How safe is Manchester?

Manchester is the second largest metropolitan area in the UK outside of London and often is considered the capital of the North. The city has a rich and varied cultural scene, most notably in music, with Manchester producing many of the UK’s most famous recording artists, including Oasis and the Stone Roses.

Manchester is enjoying a huge growth in popularity, especially among young professionals, with the population growing by over 20% in the past decade. But is Manchester safe?

The graph below takes a look at Manchester crime rates between 2015 and 2016, separated by type of crime.


By far the most frequent Manchester crime is antisocial behaviour, with 244,513 recorded incidents between January 2015 and December 2016, accounting for 35% of total crimes. It’s likely that this number is so high due to the large number of bars and clubs located in the city centre.

Violence against the person is the second most-committed crime in Manchester for 2015 and 2016, with almost 122,117 offences. Violence against the person accounts for 17% of total crimes committed in Manchester. The next two most-committed crimes are criminal damage and burglary, accounting for 10% and 8% of total crime, respectively.


Manchester crime comparison

When compared with similar areas, the crime rate in Manchester is extremely high. The graph shows the top 10 council areas with the highest crime rate between January 2015 and December 2016. Manchester is second only to London, which has an abnormally high crime rate due to its tiny residential population.


Although the most frequently committed crime in Manchester is antisocial behaviour, six other cities have higher rates of these offences per 1,000 people, including Newcastle, Preston and Sheffield.


Manchester has a higher-than-average crime rate across the board, appearing in the top 10 for most types of crime.

Manchester crime statistics and trends

Is the Manchester crime rate increasing or decreasing? We take a close look at the total number of recorded crimes between January 2011 and December 2016. We can see that although the number of recorded crimes dropped in 2012, it’s increased by 24% since then, which is above the rate of change in population.


Safest area in Manchester

Manchester has areas of great wealth, where crime is very low, but also pockets of poverty, especially in inner-city areas, where the greatest issues with crime exist. For example, Moss Side and Rusholme are two areas that have been renowned in the past for gun crime. Check out our crime-map tool to take a closer look at crime rates in different areas of Manchester.

Manchester crime map

Contact Greater Manchester Police

The Greater Manchester Police control the City of Manchester and the large surrounding metropolitan area, covering 493 square miles, where 2.1 million people live in an urban setting. In the most recent PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of Greater Manchester Police, the force was found to have a ‘good’ performance in the following areas:

●   The extent to which the force is effective at keeping people safe and reducing crime

●   The extent to which the force is efficient at keeping people safe and reducing crime

●   The extent to which the force is legitimate at keeping people safe and reducing crime


You can contact the Greater Manchester Police on the hot-line number 101 in the case of a non-emergency.


You can visit the headquarters of the Greater Manchester Police at Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP.


In case of an emergency, always dial 999.

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Manchester safety tips

With antisocial behaviour a big problem in Manchester, it’s important to know how to stay safe from this type of crime. The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) categorises antisocial behaviour as activity that intimidates, threatens, causes distress and harms quality of life. It includes acts such as street drinking, vandalism, fly-tipping and street prostitution.

The GMP advises that you report antisocial behaviour either by calling 101, or 999 if it’s an emergency. You also can attend local police community meetings and speak to the local council.

The police can help protect you from antisocial behaviour in the following ways:

●     Fines and penalty notices

●    Parenting orders

●    Noise-abatement notices

●    Injunctions

●     Crowd dispersal

●     Drug raids

●     Premises-closure orders

●     Possession proceedings


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