Crime in Greater Manchester

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Crime in Greater Manchester has the second-highest incidence in England and Wales after Greater London.[1] Crime in Greater Manchester is the responsibility of GMP (Greater Manchester Police and its chief constable Ian Hopkins). Its PCC was abolished in May 2017.

Bamfurlong police station in November 2005


Greater Manchester is the second-largest metropolitan area in the UK outside of London; it is Britain's third city, after Birmingham. The area had around 334,000 recorded crimes in 2018, compared to around 165,000 for Lancashire and around 134,000 for Merseyside.[2] Similar to Greater Manchester's number of crimes are West Yorkshire (291,000 in 2018), West Midlands (252,000 in 2018) and Kent (197,000). The Metropolitan Police had 835,000 recorded crimes in 2018.

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Violence against the person[edit]

Violence against the person accounts for 17% of total crime in the city.

Criminal damage[edit]

Criminal damage accounts for 10% of total crime.


Burglary accounts for 8% of crime.


Around 124,000 speeding motorists were caught from 2018-19, the most in the UK, and around 2,600 more than London.

Nexus House, the headquarters of GMP in 2011


Manchester was bombed by the IRA in 1992 and 1996 and by an Islamist suicide bomber in 2017.


Of all the Greater Manchester boroughs, Manchester has the highest incidence of crime, followed by Rochdale and Oldham. Trafford has the lowest incidence of crime in Greater Manchester.[citation needed]


The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), known as the Northern NABIS Hub,[3] is in Manchester, where the organisation works with the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS).

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