Crime rate in England and Wales 2019, by region

With a crime rate of 110.3 per 1000 people the North East of England, which contains the urban centers of Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, has the highest crime rate of all the regions of England and Wales in 2018/19. High crime rates are evident in other areas of northern England, such as Yorkshire or the North West, which had crime rates of 108 and 105.4 respectively. In the English capital, London, the crime rate is 98 per 1000 people. The lowest crime rate is in the relatively rural South West with a crime rate of 67.8.

Regional homicide rates

Although the North East of England had the highest crime rate in this year, it had a relatively low homicide rate of 7.9 per million people, the second lowest region in the country. North West England had the highest homicide rate at 18.7 per million people, followed by the UK capital, London which had a homicide rate of 18.4.

Overall UK crime rate

In 2018, the crime rate for the United Kingdom was 88 crimes per one thousand people, with England & Wales having a much higher crime rate of 95 crimes per thousand people than Scotland’s 45 crimes per thousand people. The number of overall crimes in the United Kingdom has been steadily climbing from a low of 4.4 million recorded in 2013/14, reaching 5.87 million in 2017/18.

Crime rate per 1,000 population in England and Wales in 2018/19, by region

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Release date

July 2019


United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

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