,677 (18.6%) fewer cases have been filed this year compared to 2017/2018.
The second-biggest decline can be seen in crimes relating to criminal damage and arson, with 5,168 fewer cases being reported this year, a 13% decrease from 2017/2018. Anti-social crimes have decreased by the third-largest amount. 61,922 cases were recorded in 2018/2019 compared to 68,426 in 2017/2018. Over the last five years, the number of crimes relating to anti-social behaviour has halved (50.7%).

Crimes with decreasing rates

Crime rates going up

The violence and sexual offences category reported the most number of crimes. 108,713 cases were reported during 2018/2019. That’s a shy increase of 1% compared to the year before (2017/2018), although previously, violence and sex offence crimes generally saw an average increase of 22.7% per year.
Despite crimes that involved the possession of a weapon being reported the least in 2018/2019 (3,901 cases), this was a 29% increase since 2017/2018, which had 3,030 reported cases. When comparing 2018/2019 to 2016/2017, we find a mind-blowing 106% increase in weapon-related crimes. Drug-related crimes had the second-biggest increase this year. With 5,932 reported crimes in 2018/2019, this is an increase of 21.6% compared to a year ago. If you compare this to drug-related crime rates from two years ago, there has been a rise of 38%.

Crimes with increasing rates


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