Manchester crime statistics

The latest stats on crime rates in Manchester.


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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

Year Number of crimes
2014/15 333,679
2015/16 349,004
2016/17 391,644
2017/18 407,993
2018/19 389,951

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

Year Number of crimes
2014/15 125,792
2015/16 123,251
2016/17 110,755
2017/18 68,426
2018/19 61,922
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 4,579
2015/16 4,057
2016/17 4,930
2017/18 4,155
2018/19 4,074
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 27,839
2015/16 28,172
2016/17 31,626
2017/18 31,685
2018/19 29,504
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 30,921
2015/16 34,457
2016/17 39,156
2017/18 40,011
2018/19 34,843
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 10,089
2015/16 13,833
2016/17 29,319
2017/18 51,921
2018/19 42,244

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

Year Number of crimes
2014/15 6,170
2015/16 4,716
2016/17 4,300
2017/18 4,877
2018/19 5,932
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 3,307
2015/16 3,874
2016/17 5,460
2017/18 7,734
2018/19 7,909
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 26,695
2015/16 27,184
2016/17 25,995
2017/18 25,757
2018/19 26,714
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 3,493
2015/16 3,531
2016/17 5,121
2017/18 7,146
2018/19 7,465
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 16,299
2015/16 16,604
2016/17 18,405
2017/18 17,343
2018/19 17,497
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 5,403
2015/16 5,840
2016/17 6,828
2017/18 6,769
2018/19 7,305
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 22,382
2015/16 23,913
2016/17 27,283
2017/18 31,611
2018/19 31,928
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 49,373
2015/16 58,050
2016/17 80,572
2017/18 107,528
2018/19 108,713
Year Number of crimes
2014/15 1,337
2015/16 1,522
2016/17 1,894
2017/18 3,030
2018/19 3,901


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