Greater Manchester revealed as the ‘most dangerous’ region in the UK

It's all according to a study conducted by home security experts at ADT.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 12th July 2023

New research has revealed the UK regions that fell victim to the most burglaries in the past year… and it’s pretty grim reading for Mancs.

Greater Manchester has been named the ‘most dangerous’ region in the UK.

It’s all according to a study conducted by home security experts at ADT, which looked at the areas with the highest and lowest number of burglary offences across the country within the past year, as well as the regions with the highest increase of burglary too – and it was Greater Manchester that unfortunately came out on top.

Our region saw a total of 23,401 burglaries being reported, which equated to around 821.58 burglaries per 100,000 people.

Within the region of Greater Manchester, the city of Manchester had by far the highest number of burglaries, with 6,087 reports.


Bolton was the next borough on the list, with a total of 2,593 burglary reports, followed by Salford with 2,420 burglaries, and then the towns of Stockport and Wigan also had over 2,000 reported burglaries within the specified time period.

The rest of the top five is made up of the North East region Cleveland in second, South Yorkshire in third place, followed by the West Midlands and Greater London.


Top 10 UK Regions with the Most Burglaries

RankAreaTotal Burglary OffencesPopulationPer 100,000 People
1Greater Manchester23,4012,848,300821.58
3South Yorkshire11,4671,415,100810.33
4West Midlands21,4062,939,900728.12
5Greater London53,8288,991,600598.65
6West Yorkshire13,9472,345,200594.70

On the other end of the spectrum, when it comes to the UK regions with the fewest number of burglaries reported in the past year, Devon & Cornwall comes in first place with a total of 1,285 burglaries being reported, followed by Norfolk with a total of 2,068 burglaries being reported there.

The area with the third least number of burglary reports is Dyfed-Powys, with 1,285 reports being made in total.

According to ADT, it’s estimated that 63% of burglaries occur at houses without a basic home security system or burglar alarm, which ends up costing those residents around £3,030 on average if they were to become a victim of a burglary.


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You can read the study in full here.

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